Baja Coastal Sailing

Credit: Nick Hall

Baja Coastal Sailing

Sail the Sea of Cortez

Wake up at dawn to prepare your boat. Listen to the wind flap the sails as you race across clear blue water. Fall asleep on the shore and prepare for a new day. On this course, you’ll learn about sailing and working as a member of a team. Learning to navigate by nature’s rhythms, you’ll explore a sea that’s rich with marine life. You’ll start with the basics of sailing these unique yawl-rigged, open Drascombe longboats—reading the wind, navigation, handling sails, and more. Camping on the desert beaches at night puts you in a totally different environment, one of shallow tide pools and desert plants and animals. You’ll learn what you need to know about camping and taking care of the environment as you travel each day.

As you sail, you’ll focus on the most important part of this course—your growing leadership skills. Challenging weather might be a lesson in decision making one day, while the next you might learn about communication as you work through changing group dynamics. You’ll learn what your leadership style is, fill a different leadership role each day, and be an active member of a small community. These skills will stick with you for the rest of your life, preparing you to be a leader wherever you choose to go.



2018 Dates

Nov. 9 – Nov. 30, 2018

Tuition: $4,590
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2019 Dates

Jan. 5 – Jan. 26, 2019

Tuition: $4,700


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$4,590 to $4,700
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22 days

Minimum Age

16 yrs.

Academic Credit

4 College Credits
  • 2 Leadership Techniques
  • 2 Environmental Studies

1 High School Credits

  • 0.50 Leadership
  • 0.50 Physical Education
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Course Description

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Travel and Logistics


Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Fly in/out

Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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What Our Grads Say

“I discovered and learned more about myself in 22 days then I had in 22 years. When you’re thrown into a new environment with new people, new surrounding, and a new skill you have to learn you discover the strengths inside yourself quickly and you find out how to ask and receive help from others. I had never even been on a sailboat before in my life and by the end of the trip I was captaining a boat filled with only other students.” 

— Meredith W., NOLS Baja Coastal Sailing grad

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