A NOLS sailing course will get you well on your way to sailing on your own and being a competent crewmember. You'll be aboard a unique yawl-rigged open boat, the Drascombe longboat, which is a light, maneuverable craft perfect for learning sailing basics, exploring shallow coves, or hauling onto desert beaches. You'll learn coastal navigation on waters rich with marine life, from intricate sea fans to raucous sea lions.
This course follows nature's rhythms, so you may find yourself up before dawn or sailing until dusk to take advantage of a favorable breeze.
There are bound to be some long, challenging days on the water, but there should also be time to wonder at the night sky or at the sea stars in a tidal pool. You'll learn to read winds and waves with confidence, work as a crew with your coursemates, and, on windless days, practice rowing and towing.
The boat will be your home on the water, but you'll also practice Leave No Trace camping on shore in this unique desert that greets the sea.