Arizona Sailing Lessons with Southwest Sailing and Emory Heisler.

Your Captain, Emory Heisler, has been sailing since 1995, and teaching sailing since 2008.

Even though he's lived most of his life in Arizona, he brings OVER 20 YEARS of sailing experience to  your instruction including cruising and chartering, racing and long distance delivery passages in world-wide locations including: Whitsunday Islands (Australia), U.S. & British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, BC-Canada Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, San Francisco Bay, Southern California, Catalina Island, Sea of Cortez, Puerto Vallarta, Newport RI, Long Island Sound, “DelMarVa” Coast, Chesapeake & Delaware Bays, the Florida Keys, the Gulf of Mexico and multiple Gulf Stream crossings and several 1000+nm sailboat deliveries between US mid-Atlantic Coast and the Caribbean. 

He has sailed in over 30 different types of sailboats ranging from Lasers, Catalina 14.2s and his favorite 
Buccaneer 18, up to Swan 56s, Volvo Open 60s and Lagoon 45 catamarans.  

Emory is certified to teach:

- ASA101, 103, 104, 105 and 114

  (Basic Keelboat, Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, Coastal Nav., Catamaran Cruising)

- NauticEd Practical Exam Certification

- US Sailing Small Boat Certification

In addition to sailing instruction certifications Emory also holds:

- USCG OUPV 100T Near Coastal Captain’s License

- Safe Power Boater/Rescue Boat

- PADI Advanced Open-Water scuba diving certifications.

When not sailing together, Emory and Debbra enjoy backpacking, camping, snow skiing, traveling and spending time together with their family in AZ, UT and MI.   Emory and Debbra are both retired and like 
many retirees are busier now than ever.

Personalized Sailing Lessons

Custom Cruise & Learn

Build your own sailing instruction class and schedule.  We can go WHERE and WHEN

you need us!

Lake Pleasant, AZ
• Long Beach, CA

• Catalina Island, CA

• San Diego, CA

...or the Caribbean?  San Juans? 

Where do you want to go?

​​​TheSailboat Shop: Your Desert Sailing Headquarters
ASA Certified Instruction:  ASA101,103,104,105,114

"We are here to help you GO SAILING and help you learn to sail YOUR WAY!  YOU PICK the right learning style for you and your sailing goals." 

     Emory Heisler,  USCG Captain / Instructor

Our Sailing Instruction Partners and Options:

 ​     1) ASA: American Sailing Association (Sailboat Shop, Lake Pleasant, AZ)

     2) NauticEd: 21st Century Online/On-water Learning and Certification

     3) Southwest Sailing: Custom "Cruise & Learn" Certification Vacations

ASA Certified Instruction

Find out more about how NauticEd Online and On-the-water learning combine to meet your sailing goals. 

• Qualified Crew

• Skipper

• Bareboat Charter Master

• Captain

21st Century Online/On-water Lessons