Arizona Sailing Lessons with Southwest Sailing

How to go from the Desert to your Sailing Dreams!!


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.

​Where do you want to sail?  We can help!
Lake Pleasant, AZ - San Diego - Long Beach to Catalina Island - Caribbean Islands
You're at the right place.  We are here to help you GO SAILING!

SAILING LESSONS YOUR WAY

CLICK on the way that works for you! 

 *  NauticEd Online & On-the-water

 *  American Sailing Association (ASA)

 *  "Cruise & Learn" Together!

With our flexibility YOU PICK the learning style that works for

your Sailing Education.

BOAT DELIVERIES

Experienced Delivery Crew Couple

-OUPV Licensed Captain/Deckhand

-Experienced Deckhand/Cook

-Solo Watch Keeping experienced

Can assist you in route planning, weather analysis, provisioning, navigation to SAFELY get your boat where you want it.

Charter cAPTAIN/crew

-Day Sail on Lake Pleasant? 

-A weekend to Catalina Island?

-A week in the BVIs?

We provide single or multi-day Charter Captain services

-Call us to create your own  personal sailing experience.