We are Southwest Sailing

Captain Emory Heisler

Southwest Sailing Chief Instructor

USCG Licensed - (OUPV-NC)

NauticEd Level V Captain Rank Instructor

ASA Instructor (201, 203, 204, 205, 214)

US Sailing Small Boat Instructor

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

25 Years of Sailing Experience

12 Years of Sailing Instruction Experience

First Mate Debbra Heisler

ASA101, 103 Certified

MS Adult Instruction

Over 5,000nm and >70 days at sea.

5+years racing, cruising and delivering monohull and catamaran sailboats ranging from 18' to 56' together for over 5 years together including multiple 10+ day passages and over 5000 ocean miles.

OUR PERSONAL COMMITMENT TO YOU

Whatever your sailing goals and wherever you want to sail you can count on us at SW Sailing to give you our best to help you and your crew reach your goals safely and with smiles on your faces. WE LOVE SAILING, and will share that joy with you along with the knowledge and experience earned during our years of sailing and sailing education.

We are "lifetime learners" and will reach into our extensive sailing and life tool kits to customize your learning experience using: 

  • formal sailing and boating instruction training

  • instructional techniques and leadership education methods

  • experience from cruising voyages in locations around the world

  • participation in literally thousands of sailboat races.

Together we'll combine these tools with YOUR knowledge experience to tailor a learning journey to meet you where you are and get you on your way to where you want to go.

On your mark! Get set! LET'S GO SAILING!

Captain Emory Heisler has been teaching sailing since 2008. And although he's lived most of his life in Arizona, he's been ocean sailing since 2001 including racing, chartering or delivering sailboats in a wide variety of locations including: Whitsunday Islands (Australia), U.S. & British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, BC-Canada Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands (WA), 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.  Also several times sailed week+ long, 1000+nm sailboat deliveries between US Atlantic Coast and the Caribbean.

Looking for a boat?  Emory has experience sailing over 30 different types of sailboats, hundreds of days on small boats like Lasers, Catalina 14.2s and his favorite the Buccaneer 18, and over 5000 ocean miles on "big boats" like Swan 56s, Volvo Open 60s and Lagoon 45 catamarans.  

Along with sailing together Emory & his wife Debbra enjoy backpacking, camping, snow skiing, traveling and spending time together with their family in AZ, TX and MI.  In 2017 he retired from a career in Healthcare Information Systems. Like many retirees, he and his wife are busier now than ever.  ​