Sailing

Sailing Lake Mead

Ready to get serious about learning to sail?

Call 775-419-2460 for more information about this class.

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Learn in the classroom, get experience on the water

This 8 week certified Power Squadron Sail course dives deep into everything from knots to points of sail to navigation,"rules of the road, and docking and heavy weather sailing. It's a very comprehensive curriculum to help any sailor get more confident at the helm and set sail to new horizons.

In classroom sailing instruction will be held at The Boat House Grille banquet room at Lake Mead Marina. If you want to sign up for the on-the-water training as well, keelboats and sailing instructors will also be out of the Lake Mead Marina according to the schedule below.

Space is limited for this intensive course. We are accepting a maximum of 20 students so there is more attention given to each student and more hands-on opportunities on the boats. Weekly quizzes also mean better topic retention. There is a final exam to be certified.

Be ready for your sailing season!

Sailing Course Schedule

Week 1 - Classroom

9am-1pm (includes 20 minute break)

  • Introductions
  • S1 Sailboat Rigs
  • S2 Sail Plans
  • S3 Designs & Hull Types
  • S7 Stability
  • S8 Balance

Week 2 - Classroom

9am-1pm (includes 20 minute break)

Test from Week 1 Sections

  • S4 Standing Rigging
  • S12 Tuning The Rig
  • S6 Running Rigging
  • S5 Sails
  • S10 Sail Shape

Week 3 - Classroom & On The Water

9am-1pm (includes 15 minute break) in classroom

Test from Week 2 Sections

  • S9 Wind
  • S11 Preparing To Sail
  • S13 Steering & Helmsmanship
  • S14 Sailing Upwind
  • S15 Sailing Downwind

2pm - 5pm at Lake Mead Marina

  • On The Water practice of morning sections
  • Reading the wind, steering, points of sail, tacking, gybing

Week 4 - Classroom & On The Water

9am-1pm (includes 20 minute break) in classroom

Test from Week 3

  • S21 Sailing Safety
  • S22 Navigation Rules

2pm-5pm at Lake Mead Marina

  • On The Water practice of week 3 sections
  • Reading the wind, steering, points of sail, tacking, gybing

Week 5 - Classroom & On The Water

9am-11am (no break) in classroom

Test from Week 4 sections

  • S19 Docking & Anchoring

11:30am-2:30pm at Lake Mead Marina

  • On the water Docking & Anchoring

Week 6 - Classroom & On The Water

9am-12pm (15 minute break) in classroom

Test from Week 5

  • Weather (not in book)
  • S17 Heavy Weather Sailing p135
  • S18 Storm Conditions p143

1pm-4pm at Lake Mead Marina

  • On the water practice of morning sections
  • Reefing, heaving-to, practicing May-Day and VHF radio calls

Week 7 - Classroom & On The Water

9am-11:30pm (no break) in classroom


Test from Week 6

  • S16 Spinnaker Handling
  • Appendix A Race Rules (Appendix)

12pm-3pm

  • On the water Spinnaker Practice
  • Mock Race

Week 8 - Classroom

9am-1pm (or TBA)

  • Review and Final Exam

Instructor Bios

Jay Higgins - Lead Instructor

  • United States Power Squadrons Member
  • USPS Certified Instructor
  • US Coast Guard Master License
  • American Sailing Assoc. Certified Instructor
  • Sailboat Racing Championship Skipper
  • Fleet Captain
  • Past National Regatta Chairman
  • Inland, Coastal, Offshore Sailing


Naomi Emmerson

  • United States Power Squadrons Member
  • American Sailing Assoc. Certified Instructor
  • NauticEd Level V Captain
  • Womens Sailing Assoc. Member
  • Inland, Coastal, Offshore Sailing
  • Sailboat Racing and Training

Seating Is Limited To 20 Students

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USPS Member

Classroom Only, No On The Water Training

$120.00

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Non-USPS Member

Classroom Only, No On The Water Training

$240.00

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

USPS Member

Classroom + On The Water Training

$240.00

ON THE WATER TRAINING REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Non-USPS Member

Classroom + On The Water Training

$360.00

ON THE WATER TRAINING REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Learn to sail today!

The Las Vegas Sail And Power Squadron

Your hometown boating education experts!

Call 775-419-2460