Sailing Course

Sailing Lake Mead

Learn The Art and Science of Sailing

Are you serious about starting your sailing dream? Get the knowledge you need before setting sail. Become a confident sailor with this 6-part intensive Sailing Course.

As a beginner, is sailing right for you? As a seasoned sailor refresh your sail theory and best practices! You will learn about sail trim, COLREGS, weather, docking, anchoring, knots, safety, and more!

Earn a Sailing Certificate of Completion by the United States Power Squadrons after the course exam to show you are building sailing skills.

Continue reading about this dynamic course for all sailors

What is the cost of this Sail Course?

This affordable 6-part sailing journey is

$150 with a United States Power Squadrons Membership

$300 for non-members

The course includes the Sail book, handouts, dockside, and

On-The-Water exercises - weather permitting

Call 775-419-2460 for more information about this Sail Course

Sail Course Class Schedule

Class Day #1

October 26, 2022 - 5pm to 830pm (Zoom)

  • Welcome and Introductions

  • S1 Sailboat Rigs - p1

  • S2 Sail Plans - p9

  • S3 Designs and Hull Types - p15

  • S7 Stability - p53

  • S8 Balance - p61

Class Day #2

October 30, 2022 - 9am - 330pm (In person)

  • S4 Standing Rigging - p27

  • S12 Tuning the Rig - p97

  • S6 Running Rigging - p43

  • S5 Sails - p33

  • S10 Sail Shape - p83

  • **Possible Dockside demo – hands on

  • Knots: Figure Eight Stopper Knot and Bowline

Class Day #3

November 2, 2022 - 530pm - 830pm (Zoom)

  • S21 Sailing and Boating Safety / VHF Radio Handling - p167

  • S9 Wind and Weather - p69

  • S11 Preparing To Sail - p91

Class Day #4

November 6, 2022 - 9am - 330pm (In person)

  • S13 Steering and Helmsmanship - p103

  • S14 Sailing Upwind - p111

  • S15 Sailing Downwind - p119

  • S19 Docking and Anchoring - p149

  • Knots: Clove Hitch and Cleat Hitch

  • ** Possible On-The-Water session in the afternoon

Class Day #5

November 9, 2022 - 530pm - 830pm (Zoom)

  • S17 Heavy Weather Sailing - p135

  • S18 Storm Conditions - p143

  • S16 Spinnaker Handling - p125

  • Knots: Reef Knot and Sheet Bend

Class Day #6

November 13, 2022 - 9am - 330pm (In person)

  • S20 Marlinspike - p157

  • S22 Navigation Rules / ColRegs - p177

  • Review of ALL chapters and/or questions

  • Prepare for the course exam

  • Achieve your Certificate of Completion

Instructor Bio

Naomi Emmerson - The Desert Sailor

  • United States Power Squadrons Member

  • United States Power Squadrons Certified Instructor

  • American Sailing Association Certified Instructor

  • NauticEd Level V Captain

  • Womens Sailing Assoc. Member

  • Inland, Coastal, Offshore Sailing

  • Sailboat Racing and Trainer


USPS Member Registration

Includes Sail Course book, handouts, dockside exercises



Non-USPS Member Registration

Includes Sail Course book, handouts, dockside exercises


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The Las Vegas Sail And Power Squadron

a unit of the United States Power Squadrons

Call 775-419-2460