Learn to Sail on Blue Mesa, Colorado

Whether you dream of sailing on mountain lakes, or of one day sailing the oceans of the world, we can help you embark on your sailing journey. From June 15th-September 15th, we offer American Sailing Association lessons on Blue Mesa, Colorado’s largest lake and best kept secret. Unlike most mountain lakes, with their reputations of fickle winds, Blue Mesa has consistent afternoon winds of 15-25 knots, making for an ideal destination to learn to sail. Its 21 mile length, including 96 miles of shoreline, provides plenty of opportunities for exploration, far from the crowds. There are a wealth of accommodation options in the area, from campgrounds around the lake, to motels and hotels in Gunnison, to more upmarket B&Bs in Crested Butte.

Complete Weekend Sailing Course (ASA 101-103 Certifications)

This intensive sailing course, offered over a long weekend, establishes an excellent base from which to launch your sailing adventures. Through these sailing courses, students will acquire a solid knowledge of sailing, as the vast majority of time is spent on the water obtaining hands-on experience. We lay the foundation for those that want to start chartering sailboats in tropical destinations around the world. Upon completion, students can take a weekend ASA 104 course (Bareboat Charter certification) in a coastal location, leaving them fully prepared to start chartering.

This ASA 101 & 103 course is structured so that participants can come up to the mountains for a long weekend to learn to sail, through an intensive curriculum that includes 3 full days on the water. Participants attend a 3 hour theory class on Thursday evening, from 6pm-9pm. Three 8 hour days are then spent on the boat, Friday through Sunday, from 9am-5pm. All ASA certification tests are taken over the course of the weekend, so that participants end the weekend being ASA 101 & 103 certified.

Course Instructors

Nautilus instructors are avid and passionate sailors, experienced teachers and guides, and love introducing people to sailing. They are able to meet students at whatever level of experience they find themselves; from participants that have never sailed to those that already confident in the basics. Our Blue Mesa sailing instructors, even though they teach in the mountains, have a wealth of sailing experience on large yachts, in oceans around the world.

Nautilus Sailing Instructors