Emory Heisler: USCG Licensed Captain, ASA Instructor

Group & Private Lessons, Charters (SWsailing.com)

Emory is ready to help you go sailing anywhere, anytime!  He is a USCG Licensed OUPV Captain, ASA Instructor and an experienced Charter/Delivery Captain with >5000 ocean sailing miles sailed in just the past 2 years!

Emory brings over 20 years of sailing experience to your lessons.  His experience cruising, racing and delivering monohull and catamaran sailboats ranging from 18' to 56' helps ensure you a great sailing experience, a SAFE one, a FUN one.


Call Emory anytime to see how he can HELP YOU GO SAILING!

Emory is certified to teach these ASA courses to get you chartering most anywhere in the world:

ASA101-Basic Keelboat

ASA103-Coastal Cruising

ASA104-Bareboat Cruising

ASA105-Coastal Navigation

ASA114-Catamaran Cruising


In addition to ASA Instructor Certifications Emory holds his USCG OUPV 100T Near Coastal Captain’s License, PADI Advanced Open-Water scuba diving certification and Safe Power Boating certifications.

Emory has been teaching sailing since 2008. And even though 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 ~~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, UT 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.  

Check out their adventures on SWsailing.com