GoBaja Sailing

American Sailing Affiliate School

ASA Sailing School

Go Baja Sailing School in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Sea of Cortez sailing! Learn to sail in one of the most spectacular cruising grounds in the world. Whether Mono-hull or catamaran sailing, make your sailing dreams come true today! 

Puerta Cortes , La Paz, BCS Mexico

Got dreams of the wind in your sails, the sun on your face, crystal clear azure waters and white sandy beaches? Sailing in the Sea of Cortez has it all! We make your saiing dreams come true. Call Us: U.S. Direct: 949-322-7006

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed with the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.”Mark Twain

Want to learn to sail?

Go Baja Sailing, founded in 2010, is proud to be the first and best American Sailing Association Affiliate School in the Sea of Cortez waters in picturesque La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. With over 1500 sailing students graduated from our La Paz ASA sailing school you can be confident you can learn to sail the right way!

We offer an industry unique “Meet and Greet Fiesta” for incoming students every Saturday evening with the first night sleep over in your own private cabin aboard your training vessel, saving you a costly hotel night. Sailing School starts at 9:00 AM Sunday morning.

A well fed crew is a happy crew! We pull out all the stops with scrumptious provisions that include two nights of fresh, local, fish such as Yellowtail or Sea Bass and a separate Jumbo Shrimp night and our catamaran courses also include private chef service aboard all week!

From our late Friday afternoon finish time (2 – 3 PM – ask the other vendors their board and stop times. Our Monohull students are also welcome to sleep over Friday night), to our amazing “apres-sailing” activities on board each boat such as ocean kayaking, snorkeling and use of our all new fleet of S.U.P boards.

We offer a complete package for a “Vacation with a Certification”.

At Go Baja Sailing, we’re your premier destination for all things nautical in The Sea of Cortez, Baja, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, and beyond. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a first-time explorer, we have the perfect seafaring experience for you.

We have a team of the most amazing, experienced, passionate, sailing school instructors and a fantastic fleet of company owned, cruising sailboats (not charter boats). We also have all federally required permits and wristbands to legally explore and train in Mexican Federally protected waters around Isla Espiritu Santo and the beautiful, renowned, Balandra Bay.  Your course will never be at risk of cancellation by federal park rangers!

At Go Baja Sailing we are fully vested as a local, La Paz business since 2010 with a complete sailing base office and local staff located in the exclusive Costa Baja Marina within the 5-star Puerta Cortes resort, the gateway to sailing the Sea of Cortez.

For those who need to stay in communication while at sea, we offer high speed “Starlink” satellite WIFI aboard our training vessels. Whether you choose our DuFour or Jeanneau Monohulls or our Fountaine Pajot or Lagoon Catamarans for group or private courses, we have everything it takes to make your Sea of Cortez sailing dreams come true, big time.

Come on down to paradise and learn to cruise with us sailing the Sea of Cortez!

Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, Go Baja Sailing is here to make your ASA sailing dreams a reality. Dive into the deep blue waters of the Sea of Cortez, embrace the desert’s coastal beauty, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Once registered we will connect you with Rafa, our in-house Concierge, to coordinate transportation, hotel/airbnb reservations and Saturday before check in access to the Beach Club or other activities such as golf, diving, whale shark and sea lion snorkeling or scenic tours before or after your course!

Learn to sail with us in the Sea of Cortez today!

We offer all inclusive, Combination, American Sailing Certification sailing courses:


ASA 101 – Basic Keelboat Sailing


ASA 103 – Basic Coastal Cruising


ASA 104 – Bareboat Cruising


ASA 114 – Cruising Catamaran


ASA 105 – Coastal Navigation


ASA 106 – Advanced Coastal Cruising


ASA 107 – Celestial Navigation Certification


ASA 117 – Basic Celestial Navigation Endorsement


ASA 118 – Docking Endorsement


ASA 119 – Weather Endorsement


ASA 120 – Radar Endorsement

Check out our liveaboard Catamaran Sailing or Mono-hull courses or design a custom private course all your own.

GoBaja Sailing Courses



Mono-Hull liveaboard course is a 6-day, 7 night liveaboard course, ASA101 – 104.  Summer Special!! – Book any 2024 or 2025 season course by July 31st, 2024.



Catamaran liveaboard course is a 6-day, 6 night liveaboard course ASA 101 – ASA 114. Summer Special!! – Book any 2024 or 2025 season course by July 31st, 2024.


Private Classes

Maybe a more personalized, one-on-one approach is more your style? Check out our private courses!



ASA 105/106 – Advanced Coastal Cruising & Coastal Navigation Combo Course + ASA 114 Catamaran

Ready for Advanced Sail Training? We’ve got you covered! ASA 105/106/114 Combo. 



Go Baja Sailing’s owner, Mike Madlock is a southern California native so trips south of the border to Baja were a regular occurrence and just part of the SoCal culture.

CAPT. Iker Cano

Iker’s journey into the world of sailing began in 2018 when he first discovered the thrill of the sea. It all started with a voyage from La Paz to Panama, a journey that ignited his passion for sailing.

Instructor Doug Acker

Doug’s sailing journey began 20 years ago as a Boy Scout on Lasers and Sunfish, but he truly began to hone his skills when his family acquired a Catalina 32 which they used extensively on the Chesapeake bay while his mother was teaching sailing at the Naval Academy.


Captain John technically learned to sail on a Sunfish at summer camp when he was 11 years old and occasionally sailed small sailboats on lakes and rivers in rural southern Oregon where he grew up.

CAPT. John Aros

U.S.C.G. 100 Ton Master Captain John Aros, has been sailing since he was a young boy. Fascinated by the water John became a United States Navy Diver and went on to become a hyperbaric medical specialist and commercial diver. All the while sailing.

CAPT. Kira Maixner

Capt. Kira is a seasoned mariner, digital marketing strategist, and a passionate advocate for women in sailing.

CAPT. Joe Proctor

Captain Joe lucked into his first taste of sailing at the age of 10. His mother was in desperate need of a sitter and some work friends volunteered to take him for the weekend.


Captain Tyler started sailing with his older brothers on their 41ft Hudson Seawolf Ketch in 2009. He traveled with them in Costa Rica, Panama, across the Equator, Tonga and the British Virgin Islands.


Capt. Sean learned to sail in 2001 at the Docklands Sailing Centre in London, where he achieved RYA Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper.


"Well, I cannot begin to emphasize the impact Iker and your school made on us after taking your week long course. We have since gone on to charter on our own and we even met up with our boat mates from Go Baja Sailing in Guadeloupe for a Caribbean flotilla for a week over New Years. Sailing has become a really important part of our life and much of our confidence came from our experience with Go Baja. Doing the week long immersive course is by far the best way to get going in sailing. We figured but we didn't REALLY know it. I've recommended it to any of the women at WSA that have asked how we've done so much in the last year. I can confidently say we wouldn't be where we are now if it wasn't for you! We still have so much to learn but the excitement and profound connection to sailing was born on top of that mountain of Isla San Francisco! Maybe we will come down again at some point this year. I'd really love to get my 114 so I can rent cats for the shallower waters of Belize and the Bahamas...."


“Thank you for an amazing experience in our ASA sailing training we took in October 2019. The whole experience was on point. I am so happy I brought my wife. She thoroughly enjoyed the one week experience. Boat, Provisions, sailing grounds and Captain John all 5 Star.”

Steve and Mary Davidson

"Quick but grateful thank you for our ASA training last year. We organized our first bareboat out of Corfu 2 weeks ago. We had the best family vaca. If I get down to La Paz again for some sailing I'll give you a shout!"


“Thanks again for organizing the group from Germany. I had to come to La Paz in August 2019. Everything worked out as expected and we came in way under budget and able to afford the 114 Catamaran course as well. Our entire group recommends Go Baja Sailing!!”



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