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Welcome to America’s #1 Sailing School

New to sailing? Already a sailor, ready to learn more? Offshore Sailing School has the broadest range of sailing lessons and boating courses, and the highest standards in sailing and boating education. Our founder and Chairman, Steve Colgate, is an Olympian and America's Cup sailor whose vast experience and knowledge sets the bar for expert sailing and boating instruction. Our professional instructors are all dedicated to your success. The boats you learn on are designed for performance, comfort and your safety. Textbooks written by Steve and Doris Colgate, published by McGraw-Hill, set the stage for fun days learning under sail or power. Want a short sailing lesson? Or an in-depth certification course? We have it all. With Steve and Doris Colgate – the leaders in sailing and boating education – at the helm, Offshore Sailing School is recognized world-wide as America’s #1 Sailing School®.

Fast Track to Cruising®

Fast Track to Cruising®

Our most popular learning adventure takes you from Couch to the Captain’s Chair in just eight days. In this course you earn Bareboat Cruising Certification, starting with two days on a 26 footer, then six on a gorgeous big cruising monohull or catamaran. At course end you’re ready to pursue the cruising lifestyle with confidence and ease!

New sailing tips produced by Offshore Sailing School and Knowlera Media are now ready to view. Learn about springing off a dock, heaving to, adjusting fairleads, furling genoas, flying spinnakers, and engine checks and more. View More
In celebration of Offshore Sailing School’s 50th Anniversary and the company’s dedication to supporting research and cures for blood cancers, a weekend Pro-Am Regatta on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) was held in SW Florida January 2015, raising Offshore's total contribution to over $135,000. View More
Offshore’s learn to sail vacations are the newest “must do” family activity. Parents say they are thrilled with how well everyone bonds during this learning experience. To get more youngsters and teens into sailing, Offshore Sailing School provides free courses for kids learning with parents. View More
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