Welcome to America’s #1 Sailing School

Welcome to Steve and Doris Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School. You are about to embark on an amazing voyage with the most respected leaders in sailing education. Our founder and Chairman, Steve Colgate, is one of just 48 sailors inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame. An Olympian and America's Cup sailor, Steve’s imprint is on every sailing lesson and boating instruction we deliver. Doris Colgate, our President and CEO, founded the National Women’s Sailing Association and Women’s Sailing Foundation. Our instructors are US Sailing certified, Coast Guard licensed, and professional educators. Our resort and metro locations provide incredible sailing opportunities. Our state-of-the-art sailboats and powerboats are designed by Steve Colgate and marine architects for safe, exciting sailing. Our textbooks, written by the Colgates, are published by McGraw-Hill. Join our more than 130,000 graduates, who enthusiastically endorse Offshore Sailing School’s industry reputation 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!

On October 4, 2015, Offshore Sailing School founder, Steve Colgate, was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame. He joined an elite group of five other inductees at ceremonies held at the Bay Head Yacht Club (Bay Head, N.J.). View More
Fort Myers, Fla (November 29, 2015) – Edison Sailing Center in Fort Myers, Fla. hosted the inaugural Doris Colgate Clinic & Cup for young women sailors at its Center November 27 to 29, 2015 in honor of Doris Colgate, President & CEO of Offshore Sailing School based in Fort Myers. View More
Doris and Steve Colgate are passionate about finding cures for blood diseases. There is no better time than now to contribute to a cause that helps so many children and adults overcome the suffering caused by lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma. Learn More
Doris and Steve Colgate have been running Offshore Sailing School for more than 50 years. Their unusual relationship - working together 24/7 - is rare in the business world. This thoughtful Cruising World magazine feature story tells all. 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
A sailing course in Florida is a great venue for lovers. Just ask Rob Carlisle who proposed to Lisa Rezende in June on their practice sail during an Offshore Sailing School 3-day Learn to Sail course. View More
When Offshore announced its sailboats at North Cove Marina in New York City would sport the Lee County VCB logo advertising The Beaches of Ft. Myers and Sanibel, Ft. Myers CBS affiliate WINK News wanted to learn more. View More
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