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Sailing Certification, Power Certification, Sailing Certificates

Colgate Sailing Certification

“The perfect balance of onshore and on-water knowledge and instruction, in a clear patient learning environment allows students to truly live their dreams of sailing. This is the most effective sailing instruction I have experienced in thirty years of sailing. No matter a student’s level of prior experience, Offshore gives the knowledge and confidence to take their sailing life to the next level.”

Kolin Kothmann – Mason, TX

Celebrating teaching sailing since 1964, Offshore Sailing School is proud to have the longest running and most progressive sailing certification system in the United States.(6)_6.02_CertificationLevels_ColgateCertification Steve Colgate who founded Offshore Sailing School, developed the curricula for our sailing certification courses, wrote our sailing textbooks, and was tapped to head the Training Committee for US Sailing, guiding a team of professional sailing educators in developing the US Sailing Certification System.

Offshore Sailing School textbooks have been fine-tuned by Steve and Doris Colgate into the best educational tools for recreational sailing and sailing certification available today. Fast Track to Sailing, Fast Track to Cruising, and Performance Sailing and Racing are all published by International Marine/McGraw-Hill.

Leading the sailing education industry over more than 50 years has brought many awards and recognitions to Steve and his team. Steve has been intimately involved in the sailing industry, national and international ruling organizations and his own love – cruising and racing. He sailed in two America’s Cup trials, the Olympics, Pan American Games, six TransAtlantic Races, 20 Newport to Bermuda Races, and the list goes on. There is no other sailing school owner with such impeccable sailing credentials.

Given all the ads and hype out there, many ask “what is the true value of sailing certification?” The reality is the recreational sailing certifications available in the United States are not legally required; nor is a sailing certificate necessary for chartering or renting boats in the United States and Caribbean. Offshore Sailing School is the official sailing school for The Moorings  – enjoying a partnership since 1973 with the world’s pre-eminent charter company.

All you need are strong skills, confidence and knowledge to sail your own boat or charter from a reputable company. And that is what you will always get from Offshore Sailing School. The real value in sailing certification is the personal validation you get from a job well done.

Test sails at course end without the instructor aboard are proof perfect that achieving Colgate Certification is a job well done. This has been a mandate of Steve Colgate since the beginning. He is the pre-eminent sailing educator in the world, still at the helm of our company and wowing the industry since 1964.

Every course noted below has textbooks that far exceed the depth of information found in other books for similar courses. Most gratifying are the comments that come from our graduates, many of whom are top educators, professionals and leaders with years of training experience in their own fields. We urge you to read the textbook before arriving for your course; you will be far ahead of the curve and very comfortable on your first day out if you do.

US Sailing Certification

If you want third-party validation of all that you learn, opt for US Sailing Certification. US Sailing is the National Governing Body for the sport of sailing in the United States, ussailingdesignated by U.S. Congress. Offshore Sailing School is a certified US Sailing school and US Powerboat school.

If you choose US Sailing Certification you automatically become a US Sailing member and receive US Sailing textbooks in addition to the books written by the Colgates. US Sailing textbooks are developed and updated by US Sailing’s National Faculty, which Steve Colgate was involved in while heading the US Sailing Training Committee. Certification tests provided by US Sailing mirror US Sailing textbooks. An extra fee is charged to cover

US Sailing membership, textbooks, and administration.

US Sailing represents the United States in Olympic and international competition, and is the sole U.S. member of the powerful International Sailing Federation, made up of governing bodies from nearly every country in the world.

US Sailing’s mission is to provide leadership for the sport of sailing in the United States, ensuring that first-time and advanced sailors learn from experienced and certified instructors who follow national guidelines and are trained using a nationwide curriculum. Steve Colgate set those standards when he was asked to lead a team of sailing educators to develop a national certification standard, system and curricula for commercial and community sailing schools in the United States.

Sailing Certification and Power Certification Tests

You are not required to take sailing certification tests proffered at the end of an Offshore Sailing School course. However, most do because it provides validation of how much you have learned. All we ask is that you have the proper prior experience and skills for the course level you choose if you are looking for a course beyond Learn to Sail; and that you have a wonderful time and learn more than you ever thought possible.

6.02 Certification LevelsIf You Have Certification From Another System

You may enter the Colgate Certification System or US Sailing Certification System in courses beyond Learn to Sail through a resume and discussion with our Director of Operations. If you are seeking certification, during your course you may “challenge” the prerequisite course level and take that test. We highly recommend you take the Fast Track to Cruising® course if you have basic certifications and want one of our cruising courses. This will guarantee your participation on an equal level with other Offshore Sailing School graduates.

Earn Certification with Offshore

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