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Offshore Sailing School

America's #1 Sailing School®

Since 1964, Steve and Doris Colgate's Offshore Sailing School has turned more than 130,000 adults and their families into accomplished sailors. Offshore Sailing School is recognized in the sailing industry as "America's Number #1 Sailing School" for many reasons. Our founders Steve and Doris Colgate – the foremost sailing educators in the world – take great pride in developing the highest standards among sailing schools, providing skills, knowledge and ultimately profound confidence in a comfortable, safe and fun environment.

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The Offshore Sailing School Advantage

  • Highly experienced and professional faculty
  • Variety of course offerings – from day sailing to cruising and racing
  • Comprehensive curricula and dedicated textbooks for each course
  • Excellent teaching platforms - sailboats designed for safety and performance
  • Ability to give you more than you can imagine in the course you choose
  • Certification at all levels recognized by charter companies throughout the world
  • And wonderful locations that allow you to immerse yourself in the learning experience

Below are descriptions of our many course and program offerings. To book your Offshore Sailing School learning adventure, please fill out the Quick Connect or call  888-454-7015 today and talk to one of our knowledgeable sailing advisors.

 

Beginning Sailors

  • Learn To Sail Certification Courses: 3 full days or 5 half days – taught on Colgate 26 sailboats designed for safety and performance, takes you through the intermediate level
  • Fast Track To Cruising: Our most popular course takes you from novice to cruise-ready, first on a Colgate 26 and then on 43' to 47' cruising boats, In one week with three certifications earned – no prior sailing experience required
  • Intro to Sailing: 2-day introductory sailing experience taught on Colgate 26 sailboats, three hours each day all on the water, giving you the basics and desire to return for more
  • Colgate Accelerated Sail Training: Two Fast Track courses – Fast Track to Cruising and Fast Track to Passage Making – in one year with a nice discount, take you from beginner to passage maker with five certifications earned – your sailing MBA, called The Greatest Classroom in the World® 
  • Two Hour Sailing Lessons: A fun way to discover sailing on 26' sailboats designed for training
  • Online Learn to Sail Course: Produced by Offshore Sailing School and BoatUS, this is the first truly comprehensive online course, mirroring the classroom sessions taught in our Learn to Sail Certification Courses – an excellent reinforcement of what you will learn, and a great refresher for higher level courses

Intermediate Sailors

  • Fast Track To Cruising: Our most popular course reviews the basics in two days on a Colgate 26 and then gives you five days of training on 43' to 47' cruising monohulls or catamarans, culminating in Bareboat Cruising Certification
  • Live Aboard Cruising Courses: 6 days living aboard and learning – our most popular bareboat certification course on 43' to 47' monohulls or catamarans
  • Bareboat Charter Courses: 5-day certification course vacation learning on 43' to 47' monohulls or catamarans, same training content as Live Aboard Cruising Courses, sailing during the day and sleeping ashore at night at a destination resort
  • Catamaran Cruising Courses: Any of the three courses above, plus a special Catamaran Live Aboard Navigation Course, taught on 38' to 47' catamarans, an increasingly popular type of boat to spend future vacations on in exotic ports all over the world
  • Bareboat Charter Refresher: 2 days – renew your big boat cruising skills on 43' to 47' monohulls and catamarans
  • Performance Sailing: 3 full days or  5 half-days – go-fast and advanced safety skills on Colgate 26 sport sailboats
  • Fast Track to Sailboat Racing: 3 full days of Performance Sailing, 7 days in our acclaimed Performance Race Week – sailing boot camp at its best!
  • Coastal Navigation Course: 4-day classroom course or 6-days learning aboard a 47' catamaran

Advanced Sailors

We also offer, Team Building and Leadership Sailing Programs for business professionals and universities; and learn-to-sail and cruising programs for groups, including Girlfriend Getaways for Women. Take any course by yourself or customize courses for couples, groups or families.

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Why Offshore Sailing?

Career sailors Steve and Doris Colgate have sailed the world on their ocean racer, Sleuth, and cruised in most of the top global cruising destinations. Together, they offer a wealth of sailing and racing expertise including Steve’s participation in the America's Cup trials and the Olympics. If you want to learn sailing from the masters, you're in the right place!

We have top notch instructors, an outstanding curriculum, sailing certifications at all levels, and the best training sailboats in the world. This is why Offshore Sailing School has welcomed over 130,000 graduates to our sailing family.

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Those who are passionate about sailing call it the ultimate green lifestyle. Besides being thrilling and exhilarating, sailing requires little fuel, it's earth-friendly and it's clean. Get the skills and confidence you need to navigate and explore the open waters. Education has never been such fun!

SAILING Good for YOU, Good for the World!®

When your sailing vacation comes to a close, you won't go home with just a tan. Instead, you'll have sailing knowledge and expertise that lasts a lifetime. Here's our promise to you: If you complete a course at Colgate Offshore Sailing School that doesn't deliver everything you expect we'll arrange for you to repeat the course – tuition free!
 

Sailing Course Descriptions

Fast Track to Cruising® - Our most popular course

Fast Track to Cruising®

This Colgate Offshore Sailing School exclusive is the fastest way to achieve confident cruising skills and gain three certifications in one week. Taught at most Offshore Sailing School campuses, you will go from novice (or rusty former sailor) to cruise-ready during this sailing course. Fast Track to Cruising® combines our Learn to Sail sailing course with our Bareboat Charter Preparation course (sleep ashore nights during the course) or Live Aboard Cruising course (live on the cruising boat throughout the course). Both courses are described below. At course end, you are ready to sail your own cruising yacht with confidence and charter large cruising yachts without captain and hired hands all over the world!

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Learn to Sail

Learn to Sail

New to sailing or need a refresher?  The Learn to Sail course is for you - culminating in Day Sailing Certifcation on boats up to 30 feet. This sailing course, taught in three full days or a more relaxed five half-days schedule, and takes you from beginner through intermediate level on our fleet of award-winning Colgate 26 sailing school boats.  Anew york sailing lessonsvailable at all  Offshore Sailing School locations.

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Bareboat Cruising Preparation

Bareboat Cruising Preparation

This next step after learning to sail gets you ready for cruising in five days at several of our resort locations. You’ll gain Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising Certification with the confidence, skills and techniques to start bareboat chartering or sail your own cruising boat with ease. Taught on 43-47 foot cruising yachts while living ashore at a glorious resort.

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Live Aboard Cruising

Live Aboard Cruising

This fabulous experience on big cruising monohulls or catamarans gives you the same sailing certifications, confidence and skills as Bareboat Cruising Preparation for big boat bareboat chartering and ownership. You live aboard throughout the course, learning as you cruise from port to port, island to island in Florida, New Jersey and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) 

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Bareboat Cruising Refresher

Bareboat Cruising Refresher

Do you need a tune up on big boat sailing skills? Our Bareboat Cruising Refresher sailing course is taught on 43-47' cruising yachts at many of our locations. You get 14 hours of instruction over one weekend and the confidence to take the wheel of a charter yacht on your next vacation. Bareboat Cruising Refresher is for sailors who already have big boat experience and want to brush up on anchoring, docking and handling a cruising yacht under sail. 

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Two-Day Intro to Sailing Getaways

Two-Day Intro to Sailing Getaways

If you don’t have much spare time and want to "test the waters" try our Two-Day Introduction to Sailing. You will sail with an expert Offshore Sailing School instruction on a sprightly Colgate 26 in two four-hour on-water saling lesson sessions. Please be aware this course does not give you any kind of certification or prepare you for cruising courses.

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Private Courses for Two

Private Courses for Two

You can choose just about any Offshore Sailing School sailing course at any Offshore Sailing School campus, and turn it into a private learning experience. This is the perfect program for couples, friends, or a parent and son or daughter who want to share equally and support each other aboard. You'll gain incredible confidence, not only in your own sailing skills but each other's abilities as you revel in the joy of fulfilling your sailing goals together.  

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Private Family Courses

Private Family Courses

Here's one of the special sailing classes that brings your family together to learn in an unforgettable bonding experience. Choose the Learn to Sail, Bareboat Cruising Preparation or Live Aboard Cruising course and embark on a whole new lifestyle. If you your family includes the younger set (7-17 years of age), our special Kids and Teens Learn Free program is a real winner! Maximum family of five for Learn to Sail courses, or six for cruising courses when learning with kids.

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Catamaran Live Aboard Navigation

Catamaran Live Aboard Navigation

After achieving Bareboat Cruising Certification, you can take our comprehensive Coastal Navigation course while sailing a big catamaran. Courses are available in the British Virgin Islands or west coast of Florida. You'll brush up your catamaran cruising skills, while concentrating on the nuances of piloting as you navigate from island to island. Lots of problem solving, lots of real hands-on navigating. The most complete Coastal Navigation sailing class you’ll find.  

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Coastal Navigation

Coastal Navigation

This four-day classroom sailing course gives you a solid foundation and sailing certification in piloting. It's the same sailing course content as taught on catamarans (above), but in this case totally in a classroom setting. It is also the precursor to Coastal Passage Making.  

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Fast Track to Coastal Passage Making

Fast Track to Coastal Passage Making

This ten-day sailing class includes the four-day Coastal Navigation course taken ashore, immediately followed by the six-day live-aboard Coastal Passage Making course on a 43-47’ cruising yacht. Taught in Florida, it includes sailing at night, standing watches, cooking underway, landfalls and much more. If you already have Coastal Navigation certification, you can take just the six-day Coastal Passage Making course.  

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Colgate Offshore Accelerated Sail Training — COAST

Colgate Offshore Accelerated Sail Training — COAST

COAST® is the fastest and most economical way to master sailing in one year. You will go from novice to skilled passage maker in a two-step curriculum that includes the Fast Track to Cruising and Fast Track to Coastal Passage Making courses. You earn five certifications with special pricing that locks in tuition rates and a special discount.  

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Performance Sailing

Performance Sailing

For the more analytical sailor with go-fast spirit, this terrific performance sailing course takes you beyond Learn to Sail with advanced training in sailing a Colgate 26 daysailer to its maximum potential. You’ll get extensive spinnaker work and learn more about what to do when problems occur, quickly and confidently. Available in three day and five-day schedules at most Offshore Sailing School campuses.

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Offshore/North U Performance Racing

Offshore/North U Performance Racing

The only course of its kind, anywhere – Performance Racing is held one week each spring at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, Florida. Each day combines expert seminars and video analysis from North U, unique on-water instruction from professional Offshore Sailing School racing instructors and guest sailing coaches, and real races. It's the boot camp of sail-race training; six days of exciting training, more starts than most racing sailors do in a full year, and short race courses for quick reactions. This is serious learning, racing every day and a regatta with prizes awarded at week's end.

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Team Building and Leadership Programs

Team Building and Leadership Programs

Our Corporate Sail-Race Challenge® offers the opportunity to experience a special synergy between sailing and business. Find out how managing a sailboat, making it go in the right direction efficiently compares to achieving goals with peers and bosses back in the office. Whether your focus is team-building or leadership development, these tailored programs provide proven, positive results. Plus, they are fun! Half, full and multi-day programs available in Florida, New York Harbor and the Caribbean.  

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Celestial Navigation

Celestial Navigation

This four-day classroom sailing course is the precursor to Offshore Passage Making, available to take alone if you have strong Coastal Navigation experience. You’ll learn how to use a sextant, HO249 tables and the Nautical Almanac to calculate a sailboat's position based on the sun, planets and stars.  

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Fast Track to Offshore Passage Making

Fast Track to Offshore Passage Making

This is the most intense of all our sailing classes. You must have all previous certifications, including Celestial Navigation and be ready for the rigors of non-stop ocean sailing. Taught in ten days on big cruising yachts you start with our four-day Celestial Navigation course, then board your yacht for our six-day Offshore Passage Making course. This thrilling offshore adventure is for those with strong sailing skills, the stomach for blue water sailing, and all the necessary pre-requisite certifications.  

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Two-Hour Sailing Lessons

Two-Hour Sailing Lessons

Sailing lessons are available at all Offshore Sailing School locations in two-hour increments, giving you the opportunity to get out on the water, feel the wind on your face and the power of moving a boat under sail power alone. Get the sailing bug with one of our two-hour lessons and we'll apply half your tuition to a regular certification course!

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Our guarantee: After you complete a course at the Colgate Offshore Sailing School, if the instruction you received was not up to your expectations, let us know right away and we will arrange to give you the same course over again, tuition free. 

Call us now at 888-454-7015 or Request a Quote to find out how easy it is to sign up for one of our sailing courses. Our Friendly Sailing Instructors are standing by to answer all your questions!

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