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Sailing Certification & Sailing Certificates from Offshore Sailing

Colgate Sailing Certification  

Celebrating teaching sailing since 1964, Offshore Sailing School is proud to have the oldest and most progressive sailing certification education system in the United States.  Steve Colgate, who founded Offshore Sailing School, developed all the curricula for our sailing certification courses and long ago wrote and published saiing textbooks for his Learn to Sail, Cruising and Performance courses. 

Over the years, 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. For some specialized courses the Colgates have chosen excellent books written by other experts. They never stop moving forward, with Fast Track to Sailing, Fast Track to Cruising, and Performance Sailing and Racing (in 2012) - 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. Throughout Steve has been intimately involved in the sailing industry, national and international ruling organizations and his own love – cruising and racing – competing in America’s Cup trials, the Olympics, Pan American Games, and national and international competitions in small and big boat racing. In 2006 he was back on an America’s Cup Twelve Metre in the 150th celebration of that race and in 2010 he participated in the Twelve Metre Reunion in Newport, RI - a gathering of the most famous and smartest sailors in the world. There is no other educator 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 none of the recreational sailing certifications available in the United States are legally required. Nor is a sailing certificate necessary for chartering or renting boats in the United States and Caribbean. The largest charter company in the world – The Moorings – says on its website that sailing certification is NOT required to charter their boats. And, by the way, Offshore Sailing School is the official sailing school for The Moorings - a 38 year tradition!

All you need are strong skills, confidence and knowledge to sail your own boat or charter one 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.

Tests have always been administered in Offshore Sailing School courses, as Doris remembers well when she learned to sail at Offshore Sailing School in 1967. An on-water test sail at course-end without the instructor aboard is also required. A passing grade gives you Colgate Sailing Certification for the course you took. These tests are the result of combining the day to day experience and knowledge of Offshore’s fine teaching faculty with Steve Colgate’s vast experience, standards and long years teaching sailing. There is no Colgate match. 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 client base, many of whom are top educators, professionals and leaders with years of training experience in their own fields. We urge you to read as much of the book as you can before arriving for your course; you will be far ahead of the curve and very comfortable on your first day out if you do. Call and find out how to receive your sailing certification from Offshore Sailing School today! 888-454-7015.

Colgate Sailing Certification 

COLGATE SAILING CERTIFICATION LEVELS AND BOOKS
COURSE
CERTIFICATION
TEXTBOOKS
Fast Track to Cruising®
Day Sailing, Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Cruising
Fast Track to Cruising by Steve and Doris Colgate, published by McGraw-Hill 2005

 

Learn to Sail
Day Sailing
Fast Track to Sailing by Steve and Doris Colgate, published by McGraw-Hill 2009
 
Bareboat Cruising Preparation
Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Cruising
Fast Track to Cruising by Steve and Doris Colgate, published by McGraw-Hill 2005
 
Live Aboard Cruising (on Monohulls) 
Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Cruising
Fast Track to Cruising by Steve and Doris Colgate, published by McGraw-Hill 2005
Live Aboard Cruising (on Catamarans) 
Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Cruising
Fast Track to Cruising by Steve and Doris Colgate, published by McGraw-Hill 2005; plus Special Techniques for Cruising Catamarans by the Colgates, published by Offshore Sailing School
Catamaran Live Aboard Navigation
Coastal Navigation
Coastal Navigation written and published by US Sailing, Special Techniques for Cruising Catamarans by Steve and Doris Colgate, published by Offshore Sailing School
Performance Sailing
 
Performance Sailing
 
 
Performance Sailing and Racing by Steve Colgate, published by McGraw-Hill 2012
 
Performance Racing
 
Performance Sailing
 
Performance Sailing and Racing by Steve Colgate, published by McGraw-Hill 2012; North U. Performance Racing Tactics and North U. TRIM, both by Bill Gladstone, published by North U.
Coastal Navigation
Coastal Navigation
 
Coastal Navigation written and published by US Sailing
Celestial Navigation
Celestial Navigation
Celestial Navigation Made Easy handbook by Offshore Sailing School (not sent in advance)
 
Coastal Passage Making
 
Coastal Passage Making
 
Passage Making written and published by US Sailing
 
Offshore Passage Making
 
 
Offshore Passage Making
 
Passage Making written and published by US Sailing
 Women’s Courses
See course name
Doris Colgate’s SAILING: A Woman’s Guide published by Ragged Mountain Press/McGraw-Hill 1999, plus specific course books listed above
 
6-Hour Intro to Sailing
 
 
No certification
 
Steve Colgate’s Basic Sailing Theory, published by Offshore Sailing School
 
Bareboat Cruising Refresher
 
 
No certification
 
Steve Colgate’s Steve Colgate on Cruising, published by Offshore Sailing School

US Sailing Certification

If you would like to know what each of our regular certification courses cover, you can find a complete synopsis by clicking this button. We are serious about what you learn and results you achieve. We don't cut corners. The real test is the confidence and skills you gain with Offshore Sailing School as opposed to many other schools. Colgate Certification is the system Steve Colgate developed over 50 years ago when he started Offshore Sailing School.  If you want third-party validation, we offer US Sailing certification from the governing body of sailing in the United States. 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. Steve Colgate headed the Training Committee that developed the US Sailing Certification system for commercial and community sailing schools throughout the United States.  

If you opt for US Sailing Certification, you will receive US Sailing books in addition to the books written by the Colgates, and your tests will be those provided by US Sailing. An extra fee is charged to cover the books and administration of this US Sailing certification program, as well as membership in the governing board of sailing in the United States, by appointment of the United States Congress.

The US Sailing textbooks are developed by US Sailing’s National Faculty, which Steve Colgate was involved in while heading the US Sailing training committee, then made up of the four top schools in the nation. He has given much to the development of the US Sailing certification system, but not all – requiring that his team go beyond the standards set by US Sailing. For the best learning experience, please read your textbooks before you start your course..

 

US SAILING CERTIFICATION AND BOOKS
COURSE
CERTIFICATION
TEXTBOOKS
Fast Track to Cruising®
 Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising 
 
Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising, all written and published by US Sailing
 
Learn to Sail
 
Basic Keelboat
 
 
US Sailing Basic Keelboat
 
 
Bareboat Cruising Preparation
 
Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising
 
US Sailing Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising
 
 
Live Aboard Cruising (monohulls)
Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising
US Sailing Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising
 
Live Aboard Cruising (catamarans)
Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising
US Sailing Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising; Colgate’s catamaran supplement
Coastal Navigation
Coastal Navigation
 
US Sailing Coastal Navigation
Celestial Navigation
Celestial Navigation
 
Celestial Navigation Made Easy handbook by Offshore Sailing school (not sent in advance)
 
Coastal Passage Making
 
Coastal Passage Making
US Sailing Passage Making
 
Offshore Passage Making
 
 
 
Offshore Passage Making
US Sailing Passage Making

50 Years of Expert Teaching Experience and 130,000 Graduates!

There aren't many companies that make it to 50 years, much less other sailing schools!
If you started in another sailing certification system, we’re happy to get you into the Colgate or US Sailing system through an online resume. During your course, you will be given the opportunity to “challenge” either system’s prerequisite test if you are starting beyond Offshore Saling School's Learn to Sail level.

At Offshore Sailing School you are guaranteed to receive the absolute best sailing education
You are ready for confident boat ownership or chartering with The Moorings after just two courses. Whether or not you are capable of managing your own boat or chartering from a reputable charter company, is dependent on the caliber of education you receive.

Auditory, Visual, Kinesthetic: College professors laud our textbooks, teaching methods and curriculum
Over our 50 years in business we have had clients come to us after taking a less than adequate course elsewhere. Buyer beware! Many schools cut corners and don’t cover all you need to know. If they boast "no classroom instruction, everything is taught aboard the boat" you will be missing out on some of the most crucial aspects of learning. At Offshore, we reinforce everything you do on the water with textbook(s) sent in advance, indepth knowledge in the classroom, and then hands-on training aboard each day. In cruising courses, even when you live aboard throughout, there is a classroom session each morning before you set sail.

State of the art Online Course
No other sailing school has a comprehensive, interactive Online Learn to Sail course to help jump start your education. 

Our graduates are ready to buy, rent and charter!
Regardless of whom you learn with and what sailing certification program you go through, you may still find renters and charter companies that won’t recognize your sailing certification. Generally this happens because they offer their own courses and/or adhere to whatever system they are part of. That kind of small business attitude is sad as they are missing out on the best trained sailors - those who have gone through an Offshore Sailing School course. 

We ask every client for instant feedback
And our entire management team reads every evaluation we receive. Our Director of Operations works closely with our entire faculty to sure make they are all the best of the best in sailing instruction. Some schools hire instructors we previously interviewed and found lacking in their depth of knowledge, people skills, and ability to teach. Yet, they end up with some sort of instructor certification just the same from another certification system or school. 

Bottom line
No matter how good we say we are, no matter how good our sales team is, no matter how high our standards – in the end it is our instructors that leave you with lasting impressions and the education you expected.

You are not required to take the sailing certification exam at the end of a course with Offshore Sailing School
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; that you have a wonderful time, and learn more than you ever thought possible!

Call us now at 888-454-7015 or Request a Quote to learn more about Sailing Certificates from Offshore Sailing.

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