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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 an elite group of 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 professional educators, US Sailing certified. Our locations are in beautiful sailing areas and open year-round. The sailboats and powerboats you learn on, are designed to provide the best platforms for safe, exciting sailing lessons and powerboat training. Special textbooks, written by the Colgates, and published by McGraw-Hill enhance those created by US Sailing for sailboat certification and powerboat certification. Check out our roster of sailing instruction courses and powerboat programs, and this month's special deals below. And, if you haven't already taken a course with Offshore Sailing School, join more than 140,000 graduates, who enthusiastically endorse Offshore Sailing School’s 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 US Sailing 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!

Offshore Sailing School takes delivery of a brand new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 479 at the U.S. Sailboat in October. Learn how you can earn cruising certification on this Queen of the Offshore fleet. Learn more . . .
Just announced - a whopping 20% off sale on Learn to Sail and Cruising courses at beautiful South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, FL. Save up to $100 per person. Learn more . . .
The 2018 Colgate Sailing Adventures Flotilla Cruise schedule takes you to Greece, Tahiti and St. Martin in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean. Announced in June, they are already filling up. Learn more . . .
The exclusive Fast Track to Cruising course is available in Florida at Offshore Sailing School's Captiva Island campus. This course is for women, taught by women. Learn more . . .
The August 2016 Charter Issue of Cruising World Magazine just arrived with a fabulous story about Offshore's Fast Track to Cruising Course in the British Virgin Islands, written by Lisa Gabrielson who wanted the "skills and self-assurance to set sail independently. Click Here . .

Learn Sailing at Offshore Sailing School

America’s #1 Sailing School®

Learning to sail, cruise or race at Offshore Sailing School comes with many rewards, not the least of which is a lifetime of cruising and boating adventures. Click here to see an interview with Steve and Doris Colgate two years ago when they were getting ready for another bareboat cruising adventure. Here they are, still loving and living the sailing lifestyle! 

Call 888-415-8877 Today to Embark on Your Personal Boating Lifestyle!

Offshore Sailing School has received many recognitions and awards for creating the best sailing instruction, boating programs, sailing lessons and classes. Acknowledged in the sailing industry as “America’s #1 Sailing School,” Offshore Sailing School provides US Sailing Certification for its Sailing Courses and Powerboat Courses. When you learn to sail, cruise or race at Offshore Sailing School, you learn on boats carefully chosen and designed for teaching and your sailing comfort.

Learn to Sail from The Best Teachers in Boating Education

Offshore Sailing School instructors are caring sailors and mariners with extensive sailing and teaching experience. Their mission is to give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to thoroughly enjoy the sailing lifestyle – all under the guidance of our founder, Steve Colgate, a renowned sailor who was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2015.

Why We Are #1

  • Steve Colgate – our founder, Hall of Famer, Olympian and America’s Cup competitor – because of his pre-eminent position as a sailing educator, boat designer, and world-wide racing sailor
  • Doris Colgate – President and CEO, founder of the National Women’s Sailing Association, and passionate about providing sailing lessons and opportunities for all
  • Our Graduates – More than 140,000 who have learned to sail in over 52 years of our award-winning, sailing lessons and instruction programs – 83% rated their latest experience with Offshore “very high” in a September 2015 study, attesting to our ability to give you more than you can imagine in the course you choose
  • Our Faculty – Highly experienced and professional instructors and managers who care about you – certified by US Sailing and licensed by U.S. Coast Guard
  • Our Courses – The greatest variety and depth of hands-on sailing lessons available – from day sailing to cruising, racing and passage making – and a comprehensive online sailing course to get you started
  • Our Textbooks – Succinct and comprehensive, complementing our impressive learn to sail course curricula – written by the Colgates and US Sailing National Faculty
  • Our Sail and Power Fleet – Excellent teaching platforms designed for safety, comfort, and performance
  • Our Course Certifications – US Sailing Courses providing US Sailing Certification at all levels – US Sailing is the U.S. governing body of sailing, appointed by Congress, recognized by charter companies throughout the world
  • Our Locations – Superior resort-based adventure vacation locations that provide beautiful sailing and boating conditions, allowing you to immerse yourself in the learning experience

“The biggest mistake of my sailing career was taking my Basic Keelboat Course in the New York City area with another school and not Offshore. We learned very little with the other school. Bottom line is that from my experience Offshore rocks and is the Harvard, Princeton, Yale of sailing schools.”

Keith Bloesch– Hoboken, NJ
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Our Guarantee

After you complete a Colgate course offering at Offshore Sailing School, if the sailing 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.
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Call 888-454-7015 or 239-454-1700, Email Sail@OffshoreSailing.com