Learn to Cruise And See the World
Great Vacations Start with the Perfect Course
Go from Couch to Captains Chair in One Week
Give Your Team the Competitive Edge
Make New Friends when you Learn to Sail
Learn to Cruise and see the World under Sail
Make Winning Races your Next Best Getaway
Fast Track® Sailing Lessons – Amazing On-Water Adventures!
Steve and Doris Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School makes people happy! Our sail and power programs get you out on the water in open air, learning a new skill with a dedicated instructor who is all about YOU. If you are new to Offshore Sailing School, join our more than 160,000 graduates and learn to sail or improve your sailing skills, or learn to handle a big power boat, then explore the world under sail on one of our exciting flotilla vacations. Enjoy the many on-water adventures at America’s #1 Sailing School®. If you already are an Offshore Sailing School graduate, welcome back!
The Greatest Classroom in the World!®
OUR COURSES AND PROGRAMS
Dockside Chats with Steve Colgate
Tune into Offshore’s YouTube Channel for fun stories with Steve – from Steve and Doris Colgate’s biography OFFSHORE High. Find out why sailing is so much fun!
Become an Offshore Sailing School Instructor!
If you are passionate about teaching sailing, we want to talk to you. See our Employment Opportunities page to learn more.
Learn to Sail
Our signature OSS 101 Learn to Sail Course is an amazing start to an exciting new lifestyle. Take the helm of a sleek Colgate 26 sailboat on a 3-day sailing lessons vacation.
Learn to Cruise
The OSS 103/104 Live Aboard Cruising Course gets you ready to see the world under sail. Learn on a beautiful big monohull or catamaran. You can also do the same course, staying ashore each night at a gorgeous resort.
Flotilla Cruise Vacations
Offshore graduates and experienced sailors get first dibs at seeing the world under sail! Hosted flotilla cruises, organized and led by Offshore staff, are hassle free. You do the sailing, Offshore takes care of all the details.
Learn to Power Like a Pro
OSS 112 Fast Track to Power Cruising gives you the skills to captain a power cat on charters with family and friends. Gain ultimate confidence while living and learning on a beautiful power cat in the British Virgin Islands.
Team Building for Your Group
Give your team a rewarding and productive escape with a fun-filled 4-hour or full-day Team Building adventure on our fleet of easy-to-handle Colgate 26 sailboats. Consider a leadership event or a pleasant group outing under sail.
Fast Track to Cruising®- OSS 101/103/104
Our most popular learning adventure takes you from Couch to the Captain’s Chair in just eight days. You earn three US Sailing certifications — Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising — starting with two days on a 26 footer, then six on a gorgeous big cruising monohull or catamaran yacht. At course end you’re ready to pursue the cruising lifestyle with confidence and ease!
I’ve had sailing courses from other organizations but this is the best set of courses I ever experienced.Jesse JohnsonAustin, Texas
"Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School is truly the best sailing school. Everything is first class, and well worth the money and time spent."Tom BisanzFrisco, Texas
"Fast Track to Cruising gave us the knowledge and skills to enjoy cruising for the rest of our lives."Karen and Kevin MarcilliatMableton, Georgia
"Amazing course! I’ve done a lot of sailing, and learned a lot during week. My wife went from novice to knowledgeable and reliable."Robert and Betsy LahueWyckoff, New Jersey
"This was our third course with Offshore. The instructors really set Offshore apart from other sailing organizations."Andrew and Erin DeakRocky River, Ohio
"Offshore made it easy to learn! One of the best weeks ever. My dad and I couldn’t have had a more productive and enjoyable adventure."Mark WaltzMuskego, Wisconsin
"I took the Fast Track to Cruising Course and went from non-sailor to confident cruiser in one week!"Gabriel EmanuelliMiramar, Florida
"What a fantastic experience! Our Fast Track week was fun and educational from beginning to end."Todd and Lois GillenwaterCharleston, West Virginia
"The instructors were amazing. I learned a lot, had fun, and can’t stop telling everyone how cool this experience was."Charles ZahalkaLas Vegas, Nevada
"We are amazed at how much we learned in such a short period of time. We left feeling confident and eager to step aboard again."Danielle SteinbergGeorgetown, Kentucky