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Welcome to America’s #1 Sailing School®!

"The instructor was awesome, the course was amazing. I now have a new sense of freedom!" These are the comments we read over and over on evaluations from graduates describing their sailing school experience with an Offshore Sailing School instructor. At Steve and Doris Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School our goal is to ensure learning to sail, cruise or race is not only "amazing," you gain a profound sense of "freedom" too! 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. Our six locations are in beautiful sailing areas, open year-round. The sailboats and powerboats you learn on provide safe, exciting sailing lessons and powerboat training. If you haven't yet 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®. If you already are an Offshore Sailing School graduate, welcome back! Advanced courses and fantastic flotilla cruise vacations are waiting for you.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO PROVIDING AN AWESOME SAILING ADVENTURE FOR YOU SOON!

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 yacht. At course end you’re ready to pursue the cruising lifestyle with confidence and ease!

Offshore Sailing School's summer specials provide big discounts on entry level sailing lessons and big yacht cruising courses. Click Here . .
Offshore Sailing School has expanded its comprehensive sailing lessons program with exclusive new sailboat racing programs in Florida and the British Virgin Islands. Learn more . . .
Dates for Offshore Sailing School's 18th annual Performance Race Week with North U have been announced, and reservations can be made now with a $200 refundable deposit per person. Learn more . . .
Offshore Sailing School has several new lease management opportunities available, including the Jeanneau 479, and sail and power cruising catamarans. Learn more . . .

Learn Sailing at Offshore Sailing School

Yesterday I received my U.S.C.G. Merchant Mariner Credential with an OUPV endorsement. All of this started eight years ago in your Learn to Sail class in NYC. Later I took the Bareboat Cruising course at Captiva Island, FL. In August 2010 I knew essentially nothing about sailing, and now I am comfortable getting on just about any sailboat, rigging her, taking the helm and directing a crew.  Thank you for teaching me the fundamentals of seamanship the right way. Because of the knowledge and skills I acquired in your courses, I am safe and competent as a skipper. When I take people sailing who have never been on a boat, they have confidence in my abilities and know that I will keep them safe. They enjoy learning from me and want to come back. In this way, I help to nurture the next generation of sailors, just as you nurtured me.

Andrew Vogel – Fishkill, NY
Andrew is shown on the Pacific Seacraft he bought in 2016

America’s #1 Sailing School® — Awesome, Amazing Sailing Experiences Providing Ultimate Freedom

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. But the biggest reward of all is that amazing sense of freedom you get when learning to sail, cruise, or race with an Offshore Sailing School instructor.

 

Start Your Path to Freedom Now!

Call 888-454-7015 Today to Embark on Your Personal Boating Lifestyle!

Meet Our Awesome Founders, Steve and Doris Colgate

Click here to see an interview with Steve and Doris Colgate, as they were about to embark on another bareboat cruising adventure. The Colgates want everyone to experience the freedom sailing provides, just as it has done for them over the years. If you get a chance to visit the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis which occurs each year in early October, stop by and have a chat with Steve and Doris. Their enthusiasm for sailing is truly infectious!

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. Offshore Sailing School has received many recognitions and awards for creating the best sailing instruction, boating programs, and sailing classes. When you learn how to sail, cruise or race at Offshore Sailing School, you learn from the best instructors you’ll find, on boats carefully chosen and designed for teaching and your sailing comfort.

Why We Are Amazing, Awesome and Forever America’s #1 Sailing School®

“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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  • Steve Colgate – our founder, who works with our team to provide the perfect experience; 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee, Olympian and America’s Cup competitor, pre-eminent sailing educator, boat designer, world-wide racing sailor
  • Doris Colgate – President and CEO who learned to sail at Offshore Sailing School in 1967, founder of the National Women’s Sailing Association, passionate about providing sailing lessons and opportunities for all
  • Our Graduates – More than 140,000 who have learned to sail during the more than 54 years Offshore has provided award-winning, sailing lessons and instruction programs
  • Our Faculty – Highly experienced and professional instructors and managers who care about you – certified by US Sailing and licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard with years of sailing and boating experience under the boat shoes
  • Our Courses – The greatest variety and depth of hands-on sailing lessons and boating lessons available
  • Our Textbooks – Succinct and comprehensive, complementing our impressive learn to sail course curricula and advanced sailing courses curricula – written by the Colgates and US Sailing National Faculty
  • Our Sail and Power Fleet – Learn how to sail, learn how to cruise, become a great racing sailor, or take the helm of a power cruiser, all excellent teaching platforms designed for safety, comfort, and performance
  • Our Course Certifications – US Sailing and Power Courses providing US Sailing and Power Certification at all levels from 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 a rewarding learning vacation
  • And Our Graduate Sailing Adventures – Flotilla Cruises led by knowledgeable experts; worldwide destinations to tempt you on every vacation you plan; open to all who love to sail but so much more fun if you first learn with Offshore!

Our Sailing School 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