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Welcome to America’s #1 Sailing School Where Sailing is "Freedom!"

"Your course gave me a new sense of freedom," is just one of the many comments we get from our graduates. Another word we constantly hear is "awesome" when a client describes their sailing school experience with an Offshore Sailing School instructor. At Steve and Doris Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School the goal is to make sure your time learning to sail, cruise or race with Offshore 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, US Sailing certified. Our six 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. Sailing is the ultimate bucket list adventure. Isn't it time you crossed "sailing" off your bucket list? 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®. 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. At course end you’re ready to pursue the cruising lifestyle with confidence and ease!

Offshore Sailing School has several new lease management opportunities available, including the Jeanneau 479, and sail and power cruising catamarans. Learn more . . .
Offshore Sailing School took 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 . . .
News Flash! Learn to Sail and Catamaran Cruising Courses will start at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Cay in Southwest Florida December 1, 2017. Click Here . .
2018 Colgate Sailing Adventures Flotilla Cruises are filled with waitlist reservations for Greece and Tahiti. These adventures are so popular, Offshore Sailing School recently added a new flotilla cruise adventure in the unspoiled cayes of Belize. 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® — Awesome and Amazing Sailing Experiences with a Sense of 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.

Sailing is Freedom

Steve and Doris Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School is all about freedom – freedom to get away from the noise and bustle of daily life, freedom to hop aboard and make a boat go where you want it to go, freedom to taste the joys of sailing in places you can only describe as “paradise,” and freedom to truly and ultimately relax and unwind.

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. 

Offshore Sailing School has received many recognitions and awards for creating the best sailing instruction, boating programs, and sailing 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 how 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 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 – is our founder, who comes to work every day to work with our team to provide the perfect experience; Hall of Famer, Olympian and America’s Cup competitor, pre-eminent sailing educator, boat designer, world-wide racing sailor
  • Doris Colgate – married Steve and Offshore in 1969 after learning to sail at his school in New York; as President and CEO carries the weight of making this business a “business,” 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 – 95% rated their latest experience with Offshore “very high” or “high” in a September 2015 study, attesting to our ability to give you more than you can imagine in the sailing classes you choose
  • 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 – from day sailing to cruising, racing and passage making – and a comprehensive online sailing course to get you started before you arrive
  • 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 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, also providing US Power Boat certifications
  • 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