How We Teach
The Best Way to Learn Sailing
Olympian, America’s Cup sailor and National Sailing Hall of Fame inductee, Steve Colgate, is the “knowledge” behind all Offshore Sailing School courses. His best practices for teaching sailing, the curriculum he developed for every course, and teaching aides and comprehensive textbooks written by the Colgates are just four of the many reasons why Offshore Sailing School is America’s #1 Sailing School®.
A fifth and most important reason is our impressive sailing school faculty – highly skilled professional men and women who are lauded for their knowledge, experience, and teaching abilities – all passionately dedicated to your success.
“The materials prepared us well for the on the water skill building. We highly recommend Offshore Sailing School for those who want professional instruction and a solid foundation of knowledge and skills for sailing and seamanship.”
Kevin and Karen Marcilliat – Mableton, GA
The Proven Way to Learn
Ask any college professor, pilot or engineer and they will describe the proven methods for learning parallel to how you learn sailing at Offshore Sailing School.
- VISUAL – Comprehensive , easy-to-read textbooks sent in advance to study, plus an Online Learn to Sail Course that complements the Learn to Sail Course textbook if you are just starting out
- AUDITORY – Classroom sessions that precede on-water training session to reinforce textbooks
- TACTILE – Extensive on-water instruction that allows you to practice hands-on what you read in textbooks and studied in the classroom
“My wife and I had never sailed before. We prepared before coming with the excellent textbook and then had a wonderful week on Captiva Island, Florida. We learned a lot and have a newfound respect for the intricacies of sailing. It was a great week and we look forward to getting back on the water.”
Dr. Michael Haglund – Duke University, Durham, NC
Teachers and college professors laud our textbooks, teaching methods and curricula. So buyers beware! Many sailing schools cut corners and don’t cover all you need to know to learn sailing. If they boast “no classroom instruction” you are missing out on some of the most crucial aspects of learning. At Offshore we reinforce everything you do on the water with textbooks sent in advance to study, in-depth delivery of knowledge in the classroom, and then hands-on training aboard each day. In live aboard cruising courses, there is a classroom session each morning aboard before you set sail.
“I am a teacher. My husband and I run our own Test Prep School and thought we knew everything. My teacher at Offshore taught me the importance of patience and independence. He guided but never coddled. The outcome: I learned more than I could ever have imagined. My husband and I have traveled the world and this was by far one of our best adventures. An amazing vacation that ended with an acquired skill that will last us our lifetime.”
Ariana Khashoggi – Highland Park, NJ
The Offshore Sailing School Guarantee
There aren’t many companies that make it past 50 years, much less other sailing schools. Founded in 1964, Offshore Sailing School mission is to enhance your life through sailing and make sure you to receive the absolute best sailing education. If you feel we did not live up to your expectations, you may take the course over again, tuition free. If you choose our Fast Track to Cruising Course and cruising is your ultimate goal, you will be ready to charter boats over 40’ with The Moorings and other charter companies around the world.
“I live in Colorado with very little sailing experience over the years since college. When I told The Moorings about my ‘meager experience,’ they seemed far more interested that I had completed the Offshore Sailing School Fast Track to Cruising Course. They considered that more relevant than a logbook full of experience. I was deemed qualified to bareboat charter a 43’ Beneteau.”
John Klebba – Lakewood, CO