OFFSHORE SAILING SCHOOL NEWS AND SPECIAL DEALS
SAIL-WELL BUY-THE-BOAT PRIVATE CRUISING COURSES NOW AVAILABLE
A very special value-priced Private Sailing Lessons program for couples and families is now available for those who choose a Fast Track to Cruising® or Live Aboard Cruising Course through the rest of 2020. Special SAIL-WELL packages are available on new enrollments starting July 29, 2020, for courses that are completed by December 26, 2020. Please see this page for details.
At America’s #1 Sailing School®, we are delighted to offer private sailing and power cruise courses with special gifts for dates starting in 2021. What does that mean? Couples enrolling in a private course option, or families purchasing a Buy-the-Boat package for any course, or our popular ‘Tweens & Teens Learn Free sailing packages in Florida, will receive:
- Offshore Sailing School logo caps for all enrolled students
- Option for customized provisions when purchasing a Fast Track® to Live Aboard, or Live Aboard Cruising, or Fast Track® to Power Cruising Course package
Provisioning for live aboard course packages are ordered from a list Offshore Sailing School provides and will be honored if returned to Offshore Sailing School at least two weeks before your course start date. To take advantage of these Private Course Options, the package you purchase will include resort accommodations. Buy-the-Boat and ‘Tweens packages also include two-bedroom resort accommodations.
One of our most special activities is our ‘Tweens and Teens Learn Free family vacation program, where up to three kids, ages 7-17, learn to sail with two adults for free. That’s a savings of nearly 60%! This is an absolutely amazing experience, one that many parents say is the best way for the family to bond and stay connected. To take advantage of this very special offer, pick a date when your kids are out of school and sign up for a 5-day Learn to Sail Course at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island or Pink Shell Beach Resort on Ft. Myers Beach, Florida. Both of these family-friendly resorts offer lots of things to do when you are not out on the water.
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When all of our sailing school locations closed down between April and May, Steve and Doris Colgate thought sailors and would-be sailors might want a little home-made entertainment. So, they put together a series of short, inspirational video vignettes with Steve talking about his fascinating sailing career. Doris shares some stories too!
Over 50 #DocksideChatswithSteve were produced and posted Monday, Wednesday and Friday on Offshore Sailing School’s Facebook page. through mid-July. With so many stories to tell, the Colgates decided to do a “round-two” of these Chats, which are now posted on #WindyWednesdays only. You can tune into the Offshore Sailing School YouTube Channel to view all the #DocksideChats posted so far, plus sailing tips, tours of our resort locations, and watch recaps of our flotilla vacations and other special events. These stories will be featured in memoirs that Steve and Doris are writing to be published in 2021, so you are getting a sneak peek.
SAVE 10% WITH OUR “SAVE NOW…SAIL SOON” SPECIAL
Enroll in designated Offshore Sailing School certification courses now and save 10%, with or without resort accommodations. We know that getting out on the water is one of the best therapies there is to soothe the soul. Along with our resort partners, we are following all CDC Guidelines and sanitizing high-touch areas in our classrooms and aboard our fleet frequently. We teach a maximum of four students per course and many students and families are choosing our Private Course offerings for comfort and safety. View “Save Now…Sail Soon” promotion details here.
My experience with Offshore Sailing School was life changing. I enrolled in the Fast Track™ to Cruising course with my husband Matt, to see if live aboard sailing and bareboat chartering was for me. I graduated with a lifetime certification not only with sailing knowledge but with a new love for learning. The course surpassed all my expectations and my husband and I now have a new hobby to share!
Ellen Orenstein – Atlanta, GA
Fast Track to Cruising – Captiva Island, FL June 2019
- Hampton Inn & Suites, St. Petersburg
- South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island
- Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, Ft. Myers Beach
- Westin Cape Coral at Marina Village, Cape Coral
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A BRAND NEW COURSE — FAST TRACK® TO SAILING — DEBUTS AT SOUTH SEAS ISLAND RESORT ON CAPTIVA ISLAND, FLORIDA
This brand new 6-day course provides total immersion in learning the nuances of sailing along with boating navigation. Offered November 1-7, 2020, with just 16 spots available, this very special program is sure to sell-out.
Earn Two Certifications and a Small Boat Cruising Certificate
The links below take you to the courses that are combined to bring you the Fast Track® to Sailing program. Whether you are just getting into sailing or returning to refresh your skills, this experiential sailing program is offered only in its entirety.
- Basic Keelboat Certification – OSS 101 Learn to Sail Course
- Small Sailboat Cruising – OSS 101 pro
- Coastal Navigation Certification – OSS 105 Coastal Navigation Course
GIVE YOUR TEAM THE CORPORATE ADVANTAGE WITH A SAIL-RACE CHALLENGE®
Sailing is the by far the best way to bring teams together and develop leaders who will deftly guide those teams. Offshore Sailing School can accommodate teams of 8 and up aboard two Colgate 26 sailboats or more in our unique Corporate Sail-Race Challenge® sailing lessons. In addition to the Pink Shell Beach Resort on Ft. Myers Beach, Offshore Sailing School hosts team building and group sailing excursions at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, and The Westin Cape Coral Resort in Cape Coral, Florida. Groups of up to 10 may also be accommodated at Scrub Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands. Contact Beth Oliver today to learn how your team can perform at the highest level: BOliver@OffshoreSailing.com, 239-985-7516.
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We have a full spectrum of sailing vacations available through our Colgate Sailing Adventures® Flotilla Cruises – for Offshore Sailing School grads and sailors who love to sail. The group in this photo are at the Meet and Greet dinner for the St. Martins flotilla cruise in February 2020 (prior to social distancing guidelines). These sailing vacations are the most delightful way to explore the world under sail. We charter the sailboats, research and provide the itinerary, put the crews together based on friendships and sailing experience, and best of all – we provide expert tour leaders who love to sail and want you to have the time of your life! We have one more trip in 2020. View our amazing destinations in 2021 here. Check out this video from our 2019 Colgate Sailing Adventures flotilla sailing vacation aboard six Moorings cruising yachts in the British Virgin Islands. Next trip:
Exuma Bahamas – November 8-15, 2020
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THE GREATEST CLASSROOM IN THE WORLD® IS IN THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Offshore Sailing School is in great company! The Summer 2019 issue of Elite Traveler Magazine included a super spread about the gorgeous British Virgin Islands and our two BVI partners. Take a look and come on down to paradise where summer is always in season. Did you know that Scrub Island Resort is Offshore Sailing School’s Caribbean cruising sailboat school Caribbean base? It’s an incredible Marriott Autograph Collection Resort with gorgeous accommodations looking out to the most beautiful sailing grounds you’ll ever find. Courses here fill up fast, especially Fast Track to Cruising® Courses on monohulls and catamarans.
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OUR 56TH YEAR AND STILL CELEBRATING!
Not too many companies surpass 55 years with their original leaders still at the helm. Living in southwest Florida, those leaders have become somewhat of a legend. Case in point: Doris was featured in the October 2019 Gulfshore Life Magazine as one of five impressive “Game Changers” in Southwest Florida.
And every day the Colgates wake up with a smile, do their morning walk, then head to the office to work closely with a dedicated team that works tirelessly to introduce more people to the sailing lifestyle. And at the end of very busy days, the Colgates often say, “Where did the years go?”
Steve Colgate started Offshore Sailing School on the back of a cocktail napkin in November 1964. Doris met Steve in January 1968 when she took a racing course he ran in the Bahamas. Read more about the evolution of Offshore Sailing School in our About Us section on this website: Steve’s bio here and Doris’ bio here. The Colgates are working on their memoirs with author Herb McCormick for publication in 2021.
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