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Fast Track® Sail and Power Courses

America’s #1 Sail and Power Cruising School

Founded in 1964 by Olympian, America’s Cup competitor and National Sailing Hall of Fame inductee, Steve Colgate, Offshore Sailing School is the longest running and most respected sailing and boating education company in the United States. More than 150,000 adults and their families chose Offshore Sailing School to learn how to sail, learn how to cruise on big sailboats, learn how to drive power yachts, and learn sailboat racing. Sail and power enthusiasm permeates throughout the company, as explained in the latest video interview with Steve and Doris Colgate.

Most Offshore Sailing School (OSS) courses come with US Sailing (USSA) Certification. Below is a list of all the courses we offer, with designated course numbers and certifications for each where applicable.

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OSS 101 – Learn to Sail

Taught on high performance, safe Colgate 26 keelboats with outboard engines. USSA Basic Keelboat Certification earned.

OSS 101 Pro – Small Sailboat Cruising

An advanced sailing course, taught on Colgate 26 keelboats as Part III of a new Fast Track™ Sailing program.

OSS 101/101Pro/105 – Fast Track® Sailing

A 6-day program taught on Colgate 26 sailboats, providing basic through advanced sailing lessons, plus Coastal Navigation. USSA Basic Keelboat and USSA Coastal Navigation Certification earned, plus a Bachelor of Sailing Certificate.

OSS 102 – Performance Sailing

Taught on Colgate 26 keelboats, covering advanced safety techniques and go-fast skills. USSA Performance Sailing Certification earned.

OSS 103/104 – Live Aboard Cruising on Monohulls

Taught on 43′-50′ cruising monohulls and 40′-48′ cruising catamarans in a six full-day format. USSA Basic Cruising and USSA Bareboat Cruising Certification earned with USSA Catamaran Endorsement if learning on a catamaran. The USSA Bareboat Cruising Certification enables you to apply for US Sailing’s International Proficiency Certification (IPC), required to charter a sail or powerboat in many Mediterranean destinations.

OSS 103/104/114 – Live Aboard Cruising on Catamarans

Taught on 40′-48′ cruising catamarans in a six full-day format. USSA Basic Cruising and USSA Bareboat Cruising Certification earned, with USSA Catamaran Endorsement if learning on a catamaran. USSA Bareboat Cruising Certification enables you to apply for US Sailing’s International Proficiency Certification (IPC),  required to charter a sailing yacht or power yacht in many Mediterranean destinations.

OSS 101/103/104 – Fast Track® Cruising on Monohull Yachts

Ultimate beginner to cruise-ready course taught in 8 full days, with first two days (OSS 101) on a Colgate 26, next 6 days (OSS 103/104) on a 43′-50′ cruising monohull, All three USSA Certifications including USSA Basic Keelboat (101), USSA Basic Cruising (103), and USSA Bareboat Cruising (104) earned.

OSS 101/103/104/114 – Fast Track® Cruising on Catamarans

Beginner to cruise ready course, on a big catamaran, taught in 8 full days, with first two days (OSS 101) on the Colgate 26, and the next six days (OSS 103/104/114) on a 40′-48′ cruising catamaran, Three USSA Certifications earned include USSA Basic Keelboat (101), USSA Basic Cruising (103), and USSA Bareboat Cruising (104) plus USSA Catamaran Endorsement (114). 

OSS 105 – Coastal Navigation

Taught in two full days ashore, with prior home study, and many elements included in OSS 101, OSS 102, and OSS 103/104 courses. USSA Coastal Navigation Certification earned.

OSS 106 – Coastal Passage Making

Taught on a 43′-50′ monohull, covering all you need to know to start cruising long distances in coastal waters. USSA Coastal Passage Making Certification earned.

OSS 105/106 – Fast Track® Coastal Passage Making

The two-day Coastal Navigation course (OSS 105) followed by the six-day Coastal Passage Making course (OSS 106), learning to stand watches, navigate long distances, and more. USSA Coastal Navigation and USSA Coastal Passage Making Certifications earned.

OSS 107 – Celestial Navigation

Taught in four full days while staying ashore, learning to use a sextant, plot courses by sun and moon. USSA Celestial Navigation Certification earned.

OSS 108 – Offshore Passage Making

Takes you out of sight of land, sailing on 43′-50′ monohulls for 6 days with night sailing, standing watches, and more. USSA Offshore Passage Making Certification earned.

OSS 107/108 – Fast Track® Offshore Passage Making

10 full days, with the first four ashore for Celestial Navigation (OSS 107), then six full days on a 43′-50′ monohull as described above. USSA Celestial Navigation and USSA Offshore Passage Making Certification earned.  

OSS 109 – Performance Race Week

Intense 7 days, learning to race on Colgate 26 keelboats, with North U. coaches and OSS instructors. Performance Racing Certificate issued.

OSS 102/109 – Fast Track® Performance Racing

10 full days, all on Colgate 26 keelboats. Performance Sailing (OSS 102) first three days, followed by seven-day Performance Race Week course described above. USSA Performance Sailing Certification earned with Performance Race Week certificate.

OSS 112 – Fast Track® Power Cruising

Taught on spacious 37′-48′ power catamarans in six full days format. USSA US Powerboating Certification earned.

OSS 114 – Catamaran Cruising Endorsement

Included in the Catamaran Live Aboard Cruising Course (103/104/114) and Fast Track® to Catamaran Cruising Courses (101/103/104/114) described above. USSA Catamaran Endorsement (114) earned.

“A doctor and avid sailor highly recommended the Colgate school and said if we were going to do it then we should do it right! Offshore Sailing School was a tremendous experience that provided a whole new world of opportunities for us to explore. This was an investment in the future and now our future is unlimited!”

Steve and Beth Leathers – Helena, AL

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OSS 112 – Fast Track™ Power Cruising: 6 days learning to handle a big power catamaran, with skills to start bareboat cruising on powerboats

Everything is first class. Offshore delivers a value proposition – excellent value for the price paid and instruction received. The books, the instructor, the hotel classroom, the location and the boat were all first class and well worth the money and time spent.”

Tom Bisanz – Frisco, TX

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