Learn to Cruise
Picture yourself at the helm of a beautiful sailboat, chartering in the Caribbean, Greek Islands, South Pacific, and Croatia. Imagine the thrill of confidently taking family and friends out on your own cruising catamaran or monohull. All the learn to cruise courses below are taught on 43’ to 50’ monohulls, and give you the skills and bareboat charter cruising certification to embrace the sailboat cruising lifestyle with ease!
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If you are not yet a sailor or have minimal experience, Fast Track to Cruising Courses® take you from your couch to the captain’s chair in one week. You start with two days of sailing lessons on a Colgate 26 while staying ashore at night, then five or six days either on a 43’ to 50’ monohull (OSS 101/103/104) or 40′ to 48′ catamaran (OSS 101/103/104/114) – learning how to handle big sailing yachts. In most of our locations, you may also take the entire course while staying ashore. If you have basic skills and are comfortable steering and maneuvering sailboats at least 20’ in length, you can skip the first two days on the Colgate 26 and enroll in one of following sailboat cruising course options, all culminating in completing a Bareboat Cruising Certification course.
These two courses are offered together in one week, taking you from the basics of cruising through the skills needed to skipper a large cruising yacht. Whether you plan to buy or start chartering in idyllic cruising grounds all over the world, these cruising sailboat lessons give you the confidence to take the helm with ease. If you prefer to sleep ashore in a hotel room each night, consider one of the Bareboat Cruising Certification Courses at our Florida catamaran sailing school or monohull sailing school, where you do your classroom and hands-on training in a combination of half- and full-day sessions.
Live Aboard Cruising Courses provide total immersion in the cruising lifestyle. You sleep on the boat throughout the live aboard sailing lessons, while sharing all the tasks aboard with your classmates, as you learn while sailing from port to port each day.
Navigation Courses and Passage Making Courses
The next step after learning to cruise sailboats is learning to sail out of sight of land. OSS 105/106 Fast Track to Coastal Passage Making is a an 8-day journey that starts with two days of Coastal Navigation instruction while staying ashore, then six days learning the nuances of sailing longer distances but not too far off shore. The final step in the Fast Track program is OSS 107/108 Fast Track to Offshore Passage Making – a 10-day program that starts with four days of Celestial Navigation, then six days heading off shore and out of sight of land.
Join a Colgate Sailing Adventures® Flotilla Cruise
Offshore Sailing School organizes flotillas all over the world, for Offshore Sailing School graduates and competent sailors who love to explore under sail. These hassle free sailing vacation adventure cruises are lead by our elite team – Nate and Heather Atwater. It’s a great way to get away without having to research or do any of the planning. Just sign up, pack your bag, and meet your crew mates and the Atwaters for flotilla cruise vacation in amazing ports all over the world.
International Proficiency Certificate (IPC) for Chartering Overseas
If you plan to charter in Europe or other areas overseas, you may be required to show your certification certificates and an International Proficiency Certificate. US Sailing, the governing body of sailing in the United States, will issue this certificate for a nominal fee for U.S. citizens who have achieved US Sailing Bareboat Cruising Certification. For more information, view details on US Sailing organization’s website here or visit https://www.ussailing.org and search IPC.