Fast Track to Cruising Courses for Women Only


Scroll down to find the next available Women-Only Programs at Offshore Sailing School, at the Pink Shell Beach Resort on Fort Myers Beach, Florida. The first two days of the Fast Track to Cruising® course are on a Colgate 26 learning the basics while staying ashore at the resort. The cruising portion of the course is on a Jeanneau 439 monohull. With just three cabins available, these courses sell out very fast.

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Fast Track to Cruising Course

This information-packed sailing course starts with two days learning to sail a lively Colgate 26 keelboat and then six days learning to cruise on a big monohull or catamaran. You go from “couch to the captain’s chair” in just one week, in Offshore Sailing School’s most popular and comprehensive experiential sailing vacation – the Fast Track to Cruising® course. Even you have some experience on small boats, or have taken a basic sailing course at a community sailing school  or another commercial sailing school, this Fast Track sailing course is the best way to get your skills and knowledge up to speed.


November 24-December 1, 2018

Arrival/departure dates: November 23/December 1 or stay ashore overnight and leave the next day.
Package Rates: 
Single private cabin: $5,555. Two traveling together, sharing room ashore, but taking private cabins, $5,190 per person. Two traveling together and sharing room ashore and cabin aboard: $4,595 per person.

January 26-February 2, 2019

Arrival/departure dates: January 25/February 2 or stay ashore overnight and leave the next day.
Package Rates: Single private cabin: $5745. Two traveling together, sharing room ashore, but taking private cabins: $5295 per person. Two traveling together and sharing room ashore and cabin aboard: $4705 per person.

Do You Feel You Don’t Need the Two Day Basic Keelboat Portion of This Course?

If you have sailing experience and can confidently steer and crew in all positions on a mid-sized boat of at least 26 feet, you may take the Live Aboard Cruising course without the two-day Learn to Sail portion. However, that assumes you already have US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification. If you do not have US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification  you will need to take and pass the Online Learn to Sail Course produced by Offshore Sailing School and Boat US and submit your certificate of completion and a resume for review. If approved, you may then sign up for just the Live Aboard Cruising Course, and take the US Sailing Basic Keelboat test (additional fee of $75) which is a pre-requisite before you can take the US Sailing Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising tests that are administered during the Live Aboard Course.

Knowledge is Power — Sailing Knowledge is Freedom!

A three-page feature on our April 2017 Women’s Fast Track to Cruising Week is in the August issue of Sail Magazine. Ali Wisch, author of the article and a live-aboard sailor herself, wrote: “The feelings of empowerment, independence and confidence that come when you really learn the ins and outs of sailing and how your boat works are second to none.” Find out yourself why “knowledge really is power,” and call to reserve your dates and cabin today!

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Sailing for Women Programs Taught by Expert US Sailing Certified Women Instructors

Sailing courses for women create unparalleled confidence levels. In these exciting women-only sailing programs, you learn to successfully handle 26′ daysailers and 43’ to 50’ monohulls or 40’ catamarans with ease. There is nothing more rewarding than learning a new skill with like-minded souls, who each want to become a woman sailing skipper and confident, competent woman crew when sailing with other women and men. To learn to cruise with women is a bonding and very rewarding experience. You will make lasting friends.

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Earn Three Certifications Including Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising and the Ultimate Bareboat Cruising

These incredible sailing lessons for women start with two days learning the basics on a lively Colgate 26 while staying ashore the first three nights at a beautiful resort location. For the dates listed above, on day three you board a Jeanneau 439 monohull, and set sail for six days of comprehensive sailing education while moving from port to port. Everything you learn can be found on the Fast Track to Live Aboard Cruising page.

Come Alone, with a Friend or Family Member

Either way you’ll have a blast and enjoy the camaraderie that comes with women learning together. Plan to arrive Friday night and start your sailing for women course Saturday morning. Your last day of sailing is Saturday when you return the boat to the Pink Shell Beach Resort docks by noon, having completed an exhilarating test mini-cruise without the instructor aboard. Your return home can be late Saturday or the following Sunday morning. If you wish to stay overnight at Pink Shell Beach Resort Saturday night, we will add an extra night charge to your package.
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Package Rates Include Just About Everything But Travel

  • Learn to Sail and Live Aboard Cruising Course tuitions
  • Three nights accommodations ashore, with room tax and daily resort fee
  • Shared or private cabin aboard the cruising boat during the 6-day cruising course
  • All breakfasts, lunches, snacks, three dinners aboard during the live aboard course
  • Commemorative Women’s Week shirt
  • Doris Colgate’s book: Sailing – A Woman’s Guide
  • US Sailing books: Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, Bareboat Cruising
  • Three US Sailing certifications, tests administered during course: Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising and catamaran endorsement if learning on the cat
  • Diploma, Logbook and Certification Stickers for each course
  • Eligibility to join our Offshore Cruising Club flotilla cruises
  • Exclusive subscription benefits from Cruising World magazine (US mailing address)
  • Discount charter benefits from The Moorings
  • Discounted membership in BoatU.S.

Sign Up Today for the Sailing Experience of a Lifetime

These sailing lessons for women sell out FAST. So please call or send an email to reserve your cabin today!

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Every photo on this page was sent to us by women who took an Offshore Sailing School Fast Track to Cruising course. Call to talk to one of our friendly sales team sailing advisers and learn how you, too, can open a world of sailing opportunities as a proud Offshore Sailing School graduate!
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