Welcome to America’s #1 Sailing School Where Sailing is "Freedom!"
"Your course gave me a new sense of freedom," is just one of the many comments we get from our graduates. Another word we constantly hear is "awesome" when a client describes their sailing school experience with an Offshore Sailing School instructor. At Steve and Doris Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School the goal is to make sure your time learning to sail, cruise or race with Offshore is not only "amazing," you gain a profound sense of "freedom" too! Our founder and Chairman, Steve Colgate, is one of an elite group of sailors inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame. An Olympian and America's Cup sailor, Steve’s imprint is on every sailing lesson and boating instruction we deliver. Doris Colgate, our President and CEO, founded the National Women’s Sailing Association and Women’s Sailing Foundation. Our instructors are professional educators, US Sailing certified. Our six locations are in beautiful sailing areas and open year-round. The sailboats and powerboats you learn on, are designed to provide the best platforms for safe, exciting sailing lessons and powerboat training. Special textbooks, written by the Colgates, and published by McGraw-Hill enhance those created by US Sailing for sailboat certification and powerboat certification. Check out our roster of sailing instruction courses and powerboat programs, and this month's special deals below. Sailing is the ultimate bucket list adventure. Isn't it time you crossed "sailing" off your bucket list? if you haven't already taken a course with Offshore Sailing School, join more than 140,000 graduates, who enthusiastically endorse Offshore Sailing School’s reputation as America’s #1 Sailing School®. If you already are an Offshore Sailing School graduate, welcome back! Advanced courses and fantastic flotilla cruise vacations are waiting for you.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO PROVIDING AN AWESOME SAILING ADVENTURE FOR YOU SOON!
Our Courses and Programs View More
Learn to Sail
It’s time to embark on a whole new lifestyle. Take the helm of a sleek Colgate 26 sailboat. Be amazed at how much confidence you gain on a 2-day or 5-day learning vacation.
Learn to Cruise
Get ready to see the world under sail. Learn on a beautiful big monohull or catamaran. Live aboard or stay at a gorgeous resort each night of your rewarding learning vacation.
Learn on Catamarans
Get ready for catamaran cruising with a delightful charter cruising course on an impressive big catamaran. Then learn in-depth navigation skills on a live-aboard cruise.
Flotilla Cruise Vacations
See the world under sail! Flotilla cruises organized by Offshore Sailing School are for experienced sailors and Offshore grads. Upcoming cruises: Belize, Greece, Tahiti, Grenadines, Spain, Croatia.
Learn to Race
Hone your sailing skills with a fun, action-packed performance course. Learn to win with go-fast techniques and tactics, then wow your pals in friendly competition back home.
Learn to Power Like a Pro
Take your family on a fun cruising course vacation. Gain ultimate confidence while living and learning on a big, beautiful power cat as you cruise from island to island.
Learn Passage Making
Set sail on an exhilarating blue water sailing school experience. Discover how to safely sail round-the-clock. Achieve skills and confidence for long passages on your own.
Our Locations View More
Captiva Island, Florida
Sail where dolphins and manatees play. Come to South Seas Island Resort, a 330-acre island destination surrounded by sandy beaches, bays and the Gulf of Mexico.
Cape Coral Marina Village, Florida
Learn to Sail or get your Catamaran Bareboat Cruising Certification at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village near Sanibel Island in Southwest Florida.
Scrub Island, British Virgin Islands
Stay at gorgeous Scrub Island Resort, Marina & Spa and enjoy luxury ambiance while learning on the deep blue waters of the British Virgin Islands. Learn to Sail or earn your Bareboat Cruising Certification in this special corner of paradise.
Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Choose The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina where every room has amazing views of spectacular Gulf sunsets and sugar-white beaches stretch for miles.
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Earn Bareboat Cruising Certification on a Moorings sail or power charter yacht. Learn as you sail from island to island, stopping each night in a different port in paradise.
“I attended the Learn to Sail Course with my wife and 3 of our children. We all loved the course.”Jeff Breymaier
“Offshore made it easy to learn! One of the best weeks ever. My dad and I couldn’t have had a more productive and enjoyable adventure.”Mark Waltz
“The most amazing week we’ve ever had! Fast Track to Cruising gave us the knowledge and skills to enjoy cruising for the rest of our lives.”Karen and Kevin Marcilliat
“This was our third course with Offshore. The instructors really set Offshore apart from other sailing organizations.”Andrew and Erin Deak
Rocky River, Ohio
“Everything was above expectations. This is really a top-notch, customer/student oriented business. Great experience!”Blake Bratt
“Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School is truly the best sailing school. Everything is first class, and well worth the money and time spent.”Tom Bisanz
“In a word – faultless!! It was all a top-notch adventure and we’re keen to do more. We will definitely be back for the live aboard course.“Darlene Forbes
Corner Brook, Newfoundland
“We had an amazing 6 days on our live aboard cruising course! We learned so much and had fun at the same time.”Lissa and Eric Uhlenhop
Las Vegas, Nevada
“What a fantastic experience! Our Fast Track week was fun and educational from beginning to end.”Todd and Lois Gillenwater
Charleston, West Virginia
“Offshore Sailing School by far exceeded my expectations. Fantastic program Mr. and Mrs. Colgate! I’ll be back for round 2!”Brian Smith
Little Rock, Arizona
“I’ve sailed for 25 years. Offshore dramatically increased my sailing knowledge. I loved every minute.”Robert Holmes
“I’ve had sailing courses from other organizations but this is the best set of courses I ever experienced.”Jesse Johnson
“Amazing course! I’ve done a lot of sailing, and learned a lot during week. My wife went from novice to knowledgeable and reliable.”Robert and Betsy Lahue
Wyckoff, New Jersey
“It’s obvious Offshore Sailing School puts a lot of effort in selection of instructors. We thoroughly enjoyed the course.”Kyle Couture Family
“We are amazed at how much we learned in such a short period of time. We left feeling confident and eager to step aboard again.”Danielle Steinberg
“Offshore gave me the confidence and competence to feel comfortable in any situation on the water.”Melinda Long
“I had small boat experience, my wife was a complete novice. We’re now comfortable and excited to charter on our own.”Wyatt Blasingame
“I took the Fast Track to Cruising Course and went from non-sailor to confident cruiser in one week!”Gabriel Emanuelli
“The instructors were amazing. I learned a lot, had fun, and can’t stop telling everyone how cool this experience was.”Charles Zahalka
Las Vegas, Nevada
“I learned very little at another NYC sailing school. Offshore is the Harvard/Princeton/Yale of sailing schools.”Keith Bloesch
Hoboken, New Jersey
Learn Sailing at Offshore Sailing School
America’s #1 Sailing School® — Awesome and Amazing Sailing Experiences with a Sense of Ultimate Freedom
Learning to sail, cruise or race at Offshore Sailing School comes with many rewards, not the least of which is a lifetime of cruising and boating adventures. But the biggest reward of all is that amazing sense of freedom you get when learning to sail, cruise, or race with an Offshore Sailing School instructor.
Sailing is Freedom
Steve and Doris Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School is all about freedom – freedom to get away from the noise and bustle of daily life, freedom to hop aboard and make a boat go where you want it to go, freedom to taste the joys of sailing in places you can only describe as “paradise,” and freedom to truly and ultimately relax and unwind.
Call 888-454-7015 Today to Embark on Your Personal Boating Lifestyle!
Click here to see an interview with Steve and Doris Colgate, as they were about to embark on another bareboat cruising adventure.
Offshore Sailing School has received many recognitions and awards for creating the best sailing instruction, boating programs, and sailing classes. Acknowledged in the sailing industry as “America’s #1 Sailing School,” Offshore Sailing School provides US Sailing Certification for its Sailing Courses and Powerboat Courses. When you learn how to sail, cruise or race at Offshore Sailing School, you learn on boats carefully chosen and designed for teaching and your sailing comfort.
Learn to Sail from The Best Teachers in Boating Education
Offshore Sailing School instructors are caring sailors and mariners with extensive sailing and teaching experience. Their mission is to give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to thoroughly enjoy the sailing lifestyle – all under the guidance of our founder, Steve Colgate, a renowned sailor who was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2015.
Why We Are Amazing, Awesome and Forever America’s #1 Sailing School®
“The biggest mistake of my sailing career was taking my Basic Keelboat Course in the New York City area with another school and not Offshore. We learned very little with the other school. Bottom line is that from my experience Offshore rocks and is the Harvard, Princeton, Yale of sailing schools.”
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- Steve Colgate – is our founder, who comes to work every day to work with our team to provide the perfect experience; Hall of Famer, Olympian and America’s Cup competitor, pre-eminent sailing educator, boat designer, world-wide racing sailor
- Doris Colgate – married Steve and Offshore in 1969 after learning to sail at his school in New York; as President and CEO carries the weight of making this business a “business,” founder of the National Women’s Sailing Association, passionate about providing sailing lessons and opportunities for all
- Our Graduates – More than 140,000 who have learned to sail during the more than 54 years Offshore has provided award-winning, sailing lessons and instruction programs – 95% rated their latest experience with Offshore “very high” or “high” in a September 2015 study, attesting to our ability to give you more than you can imagine in the sailing classes you choose
- Our Faculty – Highly experienced and professional instructors and managers who care about you – certified by US Sailing and licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard with years of sailing and boating experience under the boat shoes
- Our Courses – The greatest variety and depth of hands-on sailing lessons and boating lessons available – from day sailing to cruising, racing and passage making – and a comprehensive online sailing course to get you started before you arrive
- Our Textbooks – Succinct and comprehensive, complementing our impressive learn to sail course curricula and advanced sailing courses curricula – written by the Colgates and US Sailing National Faculty
- Our Sail and Power Fleet – Learn how to sail, learn how to cruise, become a great racing sailor, or take the helm of a power cruiser, all excellent teaching platforms designed for safety, comfort, and performance
- Our Course Certifications – US Sailing Courses providing US Sailing Certification at all levels – US Sailing is the U.S. governing body of sailing, appointed by Congress, recognized by charter companies throughout the world, also providing US Power Boat certifications
- Our Locations – Superior resort-based adventure vacation locations that provide beautiful sailing and boating conditions, allowing you to immerse yourself in a rewarding learning vacation
- And Our Graduate Sailing Adventures – Flotilla Cruises led by knowledgeable experts; worldwide destinations to tempt you on every vacation you plan; open to all who love to sail but so much more fun if you first learn with Offshore!
Our Sailing School Guarantee
After you complete a Colgate course offering at Offshore Sailing School, if the sailing instruction you received was not up to your expectations, let us know right away and we will arrange to give you the same course over again, tuition free.
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