America’s #1 Sailing School is based at premier resorts in the British Virgin Islands and Florida. In fact, Offshore Sailing School at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, Florida, was just named a top 6 Adventure Resort in the U.S!

Speaking of adventure, experienced sailors are invited to join exhilarating Colgate Offshore Sailing Adventures™ at exotic ports of call around the world. No sailing experience? No problem! Offshore Sailing School offers beginner, intermediate and advanced US Sailing certification courses in five vacation destinations, with courses in basic sailing, to racing, bareboat charter, and passage making courses. Our most popular course is Fast Track to Cruising®, where you earn three US Sailing certifications in a week, enabling you to skipper boats up to 50’ confidently.


In its 53rd year of teaching sailing and organizing sailing adventures, Offshore Sailing School boasts more than 140,000 graduates. You will save $200 today when you enroll in any 3+ day or longer sailing certification course package when mentioning Adventure Outdoors!


Based in Ft. Myers, Florida, Offshore Sailing School operates schools in Florida at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Ft. Myers Beach, and the downtown Hampton Inn & Suites in St. Petersburg; and in the British Virgin Islands at The Moorings base and Mariner Inn on Wickham’s Cay on Tortola, and the luxurious Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina on Scrub Island. In addition to sailing lessons and comprehensive sailing certification courses at Learn to Sail, Performance Sailing, Bareboat Charter Cruising, and Passage Making levels; the company runs Performance Race Weeks and racing clinics, women-only courses, family courses, corporate team building and group regattas, and flotilla vacation cruises all over the world for graduates and experienced sailors. Powerboat cruising courses are also taught on Moorings yachts in the British Virgin Islands.

Founded in 1974 by Steve Colgate, he designed the Colgate 26 keelboat as the company’s main training vessel. The company’s fleet now includes Colgate 26 sailboats, and 40’-54’ cruising yachts and catamarans. Steve is an America’s Cup and Olympic sailor, and was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2015. Steve and his wife Doris, the company’s president and CEO, started the flotilla cruise concept in the United States and led more than 100 cruises for the school’s graduates all over the world.


For information on course schedules, locations, and all sailing programs, visit or call 888-385-6177.

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