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Offshore Sailing School offers friends and family learning vacations

By Staff | Mar 10, 2011

2011 sailing programs for families and friends include expanded learning opportunities and new sailing adventures to encourage team development and develop skills for lifelong sailing adventures.

More than 70 families with kids and teens ages 7-17 participated in Learn To Sail Kids and Teens Learn To Sail Free vacations over the past 18 months at Offshore Sailing School’s Florida and British Virgin Island campuses.

In addition to these popular Learn to Sail programs, new cruising course options designed to introduce families to the joys of bareboat chartering together are now available at most Offshore Sailing School locations.

“We offer these programs at greatly reduced prices to encourage families to choose sailing as their favorite get-away activity,” explained Doris Colgate, CEO and President of the 47-year-old company. “We know the challenges families face in putting a meaningful vacation experience together, especially when travel costs are involved. Our goal is to get more kids and teens sailing and loving this special time with their parents.”

If new to sailing, the five-day Learn To Sail vacation taught on Colgate 26 daysailers provides confidence and skills to sail together on sailboats up to 30′ in all conditions. If everyone in the family knows the basics or are graduates of the Offshore Sailing School Learn To Sail course, the next step is a shore-based or Live-Aboard cruising course taught on 43′ to 50′ cruising yachts. Single parents are also encouraged to participate, as long as the oldest teen is at least 17 years of age.

Regardless, just two tuitions are paid. Full packages include accommodations and meals (if learning while living aboard). Available through the summer months, Colgate says these learning vacations, with certification at the course level chosen, are designed to satisfy the growing desire for parents to share a meaningful adventure with their children.

Visit www.offshoresailing.com/special-courses/kids-and-teens-learn-to-sail-free.aspx for more details.

Offshore Sailing School was founded in 1964 in New York City by Olympic and America’s Cup sailor Steve Colgate. More than 120,000 graduates have completed certification courses and gone on to enjoy sailing and cruising at home and in distant ports.

Offshore Sailing School has seven locations, including South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island and Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa on Fort Myers Beach.

Certification courses are taught at all levels from Learn to Sail through Ocean Passage Making, Performance Sailing and Racing. All instructors are US Sailing certified to teach at basic keelboat and cruising levels.

For more information, visit www.offshoresailing.com.