Offshore Sailing School President and CEO, Doris Colgate, is pleased to announce sailing lessons and courses will resume at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Fort Myers Beach, Fla. starting May 2, 2024. The company had to suspend operations on Fort Myers Beach due to marina damage from Hurricane Ian in September 2022. “We are delighted to return to this favored destination on Fort Myers Beach in our company’s 60th Anniversary year. We know our students will enjoy the many enhancements the Pink Shell Beach Resort has made in the past 18 months to its facilities, marina, beachfront pool area, and restaurants overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.” Offshore Sailing School instructors will teach basic sailing lessons, 3-day Learn to Sail certification courses, as well as its popular Fast Track® to Catamaran Cruising 7-day course, combining learning to sail aboard a Colgate 26 sailboat and training aboard a big yacht, such as a Leopard 40 catamaran. The company offers the same courses on Captiva Island at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa aboard a Colgate 26 and 40’ monohull yacht. Coastal and Offshore Passage Making courses are also offered at these Southwest Florida resort locations. Team building and corporate group sailing and racing events are available at both locations aboard a fleet of Colgate 26 sailboats, designed by company founder/Chairman Steve Colgate.


The school also offers US Sailing certification courses in St. Petersburg and Key West, Florida, and Scrub Island in the British Virgin Islands. The company teaches a US Powerboating certification course aboard a Moorings power catamaran from The Moorings base on Tortola, British Virgin Islands.


Students receive textbooks to study in advance and can earn US Sailing certification to skipper a boat up to 50’ all in just one week. Resort accommodations are included with the sailing course packages and the company also has no-lodging rates for area residents and those with alternate accommodations nearby.


The company’s head office is at 6338 Presidential Ct., Ste. 201, Fort Myers, Florida, 33919. America’s #1 Sailing School® currently operates in four resort locations in Florida and two in the British Virgin Islands. Offshore Sailing School offers all levels of US Sailing and Powerboating certification courses, racing and refresher courses, Women-only sailing courses, racing events, team building and leadership development programs. Visit