Edison Sailing Center Summer Program Descriptions


Program Title

Ages 8-15 (8:30 – 12:00)

June 5-16: Session 1
June 19-30: Session 2
July 10-21: Session 3
July 24-Aug 4: Session 4

Basic Powerboat/Bobber Card
Ages 10-12 (1:00 – 4:00 PM)

June 5-9: Session 1
July 31-Aug 4: Session 4

US Powerboat Training
National Boating License
Ages 13-15 (1:00 – 4:00 PM)

June 19-23: Session 1

Ages 10-15 (1:00 – 4:00 PM)

June 26-30

Advanced Sailing
Ages 9+ (1:00 – 4:00 PM)

June 12 -16: Session 1
July 17-21: Session 3

420 Sailing: Grades 6 – 12 only
(1:00 – 4:00 PM)
No previous sailing experience is required for this session

July 10 – 14: Session 3
July 24 – 28: Session 4


2 weeks

1 week

1 week

1 week

1 week

1 week

Course Description, Requirements

Instruction is geared to all levels of sailors, with special emphasis on beginners.  After each participant is assessed on basic skills, including swim test and capsize, the sailor will be placed into an appropriate instructional group & boat. Curriculum is based on US Sailing’s Learn Sailing Right for Beginners and Intermediate sailors.

Designed as an introduction to safe powerboat operation. Students will receive hands-on/water instruction and satisfactorily demonstrate On-the-Water Standards. Upon successful class completion and a passing grade on the written test, the student can earn the Florida Bobber Card (myfwc.com)

Designed for teens, the US Powerboat Training provides comprehensive, 16 hour class/water instruction. Students need to demonstrate mastery of the 32 basic sport standards and pass a written test to receive their NASBLA license & US Powerboat logbook. Students who have not as yet earned their Bobber Card may add that feature as part of their written exam.

Using the US Sailing manual Start Windsurfing Right!, participants will be introduced to the basics: the Board itself, points of sail, rigging & de-rigging, weather, and safety. Windsurfing requires upper body strength.

Sailors in Advanced Sailing must have taken sailing previously and be able to sail independently. Sailors will be assessed the first day. Advanced Sailing is not open to students who are taking sailing for the first time.

Students are invited to try sailing in 420’s, a two-person sailboat used in high school & collegiate sailing. Students need NOT know how to sail to participate. Participants should be able to swim; bring a life jacket, reusable water bottle, and wear clothing that can get wet.

For a calendar of our 2017 Summer Programs

ESC’s programs are held outside (and on the water). We have no control over the weather and cannot refund days when the weather is such that it would pose a safety issue for students or staff.

Classes are held in Overlook Park, 13001 N. Cleveland Avenue, N. Ft. Myers, just over the US 41 bridge into North Fort Myers. ESC is located in the park, adjacent to the Best Western Hotel.

A PARENT DAY will be scheduled for the last Friday of each session. Parents are invited to sail with their children and to learn more about the variety of programs available through Edison Sailing Center.

Requirements for all sessions & classes:

  • students must be able to swim
  • students must bring a reusable water bottle daily
  • students must wear close-toed shoes (water shoes or Crocs w/strap are good ); NO flip flops
  • students should bring a towel, sunscreen, hat &/or sunglasses
  • students should wear clothing that can get wet
  • students must be able to understand & follow verbal instructions