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CMCS Sailors
for your continued support of ESC's youth sailing programs.

U.S. Sailing Sanctioned Community Sailing Center

We are one of nine current Sanctioned locations

Class Descriptions

2012 Summer Courses

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Sailing          Ages 8-16     Cost $200     M-F 8:30a - 12:00p noon (2 weeks)

Pre-requisites: Students must have reached their 8th birthday by the first day of the session for which they have registered.
Students must be able to swim.
Students should have a properly-fitted PFD*, wear clothing that can get wet, & wear close-toed shoes (anything with a strap).
It is strongly recommended that students wear & reapply sunscreen frequently.


Learn the fundamentals of sailing and/or continue to perfect your skills on the water. Taught by US Sailing certified instructors & junior instructors, students will learn how to rig, launch and sail their boat independently. Throughout the two week session, students will be introduced to nautical terms, how to tie basic knots, and develop an awareness & appreciation for safety afloat. Elements of STEM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) are embedded in instruction.

Please note that Boy Scouts wishing to earn the Small Boat merit badge may be signed-off on demonstrated skills during the session.

*a limited number of life jackets are available for loan (no cost)


Safe Powerboat Handling          Ages 10-16     Cost $150     M-F 1:00p - 4:00p (1 week)

Pre-requisites: Students should have at least a 3rd grade reading & comprehension level
Students must be able to swim.
Students should have a properly-fitted PFD*, wear clothing that can get wet, and close-toed shoes (anything with a strap)
Students are encouraged to wear & frequently reapply sunscreen.


NOTE: So that materials can be sent in advance of the course (at least 7-10 days), registration must occur at least 10 days prior to the start of the class. This is done to help prepare students for course content and allow instructors to spend as much time as possible on the water with the boaters.
         • Session 4 - registration deadline for Powerboat is June 26
         • Session 5 - registration deadline for Powerboat is July 12


Edison Sailing Center is a US Powerboat Training Center. ESC no longer uses the state program for licensing. Instead, it is a certification course that, when successfully completed, will yield a safe boating license & logbook. It is strongly recommended that students log their time afloat. This course meets all national standards & requirements and is taught ON the water in a hands-on, application method. Students will receive a book entitled Start Powerboating Right! which must be read nightly to successfully complete the certification course. Students will be introduced to operator responsibilities, boathandling, navigation rules, the environment, basic piloting, docking, systems, and safety afloat. Daily reading assignments will be given and a test will be administered at the end of the week. The course is taught by US Powerboat certified instructors.


Windsurfing          Ages 10-16     $150     M-F 1:00p - 4:00p (1 week)

Pre-requisites: Students must be able to swim.
Students should have a properly-fitted PFD*, wear clothing that can get wet, and close-toed shoes (anything with a strap)
Students are encouraged to wear & frequently reapply sunscreen.


Windsurfing is a surface watersport that combines elements of sailing...on a surfboard! This course offers the basics of the sport. Strength and agility are recommended. Equipment is provided for this course. A manual, Start Windsurfing Right!, will be provided.


Kayaking           Ages 10-16     $75     M-F 1:00p - 4:00p (1 week)

Pre-requisites: Students must be able to swim.
Students should have a properly-fitted PFD*, wear clothing that can get wet, and close-toed shoes (anything with a strap)
Students are encouraged to wear & frequently reapply sunscreen. Sunscreen, hat & sunglasses are strongly recommended for this afternoon program.


Wind your way through the mangroves, creeks and waterways and experience our environment from your own front row seat! Ages 10 and up can glide through our waters and learn about local marine life. Kayaking is a five-day program, Mon-Fri, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.


Marine Explorations          Ages 8-16     $150     M-F 1:00p - 4:00p (1 week)

Pre-requisites: Explorers must be able to swim.
Explorers should have a properly-fitted PFD*, wear clothing that can get wet, and close-toed shoes (anything with a strap)
Explorers are encouraged to wear & frequently reapply sunscreen. Sunscreen, hat & sunglasses are strongly recommended for this afternoon program.


Every day is unique – wind & weather may dictate our activities. Explorers may roam the local marine estuaries, sail aboard a 23’ keelboat, powerboat to a local island, look for & identify shells, learn from a guest speaker from Marine Patrol or the US Coast Guard or Fire Dept., or paddle to see protected species. Bad weather day? No problem! Hands-on STEM activities will allow us to learn more about our environment.


Advanced Powerboat Handling          Ages 10-16     $175     M-Th 9:00a - 4:00p (4 days only)

Pre-requisites: Advanced Powerboat Handling is open to students who have their NASBLA &/or Bobber card licenses from previous training. If students have not taken the Powerboat Safety course or the Florida State course from us previously, proof of certification/licensure will be required. Boaters need to wear lifejackets at all times; sunscreen, hat & sunglasses are strongly recommended.


This four-day course will allow boat operators to deepen their water skills while learning some navigation tools. Students should bring their lunches or lunch money & a reusable water bottle as the Instructor(s) may set a course for FM Beach, Picnic Island, or elsewhere along our waterways.


Advanced Sailing          Ages 10-16     $120     M-Th 9:00a - 4:00p (4 days only)

Pre-requisites: Adv Sailing is open to sailors who have sailed for at least one year and are ready for a new challenge. Sailors need to wear lifejackets at all times; sunscreen, hat & sunglasses are strongly recommended.


Learn to work the foredeck on a keelboat, anchoring, docking using spring lines, picking up a mooring; sail to a destination selected for the day. Weather, navigation, nautical charts, hydrography, correct sailing terminology. Bring your lunch or lunch money, a reusable water bottle, and life jacket.


SESSION 2: June 16-27          Ages 8-16     $400     M-F 8:30a - 4:00p


Families who register for this session will have their student(s) at ESC all day, 8:30 – 4:00. This session is a FULL DAY session. Students will take sailing but sailing may happen in the morning or in the afternoon, depending on wind & weather. When students are not sailing, they may explore the area on kayaks, learn powerboat safety, engage in marine activities, or visit a local island. Students may be as young as 8 to register for this program ( students under the age of 10 cannot take powerboat safety, however). Students must be able to swim; wear life jackets when required; bring a reusable water bottle and may be asked to bring lunch/lunch money if Instructor(s) plan an extended sailing distance.


Tune Up & Try Us Out          Ages 8-16     $100     Aug 4-8 9:00a - 1:00p


This one week session is designed for returning member sailors and prospective new member sailors who want to get a “taste” of the School Year Program routine and begin practice for the Sarasota Regatta (those who are racing). Those who are interested in continuing will return Aug 11th at a time TBA. An informational Parents Meeting will be held at 5:00 PM on August 14th. Information about the School Year Program will be distributed; Q&A and membership applications will be available.


A PARENTS DAY will be scheduled for the last Friday of each session (except Adv Sail and Adv Powerboat – there are no Parent Days scheduled for those courses)

Please see each session's schedule for specific time of the Parents Day.


General Information:
     • Afternoon classes have limited enrollments with a minimum enrollment of 5 students (maximum
       enrollment varies among sessions). Should the session you request not reach the minimum
       enrollment, you will be contacted to choose from another class or be issued a refund.
     • Each session provides a minimum age for participation.We appreciate your cooperation in this
       matter.
     • ESC is not responsible for phones or personal items brought to class & left unattended.
     • Students registered for a full day are encouraged to bring a book to read during lunch.
     • Students staying all day may bring their lunches in labeled containers or purchase a lunch
       from The Three Fishermen for $5 (entree, fries or side, beverage with one refill).
     • Families whose children require medications to be administered during session hours should
       label and package them in appropriate containers. Please advise Staff when checking-in.
     • Students with allergic conditions should notify Staff.
     • Pre-requisites for every class include the wearing of a properly-fitted, approved life jacket.
     • ESC has some life jackets that students may borrow. Please advise staff at check-in on the
     • first day of class if your child will need a life jacket.
     • Weather is always a consideration during the summer. Unless there are severe storm
       warnings or otherwise notified, classes will be held, rain or shine. It is critical that ESC
       has on file at least one phone number where families may be reached before or after class
        hours.
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       There is a Parents Meeting August 14th 5:00 PM for prospective & returning families.