Who can join our programs?

Edison Sailing Center offers sailing instruction primarily to youth ages 8-15, with the exception of the High School Sailing program which does accept students up to the age of 18.  Our programs include one-week summer experiences that focus on an introduction to sailing, powerboat safety training that can lead to the acquiring of the State-mandated operator’s license, adventure sailing, recreational sailing, competitive sailing/racing, STEM education, and a program for younger children (ages 5-7). We are also delighted to partner with Florida Gulf Coast University’s sailing team.

How can I get involved?

Volunteers are welcome – small boat maintenance and repair, painting, fiberglass work are a few of the ways volunteers can support the sailing center. Those who enjoy getting involved in racing are encouraged to volunteer during our annual U.S. Junior Olympic regatta every October. Serving on the race committee or on land – we can find activities for you! If you enjoy coaching, be sure to talk with us about opportunities to assist in one or more of our programs. If you wish to work with youth directly we will ask that you complete a background check and an online training through Safe Sport.

Where are you located?

The majority of Edison Sailing Center’s programs are run out of North Shore Park located in North Fort Myers, Florida. We have more boats stored in Centennial Park on the other side of the river.

What programs do you offer?

Our programs include green fleet Optimist training for beginners. From here, sailors can progress into red, white and blue fleet single-handed Lasers. We also have a double-handed 420 program available for high-school kids. Click here to see all our programs

Does the sailing center offer programs for adults?

Edison Sailing Center has partnered with US Powerboating and Boat US to offer on-the-water training. Most instruction is offered by arrangement with certified instructors. Contact the sailing center for more information. Adult Sailing/Learn to Sail opportunities may also be arranged by contacting the sailing center through email or phone. We do not offer “on demand” instruction or boat rentals.