Course Description, Requirements

Sailing (3 hours per day)

Ages 8-15 – see age recommendation in Course Description

June 6-10
June 13-17
June 20-24
July 27-July 1
July 11-15
July 18-22
July 25-29


1 week

8:30-11:30 AM
9:30 AM-12:30 PM

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 Beginner and Intermediate sailors. Sailors are provided with a one-year US Sailing membership that includes the SKILL Up app.

It is recommended that ages 8-11 register for the (A) 8:30-11:30 session and ages 12-15 register for the (B) 9:30-12:30 session. Families with children in both age groups can be accommodated.

Basic Powerboat/Bobber Card
( 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM)

Ages 10-14

June 13-17
June 27-July 1
July 25-29


1 week

Students receive hands-on/water instruction and practice with supervision to satisfactorily demonstrate national On-the-Water Standards. Upon successful course completion and a
passing grade on the written test, the student can earn the Florida Bobber Card (myfwc.com)

This course requires reading/study at home each evening if the student intends to successfully pass the written exam. Students will have time in class and on the water,
daily (as weather permits).

Minnow Camp
(8:30 – 11:00 AM)

Ages 5-7

July 6-8


3 days

Let us introduce your 5-7-year-olds to sailing through multi-sensory, discovery learning on & off the water. Children must be able to swim.

HS420 Tune-up
(9:00 AM-12:00 Noon)

Grades 8-12

August 1-5


1 week

Students in Grades 8-12 interested in learning how to sail or who already sail should attend this weeklong clinic to prepare for high school sailing season (Sept-Dec and Jan-March). Learn how to start a sailing club/team at your school.

Racing Clinic – Basics
(8:30-11:30 AM)

Ages 8-14 * experience required

August 1-5


1 week

Students who have completed at least one session of sailing and would like to learn more
about competitive sailing should register for this weeklong introduction to racing. Ages 8 and older are welcome. Emphasis will be placed on experiencing different race course arrangements, basic racing rules of sailing, strategies & tactics of competitive sailing.

For the 2022 summer program schedule
For the summer program FAQs

We look forward to welcoming your child(-ren) to ESC this summer!

  • Session are one week (five days) with the exception of the Minnow Camp (three mornings).
  • Scholarships for sailing are available through the generosity of an adult sailing group, CMCS.
  • Parents should read the policies & procedures carefully before registering for a session.
  • The sailing center is located in a County park facility (North Shore Park) and must follow whatever health guidelines and restrictions may be in place at the time.
  • ESC’s programs are held outside (and on the water) with no control over weather. We cannot refund days when the weather is such that it would pose a safety issue for students or staff. Instructors do have discretion to offer alternative activities on no-wind days that are appropriate for the students and follow safety/health guidelines, e.g. kayaking & STEM
  • Parents will be asked to join the REMIND app notification system for announcements or updates.
  • Should severe weather be imminent it is possible we may require children to be picked up before the scheduled end of the session.
  • Classes are held in North Shore Park, 13001 N. Cleveland Avenue, N. Ft. Myers, just over the US 41 bridge into North Fort Myers.
  • Information about our school year programs will be available online.
  • Parents are welcome to attend the last day of their child’s session between 10:00-11:00 to experience what their child has been learning. Should you wish to sail with your child, we request registration in advance. There is no charge to sail but we do need advance notice.
  • Should your plans change and you need to change session dates, we will make every effort to accommodate your request.
  • Refunds may be given, minus a $50 administrative fee, with reasonable notice.
  • Because summer sessions fill quickly (especially after mid-May), parents registering their children without submitting payment are NOT confirmed or guaranteed placement in their desired session.
  • Families with gift certificates or scholarships should contact the Registrar/Scholarship Coordinator in advance for how to enter payment code for registration.

Thanks to CMCS (sailing organization), we are able to offer a limited number of scholarships for SAILING this summer. Families who might not otherwise be able to send their child(children) are invited to request a one-time scholarship. For application and information, contact Marla Parker  [email protected]