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Course Description, Requirements

Sailing Ages 8-13

8:30-11:30 OR 9:30-12:30

June 5-9 (for students who have ended the school year)
June 12-16
June 19-23
June 26-30
July 10-14
July 17-21
July 24-28


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. The curriculum is based on US Sailing’s Learn Sailing Right for Beginner and Intermediate sailors.

Parents should select a session

(A) 8:30-11:30 or (B) 9:30 – 12:30 when registering the child(-ren).

Basic Powerboat/Bobber Card
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Ages 10-13

June 5-9 (for students who have ended the school year)
June 19-23
July 17-21

Ages 13-15

July 24-28


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 (

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 5-7


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

July 31-Aug 4


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 the 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 2023 summer program schedule
For the summer program FAQs

Important Information follows about our Summer Programs - please READ carefully…

  • Sessions are one week (five days) with the exception of the Minnow Camp.
  • 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 the weather.
  • We cannot refund days when the weather is such that it would pose a safety issue for students or staff. Instructors do have the 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. We must have a mobile number for you or for the person responsible for your child’s transportation.
  • Classes are held in North Shore Park, 13001 N. Cleveland Avenue, N. Ft. Myers, just over the US 41 bridge into North Fort Myers.
  • 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 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 $25 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.