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Nurturing a Love for Boating: Local Courses Teach Safety on the Water

Apr 03, 2022 10:23AM ● By ANN MARIE O’PHELAN
Children love to go boating. One great way to build their understanding of safe boating practices and procedures is to give them lessons. Edison Sailing Center offers youth lessons and programs for powerboating (10 and up) or sailing. “They include high school sailing, school-year sailing (September-May), collegiate sailing in partnership with FGCU, outreach programs for youth organizations, scouting merit badge activities, powerboat safety training, adventure sailing, and more,” says Stephanie Webb, director of programs/training/leadership development.  

The sailing center offers summer programs from beginner to advanced levels at its North Shore Park location and has offered satellite summer instruction at the 
Mound House on Fort Myers Beach. Classes are geared for ages 8-13. 

Fort Myers-based Offshore Sailing School offers family sailing packages at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva and Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Fort Myers Beach. These include the Tweens & Teens Learn Free package, where up to three children ages 7-17 learn for free with two adults. This three-day course is part of a five-night resort vacation package. 

Ann Marie O’Phelan is a Southwest Florida resident and a regular contributor to TOTI Media. 



Edison Sailing Center – North 

13001 N. Cleveland Avenue, North Fort Myers (North Shore Park) 

Edison Sailing Center – South 

2000 W. First Street, Fort Myers 



Offshore Sailing School 

16731 McGregor Blvd. Suite 110, Fort Myers 

888-454-7015, 239-454-1700; 


Florida Boater Safety Course 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission requires that boaters 21 and younger operating a personal watercraft or powerboat of 10 horsepower or more pass an approved boater education course, offered online. Boaters of all ages are encouraged to obtain the boater education card. Find out more at