Sailing school offers free sailing for kids

The Offshore Sailing School, based in Fort Myers, Fla., offered a kids-sail-free program this summer, and from Oct. 1 through Dec. 15, 11- to 17-year-olds are half-price with a paying parent.

“Sailing is an activity that brings families together,” said Doris Colgate, one of the school’s founders. “When we see youngsters and teens get excited about sailing, we know we’ve established a meaningful family connection to a lifetime outdoor activity.”

The half-price program for kids and teens is offered at all three of the school’s locations for the Learn to Sail course and cruising courses. During the Learn to Sail course, everyone stays ashore. A Bareboat Cruising Preparation course lasts five days, during which participants also stay ashore. The Live Aboard Cruising course is six days long, and the whole family lives and learns aboard a three- or four-cabin Hunter 46. The Learn to Sail course (Basic Keelboat Certification) is a prerequisite for both cruising courses.

Offshore instructors are all U.S. Sailing certified. See or call 800-221-3326 for details.

By Ocean Navigator