In response to those seeking activities closer to home, and with children out of school earlier than expected, Offshore Sailing School President and CEO, Doris Colgate, announced two new programs and promotions. The company will repurpose some of its instructors and boat fleet to launch a new KidsSail™ program at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Colgate said, “for less-crowded but stimulating, hands-on experiences, we have created safe, private, family-fun learning activities on the water in the great outdoors.”

For ages 7-17, KidsSail is a flexible 3-hour private sailing lesson program aboard Offshore Sailing School’s fleet of Colgate 26 sailboats. KidsSail students will learn how to sail, and learn knot-tying, boating safety, and what you should know about wind, current and boating in our waterways in Southwest Florida. KidsSail private sessions are available for a minimum of two kids, or up to five kids (from same family and friends’ group). Pricing is as follows:

  • 3-hour private session for minimum of two kids together = $95
  • 3-hour private session for 3 to 5 kids = $295
  • Full week of daily 3-hour private sessions (Monday through Friday) for up to five kids = $1,475

KidsSail will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday on Fort Myers Beach, beginning Monday, March 30 through August 8, 2020. Parents must sign a waiver for kids to participate. Parents may choose to enroll their kids’ group in any 3-hour session, or two daily sessions, full-week of 3-hour sessions, even multiple weeks if desired. Lunch is not included in daily combination sessions, but kids may bring a lunch from home in a cooler and the instructor will supervise them during a lunch break on the dock or in Bowditch Point Park, adjacent to the marina on the north end of Fort Myers Beach. Call 239-454-1700 or 800-221-4326 to enroll in KidsSail.

Add-On Pink Shell Resort Amenities: KidsSail parents and students may choose to purchase a Resort Day Pass from the Pink Shell Beach Resort Concierge for $39 per person. Each wristband provides access to resort amenities, including the world-famous Octopool. Enjoy a day or enjoy a week on the water in the great outdoors.

Sail Away with 56% Savings: Why 56%? Because Offshore Sailing School is celebrating its 56th year in 2020. Enroll in new, private sailing and power catamaran courses without lodging. Drive to and from the course or make your own accommodation reservations and learn a new lifelong skill aboard 26’ – 44’ sailboats or 37’ power catamaran. Courses are held on Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach, and Cape Coral. Enjoy fresh air and freedom with no more than four students aboard a boat with our instructor. Cruising courses require a minimum of two students enrolling together. Earn US Sailing or Powerboating certification to skipper a boat up to 50’. Learn to Sail Courses start at just $595 per person! View these incredible commuter Sail Away Savings details here.