Offshore Sailing operates schools out of Captiva Island and Fort Myers Beach. From three-day US SAILING courses to advanced racing, coastal navigation and passage making, Offshore appeals to all levels of sailors. Florida Sailing & Cruising School in North Fort Myers conducts yacht-sailing courses and yacht powerboat classes. For something less formal, gather your family for private lessons with Capt. Mick Gurley of New Moon Sailing on Captiva Island. Edison Sailing in Fort Myers and North Fort Myers, offers all kinds of affordable classes and events. Pine Island Sailing also offers unique sailing and boating experiences.
Area kayak tour outfitters offer renters tips on the basics of paddling and will outfit you properly with paddling gear. Some outfitters offer guided fishing or interpretive paddling trips. On Sanibel, contact Tarpon Bay Explorers; on Captiva, Captiva Kayak Company; on Pine Island, Gulf Coast Kayak. For a complete list of outfitters, visit the Calusa Blueway site.
Snorkel with the Fish
If you can swim, you can snorkel, but first-timers often feel more comfortable with a few pointers before they head out. For fun and learning in the same excursion, book with Adventures in Paradise’s shelling and snorkeling cruise of the outer islands, departing from Port Sanibel Marina.
Folks often travel to the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel for the express purpose of earning their scuba certification. Underwater Explorers is THE name in Fort Myers for NAUI courses. Learn to dive during six four-hour classes, with two hours of each lesson spent in the classroom and two in the pool. Roughly 28 nautical miles located off of Sanibel Island on Florida's Southwest coast, is the first Veterans Memorial Reef dedicated to all U.S. veterans usuing a military ship. Visit USS Mohawk Memorial Reef for more information.
Fishing Classes at Local Park
At Lovers Key State Park in Fort Myers Beach, rangers lead fishing and castnetting programs for people of all ages. Visit Getaway Marina for boat and kayak rentals!
Check in with local bait shops to learn what’s biting where and for information on fishing restrictions. At Big Hickory Fishing Nook on Bonita Beach, they’ll hook you up with bait, fishing charters, a spot on the dock – even a marina-side lunch. The Bait Box on Sanibel Island hosts a Cast Net Rodeo every November. For information on fly fishing or to inquire about a fly fishing guide, check out Norm Zeigler's Fly Shop. At historic Whidden’s Marina in Boca Grande, a maritime museum takes you into the past. Another favorite bait shop: D&D Matlacha Bait & Tackle in Matlacha. Make sure to check out Estero River Outfitters for Back bay and fly fishing, customized trips, nature tours, canoeing, kayaking and water sports!
The Fort Myers Sanibel Area is a natural for boating enthusiasts, with protected waterways, miles of navigable channels and numerous full-service marinas. Click here for more information!
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Parasailing, kayaking through mangroves, stand-up-paddleboarding, fishing, golfing, boating, biking and so much more make Fort Myers a playground for the whole family. Click here to see!
On Water Activities
We owe everything to the warm Gulf waters that surround us - the soft white sand beaches to play on, the millions of shells to find, the days spent kayaking, boating or fishing. The water connects us to nature, and with each new discovery, it connects us to each other. Click here to view other water activities!
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