We Can Sail
The We Can Sail Program is designed with a focus on providing an environment where “kids are helping kids”. We provide a safe, accessible and positive environment for youth with disabilities ages 6 – 22 and their families. Children with disabilities are matched up with high-school aged mentors who are trained and focused to make sure the kids have fun, learn and be safe. They participate in sailing, paddling, boat rides and land-based activities.
Children are paired up with high school mentors to learn life skills, build confidence, and make friends. We Can Sail trains high school students (disabled and able-bodied) to become volunteer mentors and role models. While the mentors become big brothers and sisters to the younger kids, the children with disabilities also become teachers to the mentors.
High school and college students make up a key component of We Can Sail. Volunteers are trained to work with children through the Shake-A-Leg Miami's Master Mentor Training Program.
Veterans & Adult Programs
The Veterans & Adult Program are specially designed to be fully accessible for people with disabilities and are offered in an inclusive environment. Programs for Veterans with disabilities are designed to serve Veterans, their families and the military community.
Seaworthy During School Program/ Transition Program
Seaworthy During School Program (DSP): The Seaworthy DSP initiative serves participants in 2nd – 12th grade. It provides a yearlong program that will train students with disabilities to sail and boat on Biscayne Bay, while providing education about the marine environment. The program is offered one day per week throughout the school year. Each trip follows a curriculum based on New Generation Sunshine States Standards (NGSSS) and Sprit of America safe boating practices.
• Transition Program (for participants aging out of school): The program is designed for high school students and young adults who are aging out of public school still seeking high school diplomas and seeking to develop employment skills, ages 18-22. Students will learn how to sail and work in a marine community center setting. They will be taught to repair and maintain boats, work in a maintenance shop, engage in customer service and serve as mentors to the youth in our programs. The program is offered 2-3 days per week throughout the school year. Internships are provided during the Shake A Leg Miami Summer Camp, and other Shake A Leg Miami programs.
Education & Mentoring Program
The Education and Mentoring Training Program: The program is designed for high-school students who are interested in learning to work with children with disabilities, become proficient in water sports and other aspects of the operation. They learn to use Biscayne Bay as a classroom to improve participants’ academic performance and pro-social skills through water sports and enrichment activities. Mentors gain valuable life skills, community service hours and experience that assist with college applications.
Summer Programs are offered over a 10-week period. There are four programs offered to youth with and without disabilities.
Marine Academy Camp is an eight-week program serving children with disabilities integrated with able-bodied children. The program serves campers, of which will have varying disabilities. This camp includes literacy enrichment, art and water sports (kayaks, canoes, sailing, power boating and more).
Water Sports Camp offers a sport-themed water environment for athletic youth. Campers experience hands-on intense water sports activities such as kayaking, sailing, swimming, snorkeling and other paddle sports. Ages 9 through 15.
Adventure Island Camp offers experiential learning through science and art on one of Biscayne Bay’s Spoiled Islands. This camp has an inclusive setting that accommodates children with and without special needs. Children spend the day on the island kayaking, sailing, fishing, swimming and participating in a curriculum based upon art and science activities. Ages 7 through 15
Youth Summer Outings Program: This program provides recreational water sports programs for community-based organizations, Miami Science Museum and participants of City of Miami Parks and Recreation. In collaboration with the City of Miami Parks and Recreation Department, hundreds of participants enjoy sailing, kayaking and island adventures during the summer.