Effective Sailing Programs by Skilled



My son and I spent the summer volunteering at a pilot program teaching high-functioning autistic youth how to sail. After that, we knew a sailing program could help my son. My son was twelve years old when sailing came into his life. He has had difficulties with self-esteem and social skills. My son explained that sailing made him feel "FREE" and "ME." That was all I needed to hear, and I decided to make these programs a reality. Has your son got autism? Please get in touch with me to know more about Freedom Sailing Camp of Florida.


During the pilot program, we developed an adaptive sailing program for high functioning autistic youth that has been recognized by US Sailing. The program we developed teaches high-functioning autistic children how to sail and develop social skills.

We offer a year-round program that will provide family activity and support. The sailing instructor will be taking our youth to different sailing areas to expose them to the community and give them a chance to use and practice their social skills.

Our Instructors

Mark Monroe

I picture sailing like this: when on the water sailing (doesn’t matter what boat they pilot) one is free. Free from troubles, free from annoying work, free from depressing news feeds, free from home drama. When one casts off from shore, one is alone without any troubles, and essentially, is free. This is how I picture it, and is why we call our camp Freedom Sailing.

Interaction for those on the spectrum can be difficult.  Some choose to be mute, while others will talk non stop on a topic of their interest. That wasn’t the case for me a good 10 years ago. I was the quiet one among my peers and there was NO way I could get up in front of a group like this here today and talk.  When I did talk to people, it was difficult to sustain interaction – my thoughts and attention would wander pretty much anywhere. Regardless of all that though, I am here today!  The last decade of teaching others on the Spectrum has boosted my communication skills both and made me significantly more social.

For this I am thankful to my mom for helping me in the inception of Freedom Sailing Camp, because I wouldn’t be the person I am today if that didn’t happen.