Participants in the 2014 Float For Life Event enjoy the benefits of floating in our calm Gulf waters.

Participants in the 2014 Float For Life Event enjoy the benefits of floating in our calm Gulf waters.

At Sanibel Sea School, we love nothing more than to float in the ocean - in boats, on surfboards, and on our backs! Inspired by plankton, we've been holding "soul floats" for years, where we strap on our life jackets, bring out our fleet of surfboards, and lead dozens of kids into the Gulf to enjoy drifting along in the gentle current. It's a camper favorite, and a great way to connect with the sea.

Sanibel Sea School campers float on surfboards during one of our "soul floats".

Sanibel Sea School campers float on surfboards during one of our "soul floats".

We are very excited that locals and visitors alike will come together this summer to float in our calm waters during the second annual Float For Life event. In 2014, therapists Dr. Shelley Lynch and Roy Desjarlais founded the event to celebrate the many ways the ocean enhances our lives, after they realized how effectively ocean floats can help patients release emotional and physical pain while restoring balance.

Float For Life participants take turns supporting one another in the water while they enjoy the benefits of floating in the sunshine, and the event's founders hope to set a world record for the largest group float!

This year, proceeds will generously support Sanibel Sea School's mission to improve the ocean's future, one person at a time, and will make it possible for us to help more people in more places enjoy the benefits of building a connection with the ocean. 

Soul floats are a fabulous way to connect with the sea!

Soul floats are a fabulous way to connect with the sea!

Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of world-renowned oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, will attend the event and share stories about her family’s deep connection with the sea. She will also host a small meet and greet at our flagship campus on Sanibel. 

Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau, will attend the Float For Life 2015 event.

Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau, will attend the Float For Life 2015 event.

Float For Life 2015 will be held on Sunday, July 12th at the Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina in Fort Myers Beach. Event fee is $20 per participant. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit oceanfloatforlife.com

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