A camper practices surfing.

A camper practices surfing.

Sanibel Sea School is set to offer two new after school programs in partnership with The Sanibel School and the Sanibel Recreation Center this year – After School Surfing and Ocean Art. These programs will be open to students in grades 1-5 and are designed to provide an opportunity for participants to experience the ocean in new ways and improve their existing waterman skills.

Every Tuesday in November, instructors from Sanibel Sea School will teach surfing lessons. Kids will learn how to paddle a surfboard, how to “pop up” (move from paddling to standing position), and how to catch a wave. “We will give kids the basic surfing skills they need to be able to go out and practice surfing on their own. It’s something they will potentially be able to enjoy for their entire lives,” said Nicole Finnicum, the organization’s Director of Education.

Mosaics are a favorite art form among Sanibel Sea School participants.

Mosaics are a favorite art form among Sanibel Sea School participants.

In December, students can sign up for Ocean Art. Sanibel Sea School specializes in using natural materials like shells and coconuts to create beautiful art, and will guide participants through an ocean-inspired art project each week. “We purposely scheduled our Ocean Art series right before the holidays, so kids will have the option to give their creations to family and friends as gifts,” said Finnicum.

After school programs run from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. Participants can choose to be picked up from The Sanibel School or the Rec Center after school, or they can meet the group at Sanibel Sea School’s Flagship campus, which will also serve as the pickup location at the end of the day. It is possible to register for individual sessions or to sign up for the entire series each month. Sanibel Sea School is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. To learn more and register, visit http://www.sanibelseaschool.org/afterschool.

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