Ocean Discoveries for Grown Ups

Throughout the year, Sanibel Sea School offers a variety of classroom and field-based learning opportunities for adults. Join us for a boat trip, learn to cast a net, or hold a tiny sea horse in the palm of your hands. No matter which course you choose, you're sure to experience Sanibel in a whole new way!

Adult courses are open to students ages 18 and up. Students who are 15 and older may register if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. 

For the first time ever, we will offer a series of boat-based adult learning opportunities in October. Learn more below. 

We also offer customizable programs for groups and families of all ages!


Barefoot Academy

Take an in-depth look at our local ecosystems with our Executive Director, Marine Biologist Dr. Bruce Neill, and Sanibel Sea School's team of marine science educators. Program time will be split between the classroom and the field, so be sure to bring your sunscreen, your towel, and your wading shoes!

Fall Boat-Based Semester: October 2016

October is one of the finest months on Sanibel.  Like the changing leaves on land, the ocean experiences a rich and interesting fall transition before winter arrives. Join marine biologist Dr. Bruce Neill, co-founder and Executive Director of Sanibel Sea School, for a mini-mester this fall on the seas of SW Florida.  We’ll meet each Wednesday morning in October and climb aboard our boat to explore some of the areas most of us only see from land. This is a lovely opportunity to get to know our local waters during a unique and quiet time on our island. Please come and enjoy the fall, our island, and some excellent companionship. 

Schedule: Wednesdays, 9 am - 12 pm, $75 per course

*As a special bonus for those who register for all four weeks, we will offer an exclusive additional field trip to explore San Carlos Bay from a perspective that most of us have never fully experienced. 

October 5th, 2016: The Canals

October 12th, 2016: Mangrove Islands of San Carlos Bay

October 19th, 2016: Blind Pass

October 26th, 2016: Sea Grass Flats of San Carlos Bay


Fishing From a Biological Perspective

This 4-week course will sharpen your fishing knowledge and skills regardless of your experience level. In many ways, the secret to fishing is knowing where the fish are. To predict this, the saltwater fisherman must have knowledge of the ocean, fish biology and weather – along with a bit of luck. We'll learn about the most common fish species encountered in SWFL, how to read the water, how tides work, and how they affect fishing. Outside the classroom, we will introduce saltwater fly-fishing, and teach casting, fly-tying, knots and techniques. On the last meeting, we will arrange a fishing outing to apply all of our new-found knowledge.

2017 details coming soon!


 Evening Lecture Series: Understanding the Ocean Around Us

2017 details coming soon!


Saturday Beach Walks

Join Doc Bruce or one of our marine science educators to learn more about what has washed ashore. This free program is the perfect weekend opportunity to learn about some of the common organisms we find on our beaches, and the changes that occur throughout the season. Meet at Sanibel Sea School's Flagship Campus, located at 455 Periwinkle Way. 

2017 details coming soon!