Participants prepared for a stand up paddleboarding lesson. 

Participants prepared for a stand up paddleboarding lesson. 

Students from the Pine Manor Improvement Association visited Sanibel Sea School on a windy Saturday morning to learn about marine science and enjoy a day at the beach.

Activities included using a seine net to catch fish, swimming, and stand up paddling lessons. “Many of our Pine Manor students rarely have an opportunity to visit the coast, despite living right over the bridge in Fort Myers,” said educator Johnny Rader. “It’s always fun to see how excited they are to learn new ocean facts and skills,” he added.

Some participants learned how to use a stand up paddleboard for the first time, and each received one-on-one guidance from Sanibel Sea School’s instructors. By the end of the day, every child successfully paddled a course, despite heavy winds and rough waters. Other highlights included catching shrimp, jellyfish, tonguefish, and other unique creatures in the seagrass, and a picnic lunch at the Sea School.


This and other outreach programs are made possible by Sanibel Sea School’s donor-supported scholarship fund, which ensures that no individual is turned away from ocean learning due to cost.


Sanibel Sea School is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. The Pine Manor Improvement Association is a private non-profit agency that provides services to approximately 3,000 children and families that are at risk in the Pine Manor area of Fort Myers. Learn more at