January 2023        


Launching Dreams in 2023


SALM Summer Camps = watersport and eco adventures = friends + confidence + fun

Get Set, Get Ready....
Summer Camp Registration 

February 4, 2023

Summers are a time to let loose, be free, explore the outdoors, and make new friends. At Shake-A-Leg, children do all that and more while experiencing the magic of Biscayne Bay in an inclusive environment. With two summer camps that offer the right amount of support for your child, Shake-A-Leg camps have a reputation for growth and meaningful friendships made by the sparkling waters of Miami.  Find out which camp is right for your child:

MARINE ACADEMY CAMP (MAC) offers a safe, accessible outdoor experience with water activities and an educational classroom component lead by certified MPS teachers. MAC focuses on children who need a little more help in camp activities and pairs them with trained staff to help them through the day. The camp is an 8-week commitment with scholarships available. Learn More... 

ADVENTURE ISLAND CAMP (AIC) offers a safe and accessible outdoor experience with water activities. The camp is available to all youth of all abilities to learn kayaking, sailing, fishing, swimming and more. Sessions can be joined on a weekly basis for flexible summer schedules. Learn More...  


**Please note that the camp activities are similar, except where MAC offers a classroom component (2nd - 5th grade Literacy and 6th - 12th grade civic engagement) and AIC offers fishing to children of all abilities.**


SUMMER OUTINGS CAMP is an eight-week program from June 19th to August 11th. Groups of youth from the City of Miami Parks & other organizations learn about sailing, paddling, and the marine environment.  Have fun while developing team building skills, confidence, and an appreciation for nature. Inquire about bringing your group!



All camps utilize mentors, who come from high schools across Miami Dade. Students gain community service hours, valuable life skills, and friendships. Mentors who register now have the spring semester to gain their water safety credentials required for the summer. Learn More...  


TUUCI Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta

On December 27 – 30, youth raced on the waters of Biscayne Bay in the largest regatta for kids ages 8-18, The TUUCI Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta. One such sailor, Eleanor Moore, a Green Fleet sailor from Annapolis Yacht Club suffered an injury at the Atlantic Coast Championship in October. Her perseverance was acknowledged by leaders of the Orange Bowl, who awarded her the 2022 Magnus Liljedahl Sportsmanship Award. Our Shake-A-Leg community knows a lot about perseverance and provides a safe place for you to find hope and happiness. We hope you’ll find the courage and commitment to launch one of your dreams this year.    


Youth competitors and coaches with their cheering crowds in the hangar for the Shake an Erg event on January 21, 2023

Shake an Erg 2023

January 21 hosted over 400 rowers who competed in various classes on "erg" (ergometer)s. If you're new to rowing, an erg is an indoor rowing machine that provides no-impact, full-body strength and cardio exercise for able and disabled bodies. Parents and friends cheered on competitors who raced against each other and their own scores, many of them marking new personal bests. 


The event was organized by Jose and Elaine Segrera, parents of two rowing sons. Jose said, "It is always a pleasure to get the South Florida rowing community together and afford our youth rowers the opportunity to have fun and compete.  These events bring together such a diverse crowd, from 10-year-olds just starting out in the competitive realm to former US Olympic rowers. We know the inspiration is real as several of our South Florida teen rowers will be attending prestigious universities in the fall such as Brown, Georgetown and Columbia to continue their studies and rowing careers."


The event was made possible by donations like the one from Withers Worldwide and proceeds of the event were donated to Shake-A-Leg to help maintain existing programs and facilities. 

One such program that will benefit from the event, Seaworthy Transitions, carried a special role prior to the event. Members of the vocational program used onsite machinery to make and engrave the awards in the traditional shape of swords handed out to winners of the Shake an Erg competition.  


SPOTLIGHT: Jared & Seaworthy Transitions

This year marks Jared's third at Shake-A-Leg in the Seaworthy Transitional Program. With the guidance of the program leader, Jared made the traditional trophies awarded during the annual Shake an Erg event this month, the kind of thing he can continue to do as a job after graduation.

The machinery used in the boat maintenance and repair workshop where the transitional program attendees train, is advanced technical equipment found in many marina repair shops along the coast. Students, like Jared, learn the skills for important marine jobs. 

Students in the program learn soft skills like socialization in addition to trade skills like hospitality and marine repair. They divide their time learning and exploring Biscayne Bay. All the while, they are making friends and building confidence... because in the end, this is what it's all about. 


Bacardi Regatta weekend foiling 69F, sailing J70, Melges and more...

The Bacardi Winter Series Event 2

From 69F foilers flying through the water to Melges 24, Melges IV and J/70s slicing the surface of the sea, the Bacardi Winter Series 2 regatta did not disappoint. Three days in a row of perfect sailing conditions on Biscayne Bay, January 27-29, 2023, and a dream event for all, with fantastic breeze, sun and shoreside Bacardi bonhomie. Read More...


The IMPOSSIBLE DREAM continues its renovation after 10 years of sailing the coastline and will be back to sailing soon. Find out more how you can book an experience aboard this majestic vessel.


Thank you to the sponsors: Woody Foundation, Kessler Foundation, Spaulding Rehab, Kennedy Kreiger Institute, Volvo Penta, Casey's Marina of Newport, Charlestown Marina Boston, Brooklyn one15 Marina, AB Inflatables, Applestone Meat Co., Airmar, Bacardi, The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, RU Gallery, Gemeco Marine Accessories, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, Deborah Mellen Foundation



Bay Days happen once a month at Shake-A-Leg Miami. The watersport center is open for the entire community to experience what Shake-A-Leg Miami is all about. Our regular program participants, families with a disability or economic struggles, and neighbors come together to experience the joys of Biscayne Bay together. This inclusive setting opens the eyes and hearts of all who participate in boating, kayaking, paddling, and sailing. Plus, there's great food on the BBQ.


RSVP now for 12 February!

Volunteer Orientation

Volunteers are a crucial part of Shake-A-Leg Miami. We have volunteer positions for many skills, from skippers to media and everything in between! Orientations run alongside our Bay Days so register now to learn how you can give back by volunteer hours at SALM!



Shake-A-Leg Miami is making WAVES. Check out our latest publicity and awards!




Password: ShakePress22

Miami Herald

by Anna Jean Kaiser

Yachting Magazine

by Herb McCormick


Stop By for  Community Engagements

Weekdays at Shake-A-Leg:


Veterans Fishing

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-2, Designed to serve disabled veterans, active military, and their families, the Veterans Fishing Program includes sailing, paddle sports, fishing, physical conditioning, power boat rides, and community service. Programs are offered free of charge to disabled veterans and their families.


Seaworthy Transition

Mondays and Wednesdays 10-2, Young adults learn professional working skills in an inclusive setting by participating in hands on vocational activities from boat maintenance to hospitality. Students also learn watersports like paddling, sailing and fishing. Learn More...



Weekends at Shake-A-Leg:


We Can Sail

Saturdays  10-2pm, Inclusive program where youth with a disability are paired with mentors for a day on the bay. Learn More...


Sunday Social

Sundays 10am, Adults with a disability together with their families join us for a boat ride and exploration of Biscayne Bay. Learn More...



Looking forward...

  • 12 February Shake-A-Leg Miami Bay Day Mark your calendars from 10-2pm. All are welcome to join us for a Day on the Bay full of watersport, food and more! RSVP NOW

  • 10-12 March Bacardi Cup
  • 17-19 March Shake a Leg Mid-Winter Regatta
  • 26 March Shake-A-Leg Miami Bay Day





Family Sail

Come out for a sail and bring your family! We have all been stuck at home long enough, including those with disabilities. Outings are scheduled on an ongoing basis that provide a healthy, wholesome activity for all. 


Veterans Fishing Program

We serve those who served us! We encourage all veterans to come down and sail, fish, and engage in community service. Veterans with disabilities are welcome. 


Vocational Program

Our vocational program is offered to veterans and people with disabilities who want to build their professional skills relating to boat-building, maintenance & repair, and brokerage. 


Become a Mentor

Mentors gain valuable life skills while earning community service hours and discovering new friendships. Mentor opportunities are available year round, though we are currently summer camp.


Become a Volunteer

Volunteers help fulfill dreams and launch boats. It's all hands on deck at Shake-A-Leg Miami, so register for our next orientation to find out how you can help!


You Can Make a Difference Today


Join us as we build boats, friendships, and dreams. Thanks to donors like you, we make it possible to provide a safe and inclusive environment for people with disabilities, veterans and their families. 


Thank you to our major sponsors and everyone who contributes. You are making it possible to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Below is a list of major donors who contributed over $10,000 in 2022, followed by a list of our current partners


Dick Bunnell was a long time supporter of Shake-A-Leg and a major influence to the Miami Waterfront. The support of his friends to SALM in his passing have paved a way for a tile to be created in his memory. Read More

Bob LuPone was an American Actor and close friend and supporter of Shake-A-Leg family. His gifts to the stage and support to the staff at SALM and our programs will be remembered. Read More


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