February 2023        


During School Outings

High School students join us for weekly outings

A group of students from Felix Varela Senior High School joins Shake-A-Leg Miami for regular outings. These students have a disability and hope to gain confidence and comfort in social interactions while participating in activities learning about water safety, boating, sailing, kayaking, ecology of the bay and more. Together with their chaperones, the students travel from their Kendall based school in order to gain confidence, community and friendships. Opportunities like this one are available to all schools and groups, with scholarships available where applicable. Find out how to get your group involved.


Seaworthy Transitions Vocational Program

Seaworthy Transition Program officially started up again with several new students joining the crew of our marine vocational program. If you followed along from last time, you know that one of our returning students, Jared, has been helping make some the materials we use for community engagements right here at Shake A Leg. Now, with a group of new students eager to learn, once quiet Jared, has found the confidence to teach the newcomers what he’s learned!  

"It all started for me at Shake-A-Leg Miami. I believe I am where I am today because of Shake-A-Leg Miami."

Kevin Seelig, volunteer to Franchise Owner Freedom Boat Club


UMPT Program

University of Miami  Physical Therapy students sail to a camp out in Boca Chida

Physical therapy students from UM finished an annual 5-week immersion sailing program with Shake-A-Leg.  Over 5 weeks, the students are taught by the demographic they one day hope to teach. In the final weekend, UMPT students, together with their SALM instructors embark on a 3-hour sail to the northern most key, Boca Chida for an overnight camping excursion where the tables are turned, and the students support the instructors through a full 24-hour day's needs. The reversal of roles allows for the students to go beyond what they learn in the classroom and know their patient from a new perspective, creating lifelong friendships.  
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Veterans Fishing Program

Veterans continue twice a week programing with fishing on Wednesdays and boat building on Mondays. This week’s catch? Baby Shark (doo doo do doo doo)! The fishing group saw manatees, dolphin and managed quite a few catches!


The Regatta Run Down

The Bacardi Winter Series Regatta is just on of many launching from the docks this month

Regattas have kept the docks busy with the following fleets:

  • M32
  • Melges 20
  • J70s 
  • Etchells

We're looking forward to the Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta mid-March. Stop by and see the action!


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


Become a Volunteer

Med students from Florida International University volunteer their time at Bay Days


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!


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




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Certified Inclusion Advocate

by The Children's Trust


Kiandra, our Director of Summer Programs has been designated as an advocate to share her knowledge of inclusion practices with others.

Impact Edition: Storytelling for Change

by Greg Clark, Good Miami Project features at the Adrienne Arscht Center for Performing Arts March 13 & April 28


Upcoming at Shake-A-Leg

  • 10-12 March Bacardi Cup
  • 17-19 March Shake a Leg Cripple Cup Mid-Winter Regatta
  • 22 April 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
  • Summer Camp Registration is OPEN Camp runs June 12 - August 4 Register Now




Adventure Island Summer camp registration is OPEN, but hurry and register before it’s too late! With the wind on your back and refreshing dips in the bay, you’ll be more than launching the dream... you’ll be living the dream. Adventure Island Summer Camp is available to all abilities Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm with aftercare available. 


Just imagine... 6 Sailboats, 3 Pontoon boats, 30 kayaks, and 300 of your soon to be best friends spotting dolphins, snorkeling, creating marine inspired art and so much more.


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 donors this month followed by major donors who contributed over $10,000 in 2022

Thank you to our February Donors:

TUUCI, Jacob Kohlhas, Bacardi, Avery and Elena Whidden Charitable Trust, Wes & Tracey Bradford, Withers Worldwide, Joe Formicola, Jose Segrara, Campo Charitable Fund, Demitrio Rico, Nancy Pirie, Vivian Edwards, Slva Suresh, John Cornell, Charles Lambert, Johnathan Binder, Michael Slattery, Guillermo Rammos, Orin Black, Ronald Howse, Keren Gerrard, David Hancock, Laura Denoux, Susan Markley, Taylor Lynn, Joaquin Trias, Kathleen Sannizzaro


In Memorial

Captain Lou was a proud police and coast guard officer of Miami Dade County and an active sailing volunteer at Shake-A-Leg. Lou's legacy continues as his loved ones donate to support the programs he loved in his name.

Peter Braffitt, director of Gemeco Marine Accessories and board member of the National Marine Electronics Association volunteered his time to bring his industry experience to benefit the Impossible Dream. 


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