About Us

Our Mission

    Spirit of America offers a unique, safe and comprehensive water-based educational and recreational program, the Spirit of America Foundation instills confidence and fosters the Spirit of teamwork in our nations youth. Our underlying goals include developing self-esteem while nurturing responsible behavior and positive, lifelong ambitions. 

                ‘Teaching the way our children learn’   

Our History

    Spirit of America, a 501c3 not-for-profit public service organization, exists primarily to serve our nation’s youth with Americas Premier Youth Boating Education Programs.  

    We have been in the business of providing a SAFE and educational introduction to our Country’s young people, their families and their communities, to all types of water based recreational activities in one of the most diverse “hands-on” Classrooms in America since 1995.

Our Vision

Spirit of America shall remain dedicated and committed to continuing their leadership role in advancing the promotion of National standards based education in all disciplines. Our unique curriculum shall touch upon all aspects of recreating on the water; state education courses, drowning prevention, canoe, kayak, stand up paddleboard, sail, powered watercraft and safety equipment – at little to no cost to any student. 

Our program provides communities with a sustainable resource of education and recreation for all generations, inspiring a lifelong stewardship of our natural resources. By offering a critically important program, for the out of school hours in an informal and nontraditional environment, we continue to advance social and life skill development.

We empower our youth by providing a sustainable resource of opportunity with a curriculum which balances the resources of the national on-water, skills-based and knowledge-based standards of education in a diverse and non-traditional classroom. 

We continue to build a national constituency of individuals and organizations who, with the very best instructors in our country, provide our program curriculum in a way for our students to develop lifelong learning skills. Our instructors lead with passion, guiding our students and ensuring a future generation of SAFE – SMART boaters and lifelong recreational enthusiasts which ensures the continued growth of a viable marine industry. ‘Future Boaters … Future Business’ 

We know that being near the water can calm us and connect children their families and communities and that being near the water can reduce stress, amplify creativity and increase innovation and insight. With that in mind, we shall provide introduction to water-based recreational activities in a way for our students to dare to dream, learn, react and develop lifelong learning skills in a unique, safe and educational environment. 

Get on Board

We hope you will join us by offering your support for our programs or by physically getting involved on the water with our young students. 

Meet the Team

It takes a dedicated, passionate and fun loving team to manage programs through local host agencies

Managing Spirit of America and its programs takes a tremendous effort from an outstanding team.

    Allow us to introduce you to our national team and  some of the great organizations that we partner with and who provide volunteer and staff instructors.

    In each location, we are privileged to have some of the finest instructors in the country assisting with our curriculum. Instructors, both volunteer and compensated, come to Spirit from our Partner Organizations. We are grateful for the generosity they show with their time and for their expertise and dedication to changing the future of water based recreation through education.

Get on Board and Get on the Water!

    In each location we have a need for instructors.  Please see our location page for an area near you.  Or, contact the Executive office for more information. 

    Our instructors come from many communities and many National organizations, and shape the Spirit of America programs in many ways, including providing staff and volunteers.

Some of Our National Partners

  • Parks and Recreation Specialists
  • Local Fire Service
  • Local Dive Rescue Teams
  • Local Police Departments
  • United States Coast Guard
  • 4-H
  • United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • United States Power Squadrons
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Sea Scouts of America
  • YMCA
  • US Sailing
  • US Powerboating
  • American Sailing Association
  • American Canoe Association
  • State Watercraft Law Enforcement
  • Colleges and Universities