This is the most inspirational,
inspiring, most "I can't believe this" program that I have ever been associated
Shake-A-Leg came into being because its founder, Harry Horgan
fell off the back of a truck and became paralyzed . He
didn’t let his “disability” stop him from doing what he most enjoyed. In his
wheel chair, he went to Tillerson-Pearson (manufacturers of the J-Boats, Pearson and Freedom sailboats)
and asked them to design a boat he could sail. Think about that. Design a
sailboat that a "disabled sailor" could sail. The boat designers at
Tillerson-Pearson took their standard 20 foot Freedom and put in two sitting
chairs and a whole lot of floatation so it wouldn't sink. Harry got his
He felt such a relief sailing he thought there must be other
physically challenged people who would benefit from doing what he did, so he
started Shake-A-Leg in Rhode Island. He thought a whole lot of people could gain
esteem and develop new self confidence by learning how to sail a boat. You
know what? He was right. By the 3rd sailing class you can see the
chair-bound and able bodied students coming
onto the Shake-A-Leg dock with more energy and with bigger smiles then they
ever had before.
Dr. Barth Greene, of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, heard
of Harry’s activities and asked him to come down and start a similar program in
Miami. It didn’t take Harry long to figure out he could sail year round in
Miami versus only 6 to 7 months in Rhode Island.
In 20 short years, SAL-Miami has expanded from teaching
primarily the physically challenged to teaching able-bodied adults and
children. We also have developed programs for children of all socioeconomic
backgrounds including at-risk kids. Shake-A-Leg Miami offers Basic,
Advanced sailing and Cruising classes. We also have a certification course sanctioned and
approved by the US Sailing Association and the American Sailing Association. The certifications earned in these courses are recognized world-wide.
Bet you can't guess who's the Head Sailing Instructor?
To be honest with you, I sincerely believe we offer one of
the better learn-to-sail programs anywhere. A good number of our students, both
the physically challenged and the able bodied, who go through our sailing classes enjoy their experience so much that they become volunteer
skippers for the various programs and activities offered at Shake-A-Leg.
To learn more about Shake-A-Leg Miami including all the
programs, activities and classes they offer, click onto their web site link.
2620 S. Bayshore Drive
Miami, FL 33133