Emerald Coast Sailing Association (ECSA) is a non-profit association formed in
1992 when a group of Okaloosa County sailing fathers realized a need for an
organization to foster local sailing. Several of the area's top sailors
encountered difficulty with campaign fund raising and local community
recreational programs needed help. ECSA
now provides financial assistance for area sailors
competing at United States Sailing Association sanctioned regional events
through Olympic and world championship events. ECSA also engages in a
number of educational programs designed to attract new sailors, educate and
train those already sailing, and promote safety for all in a "lifetime"
sport. The association is guided by a ten member Board of Trustees
selected for their interest, skills, and contributions to the sailing world.
The primary source of funding is Summer Sailing Lessons for students age 8 through 18. We enroll 150 - 160 potential Olym6pic sailors in three, two week summer sessions in Opti's, Sunfish, and 420's depending on age and experience. In 2012
we added an adult session on Flying Scots. We encourage our graduates to enroll in the local high schools' sailing program that ECSA coordinates and coaches for Fort Walton Beach, Niceville,
and Choctawhatchee High School.