Manatee River Pram Fleet

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Sailors must have reached their 8th birthday by the starting date of the session they are attending and be a resident of Manatee County to enroll in the program. All children are required to pass a swim test which will be administered on the first day of class. Students must be able to swim 50 yards wearing the clothes they will be sailing in, including a life jacket and shoes.


Online registration opens in March each year. Please click HERE to view our online registration page.

You will be notified by email when your registration has been confirmed.

If you have questions please contact the Director of Sailing Lisa Fath at (941) 962-9433 or by email at

The pram fleet has the right to cancel any class that is not full.


Bishop Sailing Center offers scholarship assistance for all programs. No child is ever denied participation because of financial need. If scholarship assistance is needed please contact Pam Blalock at We do require financial information in order to grant scholarship.

Scholarship assistance is totally confidential. No member, instructor, or board member will have information concerning scholarship recipients.


Sailing will take place rain or shine. There are no cancellations or make up days and no refunds. In the case of rain, lightning, small craft warnings, or other unsafe conditions or lack of wind, land activities will be offered in place of sailing.


We are located in The Bishop Sailing Center at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 Snead Island Road, Palmetto, FL.

Students should be dropped off at 8:45 AM for morning sessions. No early drop offs are permitted.

Children left prior to 8:45 AM are not under the supervision, nor are they the responsibility, of the MRPF sailing staff. Additionally, class ends promptly at 12:00 PM for the morning session. If you cannot be at the MRPF to take your child in hand, please make arrangements for another adult to take charge of your child. The afternoon session begins at 1:00 and ends at 4:00.

Arriving to class on time is important! If a sailor arrives late to class, he or she will miss important information related to safety and the day’s activities. Students who arrive after a class has moved onto the water are not to be left unattended by a parent. The student will be allowed to join the class in progress only at the Sailing Director’s discretion.


Children who use MRPF boats are responsible for exercising reasonable care and good seamanship. They shall reimburse the MRPF for the cost of any loss of, or damage to, a boat, its equipment, or the property of others that results from the neglect of such care and seamanship. In addition, participants recognize that hazards are involved in the operation of boats and therefore make no claims against the Manatee River Pram Fleet or the Bradenton Yacht Club based on injuries related to use of the boats. Anyone participating in the MRPF must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved lifejacket at all times on the water, and must return the boat and its equipment to the place and in the condition in which it was found.