The Wake of Fort Myers

Vacationing? Searching for a fun, unique family activity? Excited to try something new? Or are you an advanced rider wanting to boost your off-season performance? If you said yes to any of these, look no further than Kirby’s School of Wake Fort Myers.

Kirby’s School of Wake Fort Myers is Southwest Florida’s ultimate watersports experience. Why put your watersports fun on hold until summer? Take advantage of Florida’s warm, inviting climate this winter and join us for wakeboarding and wakesurfing on the winding riverbanks of the Caloosahatchee River.

Kirby’s proven coaching techniques are adaptive to any age or ability level. Whether you are a beginner out having fun or wakeboarding’s next rising star, let Kirby’s School of Wake help you accomplish your goals on the water.


Kirby’s School of Wake truly is, “The Wake of Fort Myers”. You will experience expert coaching, professional service, top-of-the line equipment, and a safe, fun, family-friendly environment from the only wakeboarding school in Fort Myers.

Kirby’s School of Wake is proudly powered by MasterCraft’s flagship boat, the X-Star. The X-Star is a wake machine that stands the test of time. It’s the boat that sent founder, Kirby Liesmann, into his first double backroll in 2012, and today is still his source for high-end wakeboard training.

Bummed about not finding waves to catch out on the beach? We have good news for you. With the help of the Ronix 8.3 Wake Shaper, Kirby’s School of Wake is also the source of all things surf in Southwest Florida. Catch the endless wave by scheduling a wake surfing lesson today.

Hang on tight! Get ready for the ride of your life with Kirby’s School of Wake’s tubing charters. If you are new to watersports, a tubing charter is a great way gain confidence behind the boat, overcome fear of the water, allow multiple people to participate at the same time, and most importantly, have fun!

Use of top-of-the line Ronix lifejackets, ropes, wakeboards and wakesurfers are included in each wakeboard or wakesurf lesson. We provide Xcel wetsuits for your comfort on chillier days and are stocked with Zinka Sunscreen to protect your skin on warmer days. All you need for your unforgettable watersports experience is a swimsuit, a towel, and a smile.

Note: Students are always welcome to bring their own equipment if they’d like.


Hourly Lessons: $150/hour
Revolution Cable Park Coaching Fee: $100/hour
Student’s cable pass is purchased at his/her own expense
College Student Discount: $125/Hour
Must have valid college ID


How much ballast is in the boat for lessons?
For wakeboarders learning basic jumps on our Florida lesson boat, we have 800lbs of factory ballast to make the wake firm, but user-friendly for learning tricks at slow speeds and at short rope lengths. For more advanced riders in need of a pro level wake, we have 3,000lbs of extra ballast bags to get the maximum wake possible.

Is the Caloosahatchee River safe?
The Caloosahatchee River is 67 miles long and runs from Lake Okeechobee out to the Gulf of Mexico. Concerns arise if the river reaches flood stage at which point it becomes susceptible to contaminated runoff. This is something we are aware of and monitor closely, especially in seasons of heavy rain. Lessons will be operated at an alternate location if the river becomes unsafe at any point.

Are their Gators in the water? If so, are they dangerous?
In Florida, there is always the chance that alligators could be present in the water. However, it is extremely rare that we see them in the area in which we wakeboard. Gators prefer still, shallow grassy areas near the banks. People are most susceptible to gator attacks during mating season, on walking paths near the banks where gators are known to be, and swimming in shallow still water. Alligators steer clear of watersports enthusiasts and boaters as they don’t like the sound of boat motors.
Please feel free to contact the Florida Department of Conservation if you have any other concerns. They’d be happy to assist you!

Is there a place to change or use the restroom?
Yes, there is a small public restroom onsite for your convenience.

Kirby’s Suggested Attractions

Fort Myers’ only full cable park. This is a great way to get time on the water and sharpen your park skills.

17590 East Street, North Fort Myers, FL 33917 |

Visit Ride Nature’s newest wake, skate, and surf coffee shop and pro shop. The venue is complete with a mini ramp for anyone to ride. The House of Ride Nature” exists as a home for the Ride Nature Brand as well as a collective of other selected products, merchandise, and Ronix Wakeboards. 100% of the proceeds from all products we sell go directly to benefit the mission of the Ride Nature Organization.

2464 Second Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901 |

31 Produce is one of our favorite places to visit in Fort Myers. It’s a short drive from where we wakeboard and a hidden gem. Stop in to grab some fresh produce, drink from fresh Florida oranges, or stop by their diner where you’ll get tremendous meals for a good value. We love 31 Produce and know you will too!

18500 FL-31, Alva, FL 33920 |

Florida’s most unique attraction with over 1000 acres of world class outdoor recreation and year round entertainment and fun. Activities include trail riding, motocross tracks, paintball, zip line, and a beach. The venue also hosts concerts and other entertainment.

39450 Bermont Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33982 |

There are so many beautiful beaches to visit in Fort Myers. Whether you’d like somewhere quiet or somewhere buzzing with activity, Fort Myers has it all!

Sanibel Island | Captiva Beach | Ft. Myers Beach | Bonita Beach