SEACAMP III is an 8 day, 7 night program for high school students with previous SEACAMP II experience. As our most intensive program, students will participate in a 3-day live-aboard boat trip to the South Channel Islands. This gives students the opportunity to explore multiple snorkel and dive sites while expanding their in-water skills and observations. Again, qualified students will have the opportunity to add SCUBA diving to their session. Our SCUBA Program is only for Certified SCUBA Divers 14 years or older.
In addition, the SEACAMP III program includes guest lectures that vary, depending upon the experts available to speak to the students about current research in their fields. Past lectures include “Deep Sea Fish Ecology” with Dr. Jeffrey Drazen, “Current Shark Research” with Dr. Chugey Sepulveda, and “Antarctic Research” by Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Diving Safety Officer Christian McDonald.
Overnight Camp open to students entering 9th through 12th grade in upcoming fall with previous SEACAMP II experience.
Sessions are limited to 28 students per session. Enrollment is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and a partially refundable $300.00 deposit is required to secure a student’s spot in the session.
SEACAMP III offers both snorkeling at SCUBA diving. Our SCUBA Program is optional – students must be 14 years or older to participate and be certified open water divers.
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- 2017 Tuition & Cancellation Policy
- Facilities, Housing, Meals
- Schedule & Activities
- SCUBA Program
- Travel Information
- Medical Care
- Registration Forms Info.
SEACAMP III sessions are open to students entering 9th through 12th grade in the upcoming fall with previous SEACAMP II experience.
Sessions are limited to 28 students per session. Enrollment is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and a partially refundable $300.00 deposit is required to secure a student’s spot in the session. Final Payment may be paid in addition to the Deposit to complete your student’s tuition payments. However, the Final Payment alone will not serve as a reservation for your SEACAMP session and should only be paid in addition to the Deposit.
Students 9th grade or older have the option to attend SEACAMP II & III consecutively, giving students the option to stay with us for two weeks.
SEACAMP San Diego Location:
Camp location is on Mission Bay, approximately 10 miles north of downtown San Diego. This location has our dorms, restrooms, classrooms, aquariums and access to a private beach.
Students will be housed in a traditional open style dorm equipped with bunk beds. We have two large dorm rooms, one for female students and one for male students. Students are assured 24-hour supervision by our SEACAMP Marine Science Instructors that spend the night in the dorm facilities with the students. Students bring their own bottom sheets, sleeping bags and pillows. Dorms are separated by a courtyard area, which encloses a safe space to play games and hang out, and provides a sunlit outdoor area for the tables for meals or alternate lab space. Bathroom are across the courtyard with separate facilities for males and females. Each bathroom is equipped with toilet facilities and separate curtained showers.
SEACAMP will only be providing those meals included on chosen schedule. SEACAMP San Diego provides all meals that are included on your schedule. Meals are supplied by our caterer and are prepared in their kitchen. Breakfasts and dinners are usually cafeteria-style and served at our camp facility. Lunches are “brown-bag” style and usually eaten in the field. Meals are delicious and varied, well-balanced and include fresh fruits and vegetables. However, snacks are not included. If your student will need more than the meals provided, please have them bring individually wrapped snacks in a bag labeled with his or her name. Snacks will be stored and available daily to students.
All of our lab & workshop facilities are tailored for the specific needs of our program and include a classroom with a running seawater system, a full aquarium room with touch tanks, a shark tank with live specimens, microscopes, and the added security of private beaches.
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a two-day live-aboard boat trip to the South Channel Islands. During the trip students and staff will be housed on the Horizon Charters’ live-aboard dive boat, one of the largest dive boats in Southern California, which is comfortably equipped for many days at sea.
SEACAMP III has even more opportunities for in-water skills, field research and observation than SEACAMPs I & II. The highlight of SEACAMP III is the boat trip. Students and staff members will board the Horizon Charters’ live-aboard dive boat The Horizon for a three-day live-aboard experience. The Horizon is one of the largest dive boats in Southern California and is comfortably equipped for many days at sea. The boat cruises through the night and in the morning students awake to find themselves at one of the southernmost Channel Islands. Conditions permitting, students may have the opportunity to dive, snorkel and kayak at Santa Barbara or San Nicholas Islands, in addition to Santa Catalina and San Clemente. Students who are 14 years or older and are certified have the opportunity to participate in the optional SCUBA program. While at sea, the group will participate in a collective research project focusing on local ecosystems.
SEACAMP III also includes visits to some of the attractions that San Diego has to offer. Students visit the Stephen Birch Aquarium and spend a full day at the San Diego Zoo. Students will have the rare opportunity to tour the Scripps Institution of Oceanography research pier, which is not usually accessible to the general public. While visiting some of these world-class facilities, students will have the chance to participate in scavenger hunts and to work on their individual research projects using these terrific local resources.
The SEACAMP San Diego SCUBA Program is only offered during our SEACAMP II & III sessions. The SCUBA Program is provided in addition to snorkeling and is not required to participate in SEACAMP II and/or III. Qualified students will have the option to add SCUBA to their SEACAMP session. SCUBA, or Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, involves additional training and acceptance of additional risks. Students must be 14 years or older and a certified SCUBA diver by the start of session. SEACAMP San Diego does not provide SCUBA training; therefore, students with no formal training prior to the SEACAMP session will not be allowed to SCUBA dive. Qualified students will be joining our SCUBA Instructors, Divemasters and co-SEACAMPers in the beautiful waters off of Southern California’s coast.
All SEACAMP II and III SCUBA students will participate in an initial shallow bay session to evaluate their skills and acclimate to equipment. Student divers are led by SEACAMP San Diego staff members who hold Divemaster or Instructor ratings. Small dive groups allow for individualized attention and specialized dive goals, according to each student’s particular area of research.
Students wishing to participate in SCUBA must also complete a medical questionnaire with their parent/guardian. Any “yes” answers on page one of the form necessitate a physician’s clearance (pages 2 – 6) in order to dive while at SEACAMP. SCUBA Medical Form
SCUBA Diving during SEACAMPs II and III is a choice and a privilege. SEACAMP reserves the right to remove a student from the program at any time, should a student’s dive leader feel they are jeopardizing the safety of themselves or the group. If this is determined SCUBA fees will not be refunded.
Students may use their own dive gear or gear can be rented at SEACAMP for a nominal charge of $75.00 per session. SEACAMP II and III students who register for SCUBA will receive more information and required forms with their registration packets.
All SEACAMP San Diego’s programs are centrally located in the community within easy reach of full medical facilities, including emergency care. All facilities are easily accessible by car and ambulance in case of emergency and professional medical care is on call 24 hours a day. Additionally, SEACAMP San Diego Instructors possess at least a college degree and are certified Red Cross Lifeguards with First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Oxygen Administration training. SEACAMP San Diego does not retain a nurse on staff, although we do have a paramedic consultant on call.
Our registration forms ask parents/guardians to provide information about medical conditions, allergies, prescription and over the counter medications, etc. Our staff should be aware of medications that students should be taking. Student information is confidential and stays with SEACAMP staff at all times. With over-the-counter medications, completed registration forms provide us with a written list of what the child takes on a regular basis (Advil, Aspirin, Midol, etc.) and students bring their own supply. We have added a list of OTC medications that we stock at camp that may be available to your students if necessary, and parents may give permission to make these medications available if necessary.
In regards to prescription medications, SEACAMP staff is not authorized to hold or administer presentation mediation to students. Students that require prescription medications will be responsible to hold and administer.
SEACAMP Staff cannot address or help remedy situations they are not made aware of. Students will need to communication any health problems or concerns. If your child becomes ill or injured while attending SEACAMP San Diego, we will, of course, make sure that parents are kept informed about their child’s situation and progress. Whenever possible, parents/guardians will be included in decisions regarding their child’s care.
SEACAMP San Diego Instructors remind students to keep their dorm space clean and clear, to shower regularly, wear clothing appropriate to the day’s activities and bring water bottles with them for the days activities. Two of the most important things for a successful camp experience is staying well-hydrated and sunburn free. Staff remind students to apply and reapply sunscreen and drink water throughout the day. Students have access to water and sunscreen all day – even when we are in the field for the day. It is helpful to discuss parent/guardian expectations regarding sun exposure, appropriate attire, hygiene and hydration, etc. prior to camp attendance. Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibly to stay well-hydrated and sunburn free.
Registration Forms cannot be found online. All forms will be sent after enrollment via email to the address provided as part of the Student Registration Packet. All complete, original Registration and SCUBA Forms (if applicable) will be required for each participant – scanned, faxed, or electronically signed forms will not be accepted. Before forms are mailed please make sure all required parent signatures and initials are filled out correctly – time and postage is wasted if we have to request a registration form to be re-done. We cannot allow students to attend SEACAMP San Diego if their parents or guardians refuse to sign the Registration Forms or modify the Registration Forms.
All required paperwork – Registration Forms, Tuition Information Form, Travel Information Form, and SCUBA Forms (if applicable) must be returned with final payments on or before May 15, 2017. Original forms are required – scanned, faxed, or electronically signed forms will not be accepted. Please mail forms to SEACAMP San Diego, PO Box 711310, San Diego, CA 92171.
While your student is here with us at SEACAMP San Diego, we are excited to give them an “unplugged” experience. Time away from the computer, TV, and cell phone means more time for learning, interacting, and being out in the field and on the water. This unique unplugged experience allows your student to truly engage with other students and all of the activities he or she will be participating in.
For most families, it is the parents who find it hardest to cut ties with their student during a camp session. Students are engaged with new activities, new friends and busy schedules – no news is good news! Parents may feel reassured to know that we will, of course, contact them if their child is having insurmountable difficulties or issues while at camp that are brought to the staff’s attention.
SEACAMP staff has access to SEACAMP cell phones at all times for inter-staff and emergency use.
As you will not be receiving phone calls from your student once they have arrived at camp, try to remember that not hearing from them or SEACAMP is a positive thing – this means your child is okay and having a great time! Your student can, however, receive messages from home while they are at SEACAMP. Email is a great way to let your student know you are thinking of them and keep them up to date on life at home – email firstname.lastname@example.org with your student’s name in the subject line. Emails will be printed and delivered to camp once a day, except when students are on the live aboard boat trip. As there is no internet at camp, campers will not be able respond. Please be aware that messages are sometimes scanned and those with inappropriate subject matter will not be delivered and may be forwarded to parent/guardian.
Prior to you student’ session be sure to discuss the importance of communicating with SEACAMP San Diego staff members. Instructors can only remedy ills we know about or witness; some students are quiet about their needs or problems. We try to hire a diverse staff so that even reserved students will be able to find someone they identify with and trust. Reinforce the importance of telling instructors about any questions or concerns your student may have while at camp.