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SEACAMP III
Overnight Camp for 9th through 12th Graders
SEACAMP III
Overnight Camp for Students 9th through 12th Grade
About SEACAMP III
Overnight Camp for Students 9th - 12th Grade

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.

Camp Tuition196500$per student

Session is Full
Please call or email to add student to wait list.

2018 Session Dates
July 13 - 20, 2018

Session is full. To add your student to the wait list, please call 1-800-SEACAMP or email seacamp@seacamp.com.

Overnight camp open to students entering 9th through 12th grade in upcoming fall with previous SEACAMP II experience.

SEACAMP III offers both snorkeling and SCUBA diving. Student must be 14 years or older and be a certified open water diver by the start of session to participate in optional SCUBA Program. There are no exceptions to the SCUBA requirements.

Program Details

Session is full. To add your student to the wait list, please call 1-800-SEACAMP or email seacamp@seacamp.com.

SEACAMP III session is open to students entering 9th through 12th grades in the upcoming fall with previous SEACAMP II experience. Session is limited to 28 students.

Enrollment is accepted on a first come, first served basis and must be done online. A partially refundable $300.00 deposit is required to secure student’s spot in session.

Enroll is session through online store. Enrollment will only be accepted online.

Students 9th grade or older have the option to attend SEACAMP II & III consecutively. Sessions indicated with (*) may be done with the next level. Students will stay with SEACAMP from the start of the first session to the end of the next session.

Participants are able to switch between session dates providing space is available. Requests must be received by May 15th and will require new paperwork. Fees may apply for changes after May 15th.

SEACAMP III Tuition:
$1965.00 per student – $300.00 deposit required with enrollment. Tuition balance and required paperwork for session are due on or before May 15th.

Additional fees apply to students traveling as an Unaccompanied Minor ($50.00) or requiring SCUBA gear ($75.00).

Tuition Includes:
Housing, meals, admission to all attractions, gear, equipment, 24-hour supervision and transportation while in San Diego. As an added benefit to those who are attending back-to-back sessions of SEACAMP I and SEACAMP II, your tuition will include all intersession activities, supervision, housing, dinner and breakfast. Transportation to San Diego is not included in tuition. Students and families are responsible arranging travel. SEACAMP does include transportation to and from the airport as long as flights arrive and depart inside the given window of time.

Cancellation Policy:
Deposit and tuition may be partially refundable. Cancellations prior to January 31st are subject to a $100.00 cancellation fee. Cancellations between February 1st & March 31st are subject to a $200.00 cancellation fee. Cancellations between April 1st and May 15th are subject to a $300.00 cancellation fee. Deposits and tuition are non-refundable after May 15th. Cancellations must be submitted in writing and received by the dates stated above. Cancellation Policy applies to each session.

Participants are able to switch between session dates providing space is available. Requests must be received by May 15th and will require new paperwork. Fees may apply for changes after May 15th.

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.

Housing:
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 dorms 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. Bathrooms are across the courtyard with separate facilities for males and females. Each bathroom is equipped with toilet facilities and separate curtained showers.

Meals:
SEACAMP San Diego provides all meals that are included on your schedule. Meals are supplied by our caterer while at camp and are prepared in their kitchen, or by the Horizon boat crew while on the boat. 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.

Classroom Facilities:
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.

Boat Trip:
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a three-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. See more information on Horizon’s vessel here.

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 optional and provided in addition to snorkeling. The program is only offered during our SEACAMP II & III sessions 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, where they will join our SCUBA Instructors, Divemasters and co-SEACAMPers in the beautiful waters off of Southern California’s coast. 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 their session to participate. 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. There are no exceptions to the SCUBA requirement – students must be 14 years or older and a certified SCUBA diver by the start of their session to participate in SCUBA.

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 Divemasters or Dive Instructors in small dive groups of no more than 5 students.

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 SEACAMP II and III sessions is a choice and a privilege. SEACAMP reserves the right to remove students from the program at any time, especially if it is determined that they are jeopardizing the safety of themselves or others. If this is determined or if a student chooses not to dive, 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.

Travel to and from San Diego is to be arranged by the student and his or her parent/guardian and is not covered in the SEACAMP San Diego tuition.  SEACAMP San Diego provides complimentary airport pick-up and drop-off, as long as students arrive and depart inside the designated window of time provided (see Unaccompanied Minor section for exceptions).

Students Traveling by Car:
Student check-in on the first day of camp is between 10:00am and 12:00pm. Student check-out on the last day of camp is between 1:00pm and 3:00pm. All students will need to be checked-out and signed out with SEACAMP Staff. The authorized pick-up person will be required to show a government issued photo ID for student check-out.  Students arriving by car must use the provided map to camp to navigate to the SEACAMP San Diego facility.  The map will be sent with the Student Registration Packet emailed after enrollment. Please do not use our mailing address – it will not get you to our facility.

Students Traveling by Air:
Flights must arrive on the first day of camp between 9:00am and 12:00pm into San Diego International Airport (SAN). SEACAMP staff members will meet students at the baggage claim carousal for their flight.  Staff members will be wearing a SEACAMP San Diego t-shirt and holding a yellow “camper pick-up” sign. Flights should depart San Diego International Airport (SAN) on the last day of camp between 2:00pm and 5:00pm. Students will arrive at the airport 120 – 150 minutes before scheduled flights. SEACAMP Staff members will assist students with the check-in process and see them through security checkpoints. Please note, all students must be traveling as ticketed passengers – we can not have students flying as “standby” passengers.

Unaccompanied Minors:
Most students that fly to camp are minors and are unaccompanied, however, depending on the student’s age and the specific airline carrier, the airline may classify them as an Unaccompanied Minor. Each airline sets its own policies and regulations regarding children traveling unaccompanied by adults. Some airlines require that unaccompanied children travel only on nonstop flights. Others may require an additional fee at check-in. Most airlines will want to know the name, address, and phone number for the person responsible for the unaccompanied child at both the departure and arrival airports, in addition to emergency contact information. Airlines’ travel and age restrictions vary widely so please consult with your airline of choice to confirm your student’s travel status. If your student is classified by your airline as an Unaccompanied Minor, and a SEACAMP San Diego staff member will be required to pick-up or drop-off your student at his or her gate, there is $50 fee for this additional service. We are only able to provide this service for flights that arrive and depart inside the given windows of time.

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 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 prescription mediation to students. Students that require prescription medications will be responsible to hold and administer them.

SEACAMP Staff cannot address or help remedy situations they are not made aware of. Students will need to communicate 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 for the day’s activities and bring water bottles with them for the day. 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.

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 – please refrain from sending photos, as we do our best to keep waste minimal. Send your emails to camper@seacamp.com and include 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 reviewed 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.