About SEACAMP III
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.
Session is full – please call or email us to be added to the waiting list.
Overnight Camp open to students entering 9th through 12th grade in upcoming fall with previous SEACAMP II experience. This session may be done consecutively with SEACAMP II July 7 – 13, 2017. If you student is already enrolled, you are able to make you final payment with the button below.
- Schedule & Activities
- SCUBA Program
- Registration Forms Info.
- Tuition & Cancellation Policy
- Medical Care
- Travel Information
- Unaccompanied Minors
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 and participate in two boat trips! SEACAMP II July 7 – 13, 2017 may be done consecutively with SEACAMP III.
SEACAMP III is full – please call or email to add your student to the waiting list.
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.
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.
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.
SEACAMP San Diego is located on Mission Bay, approximately 10 miles north of downtown San Diego. Our marine science facility provides us with lab & workshop facilities that 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 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.
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.
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 their gate, there is $50 fee for this additional service.