SEACAMP San Diego offers a variety of Summer Camp programs for students 5th grade or older. Day Camps are offered for younger students and Residential Programs are offered for older students. Programs will cover a wide variety of marine biology topics in our labs and workshops, including fish adaptions, marine mammals, shark ecology, plankton evaluation and much more. Instructors will use our aquariums along with live and preserved marine animals to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the ocean and the animals in it. The topics covered in our labs and workshops are reinforced and applied in field activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, boogie boarding, and the highlight of the week, an all-day boat trip with snorkel excursion.
Our hands-on, outdoor education focus programs will provide your student with a unique Summer Camp experience.
SEACAMP San Diego is located on Mission Bay, approximately 7 miles from San Diego International Airport. 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.
Residential students will be housed in a traditional open style dorm, offering a fun, professional and secure environment. Males and females are housed in separate rooms with a female SEACAMP staff member in the girls’ room and a male SEACAMP staff member in the boys’ room. 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. There is also a private beach area for students to use during supervised free time. SEACAMP Marine Science Instructors are with the students 24 hours a day.
SEACAMP San Diego Marine Science Instructors possess at least a college degree and are certified Red Cross Lifeguards with First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer – including oxygen administration training and first aid for marine hazards. Additionally, all instructors have been finger printed with the Department of Justice & FBI and all have Class-C commercial driver’s licenses. SEACAMP San Diego does not retain a nurse on staff, although we do have a paramedic consultant on call. We are within close proximity of emergency care and are in a 9-1-1 service area.
SEACAMP San Diego tuition includes 24-hour supervision of students. The amount of supervisory instructors varies depending on the schedule. During snorkeling, there is one lifeguarded instructor with every seven students and instructor will have a rescue tube with them. All water activities require students to wear full-length, 7mm wet suits (which makes them buoyant). The only exception is during kayaking and stand up paddle boarding when students will be wearing Coast Guard-approved PFDs (Personal Flotation Device – a ‘life jacket’). In the controlled environment of camp, evening activities will have 3 to 5 staff depending on the activity.
During overnight, residential programs the students are housed in traditional open style dorms with bunk beds. All students identifying as male will be housed in one dorm all students identifying as female will be housed in another dorm. The male dorm will be include a male Instructor overnight and the female dorm will include a female Instructor overnight.
Instructors with the group have access to a cell phone at all times.
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, therefore we are not able to hold or administer prescription medications – with the exception of emergency medication (i.e. Epi Pen) which we are able to administer in an emergency situation.
Registration Forms are required for each participant. On these forms you will be able to provide us with any medical conditions, medications or allergies that your student has. Additionally, you’ll be required to submit your student’s immunization record and date of last tetanus shot.
Transportation to and from San Diego must be arranged by student and family and it is not included in tuition for residential Summer Camp Programs. SEACAMP San Diego is located about 15 minutes from the San Diego Airport. Complimentary airport pick-up and drop-off is provided for students as long as they are traveling as regular passengers and arrive and depart inside our designated time frames for Residential Summer Camp Programs.
Throughout sessions students are transported to and from activities and the airport in 15 passenger vans.
Day Camp Programs require individual check-in and check-out each day during a specific window of time.
While your student is here with us at SEACAMP San Diego, we are excited to give him or her 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.
SEACAMP staff has access to SEACAMP cell phones at all times for inter-staff and emergency use.