Making summer plans for your little loved ones can be a challenge, especially if it involves unplugging from technology. If you are looking for a place for them to connect with a marine environment, the Channel Islands Harbor is a perfect fit. Whether they are into kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding or wind surfing, registration is now open to a variety of summer camps.
Here’s a breakdown of summer programs available at the Harbor:
Summer Sailing Program
Every year since 1992, the Pacific Corinthian Youth Foundation has offered its summer sailing program in 4, two-week sessions. The program is open to all area children, ages 8 to 18.
The courses are designed to produce great, young sailors by teaching the fundamentals of sailing, good seamanship, and practicing responsibility in a fun learning environment. Students are taught by experienced sailors who are also great instructors.
Channel Islands Boating Center (CIBC) Watersports Camp
The CIBC Watersports Camp takes full advantage of all the amenities of the beautiful Channel Islands Harbor. The camp offers courses for all skill levels for youth ages 9-15. Campers will find fun, excitement, and a challenge on and off the water. With a safety first attitude, professional and certified student instructors allow all campers the opportunity to learn in an enjoyable and safe environment.
Whether the activity is windsurfing, kayaking, sailing or stand-up paddle boarding, the camp is intended to teach skills necessary for handling and maneuvering these vessels safely while teaching proper etiquette and seamanship that is useful in all types of boating.
Ventura County Jr. Lifeguard Program
The Ventura County Harbor Department takes great pride in providing quality enrichment activities for youth through the Jr. Lifeguard Program.
The successful track record of this program is made possible by our seasonal lifeguard staff.
Similar to last year, hiring of seasonal lifeguards, particularly senior lifeguards, has been a challenge due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Until the appropriate amount of qualified lifeguards can be recruited and hired, the Harbor Department cannot commit to offering the Jr. Lifeguard Program at this time.
If and when the Harbor Department does have enough staff to run the program, we will provide updates on our social media platforms and website.
Editor’s Note: this story was published on April 5, 2022.