Making summer plans for your little loved ones can be tough. If they are into kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding, wind surfing or learning to be a lifeguard, look no further than the Channel Islands Harbor. Registration is now open for a variety of summer camps.
Here’s a breakdown of summer programs available at the Harbor.
Ventura County Jr. Lifeguard Program
The Junior Lifeguard Program, sponsored by the Ventura County Harbor Department, offers youth 8 to 15 years of age the opportunity to receive instruction in lifeguard rescue techniques, emergency medical first-aid, ocean sports activity, physical conditioning, marine ecology, and public service. Participants must be 8 years of age by June 17 – the first day of instruction. Enrollment for the program is first come, first served. Due to the popularity of the program, enrollment is expected to fill to capacity quickly.
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.
Editor's Note: this story was published on March 25, 2019.