March 2024 Director’s Message

As we gear up for the summer season ahead, I wanted to highlight the exciting programs our partners and the Harbor Department have planned at the Channel Islands Harbor to connect our youth with enriching water activities.

At the Harbor Department, we believe it’s important to provide opportunities for youth to engage with the ocean in meaningful ways. Not only does it promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles, but it also fosters a life-long love for the marine environment

This summer, we are thrilled to introduce a variety of programs aimed at getting kids out on the Harbor waters.

Channel Islands Boating Center (CIBC) Summer Watersports Camp

The CIBC Watersports Camp takes full advantage of all the amenities of the Harbor. The camp offers courses for all skill levels for youth ages 8-15 where campers will find fun, excitement, and a challenge on and off the water. With a safety-first attitude, the CIBC instructors give all campers the opportunity to learn in an enjoyable and safe environment.

Campers can select one specialized instructional activity for one-week or one day activities in kayaking, sailing, or standup paddle boarding. For more information, please visit this website.

Pacific Corinthian Youth Foundation 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. For more information, please visit this website.

2024 Jr. Lifeguard Program

I am excited to announce that after a four-year hiatus, the Ventura County Harbor Department will be reinstating the Jr. Lifeguard Program. This program has been sorely missed and is an essential component of promoting water safety and fostering leadership skills for participants. By bringing back the program, we are investing in the future safety of our community and empowering youth to become responsible stewards of our coastline. We will be sharing more information with you regarding registration soon.

As we move forward with these initiatives, I am confident that they will not only benefit the individual participants but also contribute to the vibrant and thriving community we are proud to call home. I look forward to seeing the positive impact these programs will have on the lives of our youth and the continued success of Channel Islands Harbor as a hub for recreational and educational activities.

Michael Tripp, Director
Ventura County Harbor Department

Editor’s Note: this story was published on March 1, 2024.