Channel Islands Harbor

Educational & Summer Programs

The Oxnard College Marine Center and Aquarium is located at Fisherman's Wharf in Channel Islands Harbor. Students in the Marine Studies Program enjoy access to the harbor for class activities and utilize the live aquarium organisms for study. Classes include: Oceanography, Geography, Marine Biology and MST 190/195. The Center also features lecture seminars that are open to the public. Lectures include topics on conservation and restoration of our marine environment and wildlife.

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Sea Scouting is a traditional program of aquatic activities centered around sailing, scuba diving, waterskiing and surfing. The program uses a strong advancement program to enhance and guide the development of young men and women who are at least 13 years old and who have completed the eighth grade, or who are 14 years old but not yet 21 years old. A Sea Scout registered in a ship prior to age 21 may continue as a member at age 21 until the ship recharters or until age 22, whichever comes first. Sea Scout Ship 9201 was started effective May 2007, and is based at Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club in Channel Islands Harbor. For more information regarding Sea Scout Ship 9201, contact the Ventura County Council office at (805) 482-8938.

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The Channel Islands Marine Floating Lab is an educational program, created to introduce a large number of students, from kindergarten through college, to the exciting realm of the marine environment. The program focuses on a half-day tour of the harbor with hands-on exposure to physical, chemical and biological sampling equipment and principles.

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Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is responsible for the protection and preservation of submerged remains of the past that occupy the bottomlands of the sanctuary. Cultural and historic submerged sites include archeological remains of shipwrecks and prehistoric land sites. Sanctuary stewardship responsibilities include a mandate to inventory sites, encourage research, provide public education and oversee responsible visitor use.

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The CIBC provides educational and recreational opportunities for youth and adults of Ventura County, CSU Channel Islands community and others from around the State. While the main focus of the Center is to teach boating skills and support boaters, the CIBC also provides other educational resources on the local marine environment.

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Both sessions of the Ventura County Junior Lifeguard Program will be canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. 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. The program typically runs in July and early August. “Canceling the Jr. Lifeguard Program was not an easy decision, but the safety of our community is our top priority,” said Harbormaster Gary Hirtensteiner. “We look forward to offering this valuable program in the summer of 2021.”  

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In the breezes of Channel Islands Harbor, Pacific Corinthian Youth Foundation offers a fun and comprehensive youth sailing program highlighting boat handling skills under sail as well as general seamanship and safety. Visit http://www.pcyfsailing.org for detailed program information or call (888) 501-4777.

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