Educational & Summer Programs
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.
Angling for adventure, opportunity, and community education since 2011, Reel Guppy Outdoors Inc. has been providing local youth and their families with education and fishing outings at no cost to their participants. Their mission is to provide a positive environment for youth using outdoor adventures emphasizing education, life-building lessons, leadership, stewardship, and team building. They seek to empower participants with the education and skills to enjoy waters and beaches while promoting good stewardship of natural resources. To contact Reel Guppy Outdoors, please call (805) 248-2166 or email email@example.com. To learn more about Reel Guppy Outdoors, please visit https://www.reelguppyoutdoors.com/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UPDATE POSTED ON APRIL 5, 2022 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. Thank you for your patience.