A couple of people behind the scenes that make camp that make every day the the best day ever are the Head Counselors. Their main purpose is to help and support all of our counselors in the wonderful job that they do looking after all the campers. They also do some less exciting paperwork and administration type of tasks. Everything they do is to help make the best experience for all the campers.
Now to introduce our funny head counselors who have come from afar…
Meet our Head Female Counselor, Marea and our Head Male Counselor, John
Although Marea has spent most of her time living with butterflies in New Zealand, she recently has decided to step out of her cocoon and travel to the U.S.A for the summer. In her free time she likes to sing songs and skip around town. She has been training to be able to lick her elbow, and thinks she will be able to do it by the end of the Summer!
Helloooooooo! My names Swan or Swanny or Swanathon or hey you. Swanny comes from a land down under…yes, you guess it, England! Hahaha He has been trying for years to become the lead juggler in the traveling circus. Although every year they tell him that he should try again next year. We all hope his dreams will come true. In the meantime he has decided to try his talents in the U.S. While here he plans to train in his free time. We really wish him the best of luck.
If you can’t tell we love have fun and being silly. We hope you had a laugh and enjoyed the video.
Are you ready for Halloween because we are at Sea Camp? We have overrun by Zombies for the Night of the Living Dead dance party. Part of the basketball court got closed off and converted into a hazard zone emulating everything zombie. The campers then got transformed into their undead selves and spent the evening eating snacks, playing games, and dancing away. What kind of zombie would you be? Now you can find out how we did it.
Here are the 9 Steps to create your very own Zombie Apocalypse.
Materials to turn undead:
Single-ply toilet paper (or double-ply split apart)
Black face paint (to really add that sense of decay)
Hair dryer or safe heat source for drying (optional)
9 Steps to Zombie Apocalypse:
1. Apply layer of liquid latex to desired part of face with makeup sponge. Let dry until nearly clear.
2. Repeat step one, two or three times. Let each layer dry.
3. Apply layer of liquid latex to same part of face, pat toilet paper onto wet latex. Let dry.
4. Remove excess toilet paper around edges. Apply latex over toilet paper.
5. Repeat steps three and four, two or three times. Let dry.
6. Pull and tug at raised parts of latex to create skin lesions and tears.
7. Shadow the latex, and inside edges of lesions with black face paint.
8. Apply fake blood to desired result.
9. Enjoy Sea Camp zombie night.
One-Week Session 1: June 11 – June 17 $1,450 ($1,600 after 12/31/15)
One-Week Session 2: June 18 – June 24 $1,550 ($1,700 after 12/31/15)
One-Week Session 3: June 25 – July 1 $1,550 ($1,700 after 12/31/15)
*Please note: Catalina Sea Camp One-Week Sessions run from Saturday to Friday
Space is limited in some sessions. A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200.00 is required to register. Register HERE
Catalina Sea Camp • Three-Week Sessions
Coed Ages 12 – 17
Three-Week Session 71: July 3 – July 22 $4,150 ($4,400 after 12/31/15)
Three-Week Session 72: July 24 – August 12 $4,150 ($4,400 after 12/31/15)
Space is limited in some sessions. A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 is required to register. Register HERE
*Please note: Catalina Sea Camp Three-Week Sessions run from Sunday to Friday
Applying and Registration
All of our camp sessions fill up very quickly, so APPLY EARLY! For additional information or questions, please contact us.
Phone: 800.645.1423 or 909.625.6194
Fax: 909.625.9977 or 909.625.7305
Catalina Sea Camp • P. O. Box 1360 • Claremont, CA 91711
Email: Sea Camp Registrar
Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Lunch 12:30-1:00)
In the summer of 1987 a lot was going on. Astronomers at University of California discovered the of birth of a galaxy, Stars camp; Stripes brought the America’s Cup back to home to the US, and I was going to Catalina Sea Camp at Toyon Bay. My main ambition to go to camp was to get my junior certification in SCUBA, the rest was trivial in my young mind. Nevertheless, I was pretty apprehensive about the camp experience, let alone being away from my family. Who knew what to expect? I had friends back home, I was already a big fish in a small pond, and now I had to swim in the open waters of meeting new people? Ugh!
Let’s step back to where it all began. In 1985, my father owned an airplane, a Cessena 182 based out of Oceanside, CA and Ross needed a ride to Mexico. Permission slip in hand, and homework in flight, we took Ross Turner, founder of CIMI camp down to the Sea of Cortez to supervise a 7/8th grade school trip in a small town called Bahia de Los Angeles (unfortunately Guided Discoveries no longer offers this program). Arturo, our guide and owner of the Ridley’s and Leatherback Turtle farm Sanctuary took us by the hand for a tour of night snorkeling and daily nearby island tours. The school kids stayed in a large hostel bunk style. Each kid learned the rudimentary means to hoof 5 gallon buckets of sea water from the ocean to the toilets a 100 yards away, gross. Once, a strong girl came up behind a struggling boy and ripped that bucket from his hands, “woman-handling” 5 gallons to the toilet. Ok.
We explored multiple islands with marine ecology and inter-tidal zones, along with night dives right off our porch. That particular night snorkeling adventure, we came across a Tiger Eel and various marine species. Arturo, our guide, shared his turtle sanctuary and turtle hatchlings from would be poachers. For a kid, this was unimaginable. We were inundated with knowledge and inspiration. Of course, I was two years younger, while these kids were in 8th grade. I had a few years of growing up before I was old enough to go to sea camp.
We returned from that trip with a short flight stop to Toyon Bay on Catalina Island’s famous steep runway. Not for the faint hearted! There we met Jean-Michel Cousteau and his wind turbine boat, the Alcyone. We also met Environmental that was there to re-introduce the Bald Eagle to Catalina Island. What an experience! Shark cages on the Alcyone and baby Bald Eagles flying over Catalina. Several months later we were “channel surfing” as we do at home on the tube. National Geographic on assignment was featured on TV and there was the story of Jean-Michel Cousteau and the Bald Eagles, not to mention Kristy’s bright face with Ross and CIMI camp in tow. They filmed CIMI camp with kids working their masks and snorkles, and I distinctly remember a beautiful arial shot of Toyon Bay and Catalina Island. After an adventure like this, who could resist going to Sea Camp, right?
At 12 years old, I could barely fit into the scuba equipment, let alone my wetsuit. I was a small guy with big ambitions. Catalina Sea Camp at Toyon Bay was such a big place for my little body. We were engulfed by a small canyon, filled with roaming Buffalo on the soccer field, along with housing, class buildings, and administration around the campus. The place was buzzing with tons of new exploring. We developed a routine, much like school, but it was fun. Eating, classes, and fun campfire story telling filled the voids. The girls were looking pretty- we had a dance night and made best friends forever. The 4th of July we hiked to the side of the hill to watch the fireworks as far as the eye could see on the mainland. One night there was a campfire with a story of E-ot-tsu. Later on in life I only remember that it became later morphed to that with Harry the Killer whale. My least favorite experience turned out to be the nurse. She was the sweetest person, but she ultimately crushed my dreams. My first try at diving I was totally geared up, and Nurse Rachet stopped me cold feet. I had asthma. Although I had a permission slip from my doctor, it didn’t help and they were not about to take the risk. I was told I could not SCUBA at the camp, but I could be in sailing class. My eyes wet and red, I couldn’t believe it. There was nothing worse that someone tearing away at your dreams, at least from my perspective. But, even the worst experiences turn out to be the best stories. It wasn’t until later at camp I became best friends with her daughter that attended the camp at the same time. Today, we are all still very good friends, even nurse Rachet!
Sometimes you have to just got to get out and try something new! Some of our campers are nervous to even think about diving in a couple years. Our scuba in a bucket class gives them a small glance into what going diving might be like.
Trying something new like going diving or even coming to Catalina Sea Camp can be a challenging experience. Sometimes even our staff has the same nerves about coming to camp as the campers do. Check out these two stories from our loved international staff.
WOW Surfs Up at Catalina Sea Camp
All my life, I have spent traveling Europe, surfing different spots, going back home to Portugal to see family and close friends. In all that time I never dreamed a place like Toyon Bay and Catalina Sea Camp could exist. I still remember walking out of the airport doors at LAX and thinking to myself; ‘this is a different world’.
I grew up with a bunch of younger cousins (14 to be precise) and I have always had a blast playing with them and coaching them in they’re life experiences. I love it! It’s such a nice feeling to have when you know you have made that small change in a child’s life. Seeing them smile when they have accomplished something like when my little 7 year old cousin, Tiago caught his first wave! His smile was priceless. The feeling is something that cannot be explained, however I knew at that moment I wanted to coach the sport I love which is surfing and I wanted to help kids achieve they’re potential in activities they enjoy. Possibly even show them new sports or activities that they might love the rest of their lives. Thankfully, I am in the right job for that and it’s the job I have here at Catalina Sea Camp.
I got myself through a surfing academy and got my instructors qualification to coach surfing. I have been doing it for a few years now, coaching new students at my university and coaching clients back home in Portugal. But I never knew I would get the opportunity to come to such an amazing place like Catalina Sea Camp to do what I love.
The amount of activities I have done since arriving at Catalina Sea Camp, well I’ve lost count. The amount of times I have had to step out of my comfort zone (eg. Touching sharks for the first time or diving to depths I never thought I could) has been more than I can remember but believe me, I would do it over and over again because CIMI has given me so much in the past month and I will be doing everything to give back to them. It is so much fun playing with the kids out in the water or climbing with them on the climbing wall. It’s a great feeling to have knowing that I am showing them a great time at Toyon Bay and seeing they’re smiles and making new friends is awesome!
My adventure here at Catalina Sea Camp has only just begun, I have met some great and friendly bunch of people who I can call friends. I look forward to so much more learning both for me and the children who attend Catalina Sea Camp. Here’s to summer and here’s to Catalina Sea Camp!
The Girl from Africa, Lands at Catalina Sea Camp.
It all started when I had the urge to travel and go overseas. I went on to the internet and searched…”work at summer camps in the USA”. I came across an agency that ultimately helped me get this job. Paul “Butterkup” Kupferman, contacted me through this agency. When I got the first email from him I was super excited but also very nervous. I had an online interview, because of course, I was in South Africa and he was in California. I knew my skills and qualifications in Culinary Arts and experience with taking care of children would be perfect for the job of the Sea Food Cookery Instructor, and so after a nerve-wracking interview I got the job.
I was ready to leave South Africa to experience the cultures of America, especially Toyon Bay. I said goodbye to my family and off I went. I travelled for 15 hours non-stop to the USA, thinking of what I was going to teach the campers.
I was greeted by Guided Discoveries staff and spent a night at the founders Kristi and Ross Turner’s house. They are amazing, caring, and welcoming people. I am not just saying that because they are the boss, they are genuinely the sweetest people. We took the boat to Catalina Island and off I went to begin my new life at Catalina Sea Camp.
During staff training I got my Sea Food Cookery area ready with a new deep fryer, a new fridge, a new flat top grill, and many more awesome kitchen items. I went snorkeling, kayaking, rock climbing and went on a giant swing. After a week of training the campers arrived. Yay. The joy on the kids faces as well as the instructors was the best view of all.
Today, the campers had guacamole with pita bread, shrimp tempura with noodles, watermelon crush and OREO ICE CREAM! I have been here for more than a month and it has been the best experience yet. Everyone here is amazing. I am so glad I had the courage to come out here to experience this adventure.
Every child should experience the fun and adventure of CIMI Catalina Sea Camp, Toyon Bay.
We hope you enjoyed our silly video on how we at the Guided Discoveries office pack for camp! Now, we need your help and you could win an awesome prize from our Packing for Camp Giveaway. We want you to put together a silly, creative, short video on how and/or what you pack for camp. The video should be no longer than one minute and no shorter than 6 seconds. Your video might be shown on any or all of our social media platforms. NOW for the important information…what you Win! We are giving away 10 limited edition Sherwood Rasta Dive Masks. Please email your submits to Alisa VinZant at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions please call 1-800-625-1423. Winners will be picked at random.
Rasta Mask You Could WIN!
If you don’t want to or you don’t like doing videos then there is another option for you to win. We want to know why camp is important to you? How camp has made a difference in your life? What do you love about it and why do you keep coming back? Basically, what does camp mean to you! Please write your answers in paragraph form. There isn’t a required length so write as little or as much as you wish!
Again, winners will be picked at random and please submit all entries to Alisa VinZant at email@example.com. All entries must be received by May 22, 2015. Good luck and we look forward to seeing you at camp soon!!!
If you want to join these amazing underwater creatures then you will want to check out Catalina Sea Camp scuba diving program. Catalina Sea Camp offers beginners to master diver courses. Check back at the beginning of the year for a full list of all Catalina Sea Camp course descriptions.
Have you never been scuba diving before? If you have always wanted to give it a test then our Try Dive scuba class is for you! Some of our instructors only want to teach this Try Dive class because it is all about having fun while trying a new, mind-blowing experience. The instructors love seeing first time divers with faces lighting up with pure enjoyment. I still remember my first time breathing underwater and I want to share that experience with anyone willing to give something new a try. A course like this is hands-down the best part of being an instructor at Catalina Sea Camp. This class is an ideal choice for our younger campers (12 to 14 years old) as it tends to make campers feel more comfortable for future certification courses. The course is not a certification but an equivalent to a “resort course”. The campers will experience a total of 6 water sessions: 2 skin dives and 4 scuba dives with a maximum depth of 25 feet.
We hope you are ready to give something new and amazing a try at Catalina Sea Camp. Register for camp before December 31st, 2014 and you will save up to $255. Click this link to sign up now: www.catalinaseacamp.org/manage-account/
On October 13th, 2013 a staff member at Catalina Island Marine Institute was snorkeling when a large eye floated into her vision. Upon further investigation our staff discovered this amazing 18 foot long Oarfish. The 2015 Guinness Book of World Records named the Oarfish as the longest bony fish to be recorded. Due to the rarity of this long Oarfish we invited staff from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to join us in studying this incredible creature.
The three visitors arrived on November 7th to study the Oarfish’s otolith, vertebrate and full body X-ray. The names and findings from the visitors is as follows:
Mrs. Bev Macewicz
Southwest Fisheries Science Center NOAA
8901 LaJolla, CA 92037
Mr. Terry Snow
Konica Minolta Medical Imaging USA
National Sales Support Manager
Commercial Marketing Team
Steve Midway PhD
PA Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit
406 Forest Resources
University Park, PA 16802
The head section of the oarfish (~36 inches) was the first section X-rayed from multiple angles to find the otolith cavity. The cavity was found in between the two orbital cavities. Upon dissection, the head was full of gelatinous flesh and cartilage. Little bone was found within the head. The otoliths were found beneath the brain cavity. We believe one otolith was recovered from the Oarfish. There are normally two otoliths but the Oarfish otoliths are only a few millimeters big. So, the fact that we might have found one otolith is amazing. NOAA was unable to find the otolith of the Oarfish that washed up in Oceanside. Once Steve gets back to his lab, he will confirm whether or not we actually retrieved an otolith. We took a picture of what we found in plankton lab.
There were four vertebrate taken from the back end of the head section. The vertebrate were hard bone on one end and soft/cartilaginous on the other. The vertebrate were filled with gelatinous sacks. X-rays were taken of the four vertebrate. To better understand their shape and function After the dissection, X-rays were taken of all seven Oarfish sections ranging from 24’’ to 36’’. The beginning of the vertebrate column began within the head section posterior of the two orbital cavities. The X-rays were taken using a Konica Minolta portable X-ray machine. This was an impressive piece of machinery. Terry hopes to hatch all of the sections together to form a full scale X-ray of the Oarfish. We should hear back from everybody in the near future about any more findings.
Thank you Guinness World Record for including us in your record books!
We would like to thank you for visiting our blog. Catalina Sea Camp is a hands-on marine science program with an emphasis on ocean exploration. Our classes and activities are designed to inspire students toward future success in their academic and personal pursuits. This blog is intended to provide you with up-to-date news and information about our camp programs, as well as current science and ocean happenings. This blog has been created by our staff who have at minimum a Bachelors Degree in Marine Science or related subject. We encourage you to also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, and Vine to see even more of our interesting science and ocean information. Feel free to leave comments, questions, or share our blog with others. Please visit www.catalinaseacamp.org for additional information. Happy Reading!