Children will experience a day of beauty and nature while having the chance to experience something they might otherwise never witness- dolphins swimming in the bow’s wake, whales surfacing for air, sea lions playing around the boat are but a few of the lasting memories a day at sea will create. Every child will remember their first boat ride and the first fish he or she caught. These experiences truly broaden a child’s horizons and instill a sense of awe and respect for the vast ocean and all of the creatures below. This one day often provides a life changing experience for the children fortunate enough to be a part of it.
Every year, we host about 5,000 youths from organized groups such as school, nonprofit and community organizations. Our priority is serving disadvantaged, physically challenged, and at-risk youth, and we do serve other organized groups based on need and available funding. Groups may need to co-fund trip costs.
The marine-awareness fishing trips consist of 30 to 40 kids at a time, with four to six chaperones per 1/2 day trip. Rods, reels, hooks, and sinkers are provided as well as lunch, beverages and a snack. Kids are instructed in fishing techniques and learn about marine conservation with expert instruction from the Captain and crew on a Coast Guard approved vessel. Youth are provided with on-the water ocean conservation education where they learn hands-on about the ecosystems that exist in our coastal waters.