Summer Camp

A Scuba Certification Teen Camp on Santa Catalina Island Unlike Any Other

Are you looking for a scuba certification camp in California? How would you like to spend two weeks living on board a fully equipped hundred and twelve foot long marine research vessel, while touring the various hidden coves of Catalina Island?! This is exactly what you get when you attend a two-week teen camp with Floating Sea Camp!

Scuba Certification While At Camp

Catalina Island is one of the most prestigious and desirable scuba diving locations in the world. There are multiple underwater ecosystems visible in a single dive session such as the kelp forest, rocky reefs and sandy bottom ecosystems, each with their own wide array of marine biodiversity.

You get the chance to dive at the world famous Avalon Casino Dive Park, where you can witness the enormous black sea bass up close and personal! With water temperatures in the low to mid seventies during the summer months, you can feel comfortable while practicing your skills and learning the science of scuba diving.

At the end of your training you receive your lifetime PADI scuba certification card, which will allow you the opportunity to dive at any location around the world.

Marine Biology Shipboard Camp

Living on board the Enhydra is an experience you will cherish for a lifetime. Our well-trained naturalist staff is passionate about imparting a passion for the ocean environment. In addition to your scuba certification training you also receive instruction in many various Oceanography and marine biology topics. First you enjoy a short lecture on the flora and fauna you are most likely to see during the activity, and then you put of your gear and enter the marine environment where you have your own personal hands-on experience and encounter with the natural world beneath the surface.

Floating Sea Camp Program

Floating Sea Camp is a world-class program unlike any other where you get the chance to live on board a Coast Guard certified marine research vessel, which is fully equipped with all the toys and gear we need to enjoy one adventure after the other. The ship is fully loaded with kayaks, wet suits, masks and snorkels, as well as water sampling equipment, trawling nets and microscopes for observing plankton and other specimen that we find during our marine biology camp activities.

In addition to all this, we also spend full day excursions to the various destinations on the island where you can enjoy exploring sea caves, remote island beaches and nature trails. You spend a day surfing on the backside of the island and camping at one of the most remote and beautiful campgrounds on California, Little Harbor.

Accommodations On Board The Enhydra

Although we are visiting some of the most remote natural areas on Catalina Island, you are able to return to the comfort and safety of your own stateroom on board the ship every night. Each stateroom has two bunks, along with a private bathroom and shower. The Enhydra feels like a floating hotel, with a full professional galley, dining area, upper decks for viewing and lounging and large front deck, as well.

Ready to come join us this summer?! Register on this site or call our offices during normal business hours at: (310) 519-3172 ext 980

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A New Marine Science Adventure Summer Camp For Kids and Teens In California

What happens when you bring together two of your child’s favorite topics, marine science and summer camp? MSA’s Floating Sea Camp for kids and teens is a program unlike any other in the world! They get to live on board a fully equipped marine research vessel as you immerse yourself in the exciting world of Oceanography and marine biology for an entire week!

Snorkel at prestigious world-class dive spots, such as Avalon’s Casino Point Dive Park, and even get your lifetime PATI dive certificate during two-week teen camp! There are endless program activities to keep you occupied and engaged with the marine environment that surrounds you during MSA’s Floating Sea Camp.

Adventure Camp for Kids and Teens

Catalina Island is an adventure playground for kids and teens. With over 54 miles of coastline, various remote beaches, coves and sea caves, and some of the most scenic nature trails in California, you are guaranteed to have the time of your life this summer at MSA’s adventure camp for kids and teens!

During two-week teen camp we even visit the backside of the island and go surfing, as well as hike various parts of the Trans Catalina Trail, staying at beautiful remote campgrounds and then spending an entire day kicking back and exploring the quaint island town of Avalon.

The Best Sea Camp In California

There are a plethora of various summer camps in California to choose from. So what makes Floating Sea Camp the best? Your child gets to experience best of both worlds, they live on board a hundred and twelve foot long Coast Guard certified ship with a stateroom that has only two bunks, a private restroom with shower, toilet and sink, as well as total access to one of southern California’s most treasured natural resources, Santa Catalina Island!

The moment your child steps foot on board they are exposed to a diversity of marine life, including many various marine mammals such as dolphins, seals and sea lions, as well as a plethora of maritime birds, some of which are very rare in California. The best sea camp is the one that brings together adventure, fun and education, which is why we teach your child how to keep a scientific field journal and utilize the scientific method in their interactions with the marine environment. This is a powerful combination as it reinforces the idea that learning natural sciences is really so much fun!

Summer Camp Activities

Every day is a new adventure at MSA’s Floating Sea Summer Camp! Activities include snorkeling at famous dive spots, exploring remote island coves on kayaks, plankton trawls and microscope labs, Oceanography and water analysis labs, hiking the various island trails and seeing Catalina Island Fox, bison, deer and other terrestrial island life, as well as playing in the water, jumping off the top deck of the ship, skill sessions, discover scuba diving, and even earning your lifetime dive certificate during two-week teen camp.

MSA’s summer camp activities are designed to increase your child’s knowledge of the marine environment with a short lecture before each program, and then gain first hand knowledge of the subject matter by entering the environment and seeing it with their own two eyes!

Ready to book your child’s seat on board the Enhydra?! Reservations can be made on this website, or by calling our office during normal business hours at: (310) 519-3172 ext 980

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Check Out MSA’s New Adventure Scuba Camp On Catalina Island For Teens

Have you ever wanted to try scuba diving during or get your scuba license during summer camp? This is an incredible chance to experience so incredible that you are bound to remember it for the rest of your life!

Learning To Scuba Dive On Catalina Island

Catalina Island is known for it’s clear waters and protected marine ecosystems, making it one of the most majestic and desirable locations to scuba dive in the world. You see a plethora of sea life including fish, invertebrates, marine mammals, rays, skates and docile sharks (such as leopard sharks and horn sharks, which are non-aggressive and not dangerous to humans).

Avalon’s Casino Point Dive Park is a protected marine preserve with a regular abundance of sea life including the enormous black sea bass, which have become regular residents. You can refill your tank for only $5.00 and enjoy multiple sessions at your leisure.

Floating Sea Camp Dive Program

Mountain and Sea Adventures (MSA) has started offering participants of their Floating Sea Camp summer program the opportunity to try out scuba diving, or even get your lifetime scuba certification card during two-week teen camp.

Participants stay onboard the Enhydra, MSA’s hundred-and-twelve foot marine research vessel with full professional galley and nineteen private staterooms, each with their own shower and restrooms.

The summer camp program hosted by MSA is the experience of a lifetime and guaranteed to be the highlight of your summer. Come enjoy a full week of living onboard a marine research vessel while exploring the various coves, beaches and dive spots of Santa Catalina Island.

Adventure activities include snorkeling and scuba diving, hiking the trails of the island, exploring the coastline by means of kayak, and participating in endless games and playtime in the water.

Benefits Of Having A Lifetime Dive License

The dive license you earn during two-week teen camp is for life! This opens up the opportunity to experience so many incredible diving locations around the world, which other people only dream about visiting themselves. This single event can become the launching pad to furthering your interests in marine biology and experiencing more of the marine environment.

Our staff and professional dive instructors work along side you every step of the way, being sure you always feel comfortable and safe at all times.

Earning your dive license improves self-esteem and personal self image immensely. If you are interested in learning more about this program contact our office at: (310) 519-3172 ext 980

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MSA’s New Overnight Shipboard Summer Camp Experience To Catalina Island

Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Make your summer vacation the very best it can possible be by registering for Floating Sea Camp and come to Catalina Island to play in the sun and sea together for a whole week!

Overview Of Floating Sea Camp

Come stay onboard a leisurely hundred-and-twelve foot US Coast Guard certified marine research vessel and experience a full week of Floating Sea Camp! Enjoy awesome adventure activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, jumping from the top deck, exploring remote coves, sea caves, surfing on the backside of the island, and lots more!

Mountain and Sea Adventure’s (MSA’s) new Floating Sea Camp program is unlike any other summer camp in southern California! You get to explore the wonderful world of marine biology along side the new friends you have just made during your week of camp. The bonds of friendship made between campers during sea camp often last a lifetime, as the experiences you share together are so incredibly adventurous and memorable!


The accommodations onboard the Enhydra are very comfortable and leisurely, each private stateroom has two beds, thermostat, a shower, sink, and restroom, as well as a dresser and under bed storage.

The professional full-size galley allows us to serve freshly prepared gourmet meals three times per day! So, say goodbye to typical boring camp food, just because we are remote doesn’t mean we can’t live well! In addition to our full staff of counselors, we also have a full time skilled chef dedicated to keeping our stomachs full and happy!

Two-Week Camp Bonus Activities

Come for an additional week of Floating Sea Camp and enjoy some extra perks and activities! During our two-week teen camp we take the time to hike sections of the Trans Catalina Trail, camp out at various scenic locations on the island, spend an extra day snorkeling/scuba diving at Avalon Casino Point Dive Park, advanced SOAK’d certificates, and optional lifetime scuba certification course!

New Scuba Diving Options

MSA is now offering the opportunity to try an introductory discover dive experience, or go through our PADI Open Water Dive Course and earn your lifetime dive certificate, which you can use to continue experiencing underwater landscapes anywhere around the world!

Work along side our full staff and dive instructors to become proficient and gain the required experience to be able to proudly declare yourself a ‘diver’! This is an intensive two-week training where you will be diving nearly every day at one of the most majestic and desirable dive locations on Earth!

Ready to come join us for another awesome summer of fun in the sun?! Call our offices to speak with a representative today: (310) 519-3172 ext 98

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