Membership FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about our Membership

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Ocean Institute Memberships are non-refundable.

Which Ocean Institute membership will give me a discount and early registration for Summer Camps?

All levels of membership get early registration for our Summer Camps.

Sea Star, Mariner, Sealife Sponsor and Ocean Advocate level memberships will receive a discount and early registration for Summer Camps. 

Does the Ocean Institute offer discounts on membership?

Yes we offer a 30% discount to seniors, students and military on Individual and Member Levels

*Valid ID is required. To take advantage of this, you must purchase your membership either in-person or by phone

How long is my membership valid?

Your membership is valid for 1 year after the purchase date.  For example if you buy your membership on April 7, 2015 it is valid through April 7, 2016. 

When will I receive my membership cards? I never received my membership cards, what should I do?

You will receive your cards 3-4 weeks after your purchase.  If you do not receive them within that time, please call the Membership Office at 949 496 2274 x611 to verify your address or to request new cards.

Can I use my membership at any other institutions or museums?

Yes!  We have reciprocal memberships for our Sea Star and Supporting Levels.   Sea Star, Mariner, Sealife Sponsor and Ocean Advocate members can use their membership cards at North American Reciprocal Museums as well as Council of American Maritime Museums participating institutions.   Please visit http://narmassociation.org/ or https://councilofamericanmaritimemuseums.org/member-directory/ for a list of participating museums.

I purchased a membership before you started offering reciprocal memberships, can I still use my membership at other institutions or museums?

You may renew your membership early at a Sea Star or higher level to receive the reciprocal benefits.  You will be charged the difference in price and receive 1 full year of membership PLUS the remainder on your current membership.  

To take advantage of this, you must renew your membership either in-person or by phone

I purchased a gift membership, when will the membership be activated?

Gift Memberships are activated upon purchase.  For example if you purchase a gift membership for Bob Smith on 8/19/15, the gift membership for Bob Smith is active on 8/19/15-8/19/16.