Summer Camp Details
Discounts & other FAQs


Do you offer discounts on Week-long Day and Island Bound Summer Camps?

Yes, there are 3 easy ways to save! Discounts are subject to camp availability and may not be combined.

Group Discounts

Summer Camp groups of 5 or more qualify for a 10% discount.  Participants must register for the same week and register by calling Guest Services at (949) 496-2274.  Reservations must be made on the same day by 4pm on weekdays or by 3pm on weekends. Groups will be charged the full camp price if all reservations are not booked on the same day.

Multi-Camp Discount

Individual campers participating in two or more 2016 Summer Week-long Day Camps, Island Bound, or Single-Day programs qualify for a 15% discount.  The discount will be taken off of the camp of equal or lesser value. Contact Guest Services at (949) 496-2274 to assist with your booking. 

Become a Sea Star Member

Ocean Institute members at the Sea Star level or above receive a 10% discount on Week-long Day Camps and Island Bound Camp. Enter your member number at checkout to receive your discount.

What are the payment, refund and transfer policies?


Full payment must be made at time of booking. A processing fee is included on all credit card, phone, and internet reservations.


Summer camps are non-refundable for cancellations made 44 days or less before the start date of camp. Cancellations made 45 days or more before start date of camp will incur a cancellation fee of 40% of entire fees paid. 

There will be no refunds issued for instances of homesickness, seasickness, or any other unforeseen circumstances. Refunds are given at the discretion of the Director of Public Programs. 
Programs/events usually proceed in light rain and other moderate weather conditions; however Ocean Institute may cancel the program/event  up to one hour before the start time in the event in adverse weather conditions or boat-related issues. The decision to cancel rests solely with the captain. Transfers to a comparable program or a refund will be provided if the Ocean Institute cancels the program/event. 


A $20.00 per program, per person fee will be charged on all transfers and returned checks. Transfers are subject to availability.

What paperwork do I need to fill out for my child’s program?  

Program confirmations will be emailed to the email address you provide at the time of booking.  Camp materials (itinerary & waivers) will be included in your confirmation.  If requested, you can receive the camp materials via First Class US Mail. There must be a completed Medical Form and an Acknowledgement of Risk Form for each child. 

Required forms for Summer Programs will also be available online; please be sure to use the form for your child’s camp.  Forms must be submitted online at least one week prior to the start of your child’s camp session. Please complete the paperwork for each camp session your child attends. Forms must be received prior to the start of camp and must be complete. 

Is your staff trained in First Aid and CPR?

Camper safety is always our top priority. Instructors are certified in First Aid and CPR. They are also fingerprinted and background-checked to ensure the safety of our program participants.

Are you accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA)?

Yes, the Ocean Institute is ACA accredited and adheres to the ACA’s standards and guidelines.