Non-Science Courses at Seacamp
Sailing & Board Sailing
Seacamp teaches the fun and skills of sailing. It's an excellent way for future marine scientists to become familiar with the winds, tides and currents that are of primary concern in oceanography. Seacamp maintains a fleet of six Pelicans, five Hobie Holders, two Pintails, two 14' Hobie Cats, a 16' Hobie Cat, and ten Board Sailers. Basic Red Cross certification is offered to beginners in sailing. Certified sailors may move up to the Sailing II program which is geared to regatta sailing and more advanced theory and practice. Our location on Newfound Harbor also makes Seacamp an ideal place to learn and enjoy board sailing.
The International Board Sailing School System has developed a time proven program of instruction designed for the first time board sailor. Campers will begin their course on a dry land simulator, that responds to the wind and sail positions the same way the windsurfer does in the water. Campers will also learn the basic aspects of sailing --- rigging, tacking, jibing, rules of the road, board control, and much more. Advanced board sailors may progress to racing and free style techniques. Successful completion of the course entitles the camper to receive certification from Windsurfer International.
The Red Cross course in advanced lifesaving is taught at Seacamp. The course is designed to increase the campers' ability to recognize and avoid hazardous water conditions and practices and to use self-rescue skills to get out of dangerous situations. Campers are also taught the skills necessary for rescuing or assisting persons in danger of drowning. Classes are conducted by Red Cross water safety instructors. Successful campers earn the Red Cross advanced lifesaving card.
SeaScope / Jam
The camp newspaper, SEASCOPE, is published periodically during the camp session by campers with high journalism experience. Extra copies can be mailed home to let parents keep up with camp activities. Jam is designed to enable campers to learn about music and how it evolved. Campers learn basic chords and work with each other in writing lyrics.
Arts and Crafts
Arts and crafts activities at Seacamp include ceramics, copper enameling, stone carving, tie dyeing, driftwood art, macrame, and painting. Campers may choose to participate in one special activity or join a general group and do introductory work in several areas.
Bring home photographic memories of your summer with prints and slides you have made yourself in Seacamp's Photolab. Enroll in a Basic or Advanced course to learn the techniques of photographing friends, wildlife and underwater images. At the end of the session your class will put on a show for all to enjoy. Students in advanced courses should provide their own 35 mm camera.