Educational Programs



SHARK RESEARCH/TAGGING
NO SWIMMING ABILITY NECESSARY

Join us on a breathtaking voyage into the realm of the pelagic sharks. Aquatica’s floating classroom, the open-top snorkeling cage, is designed specifically to allow students to enter the water in a protected setting. The students may even have the opportunity to assist the crew with their ongoing juvenile shark tagging program. Juvenile sharks are brought on board, tagged, documented, and released. This program is the only one of its kind where students age 7 and up can safely observe sharks in their natural environment!


By becoming scientists for a day, students can experience what is involved in a science research career.

Experienced naturalists present workshops on shark behavior, physiology, anatomy, and chumming.


KELP FOREST STUDY
NO SWIMMING ABILITY NECESSARY

The ocean equivalent of a land forest, kelp offers a stunning abundance of life and activity for your students to explore. The students work on-board on interesting topics such as navigation, scuba, and environmental studies. Once we arrive at the kelp canopies of Palos Verdes the students will enter the protected setting of our floating classroom for an in-water look at the kelp forest. Naturalists will present ocean life while your students enjoy an unforgettable day of observing, touching, and learning about echinoderms in their natural environment. This is a three hour program and can be run with two classes per day.


CATALINA ISLAND SNORKEL

Your students will experience the kelp forests of Catalina, which are full of life and considered some of the most beautiful and diverse ecosystems of the world! Experienced guides and divemasters will escort your students as they explore the turquoise waters of such pristine sites as Emerald Bay and the lush underwater gardens off Indian Rock. On request, an island hike can be arranged. (Swimming ability necessary)

SEA LION EXCURSION

This overnight expedition brings students to Santa Barbara Island, home of the California sea lion, harbor seal, and elephant seal. The islands hosts a permanent rookery where the students may observe the graceful ballet of the sea lions, participate in guided tours, and learn about invertebrate life in the kelp forest. This trip is especially rewarding in the fall, when small pups come out to play in groups of 30-50 at a time. Santa Barbara Island is part of the Channel Islands National Park and federal marine mammal laws are observed. (Swimming ability necessary)


ALL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS INCLUDE SNORKELING EQUIPMENT FOR THE STUDENTS (WETSUITS, MASKS, SNORKELS, and FINS)


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