Summer Watersports Camp

You’re never too young to love watersports

The Eckerd College Waterfront Program, one of the largest collegiate programs in the U. S., offers instruction in Little Mariners Watersports, Exploring Watersports, Sailing, Wakeboarding, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Saltwater Fishing, Children’s Marine Discovery and Exploring Marine Life for students of various ages at various levels. Located on Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg, the school provides the perfect environment for learning watersports!

Classes at the Waterfront Program have been in existence for more than 45 years. Through those years we have introduced thousands of children and adults to the wonderful world of watersports. We look forward to meeting you and your children and providing you with an exciting and unforgettable experience!

  • Most classes occur in the protected waters of Frenchman’s Creek, adjacent to the Waterfront facilities.
  • More advanced classes expand into the open waters of Boca Ciega Bay, adjacent to the college.
  • Students may bring lunch or purchase it from our snack bar.
  • The lunch period is supervised.

Each student receives:

  • Camp T-Shirt
  • Sports Bottle
  • Photograph of them participating in class
  • Certificate of Completion for each class
  • Mid-Class Refreshments & Snacks

Check-in/Pick up

  • Please arrive 30 minutes early on the first day of class so we can complete your registration process.
  • Students should be dropped off and picked up within 15 minutes of the start and end of each class. If this is not possible, please make arrangements for our extended care services. Care may be provided for a maximum of one hour before and after class. A fee of $5 per 15 minute interval is charged for early drop off or late pick up.
  • Students may be picked up only by those indicated in the approved list provided by the guardian.
  • When students are picked up at the end of class, they must be signed out.

Lunch

  • Students in full day classes should either bring a lunch or purchase a lunch from the Waterfront Snack Bar. For your convenience – and for guaranteed availability – lunches may be ordered. To ensure the availability of your selections, we must receive this form one week prior to the beginning of your class.
  • If a student is enrolled in both a morning and afternoon class, child care during lunch is complimentary.

Awards Ceremony

Each week is capped off with an awards ceremony. Participants receive a certificate for completion of their class and a photo of them participating. Awards for Sportsmanship and Most Improved are presented for each class.  Parents and family members are welcome to attend. Bring your cameras and help your children celebrate their week of learning and fun!

As stated, each student receives a photo of them participating in their class. These photos may be used in advertising or literature developed to promote the summer camp. By agreeing to these policies, you are indicating that you are giving Eckerd College permission to use photos of your student in class.

Weather

As we all know, the weather in Florida may be unpredictable at times. Classes are held rain or shine! If the weather makes on-water practice impractical, students will participate in classroom instruction and other land activities. Make-up sessions of on-water practice are not offered.

Classes may be canceled if a tropical storm or hurricane is in the area. In this situation, pro-rated refunds will be given for days of class lost.

Safety

  • Students must wear proper footwear at all times, both on land and on the water.  Flip flops are not acceptable. Water shoes, sneakers, or sports sandals with Velcro straps are required.
  • Students must wear their lifejackets while on the water and on the docks.
  • Students are expected to follow the directions of their instructors at all times.
  • Students are expected to work together during class set-up and breakdown. This includes rigging and de-rigging boats and equipment, and cleanup of supplies used in class. Students should not arrive late or leave early unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor.

Behavior

To ensure an enjoyable experience for all, student behavior is closely monitored during classes. Behavioral problems are addressed immediately in class with the intention of coaching students through situations and avoiding future conflicts. If problems persist, the instructor will meet with the parents to develop a solution. There will be no refunds given for students removed from class due to behavioral problems.

Wallace Boathouse

  • Outdoor Classrooms
  • Picnic / Seating Area
  • Snack Bar & Ship Store
  • Multiple Docks

Activities Center

  • Classrooms equipped for Multi-Media Instruction
  • Restroom Facilities
  • Weather Tracking System
  • All watersports equipment and instructional supplies provided.
  • Life Jackets provided- Always worn when on the water and on the docks.
  • Each class supervised by instructor in safety boat.
  • All boats equipped with required safety gear.
  • All instructors certified in CPR and First Aid.
Our online system provides you with real-time information about class availability, waiting lists, and other types of details that you may need!

OR

Download the Eckerd College Summer Watersports Camp 2017 Application.

Print and fill out both pages, mail or fax them to:

Eckerd College Waterfront Program
4200 54th Ave. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

FAX: (727-864-8161)

A limited number of class scholarships are available each summer, and we receive many more requests than what we have available.  Scholarships are available for:
Kayaking
Sailing Fun & Skills
Exploring Marine Life
Children’s Marine Discovery
If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please submit an email to wfprograms@eckerd.edu, indicating the following:
Class Requested
Age of Student
Support information of why you are making the request.
Applications must be received by March 17, 2017.  Decisions will be finalized by March 24 and recipients will be notified.

Classes – Summer 2017

Little Mariners Watersports (Ages 5-7)

Children at this age may need some extra help with feeling comfortable in the water and enjoying our coastal environment. This class gets them in the water and aboard different types of boats and floats, in a safe and fun environment. Water and dock safety, paddling, sailing, and fishing are some of the areas they will experience, some of them for the first time! Let us help you introduce them to the wonderful world of watersports!

Class Schedule

  1. June 5 – June 9
  2. June 12 – June 16
  3. June 19 – June 23
  4. June 26 – June 30
  5. July 10 – July 14
  6. July 17 – July 21
  7. July 24 – July 28
  8. July 31 – August 4

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. OR 1 – 4 p.m. Daily

Class Fee Per Week – $170

Exploring Watersports (Ages 8 - 12)

Students new to watersports may not be very sure of what type of activity they would like to try. So, we have created a class that spends each day with a different sport – Sailing, Fishing, Exploring Marine Life, Kayaking, and a Power Boating Safety introduction are all part of the week! We will introduce students to a variety of activities and help them decide on what interests them the most!

Class Schedule

  1. June 5 – June 9
  2. June 12 – June 16
  3. June 19 – June 23
  4. June 26 – June 30
  5. July 10 – July 14
  6. July 17 – July 21
  7. July 24 – July 28
  8. July 31 – August 4

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. OR 1 – 4 p.m. Daily

Class Fee Per Week – $180

Kayaking (Ages 8-15)

Kayaking has become a very popular activity. It’s great exercise and it is an exciting way to enjoy the serenity of the water and get close enough to watch marine life without disturbing the environment. We use a “sit on top” style of sea kayak that is stable and easy to learn on, and we begin with basic paddling techniques and maneuvering through courses. Each day the group sets out from Frenchman’s Creek to explore a different area of Boca Ciega Bay, including local beaches and islands that provide a haven for birds and other types of marine life.

Class Schedule

  1. June 5 – June 9
  2. June 12 – June 16
  3. June 19 – June 23
  4. June 26 – June 30
  5. July 10 – July 14
  6. July 17 – July 21
  7. July 24 – July 28
  8. July 31 – August 4

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. OR 1 – 4 p.m. Daily

Class Fee Per Week – $170

Sailing Fun & Skills (Ages 6-7)

A Vanguard Pram is an excellent teaching boat for young sailors and this class gives every child the opportunity to experience how to maneuver a sailboat. The prams never leave the safety of Frenchman’s Creek, a perfect place for a young child’s first experience with sailing. The children enrolled influence the flow of this course, and the differences each week make this an excellent class to take more than once.

Class Schedule

  1. June 5 – June 9
  2. June 12 – June 16
  3. June 19 – June 23
  4. June 26 – June 30
  5. July 10 – July 14
  6. July 17 – July 21
  7. July 24 – July 28
  8. July 31 – August 4

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. OR 1 – 4 p.m. Daily

Class Fee Per Week – $170

Children's Marine Discovery (Ages 5-7)

Let us introduce your child to the wonders of the bay area! Students learn about plants, animals, and ecosystems that are found in their own back yards! Each day focuses on a specific topic, such as marine mammals, marine birds, invertebrates, fish, and the marine environment. Students will explore the different environments on campus, search for dolphins and manatees in the waters adjacent to Eckerd College, identify birds and other creatures they see, get acquainted with critters in our touch tank and learn specifics in the classroom through discussions, presentations, and crafts.

Class Schedule

  1. June 5 – June 9
  2. June 12 – June 16
  3. June 19 – June 23
  4. June 26 – June 30
  5. July 10 – July 14
  6. July 17 – July 21
  7. July 24 – July 28
  8. July 31 – August 4

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. OR 1 – 4 p.m. Daily

Class Fee Per Week – $185

Exploring Marine Life (Ages 8-12)

Eckerd College’s proximity to the open waters of Boca Ciega Bay and Tampa Bay allows us to give children the opportunity to collect marine life and then study them up close. Students gather information about plants, animals, and ecosystems by exploring different Bay environments, and they collect live samples to bring back to the dock. Everyone helps set up an ecosystem in 55 gallon aquariums aboard our floating laboratory at the Waterfront Program. By working with a variety of equipment, students are able to observe the samples collected during the week and then participate in the release of the animals back to their environment at the end of the week.

Class Schedule

  1. June 5 – June 9
  2. June 12 – June 16
  3. June 19 – June 23
  4. June 26 – June 30
  5. July 10 – July 14
  6. July 17 – July 21
  7. July 24 – July 28
  8. July 31 – August 4

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. OR 1 – 4 p.m. Daily

Class Fee Per Week – $185

Wakeboarding/Water Skiing (Ages 9-17)

In this half day camp taught by USA Waterski certified instructors, students can experience the basics of wakeboarding, water skiing, and kneeboarding on Boca Ciega Bay, adjacent to the Eckerd College campus. Participants are encouraged to try all three sports, but instructors let them choose their equipment each time. Your child will love the excitement of these fast and fun watersports!

Class Schedule

  1. June 5 – June 9
  2. June 12 – June 16
  3. June 19 – June 23
  4. June 26 – June 30
  5. July 10 – July 14
  6. July 17 – July 21
  7. July 24 – July 28
  8. July 31 – August 4

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. OR 1 – 4 p.m. Daily

Class Fee Per Week – $295

Windsurfing (Ages 9-17)

Windsurfing combines the fun of sailing and surfing to form a unique sport! Participants stand on the surf type board, move the entire sail, and catch the wind to propel themselves across the water. Given the right wind conditions, windsurfers can get moving incredibly quickly! In this class, we start by teaching the basics on a land simulator and then move to the protected waters of Frenchman’s Creek. When first learning, students’ boards are tethered to anchors so they don’t blow too far away and specially designed children’s rigs are used for smaller participants. Individuals improve at this fascinating sport a different rates and the instructors will offer advice and remove the tethers at appropriate skill levels. This class will be a hit if you’ve never tried windsurfing before or you’ve mastered the basics and want to improve. Come join the fun!

Class Schedule

  1. June 5 – June 9
  2. June 12 – June 16
  3. June 19 – June 23
  4. June 26 – June 30
  5. July 10 – July 14
  6. July 17 – July 21
  7. July 24 – July 28
  8. July 31 – August 4

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. OR 1 – 4 p.m. Daily

Class Fee Per Week – $190

Saltwater Fishing (Ages 8-14)

There are multiple ways to enjoy saltwater fishing and children in this beginning level class will be introduced to many of them. Participants will fish from powerboats as well as from local fishing piers and seawalls. They will be taught how to identify different types of fish, how and where to catch them, and what types of bait and tackle to use. All equipment and bait is provided, but all fish caught will be released. The goal is not to bring home dinner, but to enjoy the sport!

Class Schedule

  1. June 5 – June 9
  2. June 12 – June 16
  3. June 19 – June 23
  4. June 26 – June 30
  5. July 10 – July 14
  6. July 17 – July 21
  7. July 24 – July 28
  8. July 31 – August 4

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. OR 1 – 4 p.m. Daily

Class Fee Per Week – $185

Cancellation/Refund Policy

  • No Refunds – Registrations canceled after 5pm on the Friday before the start of camp.
  • No Refunds – Changes to camp participation after 5pm on the Friday before the start of camp.
  • A $50 Administrative Fee will be charged for changing or canceling registrations prior start of camp.
  • Eckerd College reserves the right to cancel classes that have not met the minimum enrollment. If we cancel a class, your payment will be fully refunded.
  • Requests for full refunds due to injury or illness must be accompanied by a physician’s written verification of date and type of injury or illness. This verification must be received no later than one week after the missed class.