Earth Day Sail

We have a special sail planned this year for Earth Day! This sail is being done in conjunction with docents from the Marine Mammal Care Center and the International Bird Rescue as our part of the City of STEM celebration in Los Angeles. During our two and a half hour sail they will share their knowledge of the local seashore fauna and experiences in rescue and rehabilitation. Get answers to all your questions about the local wildlife and the challenges to our local environment from experts in the field!

The Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) is proud to celebrate the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and have formed our organization around our tall ships as a floating classroom providing a unique and engaging learning environment. We provide these sails both as educational experiences for all ages and to fund our proven youth education programs at sea. Your ticket purchase helps fund these programs and offers a glimpse the the fun activities we do on board our vessels.

Sail is April 20th, 2019 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm.

Tickets are $60 for adults, $30 for children under 12. A 10% LAMI Membership discount applies!

You can purchase tickets by calling our office at 310.833.6055 or Purchase online using Eventbrite


Catalina Sea Camp Adventure 2019

Youth 11-17, get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s summer camp aboard Tall Ships is an exciting 3-day or 5-day voyage to Catalina Island. Discover the beautiful Southern California coast in a way that most people never experience. While at sea and on the island, we will explore topics in marine biology, maritime history, island ecology and have some fun with traditional Maritime arts! This is one of the most memorable summer camps in Southern California!

Learn the ropes of sailing a large vessel as you challenge yourself with exciting new opportunities. We encourage our campers to become part of the crew as we set sail to and from Catalina Island. Make new friends, eat great food, listen to the sound of the sea, and gaze at the stars at night. Then hit the island for some unforgettable fun!

Our camps are offered aboard all of our vessels: the twin brigantines Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, and new this year Los Angeles Maritime Institute has added the 140′ schooner American Pride to our fleet! Camp trips depart from Long Beach and San Pedro, California and visit one or more harbors off the coast of Catalina depending on weather and sea conditions.



2019 5-Day Camp Dates

June 24-28      July 8-12      July 15-19      July 22-26      July 29-Aug 2      Aug 12-16      Aug 19-23
$600 per child

2019 3-Day Camp Dates

June 28-30     July 14-16     July 19-21     July 29-31     Aug 4-6
$300 per child

Bring a sibling or friend and Enjoy 10% Off

For more information or to book a spot for your child email us at or call our office at 310-833-6055.


Parents- please supervise your child’s packing, all too often we have campers who have forgotten items that are necessary for their comfort and enjoyment.

Things to bring:

  • Sleeping bag/pillow/blanket
  • Sleeping pad if sleeping on deck
  • Jacket (warm)
  • Long pants and shorts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Old sweats make great sleepwear
  • Rubber-soled shoes extra pair, close-toed recommended
  • Rubber-thong shower shoes or water shoes
  • Swimsuit/towel/soap
  • Hat with brim and chin tie or “keeper”
  • Sunglasses/Sunscreen
  • Personal toiletries
  • Reading material
  • Digital Camera
  • Snorkel/Fins/Mask/Spring Suit if you wish to bring your own
  • Flashlight or Headlamp, with a red light for night watch
  • Day Pack with Canteen/water bottle
  • Log Book/Journal
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Favorite Snacks (if you wish)
  • Reusable laundry bag for packing home
  • Fishing Pole and Tackle (depending on anchorage)
  • Sea Sick medicine (Ginger candies, Bonine or Non-drowsy Dramamine, start the night before)
  • Prescription Medicines (if any)
  • Quarters for showers on shore (not all anchorages have shower facilities)

You may not bring:
Gum, hard-soled shoes, electronic games, cell phones, pagers, anything in glass, valuables, anything Electric

Please note! We do not provide bedding and you must bring your own. You must bring gear aboard in a soft Duffel or similar bag – hard luggage is unmanageable aboard a tall ship.
Remember to clearly label your personal items!


Sweetheart Sail 2019

Two Sweetheart Sails this Year! So Much Love!

Sweets for the Sweet Sail

Sunday, Feb 10th, 2019 2 – 4 pm

A Sweet and Savory Sail with our Valentine Sweeties! Join us for a Sunday afternoon sail with a number of sweet and savory delights along with tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. The perfect way to treat those special Valentines in your life!

Tickets: $75 for Adults, $25 for Children under 12 (LAMI Member discount applies) Purchase Online

Valentine’s Day Adventure Dining Sunset Sail

Thursday, Feb 14th, 2019 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Enjoy a magical evening aboard L.A.’s Official Tall Ships as you sail the Los Angeles Harbor with your special someone! Price includes a delicious dinner, dessert, beverage and a commemorative gift. (Wine not included, but you can bring your own bottle aboard.)

Tickets: $100 per Adult, including bubbly toast and nautical gift. (LAMI Member discount applies) Purchase Online

Sweetheart Sail Dinner Menu

First Course

Three Hummus Appetizer
with Pita and Sliced Cucumber

Arugula and Avocado Salad
with Lemon Vinaigrette

Main Entree

Angus Beef Ribs

Vegetarian/Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Rosemary Garlic Baked Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Broccoli

King’s Hawaiian Rolls and Butter


Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Champagne or Sparkling Juice


Seating is limited, so reserve your spot early. Proceeds benefit our TopSail Youth Program.


  1. Boarding begins 30 minutes before departure.
  2. Our tall ships are docked at Berth 84 at the foot of 6th Street near the LA Maritime Museum in San Pedro.  Be sure to allow plenty of time to find parking – weekends are busy!
  3. You may bring your own food and beverages on board (wine permitted), but pack light and be as environmentally friendly as possible.
  4. Layered clothing recommended as it can get windy on the water.
  5. Wear closed-toe, soft-soled shoes.
  6. We are a non-smoking vessel.
  7. Tickets are non-refundable and in the event you are unable to sail, your ticket will be considered a tax-deductible donation to the TopSail Youth Program.

Los Angeles Maritime Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  We are not connected to any government agency and are solely dependent upon financial support from foundations, corporations, and individual donors to keep our life-changing program afloat.

Download a PDF flyer of our sweetheart sail here


2018 Holiday Party

Join us for our Annual Holiday party, celebrating the birthday of Swift of Ipswitch & Appreciation for our Volunteers!

When: Saturday, December 8th 2018, 4pm – 7pm
Where: Building G, Berth 73, San Pedro, CA 90731
near Utro’s Cafe, across the parking lot from
Ports O’Call. Plenty of free parking.

Celebrate the holidays with the staff, crew, volunteers, and youth of the Los Angeles Maritime Institute.

Ticket price includes a delicious dinner, beverages, and dessert.

$25 Adults
$15 Children (12 & UNDER)

Active volunteers and a guest attend free! Please RSVP to

To purchase tickets:
Call 310-833-6055 or email


Give Thanks Family Sail

Please join us for a sail and a celebration of all the things we are thankful for. You can sit back and relax or become part of the crew – your choice!

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Location: Berth 78 (Next to the San Pedro Fish Market) San Pedro, CA 90731
Tickets: $30 Child (12 & Under) & $60 Adult
Departure: Please arrive at 4 pm for check in.
Things to Bring: Something warm (sweater), and food or beverages of your choice.

To order tickets call us at 310-833-6055.

Happy Harbor Haloween 2018 - Oct 27, 2018

Happy Harbor Haloween 2018

Free deck tours and the best place to take your Halloween selfie!

Come meet the crew and see the Exy Johnson at the downtown harbor cut in San Pedro, adjacent to the Los Angeles Maritime Museum.

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 11am to 2pm.


¡Explora La Costa En Un Barco De Vela!

One Saturday per month, beginning May 20, 2017 at 4:00pm, Los Angeles Maritime Institute invites you to join us for a coastal awareness educational experience and exploration sail aboard one of our tall ships. The ship departs from Berth 78 in San Pedro’s Ports o’ Call Village for a 3.5 hour round trip excursion along the Palos Verdes coastline.

Our goal is to raise environmental awareness that leads to personal action to reduce marine plastic pollution and human impacts to our local coastline, along with its marine organisms by engaging bilingual (Spanish) materials and trained bilingual docents.

The sails will include on-board, hands-on, and scientific activities. Families and children welcome! All minors must be accompanied by an adult, and children must be 12 years or older.

For further information call 310.833.6055.



¡Explora la costa en un barco! ¡Gratis!

May 20, 2017 a las cuatro de la tarde

El Instituto de Marítima de Los Ángeles en colaboración con Conservación de la Costa los invita a disfrutar de una experiencia costal y paseo en un barco de 110 pies de altura en una excursión de ida y vuelta de tres horas. El barco sale del puerto de O’Call de San Pedro, un sábado por mes de las cuatro de la tarde y navega a la costa de Palos verde y regresa a las siete de la noche.

Nuestro objetivo es ofrecer conocimiento ambiental que lleve a individuos a tomar acción personal y reducir plástico en la marina y contaminación en los drenajes e impactos humanos a nuestra costa local y organismos marinos.  La excursión tendrá presentaciones en español e inglés e información gratis con guías bilingües.

Habrá exploraciones y actividades científicas para familias y niños. Todos los menores de edad tienen que estar acompañados por un adulto y niños tienen que tener 12 años o ser mayor de12 años.

Vaya a menú de “Como aboard”. Inscríbase en Explora la costa (Explore the Coast).

Escoja un día específico para su excursión.  Si prefiere, llámenos al 310.833.6055.