Los Angeles Maritime Institute

Tall Ship Adventure Sea Camp 2020

Date: 2020-06-22

Price: see below

Kids at LAMI Catalina Sea Camp

Youth 6-17, get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

Spend the summer on 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! These are some of the most memorable summer camps in Southern California!

No sailing experience necessary… we will provide that! Learn the ropes of sailing a large vessel as you challenge yourself with exciting new opportunities: leaving the dock, setting and adjusting sails, keeping a ship on course, setting the anchor, and living aboard a ship for a week or two. Make new friends, eat great food, listen to the sound of the sea, and gaze at the stars at night.

Island hike at LAMI Seacamp

Our camps are offered aboard all of our vessels: the twin 110′ brigantines Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, and the 130′ schooner American Pride. For the Adventure & Voyager Camps, each camper sleeps onboard at night in their own bunk. During the day we do activities on the boat, on the island, and everywhere in between. Camp trips depart from Long Beach and San Pedro, CA. and visit one or more harbors off the coast depending on weather and sea conditions.

DAY CAMP: EXPLORER CAMP (ages 6-10) designed to encourage growing minds to appreciate and explore nature. After a week of fun at the dock, explorers sail away for an optional overnight sleepover at sea.

Sailing to Catalina for LAMI Sea Camp

5 DAY: ADVENTURER CAMP & 12 DAY: VOYAGER CAMP trips (ages 10-17) will explore topics in marine biology, maritime history, island ecology, and traditional maritime arts!
Learn the ropes as you challenge yourself with exciting new opportunities: leaving the dock, setting and adjusting sails, keeping a ship on course and living aboard a ship. New friends, star-gazing, and unforgettable island fun! Scenic hikes, warm sandy beaches with the cool ocean water nearby, and
picnics in just the right spot.
All camps end with a victory sail where campers get to show off their new skills to family and friends.



Day Camp: Explorer Camp – $67/day or $335/week ($400 w/ optional final night sleepover)

July 13 – 17 Land, Sea, and Sky Explorers
July 20 – 24 Community Explorers
July 27 – 31 Art Explorers
August 3 – 7 Coastal Explorers
August 10 – 14 History Explorers

5 Day: Adventure Camp – $600

June 22 – 26 Land, Sea, and Sky
June 29 – July 3 Years of Adventure
July 6 – 10 Myths and Legends
July 13 – 17 Come Sail Away
July 20 – 24 Drifters
July 27 – 31 Find Finny Friends
August 3 – 7 Salty Scientists
August 10 – 14 Highlights

12 Day: Voyager Camp – $1440

July 6 – 17 Land, Sea, and Sky
July 20 – 31 Fear Factor


Bring a sibling or friend and Enjoy 10% Off

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

See for yourself! Check out our Summer Camp Photo Gallery!


Happy Kids at the Chart Table


  1. Download and fill out the application and medical release form below.
  2. Upload the completed medical form to the Sign up form (if you have trouble uploading the medical form to the sign up form please email to info@lamitopsail.org or call the office 310.833.6055).
  3. Send us your payment by check, phone, or use payment details on the form.



Download Summer Camp Sign Up Form

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Download Summer Camp PDF



Every Tallship Summer Camp will be a little different, but here is an idea of what is in store for you:

Day One | Check-in by 10:00am
Welcome aboard! Campers will become acquainted with the ship and meet the crew. Have fun “learning the ropes.” Leave the dock around 12:00pm and head for Catalina Island. At Sea: Learn parts of the ship, basics of sailing, and climbing aloft, and start helping sail the ship. At Anchor: Maritime arts, nighttime education program. Lights out at 10:00pm, set the watch!

Day Two | Wake up at 7:00am
All campers and crew help cook, perform early morning chores. After breakfast, head to the island for snorkeling in unique habitats, touch tank visit, and learning about ecosystems. Hike to Two Harbors for swimming and beach BBQ. Back on the ship: Learn some sea chanties under the stars. Lights out at 10:00pm, set the watch!

Day Three | Wake up at 7:00am
After morning breakfast and swabbing the deck, dinghy rides to the island for a morning nature hike, followed by beach swimming and games. After lunch, we go for an afternoon sail and drop anchor at beautiful Emerald Cove. Evening: Fun maritime arts and crafts, and turn on the squid light to attract fun critters to view over the side. Lights out at 10:00pm, set the watch!

Day Four | Wake up at 7:00am
Swim call off the side of the boat, knot tying, maritime crafts, and climbing aloft. After lunch, begin sailing back to the mainland. Dinner under way, with an optional night sail if conditions are right, anchoring at White Island.

Day Five
Wake up nestled in the Astronaut Islands, near the Port of Long Beach. Pack your gear and enjoy a leisurely sail back into San Pedro Harbor. Arrival to dock and departure from the ship: approximately 12:00pm.


GEAR LIST (Print the PDF here)

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:

You may not bring:
Gum, electronics (except cameras), anything in glass, excessive jewelry or other valuables, or knives/weapons.

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!