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Summer Camps 2022

Refund Policy:
A full refund, minus a $25 admin fee, will be given if at least 14 days notice of cancellation is given. A refund will not be given with less than 14 days notice, except on medical grounds.

TideRider Adventure Camps

TideRider Adventures offer experiential summer camps for kids, aged 8 to 14, that incorporate fun, education, self-awareness, skill development, and meaningful connections to nature.

Programs have ratios of 1 instructor to 6 participants, and are based at Hollyburn Sailing Club at Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver or at Royal Vancouver Yacht club.

Your child will:

  • Learn to stand-up paddle(SUP) or improve paddling skills  – obtain Paddle Canada certification
  • Explore and learn about the ecology of the shoreline and ocean with our marine biologist
  • Learn about how plastics and other pollutants are affecting ocean health. Learning sessions will include hands-on experiments, games and discussions.
  • Learn how young people around the world are taking action to protect our oceans and be inspired to take action.
  • Have lots of time to play on the water and at the beach each day
  • Make several reusable household items to replace single-use plastic ones
  • Develop communication and leadership skills and a love for our ocean – become an Ocean Ambassador!

Leadership Program for Young Women, Genderfluid/Non-binary and Trans Youth Aged 13-15

Our planet needs passionate, skilled leaders – OCEAN AMBASSADORS

Are you someone who is passionate about making a difference? Someone that could be a great leader in our community and beyond? Are you passionate about the Ocean? 

This summer, Ocean Ambassadors is offering a 5-day experiential summer camp for young women, genderfluid/non-binary and trans youth aged 13-15 that incorporates building leadership and communication skills, ocean health education, self-awareness, creativity, and meaningful connections to nature.

Participants will:

  • Spend the week on the ocean and the beach, interacting with nature and nurturing their creativity. 
  • Learn the power of communication and develop communication skills.
  • Discover how connecting with nature improves mental health and resilience.
  • Join in movement workshops, learning to become aware of their bodies and the space around them resulting in effective communication and leadership techniques through thoughtful and supportive movements.
  • Dive into how the health of our ocean is being affected by pollutants and other factors  and think creatively about solutions. 
  • Learn from a variety of experts including a marine biologist, an aquaculture researcher, and a zero waste innovator. 
  • Stand-up paddle each day. Earn Paddle Canada SUP certification
  • Paddle to Twin Island near Deep Cove and camp for one night. * Pending public health measures and Covid 19 restrictions.

What people are saying about Ocean Camps:

“This was the best day ever! The paddleboarding and jumping in was the best. I’m going to tell my family we should use less single-use plastics.”

Grade 7 Student

The sign of a truly impactful learning experience is when students continue to discuss, and take action afterwards. In the past three months since our visit with Ocean Ambassadors, our learners have created prototypes in the Maker lab to share their ideas about how to decrease the presence of micro plastics and connected their learning about evolution and endangerment to ocean ecosystems. The Ocean Ambassador’s well-balanced approach was hands-on, and offered a unique experience of connecting a sense of place through paddling. They demonstrated why we need to care, showed us first-hand how plastics are polluting our waterways and provided concrete ways to share our knowledge with others. This was a field trip that enabled students to engage in the world and feel empowered to share in the action of making a difference.

Charity Cantlie
Grades 6/7 Teacher

“Our students have become ambassadors and are leading workshops for the younger kids at our school. The kids loved the paddle boarding! We had eight classes go through the program and each class had a very different and amazing experience. The Ocean Ambassadors crew were positive, engaging and made the kids feel very important. The kids wanted to learn – they knew that this was important.”

Alison Dixon and Rachel Grudman
Kerrisdale Elementary

“The Ocean Ambassadors program provided an enriching, fun, placed-based educational experience for our grade seven class. The staff engaged our students while educating them about different stewardship practices. The students loved paddle boarding, despite the fact that it was a torrential downpour, they learned that it doesn’t have to be summer for us to play in the ocean! This is a field trip we will do again in the future.”

Amanda Botteselle and Amy Wright
Highlands Elementary