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At Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) safety is our number one priority and permeates everything we do. During the current challenges with Covid-19, we are carefully tracking and implementing the guidelines that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), California Department of Public Health Read more

Tall Ship Adventure Sea Camp 2020

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.

Our camps are offered aboard all of our vessels: the twin 110′ brigantines Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, and 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.

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.


Don’t Delay! Sign Up Today!

Day Camp: Explorer Camp $67/day or $335/week

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

How to Sign Up:

  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 Sign Up Form
Download Medical, Health, and Photo Release Form
Download Summer Camp Flyer PDF
Download the FAQs PDF
Download the LAMI COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

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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 shanties 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.


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 in a soft duffel-type bag (for a printable PDF click here):

  • Sleeping bag/pillow/blanket
  • Jacket (warm)
  • Long pants and shorts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sleepwear
  • Rubber-soled shoes extra pair, close-toed recommended
  • Water shoes/strap on sandals
  • Swimsuit/towel/soap
  • Hat with brim and chin tie or “keeper”
  • Sunglasses (with strap such as Croakie or Keeper)
  • 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 anchor watch
  • Day pack with reusable water bottle
  • Fishing pole and tackle (depending on anchorage)
  • Anti-sea sickness medicine (Ginger candies, Bonine or Non-drowsy Dramamine, start the night before), and/or wrist sea bands
  • Prescription medications (if any)
  • Quarters for showers on shore (not all anchorages have shower facilities)
  • Flip-flops for shower

You may NOT bring:

Gum, electronics (except cameras), anything in glass, excessive jewelry or other valuables, or knives/weapons.

Please note! Hard luggage is unmanageable aboard a tall ship, you must bring gear aboard in a soft Duffel or similar bag.

Final Packing Notes:

We do not provide bedding, you must bring your own.

Remember to clearly label your personal items!



Berth 73, Suite 2
San Pedro, CA 90731

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