LAMI Sea Camp - Sailing Summer Camp

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s Tall Ship Island Adventure Sea Camps are unique and exciting summer camp options offered on our twin 110′ brigantines Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson based in San Pedro and on our 130′ schooner American Pride in Long Beach.

DAY CAMP – EXPLORER CAMP: Designed to encourage growing minds to appreciate and explore nature. After a week of fun at the dock at Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, explorers sail away for an optional overnight sleepover at sea. (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, with the optional overnight on Thursday; before and after care options available for an extra fee, beginning at 8:00 AM and until 5:00 PM.)

5-DAY – ADVENTURER CAMP | 12-DAY – VOYAGER CAMP: Building on our award-winning TopSail Youth Program, campers challenge themselves with exciting new opportunities while living aboard a tall ship through these two sleepaway camp options. New friends, star-gazing, and unforgettable island adventures await!

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Spend the summer on the beautiful California coast in a way that most people never experience. These are some of the most memorable summer camp experiences in Southern California!

Whether dockside, at sea or on an island, campers explore topics in marine biology, maritime history, island ecology and have fun with traditional maritime arts… and no sailing experience is necessary to join us. We will provide that and more!

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 – for sleepaway camp or day camp’s optional overnight – sleeping aboard a tall ship. Make new friends, enjoy outdoor activities and nature, listen to the sound of the sea, and gaze at the stars at night.

Summer Camp Adventurer Sleepaway Camp
Adventurer Camp
Summer Camp Explorer Day Camp
Explorer Day Camp


Ages 7-10

Explorer Day Camp Summer Camp

Explorer Day Camp

June 17 – 21, 2024
July 8 – 12, 2024
July 29 – August 2, 2024

Early Bird Rate: $550
Regular Rate: $650


Ages 10-17

5-day Adventurer Camp Island Adventure Summer Camp

5-Day Adventurer Camp

June 17 – 21, 2024 – SOLD OUT
June 24 – 28, 2024
July 8 – 12, 2024
July 15 – 19, 2024
July 22 – 26, 2024
July 29 – August 2, 2024
August 5 – 9, 2024

Early Bird Rate: $1,250
Regular Rate: $1,350


Ages 12-17

12-day Voyager Camp Island Adventure Summer Camp

12-Day Voyager Camp

June 24 – July 5, 2024
July 15 – 26, 2024

Early Bird Rate: $2,600
Regular Rate: $2,700

Early Bird Deadline: February 29, 2024

Registration closes one week prior to the camp session start date.

All camp sessions begin on a Monday and conclude on a Friday. Dates subject to change.

Please note: We are using ActiveWorks to streamline our registration process this year. Campers must be registered by a parent or legal guardian.

Questions? Need assistance with registration? Please contact Jemma Kennedy, Director of Education, at or 310-833-6055.


We asked former camper and current deckhand Ella Momeny – who we featured in our 32nd anniversary campaign – to share about her Summer Camp experience.

In this video, she talks about the nervousness she felt going into her first week away at Summer Camp, and how that quickly dissipated when she met her new friends and crew mates. She also shares the bit of fear she felt about going aloft the first time and how she is glad she faced her fears. We hope you’ll share her experiences with any campers/potential campers you know who may be feeling nervous too! Click here to watch the video on YouTube.

These campers returned to dock after 12 days together… and they were in no rush to leave the boat! Listen to them share their favorite parts of our Tall Ship Island Adventure Sea Camp that summer as they hang out on the bowsprit together. Click here to watch the video on YouTube.



Explorer Day Camp runs Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM, with the optional overnight on Thursday (see dates above). Before and after care options are available for an extra fee – campers can begin at 8:00 AM for an additional $25 and/or stay until 5:00 PM for an additional $50.

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    Land, Sea, Sky Explorers – From the smallest microorganism to the continents and the clouds in the sky, everything is connected on this beautiful blue marble. Campers will discover the link between the spheres, as well as the link between themselves and their crewmates by interacting with the land, sea and sky while visiting beaches and aquariums, and taking a sail or two in the harbor.
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    Art Explorers – Campers learn sea shanties and dances, create art and make music. They will be encouraged to let the ocean inspire them as they create poems and artwork to bring home and cherish forever.
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    Coastal Explorers – Campers explore the water from the coast, looking at tidal zones and the organisms in them. Water tests and citizen science projects will help connect everyone to the sea and see the impact that water has always had and will continue to have on communities.



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    Each camper has their own bunk.
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    Activities take place on the boat, on the island, and everywhere in between. Recreational options include swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking and more!
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    The tall ships depart from Long Beach or San Pedro, and they visit one or more island harbors off the coast, depending on weather and sea conditions.


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    American Pride – Long Beach
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    Irving Johnson or Exy Johnson – San Pedro

A NOTE FOR PARENTS: Please supervise your camper’s packing. All too often, we have campers who have forgotten items necessary for their comfort and enjoyment.

Please use a soft duffel or similar bag; hard luggage is unmanageable aboard a tall ship. Also note that we do not provide bedding – you must bring your own – and please remember to clearly label your personal items!

Examples of items to bring – a detailed list will be provided to all camp registrants:

  • Sleeping bag/pillow/blanket
  • Warm jacket
  • Long pants and shorts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Rubber-soled shoes – extra pair, close-toed recommended
  • Water shoes/strap on sandals
  • Hat with brim and chin tie or “keeper”
  • Sunglasses (preferably 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 a reusable water bottle
  • Flip-flops for shower
  • Fishing pole (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)

Please do NOT bring:

  • Gum
  • Electronics (except cameras)
  • Anything in glass
  • Knives/weapons
  • Excessive jewelry or other valuables

Please note: Hard luggage is unmanageable aboard a tall ship. You must use a soft duffel or similar bag.