We take pride in our high quality, well-trained staff!
All cabin counselors are current college students with a background working with children. Applicants go through a rigorous hiring process including multiple interviews, a background check and drug testing. Additionally, many cabin counselors were Sea Campers themselves!
Counselors go through an 8-day training program prior to any campers arriving at camp. They are trained in team-building, group-leading, child development, safety, and being sensitive to individual campers needs and life experiences. Camp logistics and the camp program are also taught and counselors participate in a number of role-playing activities to prepare for situations that could arise during the summer.
Diving, sailing, science and adventure instructors all have at least a Bachelor's Degree, usually in a science, and are trained and certified in their particular specialty. All diving instructors are certified and all sailing instructors are certified by . Additionally, all instructors have a background working with children - many work full-time during the year as instructors in our outdoor education program called CIMI (Catalina Island Marine Institute).
All staff must have a background check and pass a drug test before being hired.
Specialty instructors also participate in the 8-day training program prior to camp. They are trained in emergency procedures and action plans, first aid, life-saving, team-building, teaching their particular specialty and tailoring their teaching-style and activities to children and teenagers.