Winter in the Gulf of Mexico can be chilly, but sometimes that makes it even more fun!

Winter in the Gulf of Mexico can be chilly, but sometimes that makes it even more fun!

What crazy creatures would ever choose to inhabit a place defined by icy-cold waters, lightless days, and crushing pressures? Some people call it the Earth’s final frontier, but in the spirit of the coldest season, Winter Camp 2015 at Sanibel Sea School will be all about celebrating the Deep, Dark, Cold Ocean and the animals that call it home. 

Wetsuits keep campers toasty while surfing during the winter months. 

Wetsuits keep campers toasty while surfing during the winter months. 

We will offer two weeks of camp during winter break, with the first week focusing on the deepest parts of the Gulf of Mexico and the second on the deepest areas of the ocean around the globe. Campers will learn about the salty underwater lakes and massive tube-dwelling worms that are found in our Gulf, and about creatures of the deep like viperfish and frilled sharks. It’s not easy living 5,000 feet below the surface of the sea! 

Counselor-In-Training Jivan Khakee gives one of his campers a lift to the beach. 

Counselor-In-Training Jivan Khakee gives one of his campers a lift to the beach. 

“We’re also looking forward to our annual tradition of releasing our worries to the sea,” says camp coordinator Nicole Finnicum. “Campers who have been here before look forward to it all year long. On New Year’s Day, we all write our worries from the previous year on slips of paper, then burn them in a big bonfire and scatter the ashes into the ocean. It’s the perfect way to begin a new year.” As always, participants can also look forward to surfing, arts and crafts, and plenty of hot chocolate and holiday cheer!

Registration is open now! Questions? Call (239) 472-8585 or email info@sanibelseaschool.org.

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