Summer Camp

Inspired by Carl Hiaasen's book Hoot and our own childhoods, we offer a number of summer camps where kids learn a little biology, a few old school “waterman” skills, and some kid skills. We'll make friends, enjoy the ocean, and have tons of fun!

We keep the size of our camps small and the meaningful experiences big. Typically, the camper to teacher ratio is less than 6 to 1. Most weeks are geared toward campers 6 – 13, although we do have age-specific weeks for students as young as 4 and as old as 18, and expeditions for older campers.

We also offer a Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program at each location for kids 13 and older who would like to explore their leadership potential. Learn more in our summer camp program descriptions. 

Each week of camp has its own theme and activities, but there are some things we do every week. We surf each day, and our famous Surf Paddling Competition is held each Friday. In Sanibel Sea School style, every day includes surfing, friendship, macramé and team bonding. Then there’s always artwork, journaling, beach time, seining and snorkeling. Our "Milk and Cookies Slideshow" takes place every Friday at the end of the day. Bring some delicious baked goodies and join us to experience your child's week of camp.

We hope you'll join us for summer fun and learning in our island ecosystem at one of three locations - our Sanibel Flagship Campus, our Sundial Beach Resort & Spa Campus, or at Canterbury School in Fort Myers! Each location offers weeks filled with fun in, on, and next to the ocean.

Registration details for Summer Camp 2020 will be announced in early 2020.

Winter Camp 2019

Each year, we offer a camp session or two during winter break. Camps are open to children ages 6-13. A Counselor In Training program will also be available both weeks for teenagers interested in honing their leadership skills in a fun environment.

Registration for Winter Camp 2019 will open on Saturday, October 19th at 10 AM EST. Please register via the button below.

Cost is $320 per camper or $210 per CIT. Scholarships are available upon request, please contact or call (239) 472-8585 for more information.

Wishing you a White Pelican Christmas

12/23/19 – 12/27/19*
*1/2 day of camp on 12/24, no camp on 12/25
We’re dreaming of a White Pelican winter camp – where the palm trees glisten and the children listen for the White Pelicans flying overhead! This week at Sanibel Sea School, we’re looking forward to spending this holiday season with our favorite feathered friends. White Pelicans make a massive migratory journey from the west to spend their winters with us on Sanibel, so we’re going to celebrate them all week long. We’ll migrate around Sanibel to the best spots for these birds and dunk our heads in the chilly Gulf of Mexico to get a feel for how they fish. We may not have snow, but we’ve got White Pelicans and white sandy beaches – so join us for a week of festivities, feathers, and fun.

Happy Nudibranch Year!

12/30/19 – 1/3/20*
*1/2 day of camp on 12/31
3, 2, 1… Happy Nudibranch Year! We’re ringing in 2020 in the most sea sluggy way we know at Sanibel Sea School and we hope you’ll be here for our Nudibranch bash! Nudibranchs are teeny tiny slugs that slurp across the sea floor and wear some of the most festive colors and frills in the ocean. This week at camp we’re going to get colorful and festive with tie dye and learn how these sneaky slugs capture their prey with some snail power tag! And in keeping with our annual tradition, we’ll start off the new year by releasing all of our troubles to the sea. But possibly the best part of this week will be the first surf paddle race of the new decade! Let’s kick off the nu-dibranch year with friendship and some good ol’ fashioned ocean love.


Monday - Friday, 9 am – 4 pm

(9 am - 2 pm for 4 - 6 year olds)

Schedule varies for Teen Camp Programs, see individual camp week descriptions.


Fees for each week are listed with descriptions.

Refund policy: Cancellations made at least one week prior to the camp start date will receive a refund of all payments made less a $50 administration fee per week per child. Cancellations made less than one week before the camp start date are non-refundable.

If the cost of the program is preventing you from enrolling your child, please call us. We’re happy to work with you to ensure an ocean education for all.

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There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.
– Dave Barry