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Sanibel Sea School closes summer camps for season

By Staff | Jun 29, 2020

As of June 25, the Sanibel Sea School’s summer camps are canceled.

After a recent spike in COVID-19 cases and higher positive testing rates in children and teenage populations, it decided to not move forward with the reopening of the camps. After canceling its June camps and moving to virtual options, the Sanibel Sea School announced that it would reopen today for in-person camps. However, out of an abundance of caution, it has rescinded the reopening.

“We must do everything in our power to keep our staff and campers safe, and we feel that this is the responsible decision for our community,” Director Nicole Finnicum said. “We are saddened that we won’t be able to offer our regular camps, but we will welcome our summer campers back with open arms in 2021.”

The Sanibel Sea School will still offer limited half-day classes, family private sessions and private stand-up paddleboarding sessions as in-person options in July and August.

The half-day classes are three-hours long and hands-on, and they will involve field trips to the beach every day. Subjects such as dolphins, fish, wading birds, barrier island, waves and more will be offered once or twice daily at the flagship campus and at its satellite campus at the Sundial Beach Resort.

Day classes for ages 6-13 will be limited to nine participants, with one marine science educator leading the group. The Sanibel Sea School will also offer a limited number of Sea Squirts classes for ages 4-6; the classes will be limited to five participants.

Family or stand-up paddleboarding private sessions will be offered by appointment.

Sanibel Sea School educators will implement the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus in their programs and they will incorporate social distancing, utilize face coverings and thoroughly sanitize classroom spaces in between sessions.

“We have decided to continue with our half-day classes because we can limit the number of participants in each program and be able to close between sessions to disinfect our spaces and gear,” Finnicum said. “With fewer people in our facilities, we will greatly reduce the risk of transmission and exposure for our participants and staff.”

To register for the classes, visit www.sanibelseaschool.org/sanibel#sanibel-programs.

To schedule a private session, email info@sanibelseaschool.org.

Part of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation family, the Sanibel Sea School’s mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time.