At its strategic perch overlooking Offatts Bayou, Sea Star Base Galveston (SSBG) resembles a five-star hotel beckoning guests to stop in. But looks can be deceiving. At Sea Star Base Galveston, the sea is an extraordinary classroom that provides hands-on opportunities for youth to learn and build character through challenging, rewarding, hands-on experiences.
Sea Star Base Galveston is a high adventure marine and maritime destination offering aquatic education programs that instill lifetime leadership, teamwork skills, and independence in body, mind, and spirit. For more info go to ssbgalveston.org or call (409)572-2560. Sea Star Galveston is based at 7509 Broadway, Galveston.
Kayak the Bay at SSBC
These Intro to Kayaking classes are designed to be a course for beginners with no experience or for those that have never taken a kayak class. In the ACA Kayaking 1 and 2 classes, participants will learn about the parts of the boat and their function, basic paddle strokes, and rescues. Classes will take place at Sea Star Base Galveston. The cost for this 8-hour course is $100. Upon completion of the class, participants will have the skills needed to self-rescue, assist in a rescue of someone else, and be able to maneuver their kayak efficiently and effectively on calm bodies of water. Classes are:
- May 5th, September 14th (8-hour course held 8am-5pm): Introduction to Kayaking Level 1
- April 13th, August 31st, October 26th (8-hour course held 8am-5pm): Essentials of Kayak Touring Level II
Summer Camps Announced: Register now for a Discount!
Summer Camp 2019 at Sea Star Base Galveston is an intense and engaging program packed full of marine and aquatic activities. S.T.E.M. concepts have been integrated into each activity, for a fun and enriching experience! For scouts, the activities have been aligned with badge programs, so scouts can earn badges and patches while at summer camp.
Campers will be introduced to new aquatic adventures by spending time in each outdoor activity! Spending their days out in nature and on the water, campers will learn and explore what the shores and waterways of Offatts Bayou and Galveston Bay have to offer. After a day of aquatic activities, evenings are packed with songs, games, learning opportunities, and friendly competitions.
Adventures include paddle sports, scuba diving, fishing, oceanography, keelboat sailing, water safety skills, small boat sailing, STEM to Stern Baysmart trips, kayaking and more.
Camps are held all summer long. Week-long sessions will start on Monday morning for check-in by floors, a camp-wide closing ceremony will take place Friday evening, and campers will check out on Saturday morning.
For details and to register, go to ssbgalveston.org/camps.
Other upcoming events include:
April 20th: Captain Cody’s Fishing Basics – The Fishing Basics Course is a 4-hour adventure where anglers will learn knot tying, casting, proper lure selection, and how to catch fish in Galveston waters! Our private docks are perfect for catching redfish, speckled trout, black drum, sheepshead, pinfish, catfish, stingray and more! This program is excellent for anglers ages 7+.
Every Saturday: Youth Sailing Saturdays – The Youth Sailing Program at Sea Star Base Galveston is unlike any other youth program in the country. It is their belief that every child has the ability and should have the opportunity to learn how to sail and become an ambitious, skilled, and active lifetime sailor. Children are taught by the highly skilled staff at this world class sailing facility, but the benefits do not end there. In the youth sailing program, children learn stewardship of the oceans, coasts, and communities; they are heavily mentored by dedicated volunteers and learn physical and social skills that will carry them throughout life. These classes are open to the public. Beginning Sailors classes are 9am-12 noon. Intermediate Sailors classes are 1-5pm. Non-members can pay the daily rate of $25 per session. Membership is $200 annually for students only.
Every Sunday (12:30-4:30pm): Schooner Sundays – These sailing lessons are for those interested in learning to sail, becoming members, or simply looking to enjoy a day out on the water. Guests are invited to work the sails if they like, or even steer, as the captains point out areas of interest along the route. Reservations are required. This is free for members and $50 for non-member adults, $40 non-member students.