At its strategic perch overlooking Offatts Bayou, Sea Scout Base Galveston (SSBG) resembles a five-star hotel beckoning guests to stop in. But looks can be deceiving. At Sea Scout 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.
Exploring the diverse natural wonders of the marine environment, mastering the maritime skills to navigate the open ocean, and discovering the value of teamwork as part of a unified crew are just a sampling of the unique base’s offerings.
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. Upcoming events include:
August 3rd, August 24th, September 7th, September 28th, October 5th, November 2nd, December 7th (4-7pm), Sea Star Base Galveston offers Kayak Excursions year round. A gentle three mile paddle through the calm waters of Offatt’s Bayou sets the kayaker on the Central Flyway, a migratory bird path that extends from Alaska to South America and offers the opportunity to see and photograph birds unlike any other location on the Gulf Coast. The fee is $35 per person and available by reservations at ssbgalveston.org or by calling (409)572-2560. They also have Private Kayaking Excursions available. Call for details.
Offered every Sunday 12:30-4:30pm, 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 our 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.
Youth Sailing Saturdays
Offered every Saturday 2-4pm, 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 our highly skilled staff at a world class sailing facility but the benefits do not end there. In the youth sailing program, children learn stewardship of our 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.
There’s still a few summer camps with openings. These are open to anyone with any skill level.
Summer Sail Camp
What could be more fun than sailing all summer? Sail Camp is for beginners and experienced students. Each student will review sailing concepts and terminology for communicating on the water. After familiarization and land drills, campers take to the boats for sailing. Learn navigation, how to tie knots, and meteorology, as well as swimming, treasure hunts, kayaking, cruises, and lots more. Summer Sail Camps are offered for two age groups: 6-11 years old (all classes are full) and 11-16 years old (August 6th-10th). Camps are 9am-5pm each day and cost $175 for members and $300 for non-members.
“All Hands on Deck” Liveaboard BaySmart Express Camp
Sailing weekly through August 10th is the unique “All Hands On Deck, Liveaboard Baysmart Express” Camp. You can actively join in the duties of a professional crew as you live and learn aboard the USCG Inspected M/V Baysmart Express. The cruise will be from Galveston Bay to Corpus Christi and back. This is for all ages – youth ages 14-18 and adults. The cost is all inclusive, $1345 per person.