Florida SeaBase

Seabase Departure Date: June 16, 2018

Florida Keys Adventure

Want to experience everything the Florida Keys have to offer? You will paddleboard, ocean kayak, sail, boat, fish, snorkel coral reefs, learn about marine ecosystems, travel to Big Munson Island for an overnight adventure and visit historic Key West. Every day is a new adventure!

Other than your overnight on Munson Island, you will spend each night in an air conditioned dormitory.

If you are looking for a program with a wide variety of aquatic activities, this is your adventure.

This is a six-night, seven-day adventure. Total Cost approximately $1500 per person and includes SeaBase program, lodging, meals and transportation.

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Important Information

· A deposit of $100.00 per person must accompany the reservation application. The deposit is transferable within a crew, but is NOT refundable.

· Summer and Winter Crews' first half payment is due October 1.

· Final half payments are due 90 days prior to the adventure arrival date.

·Each participant must be a registered Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venture Scout, or Adult Leader.

· Participants must be 13 years of age and graduated or graduating from the 8th grade in the season of their arrival or 14 years of age by September 1.

· The ability to swim 100 yards (official BSA swim test) and stay afloat for one (1) minute.

· Must be in good health evidenced by a BSA Health and Medical form filled out and signed by your doctor within the past 12 months. A special SCUBA Medical and Waiver are required for the SCUBA Certification Program. Inquire early with questions about medical requirements for participation.

· No participant may weigh in excess of 295 pounds. Participants not meeting this requirement will be sent home at their own expense.

·All participants must know and use the scout Oath and Law as their guide to appropriate behavior at Sea Base.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are scholarships available at Sea Base? Yes! Scholarships are available for those with demonstrated need.

Who can be awarded a Sea Base Scholarship? Scholarships are available to individuals or units with a demonstrated need.

Must parents register with the BSA to participate at Sea Base? Yes. Without exception every adult leader participating in a Sea Base program must be registered with the BSA and complete Youth Protection Training, BSA Safe Swim, BSA Safety Afloat.

How old must I be to participate in a Sea Base program? 13 years of age and graduated or graduating from the 8th grade in the season of arrival OR be 14 years of age by September 1 as evidenced by Annual Health and Medical Record.

What if I am not a strong swimmer? The Sea Base has no programs for non-swimmers or beginners. For your protection; if you are unable to complete the BSA Swim test in a strong manner you will not be allowed to participate.

Do we really need a BSA Tour and Activity Plan? Absolutely. Your crew cannot participate in Sea Base Adventures without a complete BSA Tour and Activity Plan.

Is it possible to use a sports or work medical instead of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record? No. You will not be allowed to participate in Sea Base programs unless you use the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record.

What if my doctor has not or will not sign Part C of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record? You will not be permitted to participate at Sea Base.

What if I arrive at Sea Base without having completed a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record? You will not be permitted to participate at Sea Base.

What if I arrive at Sea Base and exceed the weight limit of 295 pounds? You will not be permitted to participate at Sea Base.

I am participating in a Bahamas Sea Base Adventure. Where does my crew check in? Your crew will fly to Marsh Harbour (MHH), Abaco, Bahamas and then board a prepaid taxi to Conch Inn and Marina.

I am participating in a Sea Base St. Thomas Adventure. Where does my crew check in? Your crew will fly to St. Thomas (STT), USVI and board a pre-scheduled taxi to Sapphire Resort and Marina.

I am participating in a Florida Fishing, Keys Adventure or Out Island Adventure. Where does my crew check in? Brinton Environmental Center, Summerland Key, Florida, Mile Marker 23.8

I am participating in a Florida Sailing, Sea Base Scuba, STEM/Eco Adventure. Where do I check in? Florida Sea Base, Islamorada, Florida, Mile Marker 73.8

What time should my crew check in? See Base Crews should check in no earlier than 1pm and no later than 3pm.

Should our unit travel in uniform? Absolutely. Units must arrive in BSA Uniform.

What should I pack for my adventure? A packing list is provided for each adventure. Crews traveling to St. Thomas Sea Base or Bahamas Sea Base should bring:

(1) 24 inch duffle bag per person

(1) Oversize duffle bag per crew containing necessary items only.

Can my crew skip part of its journey and go to Key West, Key Largo or South Beach? No. Once your unit chooses to leave Sea Base your journey is forfeited and you may not return.

Can my crew arrive early or stay an extra day at Sea Base or aboard a vessel? No. Due to the growth and popularity of our program, we are not able to offer early arrival or late departures days any longer.

What about hurricanes? Program interruption due to hurricanes are extremely rare. If Sea Base is under evacuation orders, generally given 24- 36 hours prior to potential landfall, programs are cancelled and participants are evacuated. Sea Base refunds program fees for missed program dates only. Travel- trip insurance is highly recommended to cover the cost of travel expenses, especially July- August.

What about inclement weather that keeps us off the water while at Sea Base? Your safety is paramount. Occasionally inclement- tropical weather forces Sea Base to delay or cancel activities. Attempts will be made to reschedule activities when possible. Refunds will not be issued for activities including sailing, scuba diving, paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, camping or others cancelled due to inclement weather.

Should I Buy Deck Shoes? No. Most captains do not allow shoes of any kind- including deck shoes while on board.

Why should sailing crews not bring metal or aluminum water bottles? They clang against the side of the vessel making it difficult for participants to sleep.

Where do I sleep on the sailing vessel? Due to heat most participants will choose to sleep on deck.

How much money should I bring to Sea Base? The average participant spends between $85 and $125 while at Sea Base.

Where can I find a detailed itinerary? One is not provided. Programs at Sea Base are largely weather dependent. There are no required destinations other than arrival and departure points. General outlines are provided by section in this publication.