Frequently Asked Questions
How old do I have to be to attend Guardians of the Sea?
Who will be aboard?
Where do the trips depart from and return to?
What does a typical day look like?
What should I wear?
What do I bring with me?
Can I bring a camera?
Does the boat have a cabin?
Is there a bathroom on the boat?
Yes. You will be encouraged to use the marina facilities prior to embarking but there will be a very basic marine head on the boat with a curtain for privacy. We will be stopping at nearby islands with port-a-potty's every few hours.
What if I get seasick?
Is it safe?
When weather conditions don't allow boat-based activity, we will experience all of the incredible beauty and wonder of Fidalgo Island.
Furthermore, the vessel meets strict requirements by the US Coast Guard. The captain has over 15 years of power boating experience and holds a USCG captain's license.
What if I have a special dietary need?
We will accommodate any special dietary needs for lunch and snacks. There will be a form to fill out during enrollment to notate special medical/dietary needs.
Do you accomodate participants with special needs?
Please contact us prior to enrollment to see if Guardians would be a good fit and/or how to best serve you and the participant.
What if it rains?
Guardians will continue in the rain. We do not go out in excessively heavy rain, big seas or thick fog.
What's the weather like?
May I bring snacks?
Yes, you are most welcome to bring snacks! We recommend purchasing bulk snacks and packing them in resusable tupperware/containers to reduce packaging/waste and using a reusable water bottle for drinks :)
We will be coming from far away, where do you recommend we stay overnight?
There are many wonderful places to stay in or near Anacortes. Check out our places to stay page for a variety of recommendations!
Will we see whales?
There is never a guarantee to see whales. Come only with the the expectation to have fun, be present in the moment, and become a leader in marine conservation ecology to help the environment in which all of the incredible marine life, including whales, depends!
What exactly is The Salish Sea School?
The Salish Sea School is a registerd 501(c)(3) that is dedicated to creating programs that empower leaders to transform and protect our oceans. The flag-ship program is Guardians of the Sea for high-schoolers, with other programs on the way.
Will there be adult programs?
What is Marine Conservation Ecology?
Marine Conservation Ecology focuses on marine organisms and ocean ecosystems and aims to prevent/limit their degradation from human impact.
I'd love to attend Guardians of the Sea but can't afford it. Can you help?
Do you offer a military discount?
Yes! Our family was prior military (Air Force!) so we gladly offer a 10% discount for immediate family members are active duty and veterans. We thank you for your service! Please contact us for more information.
Don't see what you are looking for?
How do I enroll?
Can program fees be pro-rated?
The Salish Sea School will not pro-rate the cost of a program if a student is absent one or more days.
Can you cater to special diets?
What sort of payment do you accept?
Is this an overnight program?
Guardians of the Sea 2020 will not include any overnight sessions at this time. Each session requires DAILY transportation for student participants to and from Skyline Marina in Anacortes, WA.
The Skagit Transist buses do have a drop-off location that is a 2-minute walk to the marina!
What places will be visited while aboard?
The daily schedule and route will be dependent on weather conditions. However, some of the places we intend to visit when timing and weather align include: Sucia Island, Matia Island, Waldron Island, Lopez Island, Vendovi Island, Bowman Bay, Coronet Bay, Deception Pass State Park, Cypress Island, Yellow Island, San Juan Island (The Whale Museum and Orca Survey and Outreach Center by Center for Whale Research), harbor porpoise land-based survey from Washington Park, and much more!
Policies and Procedures
Place of meeting and return
Absence and/or illness
Compliance with imposed limits and policies of the facility and programs is expected. Should it become necessary to correct or resolve any dangerous or disruptive behavior, personnel will follow these steps:
Participants with accomodations
The Salish Sea School is committed to providing programs and services accessible to individuals with needs for accommodations. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Amy at (703)-477-7432 or firstname.lastname@example.org at least 60 days before program start date to discuss how we may best accommodate your student's needs
A $300 deposit is due at registration. Final payment is due 60 days before the start of the excursion, or at the time of enrollment if it is within sixty days.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Amy at (703)-477-7432 or email@example.com.