Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

How old do I have to be to attend Guardians of the Sea?


10-12 years old for Guardians of the Sea Jr. 13-17 years old for Guardians of the Sea Sr. Adult sessions coming soon.




Who will be aboard?


Captain Amy, a maximum of 5 students, and an additional deckhand (college intern, guest speaker, guest researcher, etc.) All will have completed appropriate background checks and are first-aid/CPR certified.




Where do the trips depart from and return to?


Guardians of the Sea departs promptly from Cap Sante Marina (2915 W Ave, Anacortes, WA 98221) at 9AM and returns at 5 PM.




What does a typical day look like?


Read about a sample daily schedule here.




What should I wear?


We recommend wearing comfortable clothes with plenty of layers! A short sleeve shirt, wool sweater/fleece, long pants, long underwear (not required but sometimes helpful), baseball cap, warm hat, warm gloves, closed toe shoes (no flip flops please, we will be hiking!), water proof jacket.




What do I bring with me?


Space is limited! You shouldn't need much except an excited and curious spirit. Other than that a SMALL bag with your extra layers, sunscreen, sunglasses, snack, and re-usable water bottle.




Can I bring a camera?


Yes! We work hard to bring the participant into the moment and totally immersed in his/her surroundings by unplugging, but cameras are allowed. Water-proof camera cases or covers are recommended!




Does the boat have a cabin?


There is an enclosed, hard-top cabin with comfortable seats.




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?


Sea sickness is generally not an issue because the waters in the Salish Sea are inland and protected from the ocean swells of the open Pacific. If you are prone to motion sickness, it is recommended to take your preferred remedy in the morning. A little extra support is provided on the boat in the event it is needed to include ginger candy, gingerale, and sea-band acupressure bracelets.




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?


Being on the water is typically 10-15 degrees cooler than the land and the weather can change throughout the day. It is best to be prepared for a range of conditions by dressing in layers.




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?


Yes! Future adult programs will be announced after the launch of Guardians of the Sea!




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?


Absolutely! With the help of incredible local and state programs that have provided grants to The Salish Sea School, there are scholarships available. Please email info@thesalishseaschool.org to inquire about a scholarship application.




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?


Contact us!




How do I enroll?


Book online!




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?


Yes we can. You will be asked about food allergies and special diets in the program forms.




What sort of payment do you accept?


We accept checks, money orders, or credit cards. All credit card payments are processed online using a secure server. There is a $50 service charge for all returned checks. Please review our cancellation policy.




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

FAQ

How old do I have to be to attend Guardians of the Sea?


10-12 years old for Guardians of the Sea Jr. 13-17 years old for Guardians of the Sea Sr. Adult sessions coming soon.




Who will be aboard?


Captain Amy, a maximum of 5 students, and an additional deckhand (college intern, guest speaker, guest researcher, etc.) All will have completed appropriate background checks and are first-aid/CPR certified.




Where do the trips depart from and return to?


Guardians of the Sea departs promptly from Cap Sante Marina (2915 W Ave, Anacortes, WA 98221) at 9AM and returns at 5 PM.




What does a typical day look like?


Read about a sample daily schedule here.




What should I wear?


We recommend wearing comfortable clothes with plenty of layers! A short sleeve shirt, wool sweater/fleece, long pants, long underwear (not required but sometimes helpful), baseball cap, warm hat, warm gloves, closed toe shoes (no flip flops please, we will be hiking!), water proof jacket.




What do I bring with me?


Space is limited! You shouldn't need much except an excited and curious spirit. Other than that a SMALL bag with your extra layers, sunscreen, sunglasses, snack, and re-usable water bottle.




Can I bring a camera?


Yes! We work hard to bring the participant into the moment and totally immersed in his/her surroundings by unplugging, but cameras are allowed. Water-proof camera cases or covers are recommended!




Does the boat have a cabin?


There is an enclosed, hard-top cabin with comfortable seats.




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?


Sea sickness is generally not an issue because the waters in the Salish Sea are inland and protected from the ocean swells of the open Pacific. If you are prone to motion sickness, it is recommended to take your preferred remedy in the morning. A little extra support is provided on the boat in the event it is needed to include ginger candy, gingerale, and sea-band acupressure bracelets.




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?


Being on the water is typically 10-15 degrees cooler than the land and the weather can change throughout the day. It is best to be prepared for a range of conditions by dressing in layers.




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?


Yes! Future adult programs will be announced after the launch of Guardians of the Sea!




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?


Absolutely! With the help of incredible local and state programs that have provided grants to The Salish Sea School, there are scholarships available. Please email info@thesalishseaschool.org to inquire about a scholarship application.




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?


Contact us!




How do I enroll?


Book online!




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?


Yes we can. You will be asked about food allergies and special diets in the program forms.




What sort of payment do you accept?


We accept checks, money orders, or credit cards. All credit card payments are processed online using a secure server. There is a $50 service charge for all returned checks. Please review our cancellation policy.




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!





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