Summer Aqua camps

Aqua Camps are week-long, natural history camps which give children the opportunity to have positive experiences learning about nature. They offer hands-on education, field trips, arts and crafts, and Zoo/Aquarium visits and are based at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo (BAMZ). The camps are divided into age groups based on the child’s current year in school. All activities are geared for the appropriate age group. 

 

We are pleased to offer in-person camps on Trunk Island at this time and you can register below. In-person camps for younger age groups (Tots and Kids) at the BAMZ location may also be offered. We expect these to be available no later than Monday, 19 April 2021. This will dependent upon the COVID-19 restrictions in place by the Government of Bermuda at that time.  

 

BAMZ and BZS takes health and safety of our visitors and staff very seriously, and we must be particularly vigilant to protect our animal collections that depend on us and can be susceptible to coronaviruses. 

 

In the interim, we are offering the Aqua Squids as a hybrid option of virtual and in-person field trips. 

 

Should you experience any processing problems with your application, please understand that the issue will only be temporary as we have staff on standby to resolve any problems. The registration site is NOT compatible with Internet Explorer. All other major web browsers are supported Edge, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera. 

 

To reach the Education Department directly call 293-2727 ext #2187 (the hashtag must be included) 

 

Aqua Camps are for BZS and ACP members' children only - and all are welcome to become members. Children's parents or grandparents must have a current, minimum level of Killifish (Family or Grandparent) membership to register for Aqua Camps.

 

To Register for the BZS 2021 Aqua Camps, follow the steps below: 

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**Have you renewed your membership. YOU MUST do that before beginning the Aqua Camp registration process! Click here to renew your membership.** 

  1. Have your membership ID number ready to include on your registration form. (This can be found on your membership card or at the top of your eCommunications).
  2. From the tab “Register" click "Aqua Camps".
  3. A password is NOT required to proceed.
  4. Click the Aqua Camp tile (year of birth) for the child you wish to register.
  5. Choose your desired week of Aqua Camp in the drop-down menu.
  6. Make sure you have selected the correct week and complete the Personal and Registration Information.
  7. Review your information, enter your initials and the date to accept the BZS disclaimer, then click submit.
  8. If you are registering another child, repeat the registration steps to add another participant (redirect back to tile selection). If you are registering multiple children you can check the availability of spaces before completing the registration form for each, OR make adjustments prior to making payment. Please note, placements will not be considered confirmed until payment is made. 
  9. When you have completed Aqua Camp applications for all of your children, accept the “Terms and Conditions” and click “Proceed to Checkout”.
  10. Complete payment and you will receive confirmation via email

 

Aqua Camp Themes for 2021

This year's themes for our traditional Aqua Camps are:

 

AQUA SQUIDS:

Aqua Squids is a family friendly hybrid camp for P1 to P3 campers. Campers will meet daily on ZOOM and for field trips at places of natural beauty to explore, learn and have fun! The whole family is welcome to join in on the field trips to explore together! The "Aqua Squiddies" can enjoy various activities including craft time as they learn more about the natural world around them.

  • This camp is for children born between 2013 and 2016

AQUA TOTS: NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME. We expect these to be available no later than Monday, 19 April 2021.

  • Time of Camp: 9am - 3pm. 
  • This camp is for children born in 2016.
  • Aqua Tots campers will learn about different animal groups and plants. They will also have crafts, field trips to safe beaches and gardens, and a variety of animal encounters during their week at camp. We assume that children in this camp do not know how to swim.
  • A list of what your child needs to bring to camp will be emailed to you in mid-June. Prior to your child starting camp, you will be emailed a schedule of their daily activities.
  • If you have any questions concerning camp activities, please contact Hollyanne Shirley, Education Administrator at edadmin@bzs.bm with "Aqua Camp Query" in the subject line or call 293-2727 ext 2181. We look forward to having a wonderful week with your child.

AQUA KIDS: 

  • Time of Camp: 9am - 3pm.  
  • This camp is for children born between 2014-2015
  • Aqua Kids campers will learn about Bermuda’s original and present-day forests, their inhabitants and their importance for wildlife. They will also have crafts, field trips to forests and beaches, and a variety of animal encounters during their week at camp. We assume that children in this camp do not know how to swim.
  • A list of what your child needs to bring to camp will be emailed to you in mid-June. Prior to your child starting camp, you will be emailed a schedule of their daily activities.
  • If you have any questions concerning camp activities, please contact Hollyanne Shirley, Education Administrator at edadmin@bzs.bm with "Aqua Camp Query" in the subject line or call 293-2727 ext 2181. We look forward to having a wonderful week with your child.

AQUA FUN: 

  • Time of Camp: 9am - 3pm. 
  • This camp is for children born between 2012-2013.
  • A child may attend only one week of our traditional aqua camps each summer.  Aqua Fun students born in 2012 may also attend one week of the primary school freediving camp.  A non-refundable application fee and the course fee must accompany each registration.
  • Aqua Fun campers will learn about Bermuda’s beaches, their inhabitants, their importance and what is threatening them.  They will also have crafts, field trips to a number of beaches and a variety of animal encounters during their week at camp.  We understand that some children in this camp may be able to swim and snorkel while others may not yet be swimmers.
  • A list of what your child needs to bring to camp will be emailed to you in mid-June. Prior to your child starting camp, you will be emailed a schedule of their daily activities.
  • If you have any questions concerning camp activities, please contact Hollyanne Shirley, Education Administrator at edadmin@bzs.bm with "Aqua Camp Query" in the subject line or call 293-2727 ext 2181. We look forward to having a wonderful week with your child.

AQUA ZOO: 

  • Time of Camp: 9am - 3pm. 
  • This camp is for children born between 2010-2011.
  • A child may attend only one week of our traditional aqua camps each summer.  Aqua Zoo students may also attend one week of the primary school freediving camp.  A non-refundable application fee and the course fee must accompany each registration.
  • Aqua Zoo campers will learn about the life cycle of our local sea turtles and the seagrass beds they depend on and how both are being threatened.  Campers will have various boat excursions to field sites and should feel comfortable swimming in deep water. They will have the opportunity to snorkel and view existing and diminished seagrass beds and (hopefully) sea turtles.
  • A list of what your child needs to bring to camp will be emailed to you in mid-June. Prior to your child starting camp, you will be emailed a schedule of their daily activities.
  • If you have any questions concerning camp activities, please contact Hollyanne Shirley, Education Administrator at edadmin@bzs.bm with "Aqua Camp Query" in the subject line or call 293-2727 ext 2181. We look forward to having a wonderful week with your child.

AQUA EXPLORERS: 

  • Aqua Explorers is for children who have completed M1 or M2.  Camp is from 9:00 am-5:00pm and is $360 per child (includes $15 non-refundable application fee).
  • This camp is for children born between 2008-2009.
  • Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis.
  • A child may attend only one week of our traditional aqua camps each summer.  Middle school students may also attend one week of the middle school freediving camp.  A non-refundable application fee and the course fee must accompany each registration.
  • In order to enjoy all of the activities, we recommend that children in the Explorers camp be able to swim comfortably in deep water.
  • If you have any questions concerning camp activities, please contact Hollyanne Shirley, Education Administrator at edadmin@bzs.bm with "Aqua Camp Query" in the subject line or call 293-2727 ext 2181. We look forward to having a wonderful week with your child.

AQUA CONSERVATIONISTS: 

  • The Aqua Conservationists Camp is a camp for students in Middle School 3 and Senior School 1 and will run the week of July 19 2021 to July 23 2021. 
  • This camp is for children born between 2006-2007.
  • The Conservationists Camp is a residential camp (5 days - 4 nights) that will be based on Trunk Island with housing either in tents or in a cottage.
  • The camp is designed to expose campers to a variety of conservation programmes in progress in Bermuda. There will be theory modules with guest speakers and hands-on work with field work. We will conduct studies and projects on Trunk Island and at other locations across Bermuda. This camp is a great introduction for those interested in conservation, natural history and science who might later on be interested in applying to do the EcoTech Camp.  Participants will also be introduced to volunteering at BAMZ in the Aquarium, Zoo and Education Departments so they can decide if they want to apply for the Junior Volunteer Programme for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Students not yet 14 during camp can attend but we will need to organize a chaperone during their volunteering duties. Campers will be in charge of running the daily housekeeping tasks on a rotation basis. Everybody will get a chance at cooking, cleaning and time keeping. Free time on Trunk Island will be scheduled daily, usually before dinner, with some work sessions scheduled after dinner.
  • Students will be invited for an interview to ensure that they understand the scope of the camp.  If you have any questions concerning camp activities, please contact Dr. Alex Amat at activities@bzs.bm with "Aqua Conservationists Query" in the subject line or call 293-2727 ext. 2133. We look forward to having a wonderful week with your child.
  • Register for Conservationist Registration (Interview required*) online.  Please complete a separate registration for each child.
  • Conservationist Camp is $460 per child (includes a $15 nonrefundable application fee).
  • We reserve the right to use photos taken during Camps in a not-for-profit marketing promotion.
  • If you have any questions concerning camp activities, please contact Hollyanne Shirley, Education Administrator at edadmin@bzs.bm with "Aqua Camp Query" in the subject line or call 293-2727 ext 2181. We look forward to having a wonderful week with your child.

 

AQUA FREEDIVING: 

  • Freediving Primary camp is for children who have completed P4, P5 or P6.  Freediving Middle School camp is for children who have completed M1, M2 or M3. 
  • Freediving Primary Camps are for children born 2010-2012
  • Freediving Middle School Camps are for children born 2007-2009
  • Freediving camps are from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm and is $300 per child (includes a $15 nonrefundable application fee).
  • Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis.  A child may attend only one week of our freediving camps and one week of our traditional camps each summer. 
  • During the camp, we will build underwater confidence through safely learning freediving skills and techniques. If your child is already a water baby, then this is their opportunity to take their skills to the next level. For those kids who are already freedivers, this Camp will vastly improve their one breath abilities. All Campers will experience specialised coaching and training to empower them physically and mentally. 
  • On land, we will have a daily focus of stretching, fun theory, breath hold games and mindfulness development. Out on the ocean, we will be diving into a whole new world of wonderment, practising safety skills and exploring Bermuda’s world class reefs and wrecks! We will also learn about the important role of freedivers as guardians of the oceans and gain an understanding of the positive changes that can be made to protect our blue planet.
  • A list of what your child needs to bring to camp will be emailed to you in mid-June. Prior to your child starting camp, you will be emailed a schedule of their daily activities.
  • If you have any questions concerning camp activities, please contact Hollyanne Shirley, Education Administrator at edadmin@bzs.bm with "Aqua Camp Query" in the subject line or call 293-2727 ext 2181. We look forward to having a wonderful week with your child.


Aqua Camp Teacher Applications

Are you interested in becoming an Aqua Camp Teacher? We employ a number of dedicated, creative and passionate teachers each summer who enjoy teaching about Bermuda’s Natural History and love working with children.  Applicants will need first aid/CPR training, need to be competent swimmers (and snorkellers for the camps for older children), have a police check and SCARS training. An on-site first aid/CPR course may be provided as well as assistance in obtaining a police check.

Applications are available in January and will normally close sometime in May. January and February are the best times to apply.  For further information, contact Dr. Jamie Bacon, Education Officer, at (441) 293-2727 ext. 2142 or edofficer@bzs.bm.

Click here for an online Aqua Camp Teacher Application. 

Aqua Camp Assistant Applications

Are you interested in becoming an Aqua Camp Assistant? Each year a number of enthusiastic teens aged 15 and up are hired to help teach our Aqua Camps. Applicants need to enjoy working with children, be competent swimmers (and snorkellers for the camps for older children) and have an interest in Bermuda’s Natural History. It’s a great learning and job experience.  Applicants will need to have first aid/CPR training and a police check and applicants 16 years old and above are also required to have SCARS training. An on-site first aid/CPR course may be provided as well as assistance in obtaining a police check and scheduling SCARS training.

Applications are available in January and will normally close sometime in May. January and February are the best times to apply. For further information, contact Dr. Jamie Bacon, Education Officer, at (441) 293-2727 ext. 2142 or edofficer@bzs.bm.

Click here for an online Aqua Camp Assistant Application.