Summer Aqua camps

Our traditional Aqua Camp programmes, which are offered to children for one week only each summer, provide campers with the opportunity to have fun, positive learning experiences about nature.  They offer hands-on education, field trips, animal encounters, and arts and crafts.  Each camp may also include daily trips to a swimming location. Aqua Camps are for pre-school through senior 1 aged children. Applications will be available to download on March 1 each year and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. 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.

Aqua Camp Themes for 2019

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

  • Aqua Camp Themes for 2019 Aqua Tots - campers will learn about different animal groups and plants.  We assume that children in this camp do not know how to swim.
  • Aqua Kids - campers will learn about Bermuda’s ponds, their inhabitants, their importance for wildlife, and what is threatening them.  We assume that children in this camp do not know how to swim.
  • Aqua Fun - campers will learn about Bermuda’s mangroves, their importance, their inhabitants, and what is threatening them.  We understand that some children in this camp may be able to swim and snorkel while others may not yet be swimmers.
  • Aqua Zoo - campers will learn about Bermuda’s endemic cahows, their life history, how they were saved from extinction, and what is currently being done to protect them.  Children in this camp should feel comfortable swimming in deep water.  They will have the opportunity to snorkel.
  • Aqua Explorers – this camp will take place on Trunk Island and campers will be exploring an array of Marine and Aquatic habitats across the island by boat and by bus, working on identifying the organisms who live in each while learning how to monitor them like scientists. Students should be strong swimmers and have some snorkeling experience.
  • Marine Conservationist  Freedivers – this is a five-day residential camp based on Trunk Island. Campers will volunteer in the zoo/aquarium in the morning and focus on marine conservation issues and work on freediving skills to assist with marine studies in the afternoons.  Interviews are required, and you will be contacted for an interview once we receive your application.  If accepted into the camp, you will be invoiced by the BZS for the camp fees.  Bursaries may be available.

Our Aqua Freediving camps are taught by Master Instructor and 2x South African Freediving Champion Beth Neale who helps campers to become more confident, skilled and happy in and under the water. Campers will be learning about becoming freedivers and the important role that freedivers play in terms of becoming guardians of Bermuda's ocean and our blue planet.  This camp assumes that campers are competent swimmers.

  • Upper Primary Freediving
  • Middle-Senior Freediving
  • Open-aged Freediving

To register your child(ren) for Aqua Camp, please click here to visit our member portal. 

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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.