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 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.

Instructions to register for Aqua Camps

  1. Once you've decided on the camp of your choice, click the "Register Here" to book your space.
  2. To register additional children and to add After Camp, please click the link "Discover other camps (related events)".
  3. Please note that After Care must be purchased separately for each child.

Aqua Camp Themes for 2020

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

AQUA TOTS: REGISTER HERE

  • Time of Camp: 9am - 3pm. After Camp 3pm - 5pm. Please note that After Camp must be purchased separately for each child. 
  • This camp is for children born in 2015.
  • 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: REGISTER HERE

  • Time of Camp: 9am - 3pm. After Camp 3pm - 5pm. Please note that After Camp must be purchased separately for each child. 
  • This camp is for children born between 2013-2014.
  • 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: REGISTER HERE

  • Time of Camp: 9am - 3pm. After Camp 3pm - 5pm. Please note that After Camp must be purchased separately for each child. 
  • This camp is for children born between 2011-2012.
  • 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: REGISTER HERE

  • Time of Camp: 9am - 3pm. After Camp 3pm - 5pm. Please note that After Camp must be purchased separately for each child. 
  • This camp is for children born between 2009-2010.
  • 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: REGISTER HERE

  • Time of Camp: 9am - 5pm.
  • This camp is for children born in 2007-2008
  • The Explorers camp will take place on Trunk Island and campers will be guided by the book ‘World Without Fish’ by Mark Kurlansky, becoming ocean guardians.  Campers will start the week with an Oceanography 101 course to understand how the ocean works and what conditions fish need. They will explore different marine habitats across the island including a trip to North Rock, weather permitting, to finish the week. Throughout the camp, they will learn about the various threats to local and global fish populations and examine how people can help prevent further extinctions. It is strongly advised that applicants be competent swimmers as they will snorkel everyday, often conducting scientific surveys.  Dr. Alex Amat, the instructor, will email parents with updates during the course of the camp.
  • 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 CONSERVATIONISTS: REGISTER HERE

  • The Aqua Conservationists Camp is a camp for students in Middle School 3 and Senior School 1 (born in 2005 and 2006) and will run the week of July 6. – 13, 2018. 
  • 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 Department so they can decide if they want to apply for the Junior Volunteer Programme for the 2020-20121 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 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 CERTIFICATION: PRIMARY SCHOOL REGISTER HERE, MIDDLE SCHOOL REGISTER HERE

Sign up for the world’s first Freediving Certification Camps for kids this Summer with 4x South African Freediving Champion and global leader in children’s freediving, Beth Neale.  Freediving Camp is for children who are capable swimmers and for freedivers of all levels. Campers will receive a Pure Apnea & Aqua Souls Freediving Certification and be qualified freedivers. 

  • 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 allow them to achieve a higher level of certification and 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.