Week 1 was a great kick off to our summer camp season! Thank you so much to all the educators, staff, parents, and campers that made Week 1 such a success! For the most part, we had great weather to spend time in the sun, wind, waves, and sand.
The marine science programs explored aspects of the ocean and its inhabitants. The Little Aquanauts discovered how much of our planet is made up of water, while learning about how we can explore the water and other ecosystems. They also learned about animals and their adaptations through tidal pool excursions and other science experiments. Our Bay Bounders also channeled their inner marine biologist to learn about how the ocean drives weather and took daily excursions to different habitats. The Bay Bounders got out on the water for some crabbing, snorkeling, seining, and even some fishing! Ocean Explorers focused on underwater geology and geography and explored the deep using ROVs (remotely operated vehicles). The students even took a trip to Napatree in Westerly for some boogie boarding. Marine Biologists learned how to create a thriving saltwater ecosystem and also explored the world’s second largest aquarium, the Atlantic Ocean. Activities like kayaking and fishing were perfect opportunities to explore the marine environment while catching creatures for their aquariums!
The adventure sport students got right in the water this season with surfing, SUPing, boogie boarding, and fishing. The students traveled to East Beach, Napatree Point, and paddled in the harbor to hone their wave-catching skills while also getting time to play on the water games and snorkel. Fishing caught lots of porgies, fluke, sea robins, and striped bass, catching over 35 fish a day! In addition to these ocean adventure sports, the Boater’s Ed students all received their Safe Powerboating Certification by the end of the week, while learning high speed maneuvers, knots, docking, and other boating essentials!
The sailing students ranged from beginner Opti sailors to experienced racing sailors. The first-time sailors learned to rig and de-rig, learn the parts of a boat, some basic knots, and general maneuvers on the water. The Advanced Adventures sailors experimented with wind surfing, a variety of our larger dinghies, small keelboats, and high-performance boats. Our racing students got right back into the season learning boat handling tips, basic choreography, and building a solid sailing foundation.
It was great to see NESS in full swing and watch all of our campers learn and grow throughout the week. We are so excited to kick off another summer filled with ocean adventure education! Check our our Week 1 photos on Facebook!