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US Coast Guard approved Type 1 lifejackets will be provided to all students. Students will not be allowed to wear personal lifejackets.
The program can be modified to accommodate most weather conditions. There are very few spaces available for rescheduling, so we respectfully request that you commit to your date. Class cancellation due to dangerous weather conditions is at the discretion of the captain and will be communicated to teachers 24 hours prior to their OSO trip. The teacher will be responsible for communicating this information to their chaperones and class.
Class cancellation due to poor weather conditions is at the discretion of the captain and will be communicated to teachers 24 hours before their OSO trip. The teacher will be responsible for communicating this information to their chaperones and class. If the teacher has to cancel their trip, please communicate this to the Program Manager ASAP. We kindly request 30 days’ notice for cancellations. There is no guarantee that we can reschedule your trip for later in the season.
O’Neill Sea Odyssey works with students and teachers from Santa Cruz, Monterey, Santa Clara, and San Benito Counties. While we welcome all applicants, we prioritize classes that meet Sea Odyssey’s mission of reaching students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to access our coasts and ocean. Please contact the OSO Program Manager if you have further questions.
There is no snack or lunch break during our packed three hour program. Please plan on eating before or after your scheduled trip. There are a number of lunch spots at the Santa Cruz Harbor. Students can eat directly on Twin Lakes Beach or the public benches outside of Java Junction, El Palomar, or the Crow’s Nest Beach Market. Please avoid sitting at tables designated for patrons. Chaperones are asked to supervise students at all times and to keep their voices low to not disturb other businesses.
While the boat is incredibly stable, there is always the chance that a student may get seasick. Students should hydrate well the night before and the morning of their trip. Ginger chews are helpful during the program—although we ask that students be very mindful of losing wrappers to the ocean. The medication route (Bonine (meclizine) and Dramamine (dimenhydrinate)) is also an option if parents/guardians so choose. Parents/guardians may opt to trial the medication beforehand to ensure that the child can tolerate the side effects. OSO instructors are not permitted to carry or administer student medications. Our instructors will utilize chaperones to assist with seasick students.