Trip planning: What to bring

The most important thing to bring is a jacket and a hat and sunscreen. All backpacks will be left on shore and there will be no food allowed on the boat. You may bring a camera or binoculars on the boat if you wish, but we recommend that you use a strap or cord because it’s easy for small things to fall overboard.

Manifest: On the day of your scheduled trip, please bring a hardcopy passenger list with the first and last names of each student, teacher, and chaperone.

Food & water: Please make sure your students have eaten and are well-hydrated before starting the program. During the three hours that your group is scheduled, there is no time to break for snacks. If you plan to bring food to eat on the beach, please arrive well before your start time.

Clothing: Please dress comfortably and bring a warm jacket (hat and gloves on colder days). It is usually cold on the ocean, even on sunny days, so be prepared and wear layers. Life vests will be provided. You may want to bring sunscreen and sunglasses. OSO staff are not permitted to provide or apply sunscreen to students.

Shoes: Soft-soled, non-skid shoes are required! Dress shoes, platforms, sandals, high heels or slick soled shoes are not allowed. They are unsafe and you will be asked to remove them. Please wear sneakers or other practical shoes.

Backpacks: Students can bring backpacks, which we will stow away in our Education Center (or the bus) during the duration of their 3-hour OSO trip. We ask that students leave phones, cameras, and other loose items in their backpacks to avoid unnecessary distractions and potentially dropping these items into the Monterey Bay. We will be capturing student photos on the boat and downloading them onto a USB drive, which the teacher will be provided at the end of their trip.