Camp Marine Science Instructor studies great white sharks in South Africa

With as much time that Laura Coleman spends on and in the water, you would never suspect her to be the biggest fan of great white sharks. Last fall, Laura embarked on the journey of a lifetime to South Africa to study great white sharks.

Have what it takes to work at MBAC? We're now hiring Dockmasters and more!

If you are looking for a great summer job, and believe you have what it takes to be part of hard working and motivated team, then we may have the perfect position for you. MBAC is currently hiring dockmasters, instructors, youth camp counselors, and office assistants for the upcoming busy summer season.

New small event packages are perfect birthday parties and more!

Do you have a birthday, small work event, or sunny San Diego day that you want to celebrate coming up? MBAC is now happy to offer small group party packages perfect for making planning your next event simple, fast, and fun for everyone.

Celebrate Earth Day at our Beach Cleanup

In celebration of Earth Day, we will be hosting a beach cleanup on Saturday, April 27th. Bring down your friends or family down to Mission Bay Aquatic Center where we will have all the supplies needed for you to help aid in our effort to keep our beach and bay areas clean and beautiful for all to enjoy. At our fall beach cleanup we had a turnout of 90 volunteers and collected 87 pounds of trash!

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4/1/14

Camp Marine Science Instructor studies great white sharks in South Africa



With as much time that Laura Coleman spends on and in the water, you would never suspect her to be the biggest fan of great white sharks.  Last fall, Laura embarked on the journey of a lifetime to South Africa to study great white sharks.

Laura first came to MBAC as a student at SDSU when she took a sailing class.  One day she saw a job posting to teach kids at camp about all the things that she loved about the ocean as a Marine Science Counselor.  She jumped at the opportunity and has since worked at MBAC as a Marine Science Counselor, a Sailing Instructor, and most recently has been the Lead Marine Science Instructor for The Watersports Camp.

After last summer Laura was offered an internship position in South Africa where she was able to get face to face with her favorite creature--the great white shark.  Laura and her team spent three months out at sea chumming the coast in search of great whites.  Their goal was to spot a great white and snap a photo of it's dorsal fin which acts as a unique identifier similar to a human fingerprint.  With that information, her group of fellow researchers is able to document which sharks return to the area and estimate the population of great whites.

During the second half of her trip, Laura interned at the South African Shark Conservancy, where she caught sharks by hand! While these sharks were never larger than three feet, catching them by hand still brought with it a lot of excitement.  Laura was bitten during one of her attempts to wrangle a shark and claims that, “It didn’t really hurt, it just felt like a pinch.”  Fortunately the species she was dealing with did not have teeth, but it makes for a great story to share with marine science campers this upcoming summer.

In addition to gaining great stories to share with campers about her adventures in South Africa, Laura's work will help in shark conservation efforts.  Campers who want to hear her stories can sign up for the marine science camp, which is perfect for campers looking for an educational camp to learn about the importance of our ocean and marine habitats while having fun on, in and around the water.  If your camper is excited to hear about all of Laura’s shark stories this summer, register for marine science at The Watersports Camp website today!

Have what it takes to work at MBAC? We're now hiring Dockmasters and more!



If you are looking for a great summer job and believe you have what it takes to be part of a hard working and motivated team, then we may have the perfect position for you.  MBAC is currently hiring dockmasters, instructors, youth camp counselors, and office assistants for the upcoming busy summer season.

What's a dockmaster you say?  Any time that a customer comes to Mission Bay Aquatic Center to rent equipment they are helped by one of our friendly and knowledgeable dockmasters. Dockmasters are the key to providing our customers with a fun and safe experience while renting at MBAC.  When not assisting renters, dockmasters perform maintenance tasks around the facility so the ideal applicant will have sailing and watersports experience, good customer service skills, experience with hand tools, basic power tools, and a strong problem-solving ability.  We are looking to hire a few dockmasters ASAP so apply today!

If you don't meet the requirements as a dockmaster, there are plenty of other opportunities to be part of the MBAC team this summer.  We are hiring for many other instructional positions, camp counselors, and office assistants, each with varying qualifications and ideal experience. You can view a complete list of openings and job descriptions on the MBAC employment page at www.mbaquaticcenter.com/jobs.

If you feel like you have what it takes and you would like to work at the beach this summer, then visit the Jobs page for application instructions and apply today.

Celebrate Earth Day at our Beach Cleanup



In celebration of Earth Day, we will be hosting a beach cleanup on Sunday, April 27th, 9am-12pm. Bring your friends or family down to Mission Bay Aquatic Center where we will have all the supplies needed for you to help in our effort to keep our beach and bay areas clean and beautiful for all to enjoy. At our fall beach cleanup we had a turnout of 90 volunteers and collected 87 pounds of trash!

Our beach cleanups are just one way that we do business sustainably in addition to all of our other efforts that we do throughout the year. We are 100% solar powered, and actually generate more energy than we use during a calendar year. Around MBAC you will notice that we have a 1:1 recycling program and have a recycle bin for every trash bin at our facility. We strive to educate our customers about energy saving tips that they can do around MBAC as well as in their own homes.

Please join us for another successful beach cleanup where we can all pitch in to keep our waterfront playground clean for all beachgoers.

3/11/14

The CIT Program teaches work skills to teens



What does CIT stand for you ask? Camp Is Terrific? Cowboys in Texas? Although those are true, in this case it actually stands for Counselor-In-Training! The Counselor-In-Training program is a fun and exciting opportunity for campers ages 14-17 to learn real job skills, and what it takes to be part of a motivated workforce.

There aren't a whole lot of places for teens to gain valuable work experience prior to reaching working age, especially with teen employment being so impacted by the economy.  CIT’s at The Watersports Camp will have the opportunity to learn skills like responsibility, teamwork, and the satisfaction of a days work while assisting counselors in camp operations.  Specific duties include observing on wakeboard boats, giving sailing rides, assisting younger campers, and helping counselors to manage their groups. The hard work of CIT’s is a crucial part of the operations of camp, and the experience is great to add on any job application.  Additionally, many CIT's use their time at The Watersports Camp to satisfy their school volunteer requirements.

That sounds awesome! How do I become a CIT?
There are a few necessary qualifications to become a CIT. First and foremost, CIT candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. You must have attended The Watersports Camp in the past.
  2. You must be 14 or older by your weeks of service.
  3. You must attend a CIT Orientation either in person or online (dates below)
  4. You must attend a 1-day training in spring.
  5. You must know or learn how to sail.  Sailing training is included in the CIT training fee, however, if you need to learn to sail you must be able to work the sailing trainings into your schedule.  Dates can be selected during registration.
If you meet these criteria, or you know someone that does and are interested in becoming a part of the CIT program, there are 2 opportunities to attend an orientation.  The oreintations wil be held:
Registration for this fun and exciting program opens on March 23 and spots fill up quick! (The priority registration for returning CIT's opens March 22).

We are looking forward to another great summer at the Watersports Camp and we want you to be a part of it!

To Register for the online Orientation Webinar go to:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5952860762045379585

To Register or for more information about requirements and dates for the CIT program head to www.watersportscamp.com/cit.

New small event packages are perfect birthday parties & more!




Do you have a birthday, small work event, or sunny San Diego day that you want to celebrate coming up?  MBAC is now happy to offer small group party packages, perfect for making planning your next event simple, fast, and fun for everyone.

With the wide variety of packages to choose from, there are many options to suit your needs and budget. The picnic packages are beach party style events complete with watersports equipment, a lifeguard supervisor, and lots of opportunities for a fun day at the bay.  Lesson style events are great for team bonding, or as a more interactive learning experience and include offerings such as a Stand Up Paddleboard Tour, Learn to Surf Party, or even a Moonlight Paddle!  If you are looking to host an instructional coworker event where employees can all learn how to sail, surf, or SUP together, then our lesson style events are a perfect opportunity for a unique event.

To view a complete menu of small event party packages please visit mbaquaticcenter.com/smallevents.

Small group party packages are designed for up to 20 participants and are all-inclusive of equipment, instruction, and fun.  For events with 20 or more people please contact the Special Events Supervisor at (858) 488-1000 x204 to design your event.

Book your event today by contacting the MBAC Events Supervisor at (858) 488-1000 x204 or by email at events@mbaquaticcenter.com .  Events are booking quickly, so make sure to reserve your spot and create a unique experience for a birthday party, family and friends get-together, or other celebration today!

3/5/14

Get in the water this spring break with this student special



For many students Spring Break is right around the corner and if your budget is limiting you from a trip to Cabo then you're lucky to live here in San Diego the perfect Spring Break destination!  We want to help make your break great so show us your local college student ID during your Spring Break and we'll give you a full-day surfboard and wetsuit rental for just $15!  Whether you have surfed before or you will be attempting for your first time, our equipment is ideal for beginner and intermediate surfers. Walk across the street to surf the waves of Mission Beach, or explore some other surf breaks around San Diego.  You are free to take the gear wherever you would like, just return the equipment 30 minutes before closing.

Take advantage of this great offer and make the most of your Spring Break right here in beautiful San Diego!