Our award-winning Ocean Squad programme has been designed to give young people a meaningful connection to the Ocean.

Ocean Squad is all about fun experiences, inspirational learning and building new friendships with other likeminded young people. Providing opportunities for children and teens age 5-15 years, with an in-depth experience, exposing them to their local marine environment.

Participants will take part in a range of activities. From behind the scenes tours of the National Marine Aquarium, fun games and workshops, to dissections and preparing food for Aquarium animals. This will give them an idea of what it is like to work in the field of marine biology. As well as, snorkelling, virtual reality and rockpooling. This will allow them to experience the Ocean in different ways, and feel the positive mental health and wellbeing benefits.

OCEAN SQUAD OFFERINGS

5 TO 10 YEAR OLDS

Embark on thrilling marine adventures as your Mini Marine Biologist dives into exciting sessions, where they’ll not only learn but also unleash their creativity and forge unforgettable connections with fellow young ocean enthusiasts. Choose from two sessions: the morning session at 11am for 5-7 year olds, or the afternoon session at 1pm for 8-10 year olds. These sessions are priced at £8 per child, along with an adult with an annual pass or valid ticket.

11 TO 15 YEAR OLDS

During half terms we have an exciting opportunity for your teens to join our Ocean Discovery Rangers and become a Junior Marine Biologist for a day! This experience allows you to take part in various hands on activities that are perfect for the budding Ocean Lover! Prices are £36 per child for this unique Ocean experience. We have 15 spaces for this activity.

11 TO 15 YEAR OLDS

During half terms, teens can join our Ocean Discovery Rangers and become Junior Marine Biologists for a week! For £130 per child, this program offers hands-on activities perfect for budding ocean lovers.

Activities include behind-the-scenes tours, fun games and workshops, dissections, and preparing food for aquarium animals. Participants will also enjoy snorkelling, virtual reality, rockpooling, and beach bonfires, promoting both marine biology and mental well-being.

OCEAN SQUAD DATES

31st July- Mini Marine Biologist 5-7 year olds

29th July- Week Club 11-12 year olds

31st July- Mini Marine Biologist 8-10 year olds

5th August- Week Club 13-15 year olds

7th August- Mini Marine Biologist 5-7 / 8-10 year olds

12th August- Week Club 13-15 year olds

14th August- Mini Marine Biologist 5-7 / 8-10 year olds

19th August- Week Club 11-12 year olds

21st August- Mini Marine Biologist 5-7 / 8-10 year olds

26th August- Week Club 13-15 year olds

28th August- Mini Marine Biologist 5-7 / 8-10 year olds

28th October- Junior Marine Biologist 11-12 year olds

29th October- Junior Marine Biologist 11-12 year olds

30th October- Mini Marine Biologist 5-7 year olds

31st October- Junior Marine Biologist 13-15 year olds

1st November- Junior Marine Biologist 13-15 year olds

We also run free places through a Fit and Fed Scheme, to make sure our sessions are as inclusive as possible. If you have any questions about this experience, please contact oceansquad@oceanconservationtrust.org.

Terms and conditions:

Mini Marine Biologist

  • Please note, all adults and any child over the age of 3, must have a valid ticket or annual pass to enter the National Marine Aquarium.
  • Please arrive on time, the session will start at the specified time and if you arrive late you will not receive a refund.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult to these sessions.

Junior Marine Biologist / Week Club

  • We reserve the right to change the activities listed in advertisement as we see fit. Notice will be given as soon as possible.
  • Tickets cover 1 child per ticket.
  • Please be aware of the age restrictions. All activities are appropriate for these age ranges.
  • Tickets are non-refundable.
  • All children must be collect by an adult at the end of each day, unless written consent given to our Ocean Squad Leaders.
  • Parents or guardians are required to fill in consent forms and snorkel waivers prior to sessions starting. We reserve the right to refuse participation if we have not received these.
  • Our snorkel activity is open water sessions, which requires generally good physical fitness and health. Please note, all participants must be confident swimmers, being able to swim 25m unassisted.
  • Dietary requirements need to be given in advance if purchasing lunch.
  • Ocean Squad Leaders will remove children from the programme if behaviour is deemed unsafe or inappropriate. Refunds will not be given.
  • Please wear appropriate clothing for activities listed and sensible shoes.

Any questions about Ocean Squad? Drop us an email and we can answer all your questions! It’s easy to get hold of us!

Emailoceansquad@oceanconservationtrust.org

Call us on 01752 275217 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

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