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Summer Camp Information:

AMIkids Panama City Marine Institute will be providing several week long day camps for kids, ages 14 to 17. The camps will be from 9am till 3pm Monday through Friday. Snack and drinks will be provided. Bring your own lunch. The camps will take place at 222 East Beach Dr., next to the city Marina. Here are the dates and camps;

June 3-7 Lifeguard Camp: Kids can earn their American Red Cross Lifeguard and CPR for the Professional Rescuer certification. They must be very good swimmers able to swim at least 200 yards and tread water for several minutes as well as being comfortable diving down to ten feet.  We are doing this camp first so that the graduates can get jobs and work the rest of the summer as lifeguards! $200 includes certification, t-shirt and lifeguard fanny pack with gloves, whistle and pocket mask. Limited to 20 kids.

June 10-14 Scuba Camp: Kids can earn their PADI Open Water diver certification! Kids should be very good swimmers able to swim 300 yards with a mask fins and snorkel and tread water for several minutes. $400 dollars includes t-shirt, all equipment use, boat trips, air fills and certification card. Limited to 10 kids.

June 17-21 Sailing Camp: Come and learn how to sail! Kids will learn to sail a variety of small boats and compete in a race for trophies at the end of the week. $200 includes t-shirt. Limited to 15 kids.

June 24-28 Paddle Board, Canoe and Kayak Camp: Learn how to paddle, flip and get back in your canoe,  paddle board and kayak. There will be an econfina canoe/kayak trip at the end of the training!  $200 includes t-shirt and econfina trip. Limited to 15 kids.

July 8-12 Scuba Camp: Kids can earn their PADI Open Water diver certification! Kids should be very good swimmers able to swim 300 yards with a mask fins and snorkel and tread water for several minutes. $400 dollars includes t-shirt, all equipment use, boat trips, air fills and certification card. Limited to 10 kids.

July 22-27 Sea Cadet Camp: This is 6 grueling days which includes an FWC Hunter’s Safety Course certification, day at the Steel Fields Rifle Range for weapons qualification, a Marine Recon rubber boat/combat swimmer class and a full blown raid on Saturday which your parents can attend as spectators. Bring your face paint and never quit attitude and be prepared for a motivating week of challenges. $200 includes FWC certification, ammo and range entrance fee and yes, a T-shirt. Limited to 20 participants.

To reserve your spot, please email” panamacity-ed@amikids.org or call Ron Boyce at 850-258-1670. In the email please let us know which camp(s) and the name(s) and ages of the students. Payment can be made either in check form, make the check out to AMIkids PCMI and mail to

AMIkids PCMI

Attn: Summer Camp

PO Box 268

Panama City, FL 32402

Or on line at www.amikidspanamacity.org and use the support button on the home page and enter the amount and pay using your credit/bank card.

Maritime Academy

The Maritime Academy is a joint project by AMIkids Panama City Marine Institute and North Bay Haven Charter Academy. The Maritime Academy is an extension of North Bay Haven High School, and all students are enrolled at North Bay Haven High School. All requests to enroll need to be directed to the guidance office at North Bay Haven. http://n6-12.bayhaven.org/ 

Classes currently include:

Marine Science- This course includes the traditional marine science content with a high level of hands-on applications to include water sampling and shoreline restoration with Baywatch and scallop sitting with Florida Fish and Wildlife.

Outdoor Recreation- This course introduces students to fun aquatic oriented outdoor skills. Sailing, snorkeling, canoeing, kayaking, seamanship, boating and fishing are all covered extensively in this course. Scuba certifications are also available for a fee.

Water Safety- This course teaches swimming, American Red Cross CPR and First Aid for the professional rescuer, Lifeguarding and boating safety. 

Gaetz Aerospace Unmanned Systems- This course is an introduction to careers in aviation technology and prepares the student for the FAA exam to earn a Remote Pilot of Unmanned Systems license. (students must be 16 years old to take the FAA exam) Courses also include an introduction to airport operations and operations of unmanned systems to include land and water drones.This course also qualifies for college credit. 

Business Leadership- Taught to college level standards, this course teaches students how to research, plan and start up a business. Students will get to operate a small business in the school and derive real-world lessons that will prepare them to become a business entrepreneur!


Sea Cadets: #1 Unit in our Region!

Seacadets logoSea Cadets- This class has a $100 fee that covers the enrollment costs in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps. Students who complete specific program requirements to include attendance at a 10 day boot camp and advanced trainings qualify for rank promotion upon enlistment in the various service branches. Course content is designed to teach leadership skills as well as introduce Cadets to the military services with a special emphasis on the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The unit also introduces Cadets to special warfare training to include small boat operations, rappelling and scuba. 

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