Maritime Waterfront Adventure Camps

Registration is Open! 

New for 2019:


About Waterfront Camps

Campers make memories and build skills at the Waterfront!

  • Sail aboard dinghies, catamarans and keelboats with an instructor and your friends as crew

  • Learn to safely operate a powerboat with hands-on training

  • Earn your New York State Boating Safety Certificate (*5th grade and up)

  • Try SCUBA diving (*5th grade and up)

  • Discover marine science

  • Paddle in kayaks and balance on stand-up paddleboards

  • Swim, dive and reach for the sky on the climbing wall in the pool

  • Fish and seine to find marine organisms

  • Enjoy games and activities that foster self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills

SUNY Maritime Waterfront Adventure Camps are permitted by the NY State Department of Health.


Splash Camp is for youth entering 3rd & 4th grade in the fall.

1-week, half-day program, 1pm-5pm. Campers will get a taste of many waterfront activities!


 Boat Camp is for youth entering 5th through 9th grade in the fall.

Choose from three 2-week, 9am-5pm sessions of water-based fun & learning.  Or, sign up for multiple sessions and keep the adventure going all summer long!

Students entering 10th grade and above may apply for our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program.

Our Staff

Waterfront Adventure Camp is led by industry professionals with more than 75 years of combined experience managing waterfront programming. Camp directors, instructors, lifeguards, counselors and counselors-in-training are specially trained and certified to deliver safe, fun and enriching activities for youth.

Our Facility

Camp activities take place inside and outdoors across the SUNY Maritime College campus, boat basin, on the East River and Long Island Sound.
McMurray Hall: The camp's home base, the waterfront building houses marine and environmental science programming, boating safety course and additional on-shore activities. 
Boat Basin: Campers kayak, stand-up paddleboard, sail, fish, powerboat and enjoy the water trampoline in the basin.
East River: Boating adventures to NYC and into the Long Island Sound start in the East River.
Mess Deck & Quad: Lunch is provided at the main campus dining hall. Color War games and after-lunch recreation take over the grassy Quad.
Riesenberg Gym: The pool, diving boards, climbing wall, SCUBA and indoor games are found in the gym.

Our Campers

Our campers return year after year for fun and adventure, and to learn new skills. Whether attending with school mates, or trying out activities for the first time with new friends, our focus is on safety and education. Campers come from all over Bronx, Westchester, Manhattan and Long Island to join in the fun!

Campers are grouped by age and sometimes skill-level at the discretion of staff. Campers may "request a friend" during registration while we also encourage camaraderie and relationship building.

Our Day

Each day is dynamic, packed with learning and adventure. 

Core programming includes:

  • Skill development in sailing, powerboating, paddling, and seamanship

  • Lessons about the marine environment and ocean science, fishing and local ecology

  • Team building, leadership and problem solving through games

Special programming includes:

  • Boating excursions on the East River

  • Intro to SCUBA

  • Water toys and trampoline

No boating or sailing experience required! 

All activities are suitable for beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels. Swimming is supervised by lifeguards, but we do not offer formal swimming lessons during the camp day. To learn to swim at Maritime, click here.

Our Fun-Filled Adventures

See camp photos on our Facebook page.

Financial Assistance and Scholarships

The Waterfront is committed to making our programs accessible to all through our updated financial assistance and scholarship program. Families are encouraged to apply for aid, and awards range from 10 to 80 percent of the registration fee.

2019 Financial Assistance Application

Financial Aid is awarded on a rolling basis, space permitting, with priority given to applications received by March 1.

Counselor in Training (CIT) Program

Former campers entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade are invited to apply for the CIT Program. CITs enjoy the perfect mix of enjoying camp activities while acquiring professional work experience and leadership skills. CITs work alongside counselors under the guidance of camp directors.

2019 CIT Handbook, Application & Policies

CIT Applications are due February 15.

Session Dates, Times & Rates

Maritime Adventure Splash Camp is a half-day, one-week program. Drop-off is at 1p.m. and pick-up at 5 p.m. Afternoon snack and all equipment provided.

Maritime Adventure Boat Camp is a full-day, two-week program. Drop-off is at 9 a.m. and pick-up at 5 p.m. Lunch, afternoon snack and all equipment provided.

$400 Deposit due to reserve your space in Boat Camp, $200 for Splash Camp. Balance is due May 1.

Early Registration Discount: $50 off each session if you register by March 1.

Multiple Session & Sibling Discount: 10% each additional session



Early Registration

(deposit before Mar 1)

General Registration

(deposit after Mar 1)



Splash Camp

Session 1


June 24 - June 28

$400 $450  


Boat Camp

Session 1


July 1 - July 12

(no camp  Thurs, July 4th)

$1500 $1550  


Boat Camp

Session 2


July 15 - July 26 $1600 $1650    

Boat Camp

Session 3


July 29 - August 8

(no camp Fri, Aug 9)

$1500 $1550    


Be sure to register your child based on the grade they will be entering in fall 2019.

Online Registration & Forms: Registration is first-come, first-served. Incomplete registrations will not be accepted.

Deposit & Payment Plan: $400 deposit required at time of registration for each session/child. Convenient payment plans are available. Balances must be paid in full by May 1.

Financial Assistance: If you are requesting financial assistance, submit your application by March 1 for priority and contact the Waterfront for registration instructions.

Waitlist: If the session of your choice is full, you may register online for a waitlist.


For More Information

Email the Waterfront at or call (718) 409-2447.


What Parents are Saying

"My daughter has been in a different camp for six years and this was by far the best! Activities, people in charge and campers were all great!"

"My son has attended a lot of different summer camps over the years and has never been this excited about camp before. Thanks for all that you do with these kids every day."

"My son absolutely loved the waterfront camp last year and can't wait to join you again. I've never seen him so happy, bouncing in the door after camp, telling all the stories of what he's been up to with the other campers and counselors."

"Just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful camp experience my son had these past 2 weeks. He said it was the best camp he has ever been to and he can't wait until next year. I also have two younger boys aged 9 and 6 and they can't wait to go to your camp as well. Have a great summer and see you next year."

"This camp is amazing. The staff is so knowledgeable/professional/friendly. I will highly recommend this camp to others. The program, the way it is run, and the activities are to be commended. I will definitely have my nephew attend next year. I am so happy and grateful for everyone's work and dedication to the children. Thank you all."