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2012 WATER-THEMED SUMMER CAMPS

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FUN TAKES TO THE HIGH SEAS AT OCEAN REEF CLUB’S

2012 WATER-THEMED SUMMER CAMPS

 KEY LARGO, Fla., May 30, 2012 – Aspiring Jack Sparrows and Jacques Cousteaus can unite this summer for Ocean Reef Club’s popular Summer Camps series. Set within the turquoise waters and world renowned coral reefs of the Florida Keys, Ocean Reef Club’s 2012 MarineLab, Fishing, Sailing and Diving Summer Camps are offering a season filled with learning and adventure. Held from June through August, each program challenges campers during the day or week-long programs taught by professional and certified instructors. Kids can take advantage of nature’s classroom onboard skiffs and sailboats as they discover techniques to improve skills in their favorite water activity.

Many camps at Ocean Reef Club offer overnight options for an additional cost, which includes dinner, evening activities and accommodations in dormitory housing with their peers. Parents are also invited to partake in the summer fun while the kids are enrolled in camp with well-appointed accommodations at the oceanfront Inn. Access to the many activities and facilities that Ocean Reef members enjoy is also available.

“We are very fortunate to be located in these magnificent natural surroundings that allow us to offer a wide array of water-based activities,” said Mic O’Keeffe, Director of Recreation. “The enthusiasm of our recreation team and instructors is also key to the camps’ success.  Our activity coordinators are so thrilled to be part of such a unique program that the kids can’t help but have a blast.”

MarineLab

            A new program to the Ocean Reef Summer Camp lineup, MarineLab is an interactive ecology-based camp offering a hands-on investigation of local reefs and mangroves. Campers will discover the diversity of marine life in the Florida Keys under instruction of knowledgeable staff and activities including snorkeling and kayaking, lab work and more. Dates for the camp are June 11-15, July 9-13 and July 16-20 starting at $800 per week with a $175 Saturday-only option.

Orvis Fly Fishing Camp

            Hosted in a state hailed as “The Fishing Capital of the World,” the Orvis Fly Fishing Camp presents five days of lessons on essential techniques. Practicing from kayaks, flat skiffs and offshore reef boats, anglers ages 12 to 16 years will perfect their fly cast, fish fighting methods, and learn how to safely handle and release fish alongside Orvis Instructors. From land they will learn to tie essential knots and tie, select and fish flies. The Orvis Fly Fishing Camp starts at $1,295 and is offered July 30 through August 3, 2012.

                               

Sailing Camp

Ideal for junior sailors of all skill levels, the Ocean Reef Club Sailing Camp takes campers out on the waters surrounding the Club on Optimist boats, which are individual sailboats designed to facilitate in mastery of skills. The sailing curriculum is designed to produce skilled and confident sailors by providing a safe, structured environment with a focus on mastery of skills. This five-day camp concludes with a festive regatta attend by cheering friends and families. Dates for Sailing Camp are June 18-22 and July 30-August 3 and start at $450 per week.

OR SEA Dive Camp

            OR SEA Dive Camp is a fun-filled week for kids to explore reefs and off-shore habitats marine life calls home. This weeklong camp gives junior divers ages 12 to 17 the chance to become PADI certified with lessons hosted by experienced instructors. Included in the camp are ocean trips on Cristal Clear Charters’ custom dive boat exploring beautiful coral reefs and local wrecks, identifying fish and underwater photography. OR SEA Dive Camp is July 16-20 and August 6-10 and begins at $1,500 per week.

For information and reservations on Ocean Reef Club’s Summer Camp experiences, please call the Camp Concierge at
305-367-6516, email summercamps@oceanreef.com or visit www.oceanreef.com.

Ocean Reef Club: Experience a Unique Way of Life

Nestled in 2,500 secluded, tropical acres on the northernmost tip of Key Largo in the Florida Keys, Ocean Reef Club is considered one of the country’s most comprehensive communities.  Offering 1,700 waterfront estates, private homes, condominiums and boat slips, Ocean Reef Club also features an oceanfront Inn, full-service spa and salon, and an array of dining and shopping options.  Leisure amenities include a 175-slip marina for boating, fishing and diving; two 18-hole championship golf courses; world-class tennis and lawn sports; jogging and cycling paths; cooking school; nature center; art league; cultural center; range of children’s activities and programming; and more.  The Club is also equipped with a fully staffed Medical Center, gourmet grocery store, veterinary care and The Academy, an independent K-8th grade “school within a school”.  Located within an hour from Miami International Airport and 1.5 hours from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, Ocean Reef Club is also serviced by its own 4,456-foot lighted runway.  For more information, visit www.oceanreef.com

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