Dive Deeper into Ocean Education

Turn your students into junior marine naturalists!

Add new value to your school curriculum with Captain Dave’s education initiative all about the southern California coastline, its rich ecosystem, and the marine wildlife that calls it home.

Students of all ages are welcome to participate in our classroom on the water.

Designed with the budget-conscious teacher in mind, our education plan is the perfect introduction to an underwater world full of wonder and intrigue!

Boy Holding Shark Jaw


You and your students receive a grade-specific lab book covering topics such as oceanography, local species, and threats to our ocean’s health. Each day is filled with rich information, colorful photos and graphics, and engaging activities.

Arms reach of dolphins off the edge of the boat


The plan culminates in a dolphin and whale watching trip aboard our high-tech catamaran Manute’a. Your students can get up-close and personal with the incredible wildlife of the Dana Point coastline while they work to fill out their own field journals.

Humpback whale in the water


Students learn to be good stewards of the ocean aboard eco-friendly vessels. We provide only sustainable wildlife viewing. None of our boats participate in sport fishing, an activity that can result in unintended by-catch.

Up-close & Personal

Students and teachers can get eye-to-eye with dolphins and whales underwater!

Kids are able to feel what it’s like to swim with the animals, without getting wet, in our Underwater Viewing Pods on Manute’a. Watching their eyes light up with excitement as they are just feet from the most spectacular marine life is surely something not to be missed!

Underwater Pod Glass Viewing

What’s Included

  • A 5-day education plan lab book for each student in a PDF format.
  • Teacher’s copy of the 5-day education plan in PDF format.
  • Personalized dolphin and whale watching class or group trip.

We developed our lab book using the concept of “Explore, Examine, and Understand!” Each day’s lesson has experiment options for you and your students, an explanation page full of photos diagrams and graphs, and the option for students to do additional research on their own.

Marine Mammals Lab Book
The covers of Capt. Dave's award winning book and documentary DVD


Groups of 10 or more receive one FREE copy of Captain Dave’s award-winning book, Lily: A Gray Whale’s Odyssey and his award-winning documentary DVD, Wild Dolphins & Whales of Southern California.

Engage and guide students through the book with our study guide designed for grades 4 to 6.

Students Learn While Having Fun

Manutea boat with humpback whale in front

Science isn’t just white lab coats and sterilized laboratories anymore! Using hands-on, teacher-approved, kid-tested experiments, your students receive an introduction to various fields of study such as oceanography, coastal process, species identification, behaviors, marine pollution, and more!

The curriculum culminates with a dolphin and whale watching safari aboard our high-tech catamaran Manute’a. Her exclusive features include two Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods, three Eye-Spy Dolphin & Whale Tram Nets on the bow, a micro-museum of dolphin and whale artifacts, and more. Manute’a is inspected and certified by the U. S. Coast Guard and meets all safety requirements.

Special Features of Manute'a

Killer whale underwater photo

Underwater Viewing

“Swim” with dolphins and whales in our one-of-a-kind Underwater Viewing Pods.
Eye-Spy Tram Nets

Eye-Spy Tram Nets

Three special tram nets across the bow put wildlife inches below hands and feet.


Research-quality hydrophone to hear vocalizations below the surface.


Up-close and hands-on with dolphin and whale artifacts. And on-board marine naturalists provide expert narration.


We offer VERY special rates for school groups. They’re so good, we can’t publish them here! Please contact us for more information.

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