NAC | We Are Ocean Camp

Registration is open. If you or a loved one are a cancer survivor, we invite you to apply to one of our upcoming camps this summer or fall.

Please ONLY apply if you can 100% confirm your attendance to our specific camp dates.



From the moment we depart Newport Beach for Catalina, the Newport Aquatic Centers Camp We Are Ocean” transports and transforms participants via a carefully curated menu of activity, challenge, community, and healing. 

Over the span of five days amidst the extraordinary island wilderness of Catalina, adult cancer survivors embark on a journey of adventure and discovery, as they learn and practice a diverse array of expertly guided ocean activities. Through paddling, sailing, surfing, snorkeling and fishing, participants discover new sensations and abilities, expanding their sense of possibility and capability. Back on land, we cement and contextualize each experience through guided reflection, restorative yoga, and meditation. Along the way, through connection and sharing with fellow survivors, participants are reminded that while the journey through cancer is arduous, the burden of their experience, and the challenge of growing beyond it, is not borne alone. 

Deep engagement in nature and sport, as well as witnessing the inspiring progress of fellow cancer survivors, provides participants an incredible context of healing and reflection. Camp WAO guests return to shore with a renewed sense of purpose and possibility, new friends, and hopefully some healthy new habits, that they can carry with them through the remainder of their lives. 



Whites Landing, Catalina Island, California


Outrigger Canoeing, Kayaking, Surfing, SU Paddle-boarding, Sailing, Fishing & Snorkeling (all activities are optional but strongly encouraged).


Summer Camp Session

Monday, July 25th – Friday, July 29th, 2022

Fall Camp Session

Monday, October 10th – Friday, October 14th



Because we believe that healing and growth are best done in community, participants are encouraged to fundraise $1,000 to Pay-it-Forward to a future cancer survivor and help cover the hard costs of the camp experience. Once accepted we will send you a “Pay-it-Forward Toolkit” to help you reach your fundraising goal. You can also use our very successful “NAC Letter Writing Campaign” or you can set up your own Gofundme page to help meet your fundraising goal within 3 months after your camp. 

You can also ask for donations to be made out to: 

Newport Aquatic Center 

Memo: We Are Ocean

1 White Cliffs Dr. 

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Or you can direct your family and friends to our online donation portal.


JWA John Wayne Santa Ana Airport (SNA)


Participants are responsible for getting to/from Newport Beach, California.


All Participants are required to fill out an online application form. Once selected, participants will be required to provide:

  • A note from your oncologist clearing you for all activities included at camp
  • A Medical Form from your primary care doctor
  • A completed Newport Aquatic Center Liability Waiver
  • Proof of a negative PCR/NAAT test taken 72 hours or less before the program


We are passionate about providing healthy meals at our camps. We believe in the benefits that can be gained from communal meals with fellow participants and staff. We eat every meal together as a group and often some of the best conversations at camp occur during these communal dining times. Most importantly, all of our meals are plentiful, taste great and inspire healthy living post-cancer.

By partnering with Anderson Seafoods, the most trusted Seafood source in America, we can ensure that all recommended sustainable practices are followed religiously. These policies discourage overfishing, help replenish depleting resources, protect endangered species and habitats, and reduce bycatch. 

Most of our meals include fresh, wild-caught fish with a clean protein or plant-based substitute, seasonal vegetables, greens, fruits, nuts and whole grains. We can accommodate all dietary needs and restrictions if given the appropriate notice. 


While the accommodations are rustic (large safari-style canvas tents on wooden platforms with bunks), the sense of understanding and support brings comfort and security that even the most luxurious hotels cant match. Given the size of our group, the majority of people will share tents at camp. Our tents sleep four adults comfortably but you will be sharing a tent with just one other participant. 


Here are many items that you will want to bring (summer/fall lists vary due to temperature). Bring no more than you can comfortably carry. You will have to carry your luggage on and off the boat, and to your tents when you arrive at Whites Landing on Catalina Island, and then repeat that process on your day of departure.


Sleeping bag (lightweight for summer camp & heavyweight for fall camp

Yoga Mat

Camp / Travel pillow

Small Daypack / Backpack

2 Towels (Beach & Bath)

Flashlight or Headlamp (battery-powered lanterns allowed in tents)

Reusable Water Bottle

Tennis Shoes (lightweight)

Sandles (Flip Flops or Teva’s)

Spending money (Camp Store snacks & souvenirs when we go into town)



General Warm Summer Clothing 

General Cooler Evenings / Mornings

Warm Jacket (Nano-puff Etc.)

Windbreaker Jacket (Waterproof)

2 Swimsuits 



We will be providing Raw Elements Sunscreen but feel free to bring your personal sunscreen, moisturizer & Aloe). 

UPF Sun-Shirt (We will provide a UPF 50, long-sleeve sun-shirt with hood but you can bring your own sun shirts as well).

Wide Brimmed Sunhat


Baseball Cap



Sea Sick Bracelets


Prescription and over-the-counter medications will be self-administered. If you anticipate using any over-the-counter meds such as Motrin, Tylenol, or Benadryl, please bring them with you!


Masks, Snorkels, Wetsuits & Fins will be provided. (If you have these items you are welcome to bring your own). All food will be provided but you are welcome to bring snacks and any other speciality items you may need. We will provide a personal camp journal but feel free to bring your own journal and your favorite book.



Spear Guns 

Fishing Poles 

Curling Irons

Blow Dryers



Apply Here for CAMP WAO