Weekend Field Trip Afloat

Freeport, TX 77541, USA

TC
Texas Caribbean Charters
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Duration: 2 days
Group size: 1 - 32
Weekend Field Trip Afloat
Freeport, TX 77541, USA

Texas Caribbean Charters
  • Facebook verified

$NaN
Duration: 2 days
Group size: 1 - 32

About this trip

This year, the Fling is offering a unique chance for students (and teachers too) to spend a weekend afloat, at sea and in the estuary, learning about the coastal habitats, ocean sciences, nautical science, and other lessons you won't find anywhere else.


From the time you come aboard, we'll start our study of safety of life at sea with a case study. That will be followed by a demonstration of an important principle, light pollution, and we'll demonstrate it by escaping from the lights that obscure the night sky! Spend the night at anchor and wake up Saturday to begin looking closely at marine and ocean science topics. We'll pull a bottom trawl and go through the catch to ID the fish we catch. A plankton seine should give students a chance to work on the microscope. 


In the afternoon and evening, we'll examine nautical science, and the students will have a chance to drive the Fling in and around the harbor entrance (with close supervision from the crew, of course!). This lesson will demonstrate line-of-position navigation, bridge-to-bridge communications, passing arrangements, and more.


We're not posting a specific itinerary because these trips will vary based on weather (which we will study) and conditions. We'll adapt to what we find in the field, but spend two full days learning about the world around us!


Each minor student must be accompanied by an adult. We recommend booking a top / bottom  bunk for a parent - child pair, or a whole cabin for a parent (or two) and two or three kiddos. We have hallway bunks for overflow!


Complete topic list


- Astronomy - star ID, light pollution, time zones

- Marine Science - Fish ID, Classifications, ecosystems, estuary habitat, plankton ecology

- Ocean Science - Salinity, turbidity, haloclines thermoclines, and other segmentation, currents

- Nautical Science - Basic Navigation, true motion vs relative motion, bridge operations

- Fire science - Fire prevention, Extinguisher operation, Evacuation planning and execution

- Weather - Cloud classification, convective systems, frontal zones, soundings

- Critical Reading - "Sea Stories" and other literature


Some of these lessons may not be available on every trip. For example, in poor viewing conditions star identification may be omitted. There's plenty of material to cover over the weekend! You'll stay busy learning.


When you're not learning, you'll spend your time doing other great things. You'll have hot meals from our full galley each day. Sleep in cozy bunks, or enjoy the open air on our spacious observation deck upstairs!

What’s included

  • Meals
    All meals and snacks
  • Instruments and Gear
    Microscopes, trawl nets, charts and other required tools
  • Books
    There's a reading list! And pre-departure study!
  • Personal Items
    Sunscreen, protective clothes, towels, toiletries, etc.

Available Packages

Bunk 1, Fwd Berthing (double), Cabin A

Bunk 1 is next to Head #1 and the inside shower. There is no power for a CPAP machine in this bunk. This is an upper bunk.


(78 inches x 45 inches)


Bunk 1 is a double. If you'd like to share it with someone (presumably someone you know, like your spouse or dive buddy), give our office a call and we can get you both booked with a discounted rate!


(979)233-4445

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 2, Fwd Berthing (double), Cabin A

Bunk 2 is next to Head #1 and the inside shower. There is no power for a CPAP machine in this bunk. Bunk is a lower bunk.


(78 inches x 45 inches)


Bunk 2 is a double. If you'd like to share it with someone (presumably someone you know, like your spouse or dive buddy), give our office a call and we can get you both booked with a discounted rate!


(979)233-4445

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 3, Fwd Berthing, Cabin B

Bunk 3 is a regular bunk in the side room up front, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 3 is an upper bunk.


(74 inches x 31 inches)


Bunk 3 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 4, Fwd Berthing (CPAP), Cabin B

Bunk 4 is a regular bunk in the side room up front, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 4 is a lower bunk.


(74 inches x 31 inches)


Bunk 4 DOES have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 5, Fwd Berthing, Cabin B

Bunk 5 is a regular bunk in the side room up front, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 5 is an upper bunk.


(75 inches x 33 inches)


Bunk 5 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.


$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 6, Fwd Berthing, (CPAP) Cabin B

Bunk 6 is a regular bunk in the side room up front, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 6 is a lower bunk.


(75 inches x 33 inches)


Bunk 6 does have a power plug for a CPAP machine.


$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 7, Fwd Berthing, Cabin A

Bunk 7 is a regular bunk, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 7 is an upper bunk.


(76 inches x 32 inches)


Bunk 7 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 8, Fwd Berthing, Cabin A

Bunk 8 is a regular bunk, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 8 is a lower bunk.


(76 inches x 32 inches)


Bunk 8 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 9, Aft Berthing, Cabin C

Bunk 9 is a regular bunk, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 9 is an upper bunk.


(76 inches x 31 inches)


Bunk 9 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bonk 10, Aft Berthing (CPAP), Cabin C

Bunk 10 is a regular bunk, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 10 is a lower bunk.


(76 inches x 31 inches)


Bunk 10 does have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 11, Aft Berthing, Cabin C

Bunk 11 is a regular bunk, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 11 is an upper bunk.


(76 inches x 27 inches)


Bunk 11 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 12, Aft Berthing (CPAP), Cabin C

Bunk 12 is a regular bunk, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 12 is a lower bunk.


(76 inches x 27 inches)


Bunk 12 does have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 13, Aft Berthing, Cabin D

Bunk 13 is a regular bunk, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 13 is an upper bunk.


(78 inches x 31 inches)


Bunk 13 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 14, Aft Berthing (CPAP), Cabin D

Bunk 14 is a regular bunk, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 14 is a lower bunk.


(78 inches x 31 inches)


Bunk 14 does have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 15, Aft Berthing, Cabin D

Bunk 15 is a regular bunk, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 15 is an upper bunk.


(78 inches x 31 inches)


Bunk 15 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 16, Aft Berthing (CPAP), Cabin D

Bunk 16 is a regular bunk, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 16 is a lower bunk.


(78 inches x 31 inches)


Bunk 16 does have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 17, Aft Berthing, Cabin E

Bunk 17 is a regular bunk, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 17 is an upper bunk.


(78 inches x 31 inches)


Bunk 17 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 18, Aft Berthing, Cabin E

Bunk 18 is a regular bunk, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 18 is a lower bunk.


(78 inches x 31 inches)


Bunk 18 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 19, Aft Berthing, Cabin E

Bunk 19 is a regular bunk, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 19 is an upper bunk.


(78 inches x 34 inches)


Bunk 19 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 20, Aft Berthing, Cabin E

Bunk 20 is a regular bunk, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 20 is a lower bunk.


(78 inches x 34 inches)


Bunk 20 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 21, Aft Berthing (Hallway Bunk)

Bunk 21 is a regular bunk, not in a room. Bunk 21 is an upper bunk.


This bunk is at the bottom of the main stairway to the Aft Berthing Compartment. It's more open and not in a bunk room. So if you're worried about small spaces, this bunk would be great. It may also help if you're fighting seasickness or prefer more fresh air out in the open. There's, of course, a privacy curtain.


(77 inches x 32 inches)


Bunk 21 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 22, Aft Berthing (Hallway Bunk)

Bunk 22 is a regular bunk, not in a room. Bunk 22 is a lower bunk.


This bunk is at the bottom of the main stairway to the Aft Berthing Compartment. It's more open and not in a bunk room. So if you're worried about small spaces, this bunk would be great. It may also help if you're fighting seasickness or prefer more fresh air out in the open. There's, of course, a privacy curtain.


(77 inches x 32 inches)


Bunk 22 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 23, Aft Berthing-Harry Potter Bunk

Bunk 23 is a regular bunk, located under the main staircase. Bunk 23 is an upper bunk.


This bunk is under the main stairway to the Aft Berthing Compartment. It's more open and not in a bunk room. So if you're worried about small spaces, this bunk would be great. It may also help if you're fighting seasickness or prefer more fresh air out in the open. There's, of course, a privacy curtain. A bonus with this bunk is lots of extra space at the foot of the bed (please be sure to take you things home at the end of the trip).


(77 inches x 32 inches)


Bunk 23 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 24, Aft Berthing (Hallway Bunk)

Bunk 24 is a regular bunk, located under the main staircase. Bunk 24 is a lower bunk.


This bunk is under the main stairway to the Aft Berthing Compartment. It's more open and not in a bunk room. So if you're worried about small spaces, this bunk would be great. It may also help if you're fighting seasickness or prefer more fresh air out in the open. There's, of course, a privacy curtain. A bonus with this bunk is lots of extra space at the foot of the bed (please be sure to take you things home at the end of the trip).


(77 inches x 32 inches)


Bunk 24 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.


This bunk is usually reserved for our tank filler on sport diving trips, but if it's available grab it!

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 25, Aft Berthing, Cabin F

Bunk 25 is a regular bunk, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 25 is an upper bunk.


(78 inches x 31 inches)


Bunk 25 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 26, Aft Berthing, Cabin F

Bunk 26 is a regular bunk, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 26 is a lower bunk.


(78 inches x 31 inches)


Bunk 26 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 27, Aft Berthing, Cabin F

Bunk 27 is a regular bunk, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 27 is an upper bunk.


(78 inches x 31 inches)


Bunk 27 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 28, Aft Berthing, Cabin F

Bunk 28 is a regular bunk, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 28 is a lower bunk.


(78 inches x 31 inches)


Bunk 28 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 29, Aft Berthing, Cabin G

Bunk 29 is a regular bunk, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 29 is an upper bunk.


(76 inches x 32 inches)


Bunk 29 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 30, Aft Berthing, Cabin G

Bunk 30 is a regular bunk, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 30 is a lower bunk.


(76 inches x 32 inches)


Bunk 30 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 31, Aft Berthing, Cabin G

Bunk 31 is a regular bunk, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 31 is an upper bunk.


(76 inches x 32 inches)


Bunk 31 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
Bunk 32, Aft Berthing, Cabin G

Bunk 32 is a regular bunk, with four bunks total in this room. Bunk 32 is an lower bunk.


(76 inches x 32 inches)


Bunk 32 does not have a power plug for a CPAP machine.

$425
Deposit: $150
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Texas Caribbean Charters
The Fling has been carrying divers to discover the wonders of the Flower Garden Banks in the Gulf of Mexico for more than 30 years. We offer overnight excursions with great food, cozy accommodations, and commitment to safety. The coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico are the best kept secret in scuba diving. Located far from shore and urban development, the reefs are some of the healthiest anywhere in the world! Come dive in warm, deep-blue water, right off the Texas coast. It's a life-list experience and you won't want to miss out on it.