About Us

One of the lasting legacies of Guided Discoveries is our faculty. Our instructors all have 4-year degrees in the Sciences (or a related field) and serve over 45,000 students every year at our 5 facilities. With safety being one of our primary goals they are also required to have 1st aid, CPR-PR, and Waterfront Lifeguard certifications as well as comprehensive on-site training.

Our Guided Discoveries Alumni is far reaching with hundreds teaching in schools throughout the country. Many of our former faculty can also be found in major aquariums, national sanctuaries, and at science centers and museums throughout the US. The growth and development of Guided Discoveries is a direct result of the energy, enthusiasm and contributions of our many faculty over the years.


Britt Swanwick

Cherry Cove Program Director

“Guided Discoveries combines everything that I ever wanted in a job. We see countless students and campers move through our programs and have life-changing experiences in and around the ocean. It’s incredibly gratifying to witness children having “a-ha” moments and to know that we’re empowering them with knowledge of marine science.”

Born and raised in New Jersey, Britt spent her childhood summers at “the shore” digging up sand crabs and fishing. Interested in pursuing a career involving the ocean, she set off to obtain a B.S. in Marine Biology at the University of Rhode Island, and she later received a M.A. in Environmental Education.

Britt’s career with Guided Discoveries began in 2014 as a Marine Science Instructor at Toyon Bay, where she additionally worked as an Aquarist. Upon leaving Catalina Island in 2016, she continued to work for Guided Discoveries at AstroCamp Virginia & Camp Motorsport as Educational Programming Coordinator and Motorsport Instructor. The opportunity to return to Catalina presented itself in the form of the Program Director position at Cherry Cove, and she couldn’t say no!

Contact Britt at britt@cimi.org or 310.510.0071