The Surf & Kayak Camp will take place at UCSB's Campus Point and will include surfing instruction, kayak instruction, beach activities and environmental education. This camp is designed to encourage marine interaction through recreation and education. This is a unique opportunity for kids to learn about, respect and enjoy the resources our coast provides.
Camp is open to boys and girls ages 9-15.
Due to the inherent risk involved with ocean activities, this camp is best suited to responsible children with strong swimming skills.
If you register online, please print out and return the Consent to Treat Form
, prior to your child's participation in the program.
All counselors are certified Red Cross lifeguards and possess current certification in CPR and first aid.
Activities will vary depending on weather, tide and wind conditions.
Ocean activities include: surfing, kayaking, stand-up-paddling, bodyboarding, swimming, paddleboarding and snorkeling.
Beach activities include: volleyball, tug-o-war, tidepooling, smashball, relay races, environmental education, capture the chicken, beach flags, sand castle building and visits to the UCSB Marine Science Institute touch tanks.
Activities will vary depending on weather, tide and wind conditions. Lifeguards are on duty at all times.
Surf & Kayak Camp / Summer Day Camp Combo
If you need full day care for your children, then combining the Surf & Kayak Camp with the UCSB Summer Day Camp is the way to go. For an additional fee of $85 per week, you can drop your child off as early as 7:15am at the Summer Day Camp. Campers will be walked to the Surf & Kayak Camp at noon by a counselor. You pick up at the Surf & Kayak Camp in the afternoon. See the Summer Day Camp webpage for more information on activities. Surf & Kayak/Summer Day Camp combo does not count towards a Summer Day Camp sibling discount.
Online Registration Instruction: Beginning this year, we have created a separate registration option called Surf & Kayak Camp / Summer Day Camp Combo. You do not have to register separately for each camp. We will share the information to both program directors on our end.
You can register for the Surf & Kayak Camp online, via mail or in person at the Recreation Center cashier's office. Sessions do sell out so be sure to check this page for session availability. The cashier's office is open Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:30pm.
If you cancel (in writing) prior to the Friday before your session, you will receive a full refund less a $25 administration fee.
Late Pick Up Fee
Parents who pick up campers after 5:20pm will incur a late pick-up fee of $10 for every 15 minutes late.
What We Provide
We will provide: soft beginner surfboards, kayaks (paddles, life vests, helmets), boogie boards, volleyballs soccer balls, kick balls, masks & snorkels, tarps for shade, various beach games, first aid, surf & kayak instruction, extra sunscreen. A camp rash guard is now required for all campers.
We provide a limited number of surf boards and boogie boards. Campers will sign up for boards and we will switch boards periodically. If you would like to bring your own surf/boogie board, make sure it has a leash (surfboards especially), and please mark it with your name. We will not be able to provide storage for personal equipment.
As with surfing, campers will sign up for kayaks and 2 to 3 groups will go out daily with an instructor.
This is our twelfth year of camp, and the format works well. There are always plenty of equipment, activities, and happy campers.
What You Should Bring
Sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, etc.), full water bottle, warm clothes, towel, lunch and/or snacks, backpack.
Optional personal equipment: wetsuit, surfboard, boogie board, aquasocks, swim fins, goggles. It can get cold so a "shortie" wetsuit is recommended but not required. Wetsuits can be found at local surf shops as well as stores such as Costco, Sportmart, Big 5. You can inquire about renting wetsuits from SCUBA diving shops.
Please do not bring: electronic equipment (tablet, ipod, etc.).
Please contact main camp office first at (805) 893-3913.
In cases of "emergency only" when other options are unavailable you may call the RecCen Lifeguard Office at 805-893-7213. This line is not to be used for general questions regarding registration or camp info.