Summer Surf Camps

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Camp Logistics

Quality, quality, quality. San Diego Surf School Summer Surf Camps have been in existence since 2000, offering professional, safe, and quality surf instruction for participants age 5 and up.

Unique to SDSS Summer Surf Camps is the specialized and custom instruction for each student characterized by the ONLY summer surf school offering a 3:1 instructor to student ratio, and in some cases 2:1.

SDSS Summer Surf Camp is for all levels and abilities. The program has been designed by some of the best competitive local surfers, teaching not only the fundamentals of surfing, but also health, nutrition, water safety, surfing etiquette, ocean conditions, and lifelong learning. The program is taught by experienced coaches–many with backgrounds in early childhood development and/or public safety (e.g. lifeguards, EMTs, paramedics) ensuring a program filled with fun, but safety first.

The SDSS Summer Surf Camp series welcomes previous participants, advanced surfers, and beginners. The program is specifically developed by Certified Athletic Trainers and state-level, first-place competitive surfers to call for progression of each individual surfer. The first day of the Summer Surf Camp series includes an evaluation and specific goals for each surfer to attain during the week. Whether it is airs, or simply riding waves, surf coaches are ready and dialed in to make this camp experience the most incredible.

Camp Divisions

Super Groms (Ages 5-6)

Small class sizes (often 2:1 student to instructor ratio) and constant supervision make for a supportive environment to learn a great sport. Our instructors are conscientious and experienced at making it fun for young kids to learn surfing. Almost all our surfers come back again for another camp, private lessons, our annual surf competition, or after school program with the lasting impact of a memorable summer surf camp.

Groms (Ages 7-10)

Small class sizes (3:1 or less) and constant supervision make for a supportive environment to learn a great sport. Our instructors are conscientious and experienced at making it fun for young kids to learn surfing.

Youth (Ages 11-13)

Surf with friends or meet new friends in this fun environment. Surfers surf on a specialized soft-top board.

Teens (14-17)

Enjoy the beach this summer while learning to surf or progress surfing skills. Learn from experienced surfers spanning the world for some of the best waves (see the instructor page to learn more about them). This class will cover the basics of surfing for those just starting. Those looking to improve their skill will be evaluated and progressed toward surfing goals such as airs and wave conditioning.

Girls

Girls will learn the fundamentals of surfing, ocean safety, and water etiquette. Have fun with a group of friends or meet other girls who are learning how to surf.

All surfers receive t-shirts or hats, surf stuff, pizza on Friday, snacks, hydration, and photography. Equipment is ALL included in the price… no hidden fees (unlike our competitors who charge about a 10% fee).

During Surf Camp

Guest speakers and lectures come in from local lifeguards, Surfaid International Foundation, Surfrider San Diego Chapter Foundation, and/or Clean Water San Diego. Other topics including careers such as marine biology.

Days: Monday-Friday (3-day and half day drop-in classes are available on any of these days)

Ages: 5 & up (beginner, intermediate, advanced)

Ratio: 3:1 student to instructor ratio

Includes: Surfboards, wetsuits, snacks, pictures, t-shirts, certificate, Pizza Friday, and awards.

Summer Surf School Camper Itinerary

Monday:

  • Introduction
  • Safety talks & stretching
  • Water safety
  • The foundation of surfing and potential water Hazards
  • Surfing, 30-minute snack, rehydration, and beach walk or games (ex. capture the flag, surfing

Tuesday:

  • Ocean knowledge
  • Safety talks & stretching
  • Currents, wave types, and wind
  • Discussions of how to catch and read the waves
  • Surfing, 30-minute snack, rehydration, and beach walk or games (ex. capture the flag, surfing)

Wednesday:

  • Free surfing and picture taking
  • Demos by the surf coaches
  • Surfing tricks and maneuvers
  • Surfing, 30-minute snack, rehydration, and beach walk or games (ex. capture the flag, surfing

Thursday:           

  • Practice paddling into waves without a push from instructor
  • More advanced surfing techniques.
  • Surfing, 30-minute snack, rehydration, and beach walk or games (ex. capture the flag, surfing)

Friday:

  • Summary of the week
  • Surfing–students are able to catch waves independently
  • Surfing, 30-minute snack, rehydration, and beach walk or games (ex. capture the flag, surfing)
  • Celebration party