Does my child or I need to be a strong swimmer to learn to surf?

Surfing skills are initially taught in the shallow water where the waves have already been broken which we refer to as the “whitewater”.  Since they are only in water up to their waste and a surf instructor is holding on to the back of the surfboard in the early stages of surfing, you or your child do not need to be strong swimmers. It is best if the student likes being in the water and has a keen interest in learning to surf. If a student wants to excel or advance in surfing or body boarding it is very helpful to have strong upper body muscles, agility, and balance.

Is the ocean safe?

For over 14 years we have been running Ocean Strong Camps. We have several layers of protection that insure a safe experience for your child including being located directly in front of the main lifeguard headquarters, always having an adult supervisor on staff, and keeping a ratio of 3 to 4 students per coach in the water.  Most students are also holding onto a flotation device (Surfboard or body board) and are in close proximity to their coach while they are in the water.

How does someone become Ocean Strong?

By being in the ocean for hours upon hours upon hours. One can be strong swimmer but not necessarily a strong ocean athlete. After many hours spent in the ocean and being lead by coaches who have several years of experience learning about currents, waves, paddling techniques, and ocean safety, a student can become stronger and safer.

What does my child need to bring to camp?

Please check the link below for the camper’s checklist. If you have any further questions on what your child should bring to camp please call us at (760) 436-1514.

What is the counselor to child ratio?

Camper’s safety is extremely important to us here at Aqua Adventures. Each trained counselor will have four campers on their team (1:4 ratio). This allows and encourages our counselors to become familiar with and engage with a small group of children. In addition, we try to keep our groups the same throughout the week in order to promote a sense of family between our counselors and campers. For beginner surf lessons, each counselor is paired with only one camper (1:1 ratio). For more information on our safety rules and habits please read our “Safety” section of the website.

Where do we meet?

Aqua Adventures meets on the large grass area near Powerhouse Park in Del Mar. By 9:30am our counselors have set up a blue tarp with our logo. This is also where you will be picking up your children.

 

Address to Powerhouse Park: 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, CA

 

Driving Directions:

  • From I-5, go west on Del Mar Heights Road.
  • Turn right (north) on Camino Del Mar.
  • Turn left (west) on 15th Street.
  • Turn right (north) on Coast Blvd.

Or, from the north:

  • From I-5, go west on Via de la Valle.
  • Turn left (south) on Highway 101.
  • Just after 23rd St., turn right onto Coast Blvd.

Where can I park?

If you’re just dropping off your child, you may pull into the loading zone above the grass area. For long term or day parking there is a paid parking lot across the street and street parking throughout Del Mar.

Do you have early/late drop off?

Yes. We have before and after camp hours 8-9:30 am and 2:30-5:00 pm for  $9/hour.
Please inquire about availability as this is not available every day. Campers must pre-register.

What if I need to cancel?

Cancellation fees apply.
Canceling 7 days or before: 50% refund
Canceling within 7 days: No refund

Camp must be rescheduled upon availability of another session. $15 fee
No refund on missed days.

What is your rain policy?

We will still meet if it is raining. If it is down pouring or thunder/lightning at 8:30 am we will postpone start time to 10:30 am unless conditions are still poor. If we cancel during mid-day, we will call you for early pick-up. If we cancel due to poor weather conditions, we will give each student $45 credit for a future day or camp which can be used for that season or the upcoming season.