Youth Programs

Youth Programs within the Department of Recreation strives to promote the wellness and development of youth within the Santa Barbara community. We aim to promote an environment where children can enhance their social and emotional skills, create a sense of agency within themselves, and broaden their community amongst their peers. We believe in the importance of teaching children kindness, collaboration, health, and wellness; and integrate these teachings in every aspect of the programs that we offer. In addition, we prioritize safety and risk management in the programs that we offer. Our staff members receive thorough backgrounds checks, training, and are First Aid, AED, and CPR certified. 

Children can expect a fun and enriching experience in each of the programs we offer, which utilize our wonderful facilities here at the Recreation Center. Our facilities include multiple pools, sports fields, basketball courts, and more! Activities are also held throughout UCSB's campus such as our Adventure Ropes Course, gymnastics gymnasium, and on-campus beach, Campus Point.

For questions, contact or call (805) 893-3913.


Junior Lifeguards

June 26, 2023 – Aug 17, 2023

Jr. Lifeguards provides youth the opportunity to learn and train with professional lifeguards. More than just a summer camp, this program provides participants with a wide variety of skills in oceanography, first aid, CPR, water rescue techniques, mutual cooperation, competition techniques, and lifesaving methods. Our instructors are a mix of local teachers and college students with extensive lifeguarding experience.

Click here for more information and to register.

Cost: $480 per 4-week session, $865 for both sessions, and $440 for each additional sibling 
Age: 8-17

UCSB Surf & Kayak Camp

Surf & Kayak Camp

June 26, 2023 - Aug 18, 2023

The Surf & Kayak Camp takes place at Campus Point, the beach on UCSB's campus. The camp includes surfing instruction, kayak instruction, beach activities and environmental education. This program is designed to encourage marine interaction through recreation and education, and is a unique opportunity for kids to learn about, respect and enjoy the resources our coast provides.

Click here for more information and to register.

Cost: $175 per week (Plus a one time $30 fee for a rash guard)
Ages: 9-15

Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons

June 26, 2023 - Aug 17, 2023

We offer swim lessons for children ages three and up, all experience levels. Private and group lessons are available (depending on age and level). All lessons are taught by American Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructors. On sale beginning April 26 at 10 a.m.

Click here for more information and to register.

Summer Day Camp

Summer Day Camp

June 19, 2023 - Aug 18, 2023

Campers enjoy daily swimming at the Recreation Center, access to the UCSB Gymnastics Room, as well as weekly visits to the Adventure Ropes Course. Activities vary weekly and include arts and crafts, group games, movies and more! UCSB Summer Day Camp offers a variety of activities to engage children of all ages and interests. Our Jr. Counselor program is also available.

Click here for more information and to register.

Cost: $265-$290 per week
Ages: 5-14


Spring Day Camp

March 27-31, 2023

Children will enjoy a full week jam-packed with activities throughout our amazing Recreation facilities. These activities include pool time, campus explorations, sports, and much more!

Click here for more information and to register.

Cost: $265-$290
Ages: 5-14



(805) 893-3913

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Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3025