New name, same camp! Surf & Kayak Camp is now Beach 'n Surf Camp!

JUNE 17 - AUGUST 9, 2024

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Ages 9 - 15

Monday - Friday, 1 - 4:45 pm



The Beach 'n Surf Camp takes place at UCSB's Campus Point and includes surfing instruction, kayak instruction, stand-up paddling, boogie boarding, beach activities and environmental exploration. This camp is designed to encourage marine interaction through hands-on FUN and education. This is a unique opportunity for kids to learn about, respect, and enjoy the resources our coast provides, while being supervised by Certified Lifeguards with ocean rescue training. 

Due to the inherent risk involved with ocean activities, this camp is better suited for responsible children with strong swimming skills.

Registration Information

Register for Beach 'n Surf Camp online or in person at the Recreation Customer Service Center (CSC). Sessions do sell out so be sure to check this page for session availability. The CSC is open Monday—Friday 8:30 am – 7 pm.

Fill out the Consent to Treat Form that is linked in your registration confirmation, prior to your child's participation in the program.

Camp is open to youth ages 9-15.


$185 per week

*Session #3 is pro-rated to $148 due to the 4th of July holiday (no camp on July 4th)

Combo with UCSB Summer Day Camp = $330 ($264 for session 3)
Combo Campers will begin their day at the UCSB Summer Day Camp and then join the Beach 'n Surf Camp in the afternoon.

2024 Session Dates

Session 1  |  June 17-21*

Session 2  |  June 24-28

Session 3  |  July 1-5*

Session 4  |  July 8-12

Session 5  |  July 15-19

Session 6  |  July 22-26

Session 7  |  July 29-August 2

Session 8  |  August 5-9

*Camp WILL meet on June 19, but WILL NOT meet on July 4.

Camp Hours 

Camp runs Monday through Friday from 1 - 4:45.


Ocean Activities: surfing, kayaking, stand-up-paddling, bodyboarding, swimming, paddleboarding and snorkeling.

Beach Activities: 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.


Beach 'n Surf Staff

All counselors are certified Red Cross lifeguards, including CPR and first aid and additional Ocean Rescue training.

What We Provide 

We have 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, basic surfing & kayak instruction, extra sunscreen. While supplies last, rash guards are avaliable for purchase.

We provide a limited number of surfboards 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.

Kayaking available with an instructor(s) on days with favorable weather & wind.

What You Should Bring

Sun protection (sunscreen, rash guard, hat, sunglasses, etc.), full water bottle, warm clothes, towel, lunch and/or snacks, backpack.

Optional personal equipment: wetsuit, surfboard, boogie board, aqua socks, 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, Big 5. You can inquire about renting wetsuits from SCUBA diving shops.

Do not bring: electronic equipment (tablet, etc.).

Program Location

The Beach 'n Surf Camp is based at Campus Point on the UCSB Campus. Campus Point is located at the end of Lagoon Road. The drop-off and pick-up area are located at the grassy area at the end of Lagoon Rd.

There are a few community parking spots (20) available in Parking Lot 6 (look for signs that read Coastal Access). Coastal Access spots have a 4-hour time limit and you must buy a parking pass from the automated machine in the lot.

Our counselors will be on the grassy area across from lot 6 from 12:45 – 1 pm for check-in and from 4:30 – 4:45 pm for check-out. For purposes of letting children in and out of your car you would not need to buy a parking pass, just be sure to have a parking pass should you decide to park and walk away from your vehicle.

DO NOT drive down past the Marine Science building to drop off your campers or park in lot 6 without buying a permit as you will very likely be ticketed.

Rash Guard

Optional $30 fee for a camp rash guard. Sizes include Youth M & L and Adult S, M, L, & XL. Available when your child arrives at camp. Supply is limited and availability not guaranteed. 

Late Pick Up Fee

Parents who pick up campers after 4:45pm will incur a late pick-up fee of $10 for every 15 minutes late.


Surf & Kayak Camp Rashguard


Beach 'n Surf Rash Guard


Emergency Contact

Main camp office first at (805) 893-3913.
In cases of "emergency only" when other options are unavailable you may call the Rec Cen Lifeguard Office at (805) 893-7213. This line is not to be used for general questions regarding registration or camp info.