UCSB Surf & Kayak will not operate for Summer 2020.
Please see our full COVID-19 statement here.

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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.

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

Registration Information

You can register for the Surf & Kayak Camp online, via mail or in person at the Recreation Center Customer Service Center (CSC). Sessions do sell out so be sure to check this page for session availability. The CSC is open Monday–Friday 8:30am–5:30pm.

If you register online, please print out and return the Consent to Treat Form, prior to your child's participation in the program.

Camp is open to youth ages 9-15.

Sessions run 1:00pm–5:00pm. Pick-up time is 5:00pm-5:15pm†

2020 Session Dates

Session 1  |  June 15–19

Session 2  |  June 22–26

Session 3  |  June 29–July 2*

Session 4  |  July 6–10

Session 5  |  July 13–17

Session 6  |  July 20–24

Session 7  |  July 27–31

Session 8  |  August 3–7

Session 9  |  August 10–14

*There is no camp on July 3rd, 2020


Activities will vary depending on weather, tide and wind conditions.

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.

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 25th 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.).

Program Location

The Surf & Kayak Camp is based at Campus Point on the UCSB Campus. Campus Point is located at the end of Lagoon Road. Drop off and pick-up 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 12:45pm to 1:00pm for check in and from 4:45pm-5:00pm 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.

Surf & Kayak Staff

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

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 $230/session ($185 session 3), you can drop your child off as early as 7:15am at the Summer Day Camp. Campers will be escorted by foot to the Surf & Kayak Camp at 12:30pm by camp staff. 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: There is 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.


$130 per session

Plus a one time $25 fee for a 2020 camp rashguard.

(Available when your child arrives at camp.)

Session 3 is $105 due to 4th of July holiday

Late Pick Up Fee

Parents who pick up campers after 5:15pm will incur a late pick-up fee of $10 for every 15 minutes late.

Refunds & Cancellations

Review our Refund/Transfer/Cancellation Policy & Fees here


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Emergency Contact

Please 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.