2021 Summer Camp Information
MUST HAVE basic swimming skills and be comfortable in the ocean (One-on-one private lessons are available for non-swimmers)
Age 6 & Up as of May 31, 2021 (Private Lesson only for under age 6)
No Surfing Experience required! (Except for advanced camps)
Sunscreen! We apply sunscreen every time before we enter the water or leave the shade of the tents.
Refillable Water Bottle, we will have water available to refill their bottles but no individual drinks to hand out.
(to be provided by participant)
rashguard stretchy lycra shirt, protection from sun and rubbing on surfboard. The long sleeve rash guards with UV protection are the best defense against sunburn and require that much less sunscreen applied. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! (Check out our sponsor Dakine for the best sun protection gear and much more)
sunscreen (non-nano is best, spray is expensive and does not last long although it is convenient, studies have also shown dangers associated with aerosol sunscreens so we ALWAYS recommend lotion and specifically a reef/ocean safe sunblock with zinc)
backpack or bag
sweathshirt, overcast/windy days can be chilly after being in the water
extra snacks (fruit and nuts are the best fuel for a long day in the surf)
any necessary medications and proper refrigeration if needed (check these in with camp staff in the morning)
please no phones or other valuables, you definitely will not need them when you are surfing
A typical day at Texas Surf Camps
8:35 - Check-in, beach registration, order optional $6 lunch,
8:45 - Orientation - The Daily Lesson plus ocean safety discussion, stretching exercises, warm-up run, intro to surfing, land-based training
9:30 - Surfing Session - In-water practice of daily lesson
10:30 - Morning break for rest, drinks, snacks, and more sunscreen
10:45 - Surfing Session - more practice and free surfing
11:45 - Lunch time
(bring your own or order at morning check-in)
group discussions, sunscreen application, beach games, presentations
12:15 - Surf Session, free surfing with instructors, beach games
and/or special events
1:50 - Clean-up and prepare for pick-up
2:00 - Pick-up by parents (please don't be late!)
In addition to instruction in surfing and related ocean sports, our activities will include:
beach and ocean games
education in ocean safety & awareness and marine biology
lessons in surf etiquette - the dos and don'ts of surfing
presentations from representatives of Surfrider Foundation, Texas Gulf Surfing Association, University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Texas Parks and Wildlife, etc.
plenty of fun on the beautiful beaches of Port Aransas, Corpus Christi and Galveston Island State Park (on the west end of the island near Jamaica Beach)
NOTICE TO PARENTS AND PARTICIPANTS REGARDING SURF CAMP AND COVID-19
Texas Surf Camps (TSC) has made changes in its program to address concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus. Please carefully review the policies and procedures set forth below. Attendance at camp constitutes your acceptance of these policies and procedures and agreement to comply with them.
Food and Drinks—
TSC will continue to provide optional lunch service for campers. Campers may also bring their own lunches. Any camper with food allergies needs to bring his or her own lunch.
TSC will NOT provide drinks or cups/bottles. Campers must bring their own drinks, including water. TSC will have a large cooler of water for refills if needed, to be distributed by TSC personnel only. TSC will also have vacuum insulated refillable water bottles for purchase at the beach.
Please bring a small cooler to camp with name for drinks, snacks or lunches brought from home.
Sharing of food or drinks, eating someone else’s leftovers, or touching someone else’s food or drink will not be allowed.
Screening for Illness—
All TSC participants should be screened by self if 18 or over, or by parents if under 18, for symptoms of illness BEFORE ATTENDING CAMP EACH DAY. Anyone displaying cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, feeling feverish or with temperature of 100 degrees or more, or with known contact with a person who has COVID-19 should NOT attend camp. Please notify camp personnel of any such symptoms or contact. Any participant (including campers and staff) displaying any of these symptoms or other indications of illness will be separated from others and sent home. Since some symptoms may go undetected at camp, it is critical that all participants self-screen prior to coming to camp. We are counting on you to do the right thing if there are any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or any illness.
Restriction of Personal Contact—
Although the beach provides a warm, humid, well-ventilated environment for our activities, it remains important to avoid personal contact. Although it will not always be possible to maintain six feet of distance between individuals at camp, TSC will restrict contact by dividing participants into small groups and by restricting any touching between participants. PARENTS, PLEASE DISCUSS KEEPING HANDS TO YOURSELF AND RESPECTING OTHER PEOPLE’S PERSONAL SPACE WITH YOUR CHILDREN BEFORE CAMP. IT IS ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED THAT THEY RESPECT THIS RULE IN ORDER TO CONTINUE AT TSC.
Application of sunscreen is essential at surf camp. PARTICIPANTS AND PARENTS, PLEASE APPLY SUNSCREEN DAILY BEFORE ENTERING THE SURF CAMP AREA and provide your own sunscreen for re-application during camp. Staff may assist campers who need help re-applying sunscreen during camp.
TSC invites parents, family and friends to observe camp activities and enjoy the beach, if desired; however, please bring your own chairs and shade to be set up away from the surf camp tents and equipment areas. Please maintain distance from the camp participants and staff during camp as much as possible and avoid congregating under the surf camp tent area during drop-off and pick-up.
TSC reserves the right to exclude anyone from camp who appears to have symptoms of illness or refuses to follow instructions for the protection of others, including calling parents to pick up any child who displays symptoms of illness during camp. Our number one concern is the health and safety of our participants and staff.
PARENTS, PLEASE DISCUSS WITH YOUR CHILDREN BEFORE CAMP THE IMPORTANCE OF RESPECTING OTHER PEOPLE’S PERSONAL SPACE INCLUDING THEIR FOOD AND DRINKS DURING CAMP. With everyone’s cooperation, we can have a great time learning to surf together while helping to prevent the spread of illness.
Refunds / Bad Weather / Illness
Texas Surf Camps hosts all of its activities outside so we are subject to weather. We DO NOT give refunds for bad weather or for any circumstance out of our control. Any request to transfer sessions must be made ahead of the session. Credit for any "storm days" may be given for use at a future date (subject to availability). Travel insurance is a great backup in case anything were to happen between making your plans all the way thru your trip.
Please call or send us an email if you have any questions.