What to Expect at Your First Surf Camp

If you or your child are headed to your first surf camp, you’re probably wondering what you’ve let yourself in for. Although the nerves may be kicking in, you can be sure that there are tons of benefits to attending your first surf camp.

So, what are the benefits of going to a camp as opposed to planning the lessons yourself? Does a camp make that much difference to your performance? Find out below.


You don’t have to worry about any of the logistics when you’re at surf camp. Your transportation to different areas is arranged for you. Your meals are cooked throughout each day. If you need to borrow equipment for any reason, it’s provided for you.

Any problem that may arise during your stay is taken care of by the staff at the camp and there will be continued support whenever you should need it. Whether you’re a novice, intermediate or expert, there’s always a lesson to be learnt at a California surf camp.


When you attend a camp, you’ll be surrounded by people with a good amount of wave knowledge. Although there are many beaches that claim to be suitable for all levels of surfing, it’s a rarity for that to be true. Every beach will be suited to a different type of surfer, whether it’s a novice or expert.

The members of staff and other surfers at camp will be able to best advise you on which beaches will suit your abilities. You may even be assigned to a specific group, meaning you’ll only ever visit places that are safe for you to surf.


Although expectations can be high when booking a place at a surf camp, it’s wise to do your research first. No matter where in the world you go, it won’t always be swell season. You need to know when there are likely to be waves at your chosen destination.

If you attend a surf camp at a particular time of year, you may be disappointed by calm seas and a lack of waves. However, if you’re attending a Californian surf camp, you’re fairly safe to book a place between the months of March and August.


Unfortunately, the temperature of the water may not be warm all year round. Surf instructors often suggest that beginners start off in warm water, but cold water beaches are often less crowded and give you a chance to practice without worrying about other surfers around you.

The problem is, you’ll need some extra equipment if you’re going to surf cold waters for health benefits. You’ll certainly need a wetsuit, but it’s important to protect your ears with earplugs too, in order to avoid surfer’s ear.


The main reason to attend a surf camp is the friendships you can make, some of them life-long.

Take a look at San Diego Surf School for some tips on the best surf destinations for beginners.