General Camp Questions
Below are several common questions about WB Surf Camp programs. If you have questions on a specific location, please visit the corresponding camp page or call our office at 1.910.256.7873.
If I have never surfed before, is this camp for me?
About 90% of our students have never surfed before, let alone held a surfboard. Our program’s dynamic curriculum is tailored for beginners. The only prerequisites are that you’re ready to have the time of your life and are able to swim.
If I have some surf experience will I be able to work on more advanced maneuvers?
This program is for beginner through intermediate surfers. Our surf instructors are well trained and equipped to take your surfing to the next level by offering coaching geared for the intermediate surfer.
Do you provide equipment or should I bring my own?
All equipment is provided. We use high quality SofTop surfboards made by SurfTech. They are made to be the safest high-performance surfboards available to beginning surfers. Those, along with Pro Tec safety fins and SPF 50 long sleeve rashguards ensure the best experience possible. You may bring your own surfboard to camp. We ask you to let us know this in advance. Our instructors will check your board and make sure it is safe for you to use.
How much surfing will I be doing?
In all of our programs, we will surf two sessions a day on most days. We are a surf-intensive camp and it is the main activity of our programs.
Is there a lifeguard at the beach you use? I am worried about some of the safety aspects of a surf camp.
All of our camp instructors hold current American Red Cross Lifeguard Certifications including CPR for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid. One might even say that we over-qualify our team with this many lifeguards. We have an impeccable safety record and are very proud of it!
What happens if the conditions are unfavorable for surfing on a particular day?
If conditions are unfavorable, we will take part in non-surfing activities to continue with the tradition of building camaraderie, learning about the ocean, and having fun. Your instructors may take you through an educational adventure on the sport of surfing and the ocean environment. Our Surf Instructors are all educated in the marine sciences and trained in ocean safety. They will incorporate fun-filled activities to educate you on staying safe and having fun in our ever-changing ocean. Part of being an avid surfer is being able to read, understand, and respect the coastal environment.
Where do other participants come from?
Our programs are made up of diverse groups of campers who come from all parts of the world. This opens the door for campers to learn about unique cultures and backgrounds that are different from their own. The diversity found in our programs is unmatched. You will leave having found new friends from all over the world!
What do I need to bring?
You will receive a detailed checklist with your registration materials. For the most part, you shouldn’t have to purchase anything that you don’t already have at home. We do, however, recommend that females bring board shorts, which may need to be purchased from your local surf shop or department store.
Do you have references available?
We would be happy to offer you the opportunity to speak with past participants in order to give you a personal reflection of their experience. Please contact our office for a list of references.
Should I have insurance?
We highly recommend that camp insurance be purchased. We are not responsible for tuition refunds or expenses incurred for trip delays, cancellation, or illness. In the event that you must cancel at the last minute due to an unforeseen event, camp insurance can help protect your investment. We make available a competitively priced program that we believe best meets the needs of our families. Detailed information will be included with your registration handbook.
Is WB Surf Camp accredited by anyone?
We are a far cry from a traditional summer camp; therefore we do not fit the typical mold of a summer camp. In our specially designed camps, our participants are housed in one of the following accommodations: university dorm suites, coastal hotels, or full-facility campgrounds. We eat most of our meals in restaurants, so we do not need our own kitchen facilities. All of our instructors are Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR certified and receive thorough background checks. You will not find a more qualified staff. Because we meet accreditation standards, we prefer to put the resources that would go towards ACA dues and fees, back into our programs.
What is your cancellation policy?
Our cancellation policy can be viewed here, and you will also receive a copy with your registration handbook. Our office staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding cancellation.
What will we do at night?
Each night our professional instructors will hold surf seminars to educate teens on all of the multi-faceted aspects of surfing, surfboard design, wave prediction, and surf culture. Although most nights everyone will be surfed out after dinner and seminars, we leave time for daily reflection and team building activities.
For Teen Overnight Adventures, what kind of supervision is provided?
Our counselors provide 24-hour, same gender supervision for every camper. We will not tolerate disruptive or dangerous behavior, and every camper is made aware of this during orientation.
What happens if any camp rules are broken during Teen Overnight Adventures?
We are extremely conscientious about upholding our standards of safety and conduct for both our staff and our students. On the first night of our overnight summer camps, our rules are clearly presented to our students. Participants are automatically sent home for smoking, drinking, or using drugs. Students and parents appreciate that our rules are fair, well understood, and enforced without exception.
Do I need to get a physical or vaccinations prior to arrival at camp?
While we do not require a physical, you will need to complete a medical history form, which is included in your registration materials. Campers are required to have an up-to-date tetanus booster. If you elect not to receive tetanus boosters for person reasons, please note this on your medical history form.
Do you offer financial aid?
Our scholarship program allows teenagers from all backgrounds to enjoy WB Surf Camp adventures. Please click here to learn more about our financial aid packages.
Do you offer a senior camper program?
What kind of physical preparation should I do prior to camp?
WB Surf Camp’s Senior Camper are coveted positions designed to help our older and more experienced campers develop leadership skills, so as to serve in the role of an instructor or camp counselor someday. Please click here to learn more about this program.
Surfing is a strenuous physical activity; therefore we encourage regular exercise for at least a few weeks prior to departure. Include in your registration packet you will find an exercise program with suggested cardiovascular and strength-building exercises, that require no additional equipment.