Teen Lifeguard and Surf Instructor Camp
How would you like to spend a week in beautiful southeastern North Carolina surfing, earning an American Red Cross Lifeguard certification, and becoming an official WB Surf Camp Junior Instructor? Do you have the desire to become eligible for the ultimate summer job as a pool lifeguard, surf instructor, or summer counselor? Well that dream starts here and will pave the way to sharing your ocean experience with others.
Learn water and land rescue skills, professional lifeguard responsibilities, valuable surf instruction, and leave camp with certifications in First Aid, CPR, AED usage, lifeguarding, and WB Surf Camp's surf instruction. These are all skills taht you can take back to your home break and make a difference! Your world-class surf instruction skills will keep others safe, well educated, and having the time of their lives in and around the water.
This action-packed, 8-day program is specifically geared towards teen surfers, ages 15-18, and is one of the fastest way to receive this extensive training. Our Lifeguard and Surf Instructor program is designed for those who want to apply their ocean knowledge to become eligible for a lifeguard or surf instruction job on any US coast. In our "learn by doing" camp, you will fine-tune your ability to predict, select, and judge waves. Successful applicants will develop their surfing skills to the standard that is required for Level 1 Surf Instructor Certification. In addition to completing the American Red Cross Lifeguard course, applicants will further demonstrate that they are competent to assist a WB Surf Camp Instructor to teach beginner surfers, both on land and in the water.
- Extensive daily surf coaching at several local beach breaks
- Earning your WB Surf Camp Junior Instructor certification card
- Completing your American Red Cross Lifeguard certification
- Receive training and certifications in First Aid, CPR, and AED
- Interactive daily seminars on topics such as wave dynamics and swell prediction
- Learning in-water surf instruction protocols
- Becoming competent in water rescue techniques
- Training at WB Surf Camp Headquarters
- Shadowing certified WB Surf Camp Instructors
Below tuition includes lodging in air-conditioned cabins, all meals, 24-hour same gender adult supervision, shuttle to and from the Wilmington International Airport (ILM), equipment, American Red Cross Lifeguard instruction and materials, professional surfing instruction (3:1 student to instructor ratio), WB Surf Camp Jr. Instructor instruction and materials, 2.5 hours of community service credit, daily transportation, WB Surf Camp t-shirt, activity fees, WB Surf Camp’s Pre-Surf Stretching Guide, Surfing Etiquette Guide, Sea Turtle/Coastal Conservation Guide, surftificate of achievement, and 8" x 12" group photo. For more specific information about our teen overnight surf camps or to secure your spot now, please call toll free 1.866.844.7873. Enrollment limited to 10 students.
There are no available dates for the Teen Junior Lifeguard Camp at this time.
DAY 1-2: CAMP KICKOFF, SWIM TEST, WATER RESCUE SKILLS
We will begin our week with orientation and introductions. Then we’ll jump right in with swim test and intro to Lifeguarding in the evening. The next morning everyone will snag a few waves before moving onto our first lesson discussing conditions assessment in the ocean. You will learn the main responsibilities of Junior Instructor as well as the preparations that Surf Instructors need to make on a daily basis. We will return to the pool in the afternoon to continue your lifeguarding skills.
Day 3-4: SURF CAMP SHADOW, SURF INSTRUCTION 101, DAWN PATROL
Today, we’ll learn about managing and maintaining equipment, running surf lessons, providing basic First Aid and protocol in the case of an accident. We’ll return to headquarters to review Ground School 101. The next morning we will rise early to greet the rising sun in a glassy empty lineup and enjoy a full surf session before returning to the pool for the afternoon to continue perfecting your water rescue skills. Tonight we’ll relax and put your Putt-Putt skills to the test on the crazy greens at Jungle Rapids.
Day 5-6: EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE, FIRST AID, AND EMERGENCY ACTION PLANS
We will travel to Topsail Beach today to put to use your instruction skills on land and in water. You will be patrolling the shoreline and learn what it’s like to push people into their very first waves. In the afternoon you will rejoin our Junior Instructors to assist in transport and equipment management, learning which boards are best for which people and how to properly care for them. You will be taught how to prepare a first aid kit, fill out accident report forms, and enact an emergency action plan. The next day you shadow another one of our Day Camps in Kure Beach and continue your lifeguard skills.
Day 7-8: SURFING, FINAL EXAM, CLOSING CEREMONIES
One more full day of surfing ends with your final lifeguard and junior surf instructor certification exams. Once completed, you will receive your official American Red Cross Lifeguard and WB Surf Camp Junior Instructor Certification Cards. Welcome to the TEAM!! As you bid farewell to your instructors and fellow campers who have become like family, you realize that although you are leaving them behind, it is not forever. Next summer is right around the corner! Epic surf sessions with lifelong friends, learning the incredible skills to earn your Junior Instructor Certification, and forming close connections with your instructors…this experience has been one you will never forget!
During camp, your home away from home will be Wilmington’s premier KOA Campground. Located just minutes from several of our favorite surf breaks and less than a mile from our WB Surf Camp Headquarters, the KOA is nestled in the woods among the longleaf pines, providing the perfect retreat for our campers after a fun day of surfing and ocean exploration. The KOA offers us many terrific amenities, including an outdoor pavillion, swimming pool, and our own bonfire pit - perfect for cooking up tasty s'mores.
We'll be staying in cozy, air-conditioned cabins, each with their own relaxing porch. Each camper has their own bed, and cabins are gender-specific with counselors rooming in adjacent cabins. Linens are not provided; each camper will need to bring a pillow, set of twin sheets, and either a sleeping bag or blanket.
The KOA is the perfect location as it is centrally located in Wilmington. It sits right at the heart of all of our activities and is an incredible launching pad for everything we do during Teen Overnight Camp from surfing and exploring to hitting our favorite restaurants each night.
Parent from Beaufort, NC - "Trey had the best time and I am so impressed with the camp. Trey returned a different kid…he was great before…however, he is now so excited about surfing and he keeps telling me over and over all the “cool” things he got to do and the “cool” counselors who worked with him. He is even listening to the Wilmington 107.5 station now, versus all the “rap” stuff previously……that alone is worth a million thank yous. He wants very much to come back next year for more than 2 weeks. Again, thank you for such an incredible camp. Now, which counselor is it exactly who taught him to do the “bird wave” out the car window? He has me driving around town looking crazy flapping our arms out the windows!”
Hannah, Durham, NC – “I did not know what to expect when coming to WB Surf Camp. It changed my life and I am so happy I came!”
Mary Ellis, Raleigh, NC – “WB Surf Camp has helped me lots. I have gained new confidence in myself.”
David, Huntington, NY – “WB Surf Camp was a truly amazing experience, easily the best two weeks I have ever had and was disappointed it had to end so soon. The staff was very helpful and fun to be around. The scheduled activities were a true joy and were a great addition to the experience.”
Jack, Bunnlevel, NC - “I gained knowledge of the ocean, ocean safety, marine life, and values of respect as well. This really helped me grow a lot. I am pleased with the program, its foundations, its staff and my new knowledge of the ocean. Thanks.”
Greg, Sparta, NJ – “I'm positive I want to come back next year, and would like to consider working with WB Surf Camp. I'm undecided on whether I want to come to Eleuthera or do another program. My instructors were awesome, and I loved the campers.”
If I have never surfed before, is this camp for me?
While most of our campers have never surfed before, this program is designed for the beginner to advanced surfer. For the beginner our two-week program will allow you to focus on developing your surfing skills, while the second week is dedicated to earning your American Red Cross lifeguard and WB Surf Camp Jr. Instructor certifications, all while still allowing time to develop your surfing skills. The only prerequisites are to be ready to have the time of your life and be able to swim.
Where will I be surfing?
We have a choice of three barrier islands 30 minutes or less from our accommodations. We surf a wide variety of locations, and we choose the beach with the best conditions for all of our participants.
What does lifeguard certification do for me?
Lifeguard certification is valuable tool for anyone looking for employment at pools, the beach, or in the summer camp industry. It is also important for people who spend significant time in or on the water. Learning water and land based rescue skills can save lives. The American Red Cross certification, which includes First Aid, CPR, and AED training, is accepted across the country, and makes you instantly eligible for a lifeguarding job back home.
Is my lifeguard certification good in any state?
Yes. Because we use the American Red Cross, your certification will be recognized anywhere you go in the country.
What does Junior Instructor Certification do for me?
Junior Instructor Certification is simply a wise and amazing investment for any water sports enthusiast, especially if they want to pursue cool summer jobs or a career as a surf instructor. Learning water and land based instructor and rescue skills can save lives and improve new surfer’s first surfing experience. You will also have the advantage of being eligible for a future surf instructor job at WB Surf Camp or on any US coast
Is my Junior Instructor Certification good in any state?
Not necessarily. Because we have developed one of the only Surf Instructor Certification programs in the country, it has not yet become nationally recognized, but will certainly give you and any potential employer more confidence in your water and surf instruction skills.
Does it guarantee me a lifeguarding or surf instructor job?
No. As each company and position around the country is different, so are the requirements for each of them. These can include such things as assessments and/or tryouts. Being certified does not guarantee you a summer job, but is a great first step in learning the skills necessary and becoming eligible to apply.
How long does my lifeguard lertification last?
Your American Red Cross Lifeguard certification will last two years from the date of completion.
How long does my Junior Instructor Certification last?
Your Junior Instructor Certification is good for 4 years or until you take your Level 1 Surf Instructor Certification.
Do I still get to surf during the certification process?
Yes. We will continue getting to explore the many beaches around the Wrightsville area to find the best conditions outside of class time.
What kind of non-surfing activities will we be participating in?
- Lifeguard instruction and certification
- CPR for the Professional Rescuer instruction and certification
- Learning how to properly use an AED
- First Aid instruction and certification
- Hands-on marine science and seminars
- Guidance and training on becoming a surf instructor
- Volleyball and other beach games
- Luau on the finale night of camp with food, hula & limbo contests, prizes, music, and lots more!
Will there be pictures of me surfing that I can purchase?
Our instructors will be taking some photos throughout the week, but we highly recommend that you bring your own camera. You will receive an email about purchasing Surf Camp’s photos in the weeks following the end of camp.
What are the ages of your overnight campers?
Ages range from 14 to 18 and vary by session. Please check the online schedule for which weeks are dedicated to which ages.
How old are the campers I will be rooming with?
Roommates are grouped together by age in order to enhance the overall level of comfort.
What is the nearest airport and do you have a shuttle service?
The Wilmington International Airport (ILM) is only 15 minutes away. Our counselors meet inbound campers right at baggage claim, then shuttle them to our accommodations. On the way home, counselors stay at the airport until each camper’s flight has taken off. Our office stays attuned to any delays or cancellations to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.
What if I can’t get in by the set check in time?
In order to avoid missing any planned activities, campers should try to get in by 12:00 pm on the first day and leave between 9:00 am and 11:00 am on the last day of camp. Please contact our Program Coordinator to discuss arrivals and departures outside of our preferred times.
How much spending money should I bring?
We recommend campers bring $50 to $75 per week of camp. This is for souvenirs or gifts they wish to purchase while at camp.
Do you have insurance?
We carry a comprehensive insurance package, including general liability.