Kids’ Camp Activity Requirements
Getting Prepared for Camp
“Safety First” is our most important issue. Each child is fitted for a specially designed vest (Personal Flotation Device-PFD), which must be worn at all times on the water.
Where to go:
The Santa Barbara Sailing Center. Access to our parking lot is through Harbor Way. Make your first left into the main parking lot, and drive towards the Public Boat Launch Ramp (Just past the automatic gate). Park as close as you can to The Boat Launch Mini-Mart. The Sailing Center’s ramp is located just in front of the store.
*There will not be a swim test for these camps. We are asking that parents acknowledge to SBSC that their child is comfortable being around the ocean, and that they have basic swimming skills. Any child who does not know how to swim, or is nervous around large bodies of water, is advised not to enroll in our camps.
To ensure a personalized experience, our sailing camp students are placed into groups of no more than 5 per instructor. Each group sets sail on their own 22-foot sailboat with a qualified instructor on board at all times. The 22-foot Capri sailboats are “sloop rigged” keelboats that have been chosen because they are safe, stable, and they don’t tip over!
Our sailing camp includes dock side and on the water instruction. Your child will learn basic sailing techniques, nautical terminology, crew overboard rescue maneuvers, basic knots, and rules of the road. To add a little variety, we also include sailing games and other fun activities such as our ceremonial Friday Water Gun Fight and a Sailing Regatta (Race).
One highlight of the camp includes a quick ride aboard our 50 foot sailing catamaran, The DOUBLE DOLPHIN, which anchors off of East Beach (right near the swim zone) to let the kids have a fun swim near the shore. We make sure that safety is first and foremost, and that they are never in danger during this time.
Clothing & Extras: The best way to prepare for sailing is to dress in layers, that way you are ready for any temperature that develops. We also suggest a back pack to carry extra gear such as a hat, beach towel, lip balm, sunscreen, water, snack and sunglasses. Any type of sneaker will work great, and please do not wear any open toed sandals.
Food: We suggest that you eat a full lunch at least 30 minutes before the start of camp. For campers doing both camps, there will be a supervised lunch break from 12:30pm – 1pm.
Important: The Sailing Camp starts at 1:00 p.m. sharp, so please be on time. Campers will be ready to be picked up at 5:00 p.m. on shore next to The Boat Launch Mini-Mart’s concrete benches. Please, be on time for all drop-offs and pick-ups.
Kid’s Kayak / Stand-Up Paddle Board Camp
Kayak / Stand-Up Paddle Board camp allows your child to be master of his or her own vessel. With an instructor to student ratio of no more than 6 to 1, your child can experience the joy of kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding safely, all the while gaining the skills and confidence to finally venture out to sea.
Ocean Scrambler Kayaks & YOLO Stand-Up Paddleboards, some of the best in the industry, are durable and extremely easy to maneuver.
Your child will learn how to safely mount and dismount a kayak or stand-up paddle board (dockside and in the water), basic paddling techniques, rules of the road- to be a “courteous boater”, and how to safely maneuver a kayak or stand-up paddle board in various situations in our harbor and along our coastline.
Clothing & Extras: Wearing a swimsuit and t-shirt is ideal, so be prepared to get wet. You can also bring a back pack to carry extra gear such as a hat, beach towel, lip balm, sunscreen, water, snack, sunglasses and a change of dry clothes. As far as footwear goes, Tevas, Aquasocks, flip-flops or sandals work great.
Food: Please eat breakfast ahead of time. Bring a light snack and water. For campers doing both camps, there will be a supervised lunch break from 12:30pm – 1pm.
Important: The Kayak / Stand-Up Paddle Board Camp starts at 8:30 a.m. sharp, so please be on time. Campers will be ready to be picked up at 12:30 p.m. on shore next to The Boat Launch Mini-Mart, unless they are also enrolled in our Sailing camp, which starts at 1:00 p.m. Please be on time for all drop-offs and pick-ups.
We are currently accepting applications for both Kayak and Sail Camps. Remember, these camps fill up fast, so apply early and reserve your child’s spot now. If you don’t want to sign up online or come down in person, we will be happy to mail, e-mail or fax the application to you.