What is bodyboarding?
Bodyboarding is an ocean sport that was invented by Tom Morey in the early 1970s. Instead of the hard fiberglass board used in surfing, bodyboarding uses a soft polypropylene board that is about half the size of a surfboard. The learning curve is much smaller than surfing because there is no balancing or standing up – you just lay your stomach on the board and let the waves take you on a ride! Bodyboarding is not only safer than surfing, it's easier to learn and it's a great form of exercise! Virtually anyone can grab a board and start bodyboarding - that's why it's a great sport for kids.
What is different about your camp from other surfing and beach camps?
Bodyboarding Adventures is the ONLY bodyboarding school in Southern California. We are a family-owned and operated business that is dedicated to introducing kids to the ocean through a fun & healthy sport like bodyboarding. Bodyboarding provides a great introduction to riding waves and perfect for kids who are still a little tentative about the ocean. Since they ride on a soft foam board, it’s much safer for kids to learn how to bodyboard than it is to learn how to surf on a hard fiberglass board.
What is your instructor to student ratio?
We will have a maximum of 4 students assigned to each instructor while on the beach. When the students are in the water, that ratio will be reduced to 3:1 or 2:1 depending on the skill level of the students. In addition to our instructors, we will have a Beach Activities Director to entertain the kids while they're transitioning to the next part of their lesson.
Are your instructors CPR certified?
Yes, all of our instructors are not only CPR and First Aid certified, they have gone through extensive background checks and have been fingerprinted through Live Scan by the City of San Clemente. The majority of our instructors live in San Clemente, went to high school here and are raising their families here.
Do you provide all the equipment or do I need to buy some prior to camp?
We supply all of the required equipment for our camp participants, thanks to our amazing sponsors! Specifically, we provide boards, leashes, swim fins, rash guards, fin socks and fin tethers. While rash guards will be plenty for the vast majority of kids during the summer months, if your child gets cold easily, you may want to consider purchasing or renting a spring wetsuit for them. You can get help purchasing a wetsuit from our partner, eBodyboarding.com
Does my child need to know how to swim?
Yes, in order for us to be able to teach your child how to bodyboard, he/she needs to at least know how to swim, tread water and/or "doggie paddle." If your child doesn't yet know how to swim, it's probably better to send him/her to swimming lessons first so he/she can enjoy our bodyboarding camp to the fullest!
My child can swim, but is still a little tentative in the ocean, can he/she wear a life jacket?
Yes, we recommend a low-profile life jacket so he/she can maneuver easily on and off the board. Here’s a great resource
for a list of low-profile (type 3) life jackets.
What should my child bring to camp each day?
We recommend that he/she brings a towel, water, snacks, a hat and sunscreen. If you forget sunscreen, we can provide complimentary packets of SPF 50 thanks to our awesome sponsor, COOLA Suncare. And if you forget snacks or water, we are steps away from a snack shack on the beach and across the street from a 7-11.
How long will my child actually be in the water each day?
We estimate between 30-45 minutes each hour. We start with showing them techniques on the sand, giving them a chance to understand the mechanics of things like paddling, swimming with their fins and steering their board. When they get in the water, we practice those skills again and again until their confidence builds and they're ready for the next challenge.
What else will the kids be doing when they're not in the water?
When they're not practicing their bodyboarding skills, our students will be engaged in games with our awesome Beach Activities Director, Claire. She has some super fun stuff planned like Zinka face painting contests, flipper races, and beach bowling. We will also be providing a well-rounded education about ocean safety and surf etiquette. In addition, we are proud to be partnering with the San Clemente Beach Conservation Program, who will be coming to our camp to teach our kids about preserving our beach environment and will lead a beach clean up every Tuesday.
Are there any sharks or other dangerous ocean animals near North Beach?
- Shark attacks are still extremely rare - especially at Orange County beaches. According to the City of San Clemente Marine Safety Division, there have only been 2 attacks in the last 30 years (including the recent one at Churches in San Onofre).
- In addition, since our location at North Beach is in the "swim zone," which is a shallower area further out, our location is a bit safer. Sharks don't tend to come in past the "surf line" which is where the larger waves break that surfers ride.
- We will have a total of (4) City lifeguards monitoring North Beach. Three are in towers - two of whom are dedicated to the "swim zone" where our camp operates, the other is in a tower near 204s - and the other is on an ATV which goes up and down the beach all day. In addition, all of our instructors are CPR and First-Aid certified.
- We are in close communication with Marine Safety, and will be following their protocol should there be an additional shark sighting. Out of an abundance of caution, we will suspend our in-water activities and remain on the beach if Marine Safety issues even their lowest advisory status which is a sighting of a non-aggressive shark, under 8 feet, within a mile of our location. Marine Safety may or may not issue a 4-hour beach closure under this type of advisory (it is up to their discretion), but we will take a step further and engage in fun beach games out of the water just to be extra safe.
- We will be checking with the lifeguards on duty and the surf report (which will note any advisories in effect) before each session to ensure we have the latest information from Marine Safety. You are also welcome to call the surf report line each morning if you'd like: 949/492-1011.
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