WHERE: Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
WHO: Teens ages 14-17 with an interest in surfing, stand up paddleboarding, adventure and marine science. (We only take 12 campers per camp, so register early.)
One week: $2050.00 per camper
Deposit of $500.00 per week is due upon enrollment. Remaining tuition will be billed and payable before May 15th 2017. Deposits are refundable until April 15th, 2017.
This Surf Adventure Camp is for teens ages 14 – 17 and is like no other camp out there!
Surfing, paddleboarding, hiking and studying marine biology in Hawaii, with local guides, professional marine biologists and experienced surf instructors. You cannot get a local experience like this in any other camps. We know the area and are excited to share it with you.
All of our instructors are Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR certified and receive thorough background checks. OUr coaches are lifelong surfers and watermen and water women. SURFit USA is owned by a husband and wife team and both will be involved with camps in all sessions.
Each Surf Adventure Camp session only accepts 12 campers. We keep the camp small so that we can really focus on each and every camper to ensure they have a great experience and grow as a surfer in a safe and comfortable manner.
-Extensive surf instruction at various breaks
-Stand Up Paddleboarding along the picturesque coastline
-Hiking through the tropical rainforest
-Snorkeling at some of the most beautiful reefs on the island
-Exploration of Hawaii’s diverse culture
-Marine biology community service project with local non-governmental agencies
Tuition includes all lodging, meals, 24-hour same gender adult supervision, shuttle to and from Honolulu International Airport, equipment, professional surf instruction (3:1 student to instructor ratio), SURFit USA Surf rashguard, activity fees, digital photos and video of participants surf sessions.
In addition to tuition, each person is responsible for: round-trip airfare to Honolulu International Airport.
ARRIVAL, ORIENTATION, INTRO TO SURFING
A Surf Camp Trip Leader will be eagerly awaiting your arrival at the Honolulu International Airport (HNL) if you are traveling on your own. We’ll make our way to Manoa Valley to unpack and conduct orientation where we’ll discuss our schedule, go over rules, and get to know one another. We will wake up to breaking waves and we will get out in the surf.
SURF, SURF, SURF!
Oahu is the perfect place to surf because there is almost always some kind of wave to surf. We plan to take advantage of this and surf most days during the camp session. Your confidence and skill level will increase immensely. After a full day or surfing and exploring, we’ll head back to home base to refuel and gear up for tomorrow.
A typical day might include morning surf (after breakfast), an afternoon activity and back for evening surf. Some mornings we might hit the waves for dawn patrol and other days we might spend the day doing other water activities.
The coaches will scope out conditions and find the best place for surf making sure to include campers in the discussion to ensure they learn about weather conditions and local surf breaks.
When we are ready for a break from surfing, we will be visiting the North Shore of Oahu for snorkeling and exploring, hiking to hidden waterfalls in the rainforest and visiting culturally significant locations.
Throughout the course of the camp, we will be participating in a local community service project related to the marine environment. We will be coordinating with local marine scientists to learn about the ecosystem and assist in a research project.
The last day of camp we will surf one last time and then enjoy a Hawaiian feast while we reminisce about the fun we have had together.
If I have never surfed before, is this camp for me?
The SURFit Hawaii adventure program was developed for the beginner to advanced surfer. There are so many beach breaks that are suited to different levels of surfing that it allows us to accommodate the beginners as well as those looking to improve their skills. Plus, with a low coach to camper ratio we can make sure surfers at similar levels can be grouped together.
If you are a beginner, we can teach you how to surf and watch as your skills improve as the weeks progress. If you are an experienced surfer, we can help you take it to the next level.
Where will I be surfing?
In the summer, the North Shore is typically flat but the South Shore has waves. We will seek out the best waves along the South Shore of Oahu--all about a 15 minute drive from our accommodations. We grew up on this island and know the best places to go for all level of surfer.
I'm nervous about traveling to Hawaii alone. Can I travel with an instructor?
Hawaii campers can meet their trip leader at the Atlanta airport and travel together on the same flight into Honolulu, where you will then be greeted by the rest of the SURFit staff. Please call our office for flight details to arrange this option.
What kind of non-surfing activities will we be participating in?
We will be doing so many different activities. You will not be bored.
Stand Up Paddleboarding along the picturesque coastline
Hiking through the tropical rainforest
Swimming in beautiful freshwater pools
Snorkeling at some of the most beautiful reefs on the island
Exploration of Hawaii’s diverse culture
Marine biology community service project with local non-governmental agencies
Do you provide equipment or should I bring my own?
All equipment is provided. We provide a variety of boards. Since this is a beginner to advanced camp, participants with surfing experience are allowed to bring their own boards (subject to fees from airlines).
Do I need a passport?
No, if you are coming from the United States you do not need a passport. If you are travelling from a foreign country, you will need a valid passport and visa.
What are the ages of your overnight campers?
This program is for ages 14 – 17. Roommates are grouped together by gender and age. All campers will have 24 hour same gender supervision.
What kind of food will I be eating?
We will eat breakfast and most dinners at the University of Hawaii at Manoa cafeteria dormitories. For lunch, we might hit the food trucks in front of Ala Moana, the Diamond Head Grill near Tongs, or many other local hot spots. Oahu is known for diverse dining options and there will be meals and restaurants to satisfy every palette.
Vegetarian meals are available.
What do I need to bring?
You will receive a detailed packing list with your registration materials. For the most part, you shouldn’t have to purchase anything that you don’t already have at home.
How much spending money should I bring?
We recommend campers bring $100 to $150. This is for special food items, snacks, souvenirs, or gifts they wish to purchase while at camp.
How much surfing will I be doing?
We are a surf-intensive camp and it is the main activity of our programs but we know that even the most seasoned surfers need a day off from the waves and sun. In our off time, we will still be active--exploring by hiking, snorkeling and more.
How much marine science will I be doing?
Everyday, we will be learning about the local ecosystem. We will be working on a community service project with local agencies and will be spending about 10-15 hours during the camp session on this project.
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 are certified lifeguards and many worked as Honolulu County beach lifeguards. Many of the surf breaks do have lifeguards, although not all of them do. We will assess each camper's ability and the ocean conditions and will make decisions about where to surf. We reserve the right to hold campers back on days in which the conditions are unsafe for the campers in the group.
What happens if the conditions are unfavorable for surfing on a particular day?
If conditions are unfavorable, we will use that time to explore other areas of the island or to work on our community service project. There will always be something fun to do.
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. You never know who you might meet and what you might learn from friends from all around the globe.
Should I have insurance?
All campers are required to show proof of health insurance. All campers must have a signed and notarized letter from parents indicating that SURFit can seek medical care for them should any such situation arise.
We highly recommend that travel 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. Call us for our recommendation on travel insurance.
What is your cancellation policy?
Exceptions to this policy cannot be made for any reason, including weather, illness, or personal emergencies.
If you must cancel your reservation, our policy is as follows:
1) Deposits are non-refundable, after April 30th, 2017.
2) If you cancel by May 1st, 2017 , your tuition will be refunded, and your deposit can be utilized for any other program during our next season.
3) If you cancel after May 1, 2017, you will only receive a tuition refund, less the deposit, if we can fill your spot.
4) In the event that camp is cancelled by SURFit USA for any reason, we will refund your tuition and deposit or you can use that towards other SURFit programs.
5) There is no refund for arriving late or leaving early. There are no partial refunds for any services not used while at camp. If a camper is sent home for not adhering to camp policies, your credit card on file will be charged for all costs associated with dismissal.
7) SURFit USA is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation for a canceled trip, such as airline tickets, or for costs incurred due to travel delays, flight cancellation, or illness. SURFit USA does not assume responsibility for any loss incurred on account of non-refundable tickets.
8) SURFIT USA reserves the right to make changes to any trip itinerary without notice or explanation at any time.
9) SURFIT USA reserves the right to modify the schedule at any time due to weather conditions, predicated weather conditions, skill level of campers or any other reason.
What will we do at night?
Most nights everyone will be surfed out after dinner but we do leave time for daily reflection and team building activities. We might watch some surf movies, play games or meet with board shapers and professional surfers to talk about their profession.
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?
On the first night of our overnight summer camps, our rules are clearly presented to our campers. 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. We are extremely conscientious about upholding our standards of safety and conduct for both our staff and our students.
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 personal reasons, please note this on your medical history form.
What kind of physical preparation should I do prior to camp?
If you are not a strong swimmer, we highly encourage you to spend more time in the water to become a more comfortable swimmer.
Surfing is a strenuous physical activity; therefore we encourage regular exercise for at least a few weeks prior to departure.