Surf Camp: The Ultimate Guide To Choose One

Surf camp surely sounds like a great idea if you want to get started, or even if you are just looking to get onboard some nice surf holidays.

Nevertheless, it can be a real pain to get stuck a whole weekend in the wrong camp, and forgetting to check certain important aspects can even be dangerous.

In this article, we are going to give you a full guide to easily choose the best surf camp:

The Technical Surf Camp Stuff

Before choosing a surf camp, and rushing out to make the deposit, it is extremely important that you consider reviewing the technical aspects that the camp offers you.

Surf Camp Hosting

The first thing you should check is the lodging services, this means that you should be 100% sure about the communities that are going to offer you during your stay since this type of camps usually lasts for at least one weekend.

Surf Camp - Comfort
Your comfort is a must!

Contact the administrators, and find out about:

  • Rooms
  • Room privacy
  • Bed types
  • Availability and use of toilets
  • Availability of hot water
  • Parking
  • Meals
  • Connectivity

Anyway, you may be wondering why these aspects are so important.  Well, even if it’s a surf camp, you’ll hardly spend all day and all night in the water.

Also, you’ll need a good night of sleep after the first day if you want to have some energy to surf the second day.

Certifications

Something super important to know about a surf camp is the certifications of its instructors.

We’re not just talking about them being real surfers, because to begin with that’s really more about practice than a diploma.

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Safety is your first priority

What we mean is that the instructors must have current certificates in first aid, safety, risk prevention and, if possible, education.

Insurance

At the very least, it is important that the camp has legal liability insurance in order to be able to work.

However, surf camps often have accident insurance, and you should also ask the camp if they have: medical transport, rescue services, and where the nearest health center is located.

Environmental Surf Camp Stuff

Another important aspect to take into account when choosing a surf camp is the environment in which the activities will take place.

Maybe you don’t know the beach to which you are going to be taken in the camp, also not in all cases the camp is going to be directly in front of the sea.

Be sure to ask these and other questions.

Also, keep an eye on the surf report so that you have a better idea of the terrain in which you are going to practice the sport and the weather conditions that will accompany you during the trip.

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The beach should match your level

Tip: Unless you are an experienced surfer with love for danger, it is best to avoid traveling during stormy weather.

How To Choose The “Best” Surf Camp Experience

At this point, we are going to talk about the “not so technical” aspects of your surf camp, for which simply take into consideration the following points:

  • First, choose a surf camp that is appropriate for your level.  Otherwise, you could get bored to death, or simply frustrate yourself.
  • Second, if you go with someone, you can choose a camp that suits you and the fact of going together. Some camps even give you group discounts.
  • Third, choose a camp that specializes in your age range. There are camps that work best with children and others that are famous for teaching older people to associate.
  • Finally, make sure you know if the camp will provide you with practice instruments. From the surfboard to the towel, it’s important that you know exactly what you need to bring, what’s included in the package, and what’s available for rent.

In the end, A Surf Camp Is About Fun

Once you’ve taken these tips into account, it’s also a good idea to ask the camp administrators what kind of activities they do after the training sessions.

After all, at nightfall, there is life after surfing.

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