It's time to get your crew ready for the Sebastian Inlet Surf School Spring Break & Summer Surf Camp Experience! We happen to think we offer surf camp like no other.
What makes the difference? That's an easy one: location, location, location! Most surf camps are in crowded spots like Cocoa Beach, Indialantic or Fort Pierce, while we are in the relative seclusion of the Sebastian Inlet area, which just happens to be the most famous surf destination in Florida. When our campers walk across the street to the beach, they're usually the only surfers in sight. It's like our private little surfer slice of paradise.
Even better, where most surf camps head straight to the beach and pray for waves, we have the Inlet Oaks Train Station, a unique outdoor training facility behind the shop where we do balance & strength training and maybe even run some really fun obstacle course relay races. We also have indoor and outdoor shaded areas to escape the Florida summer sun while campers eat lunch, get rehydrated and have a blast playing foosball or pinball.
Even more important is our seriously fun approach to teaching surfing. We want our campers not only to learn to surf, but to learn about surfing. Somehow, we manage to make it fun to learn about Newton's First Law, the difference between local wind swell and ground swell, and what the heck fetch and period are and how that affects the size and quality of the waves you surf.
But above all, our campers spend a lot of time in the water and catch a lot of waves under the guidance of instructors who get just as excited as the kids every time somebody rides a great wave. We absolutely live the Surfing Life and love to share the stoke with the next generation ... your kids!
Lessons of A Surfing Life Packed Into a Week's Camp
Back when we were learning to surf, there were few, if any, true surf instructors, so it was all a matter of figuring it out ... which could take decades as you traveled the world and surfed ever more challenging waves. So it just made sense to us to pack over a combined seventy years of surf experience into a curriculum that will give our campers a head start.
Our lead instructor is Ms. Amy Houseknecht or Teacher Amy as we call her. A 6th grade math teacher for 19 years, Amy was named Teacher of the Year at Gifford Middle School in 2020. She brings an energy to the task you have to see to believe. With over 20 years surfing experience, she effortlessly blends teaching principles of surfing into action-packed days that keep campers on the move ... no staring at cell phones here!
The most versatile member of our coaching staff is a true Florida surfer girl, Sophia Pickett. Sophia grew up in Wabasso, just nine miles south of the shop. Despite her relative youth, she brings a wealth of experience and personality to our team. In addition to her surfing skill, Sophia is also a certified yoga instructor as well as a certified massage therapist and practices those skills in her own studio, Sophlow Yoga in Sebastian, right across the Indian River Lagoon from the shop. In short, Sophia totally lives the surfing life ... and loves to share her experience with our campers.
Shop owner John Robson also has a teaching and coaching background and has had the good fortune to surf legendary spots around the world ranging from Puerto Escondido, Mexico; Mundaka, Spain & Byron Bay, Australia to numerous locales in the Caribbean and Central America.
A Day in the Life
Surf and weather conditions can change each day's schedule, but the basic schedule goes something like this:
8:45 - 9:15 Arrival and roll call (apply sunscreen now!)
9:15 - 9:30 Surf Tutorial
9:30 - 10:00 Indo Board Balance Training and Strength Development
10:00 - Noon Beach Time! Wave Science & Plenty of Surfing!
Noon - 12:30 Lunch (brown bag Mon - Thu, Friday is Tacos with Paco
12:30 - 1 Free Time (extra strength & balance; Foosball; Pinball, etc.)
2020 Camp Schedule
Spring Break Week #1: March 15-19
Spring Break Week #2: March 22-26
Summer Surf Camp #1: June 1-5
Summer Surf Camp #2: June 7-11
Summer Surf Camp #3: June 14-18
Summer Surf Camp #4: June 21-25
Summer Surf Camp #5: June 28-July 2
Summer Surf Camp #6:July 5-9
Summer Surf Camp #7: July 12-16
Summer Surf Camp #8: July 19-23
Summer Surf Camp #9: July 26-30
Summer Surf Camp #10: August 2-6
(Please note:) Pending any delays in school opening dates, additional weeks may be added.)
Camp hours are 9 am – 1 pm M-F
Bring your own lunch, except we celebrate Friday with Tacos with Paco or Burritos with Bandito!
Early bird registration is $250 for each one-week session and the full registration fee is $295. To register online and take advantage of early bird pricing, visit active.com and search Sebastian Inlet Surf & Sport.
Single day registration is $60/day on a space available basis.
Please call the shop at 321-574-0600 for single day registration or if you have any questions about the camp.