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Surf Camps

Learn to Surf LA Surf Camp Venice Manhattan Beach Santa Monica
Our Spring and Summer Surf Camp and California Surf School is a great way for kids and teens to learn ocean safety while having fun surfing!


Exclusively available at Learn To Surf LA, our seasonal Surf Camps are perfect for kids and teens aged 5 to 17. We’ve been operating since 2002, and our intensive half-day or full-day surf school sessions help students build confidence and improve their skills quickly.


Here’s how Surf Camp works:


  • Choose your session: Spring Break (March-April) or Summer Break (June-August)
  • Choose your duration: We offer full-day (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and half-day (9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., or 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) sessions
  • Take advantage of our flexible scheduling: Sign up for as many or as few half days, full days, or weeks as you like
  • We provide free extended care from 9:00 a.m., with an extended childcare option from as early as 8:00 a.m.


Everything is provided, including safe, comfortable foam surfboards as well as bodyboards and full-length and spring wetsuits. Snacks and drinks are offered at no extra charge, and we also put up canopies to provide shade from the Southern California sun and prevent excess sun exposure.


Check out some PHOTOS from our previous camps!






Offered at our Santa Monica/Venice Beach and Manhattan Beach/El Porto location, April 1 to April 19, Monday through Friday




Offered at our Santa Monica/Venice Beach and Manhattan Beach/El Porto locations, June 10th to August 30th, Monday through Friday




If your spring or summer recess is outside of any of these listed dates,
let us know!

We can extend our dates.

Note: Tuition Assistance

You may qualify for government assistance with your surf camp expenses.

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Enroll in our sunny Southern California surf camp, available at two locations in the Los Angeles area.

Surf Camp, our annual spring and summer California surf school for youths, is available at two locations: Santa Monica/Venice Beach, and Manhattan Beach/El Porto.

While we have flexible individual day scheduling, we recommend signing up for at least two full Monday-Friday weeks to get the most out of camp for your child. Fees are as follows:

Pricing (prices listed per full day and half day):

  • Trial day (1): $100/full day, $75/half day
  • 2-9 days: $85/full day, $65/half day
  • 10-19 days: $81/full day, $62/half day
  • 20+ days: $75/full day, $55/half day
  • Extended child care is available for $15/hour/registrant
  • 10% sibling discount for each additional sibling booked
  • Multi-day discount will automatically be retroactively applied for any days that were booked



Learn to Surf LA’s Surf Camps both have excellent locations in the LA area. Conveniently located at the end of the 10 and the 105 freeways, it’s an easy drive to our surf camps from Malibu, the Valley and Greater Los Angeles as well as for those coming from the South Bay. Both breaks we operate at have gently sloping sandy bottom, such that the waves here break much more mildly compared to most other breaks. We are very fortunate to have two great locations with a wide range of wave conditions for all skill levels. These are some of the easiest waves to learn to surf on that you’ll ever find!


Our qualified, experienced instructors are CPR and First Aid trained, as your child’s safety is our primary concern. In the years since opening our doors in 2002, we have refined our instructional technique to the point at which we can provide the most value to our campers: our maximum instructor to student ratio of 5 to 1 ensures that every child get’s substantial individual attention (some schools have a ratio of up to 10 to one), while still providing an affordable value to parents.


Our students will learn about wave dynamics, ocean safety and awareness, how to deal with rip-currents, popping up on a surf board, handling the board in the water, turning, wave selection, positioning and maneuvering, surfing etiquette, and much, much more.


Other beach activities we offer are: paddling, boogie-boarding, swimming, body-surfing, running, sand sculpture, and beach games such as Frisbee, Nerf touch-football, beach volleyball, dodge-ball and beach soccer. We also have break times to dry off, rehydrate and relax or play. No child is forced to participate in any activity, though we gently but strongly encourage our students to participate in all surf activities. Our mission is to get your kids surfing!


A typical day
8:00 – 9:15Extended Care (free from 9:00), Check In from 9:00-9:15
9:15 – 9:40Sunblock Application, Introductions, Walk down to beach at 9:30
9:40 – 9:50Calisthenics, stretching, warm up exercises
9:50 – 10:10Ocean Knowledge, Water Safety Training
10:10 – 11:00Instructed Surfing/Bodyboarding
11:00 – 11:25Sunblock Reapplication, Snack Time, Snack Run
11:25 – 12:15Surfing, Body Boarding, Beach Games, Volleyball
12:15 – 12:45Lunch (not provided), Free Time, Half Day Pickup and Check In
12:45 – 12:55Sunblock Re-Application, Introductions
12:55 – 1:05Calisthenics, stretching, warm up exercises
1:05 – 1:25Ocean Knowledge, Water Safety Training
1:25 – 2:15Instructed Surfing/Bodyboarding
2:15 – 2:30Sunblock Reapplication, Snack Time, Snack Run
2:30 – 3:15Surfing, Body Boarding, Beach Games, Volleyball
3:15 – 3:30Pick Up, Sign Out
*Note – For repeat campers, redundant training activities will be replaced with surf instruction/free time/beach games



To register for either our Santa Monica/Venice Beach or Manhattan Beach location, please fill out our Online Registration Form. You can also download and mail in our Printable Registration Form along with a Waiver. For more information, call (310) 663-2479 or E-mail Us.


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