For kids Ages 8 -14

Humpback Camp Summer Sessions

Kids stoked to be at camp

Summer Camp

Santa Barbara’s favorite camp for over 10 years. A Paddle Sports Center and Save the Mermaids collaboration.

Humpback Summer Sessions is for our tween explorers.  Join us for a five day ocean camp packed full of ocean sports and fun. Build confidence, learn new skills, and develop a lifelong appreciation for the ocean. Our mornings are designed to be explorative and instructional; taking campers on journeys that will teach them important ocean skills that will challenge and excite them within their skill level.  Our afternoons are party waves at Sandspit with all of the camp toys at their disposal to learn with the guidance of the counselors but the freedom to learn at his or her own pace. Make this years summer camp an unforgettable one!

Ages 8 -14

Summer Camp Sessions

Session 1 June 17-June 21st | Session 2 June 24th-June 28th | Session 3 July 1st-July 5th

Session 4 July 8th-July 12th | Session 5 July 15th-July 19th | Session 6 July 22nd-July 26th

Session 7 July 29th-August 2nd | Session 8 August 5th-August 9th | Session 9 August 12th-August 16th

Session 1

June 17 - 21

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Session 2

June 24 - 28

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Session 3

July 1 - 5

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Session 4

July 8 - 12

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Session 5

July 15 - 19

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Session 6

July 22 - 26

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Session 7

July 29 - Aug 2

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Session 8

Aug 5 - 9

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Session 9

Aug 12 - 16 (limited numbers)

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Space is limited

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Camps starting at $419 for each session, for members.

Non-Members can join for discounted rates on rentals and camps OR sign up through Parks & Recreation at the link below.

Humpback Summer Sessions Highlights

Build confidence, learn new skills, and develop a lifelong appreciation for the ocean.

The magic of Ocean Explorers Camp is that throughout all of the activities and fun, we blend conservation and ocean education into the theme of the day’s activities. Daily activities include kayaking, stand- up paddle boarding, boogie-boarding, surfing, body surfing, snorkeling, beach play, beach cleanups, art, and ocean education through the Santa Barbara Harbor from Sandspit to Leadbetter. We also will be able to connect with marine life above and below the water, fish, echinoderms, seals and sealions and even dolphins some mornings will join us in our play!

  • Our Humpback camp ratio is 6:1 (campers:counselors)
  • All counselors are lifeguard certified with CPR for the Professional Rescuer and have gone through our internal  “Ocean Risk Management Course” course.





Beach Play


And More!

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  • 2 kids happy to be at summer camp
  • Girl surfing for 1st time

Camp Safety

Our Water Safety Policy – Humpback Age Group

We don’t expect kids to come to camp as excellent swimmers, this camp was designed to help kids improve on already existing swimming skills and help them build confidence in the water.

  • Campers will all be asked to do a swim test on day 1 so we can get an idea of where each kids is at with their swimming ability. They can do this with our without a PFD on.
  • We ask that campers have had previous swimming lessons and are at least comfortable floating in their life jacket.
  • Campers are only required to wear PFDs when on kayaks and paddle boards. Campers that struggle during the swim test will be asked to wear a PFD at all times. 

Campers will learn skills on kayaks, paddle boards, and in the surf zone. While PFDs are required to be worn by paddlers under 16 by USCG when on personal watercraft it is also good practice for young paddlers to become comfortable paddling with a PFD for future ocean paddling experiences when they are older.

We provide wetsuits and lifejackets.

Counselor Training

  • Our Humpback camp ratio is 6:1 (campers: counselors)
  • All counselors are CPR for the Professional Rescuer and have gone through our internal 2-day “Ocean Water Safety Leadership Training” course.


Paddle Sports Center

117 B Harbor Way,
Santa Barbara, CA 93109

Humpback Camp drop off and pick-up is in the alley behind the Fish Market and Paddle Sports Center.

beach by Felipe Alvarado from Noun Project splash by Yeong Rong Kim from Noun Project Life Jacket by DinosoftLab from Noun Project