Humpback Summer Sessions

Summer Camp

Camp Highlights

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

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.

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 CPR for the Professional Rescuer and have gone through our internal 2-day “Ocean Water Safety Leadership Training” course
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Ocean Explorers Santa Barbara kids summer camps are a fun and informative experience for kids age 8-14.

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2023 Summer Sessions

Session 1: June 19-23
Session 2: June 26-30
Session 3: July 3-7
Session 4: July 10-14
Session 5: July 17-21
Session 6: July 24-28
Session 7: July 31 – Aug 4
Session 8: Aug 7-11
Session 9: Aug 14-18 (limited numbers)


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.






Stand Up Paddle Boarding






Beach Play


Journaling / Drawing

Camp Safety

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.

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.

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