Surf School Coronavirus Protocols
View our plans for safe surfing during COVID-19
Last Update: Saturday, May 16, 2020
To ensure everyone remains as safe as possible while still enjoying a friendly, laid-back easy check-in, we are splitting up the arrival process for our surf camp and surf lessons between two separate areas. Camp arrivals will be greeted on the beach at our red tent while lesson guests should meet us at our container in the parking lot.
Is it safe to surf during COVID-19?
As with anything it is important to practice precaution, but the city of Huntington Beach has opened beaches for recreational activity, specifically citing surfing as acceptable. According to Surfrider Foundation, there is still no information on the ability of the COVID-19 virus to remain viable in saltwater. Experts also agree the risk of COVID-19 transmission through water is very low. Everyone agrees that the best way to stay safe is to maintain proper physical distancing in and out of the water. Under normal circumstances our spot at Bolsa Chica is ideal for beginner surfers (see why) but it is especially well suited for adhering to Coronavirus safety protocols as it provides ample room to spread out and surf at safe distances from one another.
What safety measures are you taking?
We are taking every possible precaution to ensure our customers stay safe and have fun. This page outlines these safety measures, which include training staff to limit the spread of Coronavirus, implementing disinfectant strategies, and practicing physical distancing. Instructors will maintain a minimum 6 foot distance from students, both in and out of the water. All our surfboards, equipment, and facilities are regularly disinfected. We will also provide access to hand washing stations and safely separate our check-in process so families are never too close together.
Will I get refunded for COVID-19 cancellations?
Surf lessons are paid for when you arrive for your lesson. So you will never be charged ahead of time, and don’t have to worry about getting refunded if a cancellation should occur. Surf camp registrations require an upfront $30 non-refundable deposit to reserve a spot. The rest is paid upon arrival on the first day of camp. In the case of a cancellation due to COVID-19 we will unfortunately be unable to refund that camp deposit, but you will not be charged beyond that. You can wait to signup until closer to the date of your desired lesson or camp session to reduce the chance of cancellation, however we cannot guarantee spots will be available.
For more answers to common questions about our surf lessons and camps check out our full FAQ page.
We are firm believers that surfing has the power to heal and bring us closer together, even when we need to stay six feet apart. In the best of times and the worst, it comforts, rejuvenates, and invigorates. The world is facing a lot right now, but surfing can be a sanctuary and we want to share in it together with you.
Safety first is the motto of our surf school, both in and out of the water. We want to ensure you can enjoy the beach and ocean without concern. So our goal during these crazy times is two things: to stay safe and have fun. We’ll do our hardest to take care of the first and we’ll let the waves provide the second.