Each day we get emails from parents who want to sign up their kids for beach camp.
Many of the messages contain the same questions, so it caused us to think, "there must be many more other families out there who have the same questions, but haven't taken the time to ask."
So, here's a quick post of some of the questions (and answers!) we received just this morning. You can always visit our FAQ's if you have additional questions, or feel free to leave us a comment here and we'll respond right away. We are here to help!
1. Do you run weekly camps or can campers choose individual days?
Aloha Beach Camp does not operate according to prearranged sessions. You can pick and choose the days you want to send your kids to camp. Read about unique day-by-day enrollment where you can in essence "cherry-pick" the days you want your child to come to camp.
2. How many lifeguards do you have per child?
All of our counselors are lifeguards. Ratios fluctuate depending on the activities and camper age groups. For instance, if the kids are taking a surfing lesson, the ratio would be 1 camper to 1 counselor/lifeguard. If the kids are quietly having lunch on beach, the ratios might range from 5 to 7 campers for every counselor/lifeguard. It just depends, but in general a 5 to 1 ratio is what you can expect on average. In addition to our own staff of camp counselors, we only visit beaches staffed by public lifeguards, just like you would (hopefully!) do when going to the beach on your own. Finally, Aloha Beach Camp has the safest location of any beach camp, because we are based directly adjacent (literally arms reach!) to the Zuma Beach lifeguard headquarters tower. That means we enjoy extra supervision compared to other camps!
3. Do you provide life vests for the water sports
We provide properly-fitting, coast guard approved life vests for all boating activities, but not for swimming in the ocean. We believe wearing life vests in the ocean could in fact be dangerous by providing campers with a false sense of confidence.
4. Is there a swim level you prefer the kids to be at?
Nope! We accommodate campers of every aquatic background no matter their swimming ability. Activities are tailored to each child's swimming ability and experience level. The goal of the program is to help campers become safe and comfortable in the ocean.
5. If we register now can we change days later?
Of course! You can always modify your initial schedule on a space available basis (as long as the days you want to move into are not full, you can change your child's schedule around).
This blog is written and maintained by Eric D. Naftulin, Aloha Beach Camp's owner and Executive Director the the past 20 years.