Every camper, on their first day of camp, is given a swim assessment by our staff. The purpose of the assessment is to gauge the child's comfort and experience level in the ocean and assign them safe and specific swimming boundaries. Campers are given color-coded wristbands (based on the outcome of their swimming assessment) designating how deep we'll allow them to go in the ocean. No child is allowed deeper than their waist with feet firmly set on the ocean floor. Campers get a new wristband each day and love collecting them day-after-day as souvenirs of their time at camp.
Camp safety is a top concern among parents when choosing a camp for their kids. And that's just how it should be!
We're parents ourselves, and even though our kids are past the age of going to camp, we did send them to camp every summer as they were growing up and always make sure whichever camp they attended had strict and airtight safety measures in place. We know you expect the same and here at Aloha Beach Camp, we are committed to delivering it.
We have been running Aloha Beach Camp since 1999 (that's 21 years!) and have a 100% safety record during that time. When we say "100% safety record," we mean nothing more than a minor scrape or bruise a kid would get anywhere.
For example, one time a girl scraped her knee on the sand and there have been occasional bee stings here and there over the years. That's about it, though.
We realize when choosing a summer camp, you need to consider where the camp takes place as much as anything else. Sometimes the camp's location contributes to the level of risk involved. To this extent, parents often think summer camp at the beach might be less safe than more traditional camps. You'll be glad to know that most of the risks you can think of are generally more perceived than actual. With the proper safety measures in place, beach camp can be just a safe as any other program.
But is it Safe?
Many parents who send their kids to Aloha Beach Camp and others considering our program want to make sure we've covered all our bases relating to safety. Rest assured we have a 50 point safety program in place to make sure your child comes home safe, sandy and happy each day. We'll go into detail on all 50 points in another blog post soon.
Meanwhile, we wanted to show you today how closely your child will be supervised under our care at beach camp, most notably during water activities. All of our counselors are lifeguards and swim together with your kids in the ocean at all times. Campers never swim alone.
That's not all. Our program takes place directly in front of Zuma Beach Lifeguard Headquarters tower. Instead of having just one lifeguard in a single tower supervising our campers, there's 6 or 8 in the headquarters tower at all times instead. That's up to 8 times more lifeguard supervision than other beach camps provide!
Here's something else to give you extra peace of mind. Our campers aren't just supervised by the Zuma Beach lifeguards from the shore, but in the water, too. The lifeguards constantly patrol the ocean from their boat, right in front of our campers when they're swimming. That means you never have to worry about anything going wrong because our beach camp safety program is locked down!
We have a 100% all-time safety record and intend to keep it like that. But if you ever want to visit at camp during the summer to see our safety program in action, you're invited to come any time. We have an open door policy and enjoy meeting parents in person. Just let us know before you come so we can show you exactly where to meet us. See you this summer!
This blog is written and maintained by Eric D. Naftulin, Aloha Beach Camp's owner and Executive Director the the past 20 years.