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UCSB Summer Day Camp, Surf & Kayak Camp , Jr Guards, Swim Lessons

  • (805) 893-3913
  • UCSB Department of Recreation , Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3025


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The UCSB Department of Recreation has provided quality summer programming for the past 36 years. Our many Summer Programs serve thousands of young people annually and draw participants from around the world. The Summer Day Camp serves children as young as 4.5 and is a great way to introduce them to a variety of activities.  Staff for aquatics programs are certified lifeguards and adhere to strict safety guidelines.

Programs Include

  • Swim Lessons
  • Summer Day Camp
  • Jr Lifeguards (& assistant positions for teens)
  • Surf & Kayak Camp
Summer Day Camp
  • The goal of the UCSB Summer Day Camp is to provide a safe, fun and active environment in which children can develop new skills, self-esteem and friendships.
    We pride ourselves on offering an action-packed, varied and exciting camp. Highly trained and qualified counselors provide a warm, family atmosphere in which each child is special and all children are taught to respect and value others.
    Campers enjoy daily swimming at the Recreation Center and Campus Pool, access to the UCSB gymnastics facility as well as weekly visits to the Ropes Adventure Course.
    Camp is open to boys and girls ages 5-14.
  • The Surf & Kayak Camp will take place at UCSB’s Campus Point and will include surfing instruction, kayak instruction, beach activities and environmental education. This camp is designed to encourage marine interaction through recreation and education. This is a unique opportunity for kids to learn about, respect and enjoy the resources our coast provides. Camp is open to boys and girls ages 9-15.
Jr Lifeguards
  • Participate in a program that will improve self esteem, teamwork, physical fitness, first aid/ocean safety skills, environmental awareness and that’s just plain fun. Two four-week sessions.
    Program runs Monday-Friday, 8:30am-12:30pm.
    Jr. Guards is for boys & girls age 8-17
    Session 1: June 26-July 21 – $365
    Session 2: July 24 August 17 – $365
    Attend both sessions for $585
    Try-Out Dates at the Rec Cen:
    Email: to tryout
  • Ages 3+ years. Two-Week Sessions begin in June. There will also be one 1-week “mini session” offered June 19-23. Swim lesson sign ups for Summer 2017 begin April 19th at 10am. EMAIL or CALL 893-2501
  • The Recreation Center Aquatics Complex is available to registered UCSB students, Rec Cen members and day-pass holders. Day pass entry is $15 ($8 children) and can be purchased at the Rec Cen front desk. During the school year (September-May), children are allowed entry only on weekends and must be accompanied by a Rec Cen Member (other restrictions apply). During the summer, non-members (community) may bring children every day with a day pass or Summer Family Membership purchase.

July 16, 2014

I have been so grateful for the swim teachers at UCSB this summer. They are patient, creative, and never seem flustered. We see progress in our child's level of confidence in the pool and are very thankful!

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