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HOW DO I SIGN UP ONLINE?

Click on sign up tab on left side of the header or click on any live registration link on website.

HOW FLEXIBLE IS THE SCHEDULING OF THE MAKOS’ KIDS SUMMER SURF PROGRAM?

Makos’ offers very flexible and custom scheduling. Students simply have to choose the days and times that they want to attend camp and then show up. If you have any questions regarding scheduling please contact us and we will accommodate your needs. The online registration process will allow you to customize your schedule.

WHAT IF MY CHILD OR I MISS A DAY OF SURF CAMP?

Then you may make the day up anytime within that session. Remember to let us know in advance when you plan to make-up the day of camp. The best way to do this is to send an email to contact@malibumakos.com specifying the campers name, the missed date of camp, and the day you wish to attend on. Also include any transportation details (i.e. location you need transport from).

WHAT IF WE ARE LATE TO SURF CAMP IN THE MORNING?

This is LA and people are fashionably late. So of course you may come to camp if you are late in the morning. Make sure that you check in with our staff at the front sign-in beach desk and let them know your situation. If no one is there, find a staff member and they will direct you in what to do.

ARE PARENTS ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN KIDS’ SURF CAMP WITH THEIR CHILDREN?

Yes, in the past, parents have actually done the kids surf camp with their children. Parents participate in all the activities they choose from surfing to dodge ball.

WHAT DO I (or my child) NEED TO BRING TO CAMP?

Participants should bring a lunch, sunscreen, hat, sandals, bathing suit, sweatshirt, and backpack. Wetsuits, surfboards, body boards, umbrellas, and other beach equipment are provided by Makos. A healthy lunch option is offered daily and can be purchased separately during beach check-in each morning for $10 cash. Lunches are delivered fresh daily at lunchtime (12:00PM).

Makos recommends that your child’s name be written in permanent marker on all of your child’s items from home, and that parents check to make sure children have all of their belonging at the end of every day of surf camp. Makos is not responsible for items left at the beach or on transportation vehicles.

DOES MAKOS PROVIDE ALL THE NEEDED EQUIPMENT?

Yes, Makos provides top of the line soft surfboards, body boards, kayaks, and wetsuits, along with the best instruction and staff of any surf day camp in the world.

WHAT IS THE EARLIEST I CAN DROP MY KIDS OF AT SURF / OCEAN SAFETY DAY CAMP AND WHAT IS LATEST I CAN PICK THEM UP?

You can drop off you children at the beach after 8:45AM and must pick them up by 3:00PM.

WHAT IS THE MAKOS INSTRUCTOR TO CAMPER RATIO?

The Makos ratio of instructors to campers is usually between1 instructor to six or eight campers per instructor / lifeguard. MiniMakos ratio is 1 instructor to 4 campers. The maximum ratio is 1:10 but rarely ever is reached. The reason that our ratio fluctuates is because of the open enrollment that Makos offers. The Makos’ goal is to provide a safe fun enthusiastic learning environment for each participant.

DO I HAVE TO FILL OUT A RELEASE FORM FOR EACH OF MY CHILDREN?

Yes, each participant must have there own release form filled out and approved by a Malibu Makos registration employee.

DO I HAVE TO REGISTER EACH CHILD?

Yes, each participant must have their own registration form filled out even if they have siblings. In the case of an emergency the registration form will accompany the participant to the hospital.

ARE THERE SHARKS AT ZUMA BEACH?

No, there has never been a reported shark attack at Zuma Beach as long as we can remember. You should not be afraid of sharks when coming to Malibu Makos because we do not have a problem with them. In fact, there are dolphins that swim along the beach on a regular basis.

DO I HAVE TO GO SURFING FOR THE ENTIRE TIME THAT I SPEND AT SURF CAMP?

No, the Malibu Makos Surf Camp is not here to force you to surf. Makos’ wants you to have a great time in the ocean so each participant can go at there own level. If you want to surf, then you can surf, if you want to body board, then you can do so. The Malibu Makos goal is to provide a positive, safe learning environment for those who want to surf, bodysurf, swim, and have the opportunity to try all the activities that we offer. Makos caters to each participant’s needs.

HOW DO I BECOME A BETTER SURFER?

1. Have a positive attitude and learn to surf because it is fun.
2. Know your limits and do not exceed them.
3. Learn about rip currents and other ocean hazards. Click here to learn more about ocean safety.
4. Use the correct equipment.
5. Feel comfortable with you instructor.
6. Get instruction from a qualified surf coach.
7. Ask questions about surfing.
8. Ask your surf instructor or a lifeguard about ocean conditions before going into the water.
9. Protect yourself from the sun – Use good sunscreen and wear a hat.
10. Practice, practice, practice!!!!!!! It is only going to help.
11. And please help keep the beach and water clean, do not litter.

HOW CLEAN IS THE WATER AT ZUMA BEACH?

Zuma beach has nearly the cleanest ocean water in Los Angeles County. It usually receives a water grade “A”. The deep water and strong ocean currents off of Point Dume separate the water at Zuma from the rest of the water in Santa Monica Bay. The water is clean and clear at the Malibu Makos Surf Club location.

DO THE WAVES EVER GET TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL AT ZUMA BEACH FOR THE MAKOS’ TO GO SURFING?

No, the waves at Zuma Beach are generally perfect for learning to surf not matter what the conditions are. When the waves are big, the sand bottom is shallow enough that you can stand and surf the white water all the way to the shore. Also when the waves are big, there is too much water moving towards the beach, so parents do worry about your children at camp getting swept out to sea. Our job it to keep all participants safe and we would not let them enter the water if we deemed the conditions too dangerous. Often if the waves are big we do not allow the kayaks to enter the water, but surfers and body boarders are okay to a certain extent. Our staff is always watching the water and is trained to look out for every participant. The waves have never been to small to go surf at the Malibu Makos Surf Camp, remember kids can surf almost anything so do not worry about the waves getting to small. In addition, you can check the waves at Zuma beach by calling 310.457.9701; the Los Angeles County Lifeguards at Zuma Beach provide surf and weather conditions twice a day at 7AM and 12PM.

HOW SAFE IS THE MALIBU MAKOS SURF CLUB AND ITS EVENTS?

Our highly trained staff is there to provide a safe environment for each participant. Makos has not had severe problem with any participant getting hurt in the ocean. With the help of the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Lifeguards, Makos is the safest ocean camp around. We try to educate all are participants about rip currents and other ocean safety topics before they enter the water. Our water safety is exceptional and our lifeguards are exceptional waterman and women. Do not be surprised to see 5 or 6 of our lifeguards watching the water at once. Both the Los Angeles County Lifeguards and Sheriffs frequent the Malibu Makos Surf Camp on a regular basis.

HOW MANY LIFEGUARDS DO THE MAKOS’ HAVE WATCHING THE WATER AT ONCE?

Makos always has lifeguards watching the water. Water safety comes before anything at the beach. Makos is proud of its outstanding water supervision. It is not uncommon to see more than 4 or 5 Makos lifeguards supervising the water at once. As lifeguards, the job is to keep all individuals who enter the ocean and frequent the beaches safe. In addition, all of the Makos water staff has CPR certification and extensive education in water safety. Makos is the safest surf camp in the world. Just ask any of the LA County Lifeguards at Zuma Beach how safe we are.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS CONCERNING OCEAN SAFETY PLEASE CLICK HERE.

WHAT IS THE MALIBU MAKOS END OF THE YEAR PARTY?

Makos’ end of the year party is a fun event for all the campers who have participated in the camp from each summer. Every year the party is held on a friday in late August from 9AM to 3PM at the same location of our surf camp. There is BBQ food, snacks, drinks, candy, games, kids surf contest, kids body board contest, sand castle contest, awards and prizes, professional surfers for autographs, kayaking, DJ, extra large water slide or bouncy, a large equipment sale (foam (soft) surfboards, body boards, kayaks, wetsuits, etc.), and all out fun. The cost is the same as a day of surf camp and includes all food, events, and activities. Camper’s friends are invited but keep in mind that anyone (kids) who participates in activities or events must pay and register. All parents are free of charge and welcome to participate in any activities.

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