Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign-up online?

Click on on any CAMP SIGN-UP or REGISTRATION buttons on this website. Or click REGISTRATION!

What are Kids Surf Camp hours?

Camp hours are 9:00AM to 3:00PM.

How flexible is the scheduling of Makos Kids' Summer Surf Program?

 ** Only weekly schedules available for summer 2022**

What if my child or I miss a day of Surf Camp?

No make ups for summer, refunds or credit for day missed.

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. Makos provides wetsuits, surfboards, body boards, umbrellas, and other beach equipment. Campers can bring their own lunch or take advantage or our daily healthy lunch option which can be purchased separately during beach check-in each morning for $10 (cash only please!). Lunches are delivered fresh daily at lunchtime (12:00PM).

Makos recommends using permanent marker to write your child’s name on all items from home. Parents should  check that their kids have all 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 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 earlies I can drop my kids off at Surf Camp and what is the 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 one instructor/lifeguard for every six or eight campers. Mini Makos ratio is one instructor to four campers. The maximum ratio is 1:10 but is rarely ever reached. Our ratio fluctuates due to the open enrollment that Makos offers. Our goal is to provide a safe, fun, and enthusiastic learning environment for each participant.** Ratio for summer 2021 is 4 students to 1 instructor.**

Do I have to fill out a release form for each of my children?
Yes, each participant must have their own release form filled out and approved by a Malibu Makos registration employee.
Are there sharks at Zuma Beach?
We are unaware of any reported shark attack at Zuma Beach. 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 I spend at Surf Camp?

No, the Malibu Makos Surf Camp does not force you to surf. We want 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. Makos caters to each participant’s needs and provides a positive and safe learning environment for those who want to surf, bodysurf, swim, or try all the activities that we offer.

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 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?
Malibu Makos Surf Club location at Zuma Beach is among 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.
Do the waves ever get too big or too small for surfing at Makos Surf Camp?
No, the waves at Zuma Beach are generally perfect for learning to surf. 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. When the waves are big, there is too much water moving towards the beach, so parents do worry about their children at camp getting swept out to sea. Our job it to keep all participants safe and we do not let them enter the water if we deem the conditions too dangerous. If the waves are big we do not allow kayaks into the water, but surfers and body boarders are okay to a certain extent. Our staff always watches the water and looks out for every participant. The waves have never been to small to go surf at the Malibu Makos Surf Camp. Kids can surf almost anything so do not worry about the waves getting to small. You can always 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 provides 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 five or six 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 Makos lifeguards watch the water at any given time?

Malibu Makos always has lifeguards watching the water. Water safety comes before anything at the beach. We’re proud of our outstanding water supervision. It is not uncommon to see more than four or five Makos lifeguards supervising the water at once. As lifeguards, our job is to keep safe all individuals who enter the ocean and frequent the beaches. All of the Makos’ water staff is CPR certified with an extensive education in water safety. Malibu Makos is the safest surf camp in the world. Just ask any of the LA County Lifeguards at Zuma Beach.








  • Camp will be split into group sizes of so that staff and campers can maintain proper social distancing. Groups will be completely separated with alternate infrastructures in place and labeled as Camp A, B, and C on the beach. All campers and their families will be notified of which camp and area to meet at daily.


  • Wetsuits and jerseys will be issued for the week and will undergo a multi-stage sanitation process after the weeks use.


  • Surfboards and bodyboards will be numbered and each student will use same surfboard and bodyboard each day.



  • Surfboards will be sanitized multiple times daily.


  • We will provide our own private VIP restroom that has a full service toilet and sink only for our students.



  • Certain Staff members will be designated as “social distancing/personal hygiene coaches” to help ensure ALL safety protocols are followed thoroughly.



  • Social distancing grids will be placed on the beach each day for students to have their own designated area that will keep them 8 feet apart during lunch or chill time.



  • Students must bring their own water bottles ideally two bottles, 1-2 liters. • Students must bring their own sunscreen to reapply through day (instructors will guide them on how to self apply).



  • Students MUST provide their own lunches, snacks and water.



  • If a student or staff member has been sick within the 14 days prior to camp (fever of 100 degrees or higher) we ask they be kept home. We will offer a credit for another week or a full refund.


  • All students and staff members must have their temperature taken the night before and the morning prior to each camp day.


  • Touch free digital temperate checks for students and staff prior to attending camp daily.



  • If a student or staff member shows any signs or symptoms throughout the day, that child’s caregiver will be called and immediately sent home.


  • Staff will work with the same small group of students for the entire week.


  • Instructor/ students will be kept in a stable group for the week. Students and instructors WILL NOT be allowed to change groups for any reason.


  • Staff member will be paid for any sick days to assure that they will stay home if they are showing symptoms of becoming sick.


  • Campers will be offered full refunds for any missed days to help insure they will stay home if they are showing symptoms of becoming sick.




  • Limit the number of persons in the camp to the number appropriate for maintaining physical distancing.
  • No Program transportation
  • Minimize contact between camp staff, campers and families at the beginning and end of the day.
  • Stagger arrival and drop off-times and locations as consistently as

practicable as to minimize scheduling challenges for families.

  • Designate routes for entry and exit, using as many entrances as feasible.

Put in place other protocols to limit direct contact with others as much as




  • Campers will remain in the same space and in groups as small and consistent as practicable. Keep the same campers and staff with each group and include campers from the same family in the same group, to the greatest extent practicable.


  • Staff should develop instructions for maximizing spacing and ways to

minimize movement that are easy for children to understand and are developmentally appropriate.


  • Restrict nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving other

groups at the same time.


  • Restrict communal activities where practicable. If this is not practicable,

stagger use, properly space occupants, keep groups as small and consistent and disinfect in between uses.


  • Limit gatherings, events and extracurricular activities to those that can maintain

physical distancing and support proper hand hygiene.


  • Use alternative spaces as needed, including regular use of outdoor

space, weather permitting. For example, consider ways to maximize

outside space, and the use of cafeterias and other spaces for use to

permit physical distancing.


  • Minimize congregate movement as much as practicable
  1. Train All Staff and Families


  • Train all camp staff and families in the following safety actions:

Enhanced sanitation practices

Physical distancing guidelines and their importance

Proper use, removal and washing of cloth face coverings.

Screening practices

COVID-19 specific exclusion criteria


  • Consider conducting the training virtually, or, if in-person, ensure distancing is maintained.


  • Designate a staff person (e.g., camp nurse or healthcare provider) to be responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns. All camp staff and families should know who this person is and how to contact them.



  1. Check for Signs and Symptoms


  • Train staff, and educate campers and their families about when they should stay home and when they can return to camp. Actively encourage staff and campers who are sick or who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 to stay home.
  • Implement screening procedures for all staff and campers before they enter the facility. Conduct visual wellness checks of all campers upon arrival and take campers’ temperatures at the beginning of each day with a no- touch thermometer. Ask all individuals about COVID-19 symptoms within the last 24 hours and whether anyone in their home has had COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test.

Make available and encourage use of hand washing stations or hand sanitizer.

Document/track incidents of possible exposure and notify local health officials, staff and families immediately of any positive case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality. Exclude any child, parent, caregiver or staff showing symptoms of

COVID-19. Staff should discuss with parent/caregiver and refer to the child’s health history form and/or emergency card to identify if the child has a history of allergies, which would not be a reason to exclude.


  • Monitor staff and campers throughout the day for signs of illness; send home campers and staff with a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, cough or other COVID-19 symptoms. Send persons to the appropriate medical facility rather than their home when necessary.


  1. Plan for When a Staff Member, Child or

Visitor Becomes Sick

  • Work with camp staff, nurses and other healthcare providers to identify an isolation room or area to separate anyone who exhibits symptoms of


  • Any campers or staff exhibiting symptoms should immediately be required to wear a face covering and be required to wait in an isolation area until they can be transported home or to a healthcare facility, as soon as practicable.


  • Establish procedures for safely transporting anyone sick to home or a healthcare facility, as appropriate, when an individual is exhibiting

COVID-19 symptoms:



Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing


Repeated shaking with chills

Muscle pain


Sore throat

New loss of taste or smell


  • For serious injury or illness, call 9-1-1 without delay. Seek medical attention if COVID-19 symptoms become severe, including persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, or bluish lips or face. Updates and further details are available on CDC’s webpage.


  • Notify local health officials, staff, and all families immediately of any positive case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality as required by state and federal laws.
  • Close off areas used by any sick person and do not use before cleaning and disinfection.


To reduce risk of exposure, wait 24 hours before you clean and disinfect. If it is not possible to wait 24 hours, wait as long as practicable. Ensure a safe and correct application of disinfectants using personal protective equipment and ventilation recommended for cleaning. Keep cleaning and disinfectant products away from children.


  • Advise sick staff members and campers not to return until they have met

CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation, including 3 days with no fever, symptoms have improved and 10 days since symptoms first appeared.


  • For areas with a large geographic distribution, consider restricting attendance to campers who live in the local geographic area and ask campers to avoid movement between camps when they are from a high transmission area.


  1. Maintain Healthy Operations


  • Monitor staff absenteeism and have a roster of trained back-up staff where available.
  • Monitor the types of illnesses and symptoms among your camp staff and campers to help isolate them promptly.




  • Designate a staff liaison or liaisons to be responsible for responding to

COVID-19 concerns. Employees should know about who they are and how to contact them. The liaison should be trained to coordinate the documentation and tracking of possible exposure, in order to notify local health officials, staff and families in a prompt and responsible manner.


  • Maintain communication systems that allow staff and families to self- report symptoms and receive prompt notifications of exposures and closures, while maintaining confidentiality.


  1. Considerations for Partial or Total Closures


  • Check State and local orders and health department notices daily about transmission in the area or closures and adjust operations accordingly.


  • When a camper or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 and has exposed others at the camp, implement the following steps:


In consultation with the local public health department, the appropriate camp official may consider if closure is warranted and length of time based on the risk level within the specific community as determined by the local public health officer.


Given standard guidance for isolation at home for at least 14 days after close contact, the facility or office where the patient was based will typically need to close temporarily as campers or staff isolate. Additional close contacts at camp should also isolate at home. Additional areas of the camp facility visited by the COVID-19 positive individual may also need to be closed temporarily for cleaning and disinfection. Implement communication plans for camp closure to include outreach to campers, parents, staff and the community.


Social Distancing Protocol 

Business name: Malibu Makos LLC




Signage at each public entrance of the facility to inform all employees and customers that they should: avoid entering the facility if they have a cough or fever, maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another, sneeze and cough into a cloth or tissue or, if not available, into one’s elbow; and not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact. 

Signage posting a copy of the Social Distancing Protocol at each public entrance to the beach

Measures To Protect Employee Health): 


All employees have been told not to come to work if sick and will be paid for sick days.


Symptom checks are being conducted before employees may enter the workspace. 


All bathrooms, and other common areas are being disinfected after each use.


Disinfectant and related supplies are available to all employees in truck. Hand sanitizer effective against COVID-19 is available to all employees at the following location(s): 

In truck and at stations placed at various locations on the beach. Soap and water are available to all campers/employees at the following location(s): 

Bathrooms and/or hand wash stations. Copies of this Protocol will be distributed to all parents and employees. 

Measures To Prevent Crowds From Gathering (check all that apply to the facility): 

Post an employee(s) at the entrance to ensure that the maximum number of customers in the facility set forth above is not exceeded. 

Optional Describe other measures: Closed loop of interaction 


Measures To Keep People At Least Six Feet Apart:


Placing signs outside the store reminding people to be at least six feet apart, including when in line. Placing tape or other markings at least six feet apart in customer line areas and on sidewalks at public entrances with signs directing customers to use the markings to maintain distance. 


All employees have been instructed to maintain at least six feet distance from customers and from each other, except employees may momentarily come closer when necessary to accept payment, deliver goods or services, or as otherwise necessary. 







Measures To Prevent Unnecessary Contact: 


Providing for contactless payment systems or, if not feasible, sanitizing payment systems regularly. Describe: Not taking payment at beach 

Optional-Describe other measures (e.g. providing senior-only hours): no sharing of sunscreen, equipment of food.


Measures To Increase Sanitization (check all that apply to the facility): 

Disinfecting wipes that are effective against COVID-19 are available. 

Hand sanitizer, soap and water, or effective disinfectant is available to the public at or near the entrance of the facility.

Disinfecting all payment portals, pens, and styluses after each use. 

Disinfecting all high-contact surfaces frequently, 

Optional-Describe other measures: All equipment handled with gloves and cleaned. At end of day 





Worksite Specific COVID-19 Prevention Plan

Person Responsible for Implementing Plan: Tom Corliss 

Business Name: 

Malibu Makos LLC


COVID-19 General Checklist Items for Employers

Resources Needed (gloves, signage, barriers etc.) 

Worksite Plan 

The person(s) responsible for implementing the plan. 

  1. Program Director will be responsible for implementing the plan 

Continued updates from the County, State and local officials 


  1. A risk assessment and the measures that will be taken to prevent spread of the virus. 


Program Director is responsible for conducting the risk assessment and measures that will be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Continued updates from the County, State and local officials 


  1. Training and communication with employees and employee representatives on the plan. 

Program Director is responsible for training and communicating with employees. 


As employees return to work 

  1. A process to check for compliance and to document and correct deficiencies. 


Follow Safety protocol developed by State and County guidelines 

Program Director will be responsible to check for compliance and to document in the any deficiencies and ensure they are corrected. 

15 Upon cases occurring 

A process to investigate COVID-cases, alert the local health department, and identify and isolate close workplace contacts of infected employees until they are tested. 

Program Director will follow processes and protocols as indicated in training regarding COVID cases and workplace closures, staff will alert Camp Director of any Occurrences. 

  1. Employee Training 

Provide Information on COVID-19, preventing spread, and who is especially vulnerable. 

Implement and review COVID Employee Training.


  1. A) Self-screening at home, including temperature and/or symptom checks using state and county
  2. B) The importance of not coming to work if employees have a frequent cough, fever, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, recent loss of taste or smell, or if they or someone they live with have been diagnosed with COVID-19. 
  3. C) The importance of hand washing. 
  4. D) The importance of physical distancing, both at work and off work time. 
  5. E) Individual Control Measures & Screening Daily 

All staff and children in care will have a questionnaire filled out upon arrival.

Temp checks will be done on all children and essential Camp staff prior to working, 

No Touch thermometers that are disinfected after each use and questionnaires 

  1. Symptom screenings and/or temperature checks. 

Encourage workers who are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home. 

Signs are posted and it is discussed at training 

  1. Protocols are in place for childcare and signs are posted next to hand washing station 
  2. Encourage frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer. 



Provide disposable cloth masks and gloves to workers using cleaners and disinfectants when required. Consider gloves as a supplement to frequent hand washing for other cleaning, tasks such as handling commonly touched items or conducting symptom screening. 

PPES (masks and gloves) are provided for all groups and readily available 

Face coverings are available for all campers and staff Daily 


Face Masks provided by company 


Strongly recommend cloth face covers. 


Communicate frequently to customers, staff and students that they should use face masks/covers. 








Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols 


  1. Perform thorough cleaning in high traffic areas. A daily cleaning schedule has been implemented. 


  1. Frequently disinfect commonly used surfaces. 

A daily cleaning schedule has been outlined and implemented. 



  1. Clean and sanitize shared equipment between each use. Clean touchable surfaces between shifts or between users, whichever is more frequent. A daily cleaning schedule implemented. Equip shared spaces with proper sanitation products, including hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes and ensure availability. A daily cleaning schedule has been implemented.


  1. Ensure that sanitary facilities stay operational and stocked at all times. 

EPA approved list and cleaning supplies. Use products approved for use against COVID-19 on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved list and follow product instructions and Cal/OSHA requirements. All products used are approved for use against COVID-19 and on the EPA approved list. 


  1. Provide time for workers to implement cleaning practices before and after shifts and consider third-party cleaning companies. A daily cleaning schedule has been implemented. Before and after each shift, allow for 30 minutes of deep cleaning and in between users.  Install hands-free devices if possible 


  1. Physical Distancing Guidelines 

Implement measures to physically separate staff and campers by at least six feet using measures such as physical partitions or visual cues (e.g., floor markings, colored tape, or signs to indicate to where workers should stand). 


This document serves as notice of participation and compliance with the guidelines set forth by the State of California and the County of Los Angeles. This document and procedures shows how our company complies with orders to reopen our business in compliance with State and county orders regarding the COVID-19 crisis. 



Malibu Makos Facts

Started in 1991 by Tom Corliss, Malibu Makos Surf Club is now widely known as Southern California’s premier kids’ surf camp. Makos also offers Saturday surf camp, individual and group surf lessons, private beach parties and corporate events, and private lifeguard services.



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