Why choose NW Women’s Surf Camps for your next surfing adventure?
With so many surf camps and retreats offered around the planet, what should you consider in finding the one that is just right for you? Let’s help you in the process by sharing with you the highlights and value we offer in our unique camp and retreat opportunities. We hope to see you for your next surfing adventure!
- 1. What’s the advantage of picking a camp or retreat that is offered just to women versus a mixed men and women camp option? Learning with women who share your passion to surf is a really empowering “sistership” experience. You have a common denominator. In our busy women lives, it’s rare for most of us to create the time and space to connect with our girlfriends, old and new ones, very often. Our camps provide this space to deepen your existing friendships by joining one of them with your BFF or by offering the chance to make new surfing friends. For those of you who’d love to share surfing with your husband, partner or boyfriend, our Couples Surf Weekenders provide that fun dynamic too!
- 2. What is NWWSC’s teaching method? When you learn surfing on your own, with no real instruction to get started with, it’s definitely trial and error…with an underscore of error. All of our surf coaches learned surfing this way, organically. We didn’t have the teaching methods offered like there is today. The years of experience we spent figuring out how to surf and excel in it is combined in our camps for you! Why not receive the essential knowledge, skills and techniques when you’re starting to surf so you can also excel and in much less time, with a lot less frustration and perhaps even safer.
We begin each camp and retreat with a thorough and comprehensive on-beach teaching of how to survey the conditions for your surfing level and how to use the 6 forecast ingredients to create the “recipe for a perfect wave” at that beach location. We follow this with the 12 essential skills taught in layers of understanding on the beach with your surfboards. Once the group has a confident grasp of these skills, then we enter the water to challenge their newly learned skills in the waves. Our surf coaches are exceptional at fine tuning student’s “pop ups”, their surf stance and position, their paddling technique and their ability to read waves. With these methods combined, you’re bound for success in your surfing future!
- 3. How long has NW Women’s Surf Camps and Retreats been teaching surfing? We started teaching surfing in the spring of 2005. We’ve taught 100’s of students over the years to surf. With each season, we strive to keep “raising the bar” with the quality of our program, our teaching methods and our overall excellence.
- 4. What beaches do you hold the camps and retreats at? What type of surf break are the camps held at? The camps and week retreats we hold on the Oregon Coast are taught on various sandbar breaks from Astoria to Manzanita. As surfers and surf coaches, we’re always on the lookout for a perfect sandbar setting up along that stretch of coastline that we could bring a camp to. More times than not though, we’ll end up teaching the day’s camp at Oswald West State Park, Short Sands beach, where prevailing summer wind and swell conditions make it optimal for teaching. For our Kauai Immersion Week Retreat, we surf at the sweetest surf location on the island, Hanalei Bay. Its long stretch of sandbar breaks provides a tropical surfing location like no other.
- 5. What swimming level do I need to have before joining a camp or retreat? Having advanced beginner swimming skills is essential. You need to be able to swim in to shore and/or tread water for a few minutes, in the case your leash was to rip off your ankle or break and you were separated from your surfboard. Usually this would be similar to swimming two lengths of an Olympic pool and being able to tread water in the deep end. You want to be in relatively good physical condition to start surfing. We don’t recommend joining a NWWSC camp or retreat if you’re pregnant, have major health concerns, are injured or taking medications that could negatively affect your swimming ability. FYI- swimming is a great cross trainer for surfing.
- 6. What types of surfboards are used during the camps? During the retreats? Is the wetsuit and surfboard equipment included in the camps and retreats? NWWSC uses Surftech Soft tops and other soft top brand longboards in our camps. For our retreats, students have the option of changing out their surfboard from our quiver, or changing it out from the surf shop’s quiver when we’re in Kauai. All wetsuits, parts, surfboards and their board transportation are included in the cost of the camp or retreat.
- 7. Does NWWSC carry insurance? Yes, we cover each and every student with accidental insurance along with our company’s liability coverage. Personal medical insurance information must be provided to NWWSC Director prior to participating in a camp or retreat. Most importantly though, we have in place a strong safety net for each camp. We have experienced and skilled surf coaches. See more about them and their training at Our Crew webpage. We teach with soft top boards and provide Gath surf helmets for our student’s safety. We always have a rescue surfboard and first aid kit available on the beach, in case of an emergency. We instruct all students on how to get out of a rip current (riptide) and how to signal for help. All students are taught and drilled on the “cover up” to protect their face and heads from surfboard impact. In fact, I’ve been told a number of times by fellow surfers that they can always tell who our past students are because they remember when they’ve wiped out to “cover up”.
- 8. What’s the student to teacher ratio during a camp or retreat? We always use a 4:1 student to teacher ratio or less in our camps and retreats. We’ve developed a teaching method in the water that keeps all 4 students in motion at one time.
- 9. Is surfing etiquette taught in NWWSC camps and retreats? Yes, after you’re successful and confident in the 12 essential skills and you’re ready to paddle out through the white water, we’ll review the surf etiquette that will serve you at your particular surfing level. Etiquette is more than just who has the right of way on a wave; it’s really about bringing your respect, common sense, alertness and positive attitude into the water.