camps parent faq

Parent FAQ

Parent FAQ

What about Corona?

What about Corona, or other transmittable illnesses?

We want your kids to have a great time, and be safe. Shoreline Lake staff (Camps staff included) follow strict standard operating procedures and best practices regarding public safety precautions that adhere to CDC and Department of Health regulations and guidelines.

Our practices: Summary of Social Distancing Measures for Shoreline Lake Camps (PDF).

Our norm: Regular and systematic cleaning of our facilities, multiple times per day. Also, good hygiene and handwashing practices are requirements for staff, as well as campers. We make sure of that. And, we have always made sure that anyone who may be feeling under the weather stays home, and does not return until they are well.

What class?

What class should I enroll my child in?

Camp Shoreline
Ages 5-11

Featuring an updated, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) based curriculum, combined with a range of watersports and other outdoor activities that build scientific, as well as creative, aptitude and skills, provides a weekly curriculum diverse enough to engage the mind of even the most energetic child!

Paddle Adventure
Ages 8-13

This camp encompasses a wide range of sports including kayaking, canoeing, and standup paddleboarding. Campers will learn the skills they need to explore our lake and beyond, to safely carry them through wherever they go, and will practice these skills with on-the-water games.

Beginner Windsurfing & Sailing
Ages 9-15

This camp introduces the fundamentals of these two challenging, and cerebrally-stimulating watersports. As activities that can be performed over a lifetime, both produce a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment in kids. A combination of land-based simulators and on-the-water exercises progressively develop each essential skill.

Advanced Windsurfing & Sailing
Ages 9-15

Campers can expect to step up their performance and continue honing their windsurfing and sailing skills through intensive on-the-water instruction. This camp builds on the fundamentals introduced in Beginner Windsurfing and Sailing. Campers will learn faster tacks, pivot jibes, more freestyle moves, advanced safety skills, and in-depth upwind sailing.

Beginner Sailing
Ages 8-10

The perfect place to start for kids enthusiastic about sailing, this camp uses a smaller model of sailboat - a Bug, inspired by the Laser dinghy. The enclosed nature, responsive controls, and compact design allows kids to feel empowered and safe while learning a lifelong skill. The fundamental skills learned in this camp will prepare kids for a lifetime of fun opportunities.

Basic Sailing
Ages 11-15

Kids and teens in this camp will progressively develop essential skills with a combination of daily lectures and on-the-water exercises. Campers will sail the Catalina Capri 14.2, the same boat used with our Windsurfing and Sailing camps. Kids ages 8-10 who have completed Beginner Sailing may also be recommended into this course.

Advanced Sailing
Ages 11-16

Is your kid enthusiastic about sailing and looking to get back on the water for more? Advanced Sailing introduces campers to the Laser, an Olympic-class planing hull with simple controls for advanced technique. Prior sailing experience (qualification to rent a sailboat in winds up to 10 kts or equivalent) is required for this camp.

Performance Sailing
Ages 11-16

For the serious sailor interested in polishing their skills and learning to compete, this camp offers two versions so campers can focus on developing their skills in either the Laser or Capri. Performance Sailing focuses on racing technique and performance boat handling, tailored to the type of boat being used. Campers must hold a valid rental card for the type of boat (Laser or Capri) used in the session they're enrolling in.

What to bring?

What should my child bring to camp?

SHOES!!! All campers MUST bring shoes that can get completely wet!

Shoes are mandatory at all times and campers should have shoes that they are comfortable using on the water: Teva sandals, aqua socks, and sailing booties work great!

Rubber galoshes, bulky tennis shoes, or any sort of shoes that chafe the camper are a bad idea. Flip-flops are a major no-no – the shoes need to fit securely on the camper’s feet.

  • Bathing suit
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • SUN PROTECTION!!! Hat, sunglasses, sunblock
  • Strap to secure glasses around head
  • Jacket or fleece
  • Bottle of water

COMFORTABLE CLOTHES! Kids will be engaged in sports, so clothes should be comfortable and allow for freedom of movement.

As such, we recommend synthetics, as they are warm (and remain light) even when wet, and dry quickly. On the contrary, cotton gets cold and heavy when wet, and takes longer to dry.

Boardshorts/surf-style shorts, surfing “rash guards,” t-shirts, nylon shorts/pants, polar fleeces, and nylon windbreakers all work great! And, “rash guards” and long-sleeved t-shirts will keep the sun off of shoulders.

What about outfitting?

What else would you recommend for outfitting?

  • Gloves for sailing
  • Sailing booties
  • Rash guards
  • Wetsuit, for the Windsurfing-related camps, if the camper has one (otherwise, we can provide upon request).
  • Lifejacket if the camper has one (otherwise, we provide).
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Money should campers want to lock their items in the token-operated lockers – $2.00 per use
  • Please make sure to mark all equipment, using indelible marker, with the camper’s name and phone number!
Where can I get all this stuff?

Where can I get all this stuff?

For convenience sake, the Shoreline Retail Shop caries a good assortment of items, and can easily outfit any camper!

In addition, boardshorts, rash guards, and other clothing items can be found at a variety of stores, including Walmart.

However, f you prefer going to specialty watersports stores, the following are just a few in the area (and remember to mention we sent you): Helm of Sun Valley (333 N. Amphlett Blvd. in San Mateo, 650.344.2711) and Boardsports at Coyote Point Park (1603 Coyote Point Dr. in San Mateo, 415.385.1224) sells windsurfers and other windsurfing related gear.

What about lunch?

What about lunch?

Excellent question – we want to avoid campers getting cranky and hungry, so a catered lunch is included with all camps. Campers can also bring a lunch or order from the menu at our lakeside American Bistro.

The camp lunch is catered by our lakeside American Bistro and served buffet style. It includes an entreé, beverage, fresh fruit and dessert

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What about tardiness?

Rules regarding drop-off and pick-up of campers, coming late, and missing a day?

Please inform the instructor if you know you are going to be late/early picking-up/dropping-off a camper or miss a day.

We can provide pre and post camp supervision for campers (see below) at an additional cost.

If you are more than 20 minutes late picking up a camper, or dropping them off more than 20 minutes early, you will be charged $65 for that day (for each time or extra supervision). If you think you will struggle to meet our timeline, please purchase the additional supervision plan.

If you have to pick a camper up early or bring them very late, please aim for your camp’s lunchtime. Otherwise, the entire camp may be on the water when you arrive.

Pre/Post Camp Supervision?

What about Pre/Post Camp Supervision?

$250/week or $65/day allows your camper to stay with us from 8:00am-5:30pm.

There is no discount if you use only the morning or afternoon portion of the program.

This is supervised time ONLY – NOT structured camp time! Please send your camper with a book, Game Boy, or other diversion. Card and boardgames are available, and there may be supervised water activity time as well.

Want to get involved?

I want to get involved with these sports, what can I do?

Take a lesson! We offer adult classes in windsurfing, sailing, and kayaking, and also offer classes for stand up paddleboarding and SUP Yoga.

Watch a Wednesday Night Race Series (for Sailing) – held every Wednesday in the summer with a 6:00pm start. If scheduled, there’s also South Bay Cup Race Night (for Windsurfing) – which typically take place Monday nights with a 5:00pm start.

Check out the US Sailing website – US Sailing is the National Governing Body for the Sport of Sailing: www.ussailing.org.

Where do we go from here?

Where do we go from here?

Sailing and windsurfing are both Olympic sports. College sailing is extremely popular. There is a professional windsurfing tour. And enthused juniors across the country enjoy local competition in both sports!

There’s something for everyone and the sky is the limit. Please feel free to ask your camper’s instructors for guidance or some tips. And, you can also check out some of the websites in the next FAQ.

Level II graduates can enroll in the advanced sailing camps (Level III and the Olympic Class Laser Camps), as well as join the weekend courses for sailing or windsurfing and compete at local and national events.

Consider a family membership to US Sailing (see website below).

Check out some of the sailing publications available in print. Latitude 38 (our local sailing magazine) and Sailing World are both good starting points.

Other relevant info?