Share the Aloha Spirit Policy

Remember the keyword when surfing this is… Aloha!!  Situations not included in the list below will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

All services will be conducted at the scheduled time unless ocean/weather conditions warrant otherwise.  Aqua Surf reserves the right to cancel/reschedule any service if we believe ocean/weather conditions are dangerous or not ideal for learning.  While refunds are available and subject to the specific rules associated with each service (camps, lessons, events, etc.) as detailed below, we encourage you to keep a credit on file for ease of future bookings and to ensure you have priority scheduling in the future.

Our team prefers when you book online because most of our team is helping students stay stoked on the beach.  Each participating student must sign a liability form before/on the day of the service, or Aqua Surf reserves the right not to provide the service.

Surf Lessons

Rescheduling Lessons
Once you book your lesson online you’ll receive a confirmation email.  If you wish to change your lesson time, date, or location select the “Change / Cancel Appointment” button in your confirmation email.  Next, select the “Reschedule” button to proceed.  Rescheduling is allowed 24 hours before your appointment starts.  You may manually reschedule your appointments online (up to 24 hours beforehand) without any fee or penalty.

  • Our online scheduling software is easy to use, and we are happy to help walk you through using it. If you wish for our office to reschedule your appointments via phone/email a $10 convenience fee (per appointment) may apply.

  • Same-day services or appointments that start in less than 24 hours are not eligible for rescheduling. On occasion, our team can work aloha magic (not guaranteed), and can reschedule you with a single processing fee of $49. Please contact us and we’ll see what we can do!

Canceling Lessons
You can click the “Change / Cancel Appointment” button in your confirmation email.  If you would like to reschedule for a different date and transfer over any payments made, opt for the rescheduling option instead.  After an appointment is canceled it cannot be un-canceled (cancellation is permanent). Request a Refund

  • 100% refund, minus $49 processing fee, when canceling with 72 or more hours’ notice

  • 50% refund, minus $49 processing fee, when canceling with 48 or more hours’ notice

  • 0% refund when canceling with less than 48 hours’ notice from your lesson time, but you may reschedule

Lesson Packages
You may purchase a discount lesson package instead of paying for lessons one at a time.  After purchase, you may print/email packages as a gift.  These lesson packages expire twelve months from the date of purchase. Packages are non-refundable thereafter.

Lesson packages may only be canceled within 30 days of the initial purchase. In the event of a refund, lessons already taken from the package will be deducted from the refund (at the one-time lesson rate). Any canceled package will include a $79 lesson package cancellation fee.

Gift Certificates
Our Aqua Surf gift certificates may be used for scheduling surf lessons at any of our locations in Southern California.  Gift givers may instantly print/email certificates immediately after purchasing.  Our gift certificates are non-refundable because they never expire.

Surf Camps

Flexible Payment Plans
Securing a spot in our popular surf camps can be challenging as they often sell out.  We recommend booking in advance.  To help parents with this, we offer three easy payment plans:

  • Monthly Payments:  Divide your camp fees over several months for easier budgeting.
  • Half Now, Half Later:  Pay half of the camp fees now and the rest before the first day of camp.
  • Minimum Deposit:  Make a small initial payment to secure your spot and pay the balance before the first day of camp.

Payment plans are not offered for ongoing summer camps but may be available for the next summer season.  Our flexible payment plans are only available online, making it easy and convenient for you to set up and manage your automated credit card payments.  Whichever plan you choose, it’s important to remember that all camp fees need to be paid in full before camp starts.  Please also note:

  • Setting up a payment plan costs $25.
  • Late payments will incur a $25 fee.
  • Unpaid late fees may result in losing your reservation.
  • Refunds or cancellations should be made at least 30 days before camp starts.
  • Cancellations carry a $100 fee per participant.
  • The fees for setting up a payment plan, late payments, and registration are not refundable.

While our payment plans do involve a setup fee, they provide greater flexibility regarding cancellations and refunds compared to a full upfront payment.  This may give you more peace of mind and financial control when planning your child’s summer camp experience.

By planning ahead and choosing the right payment plan, you can secure your camp spot and avoid any potential issues.  We understand that everyone’s situation is unique and we’re more than happy to discuss our payment plans with you in detail over a call.  Please feel free to reach out.

Rescheduling Camps

  • Rescheduling may be done online automatically if there is availability.

  • A convenience fee of $49 applies for rescheduling over the phone.

  • Parents are responsible for managing their credits, scheduled sessions, and rescheduling.

  • Credits may be rescheduled online up to 72 hours prior to camp.

  • No rescheduling credit for notice given less than 72 hours before camp, or for no-shows.

  • No credit for missed camp days that were scheduled.

  • You may contact us to present your circumstances, and we’ll try to create some ALOHA magic.

Camp Fees & Upgrades

  • Annual Registration Fee ($35 per child):  A once-a-year fee that pays for a Rashguard, Materials, and Prizes that your kids may keep (starting in 2024).

  • Drop-off is from 8:45am to 9:15am and pick-up is from 2:45pm to 3:15pm.  If campers are picked up later or dropped off earlier, you’ll be billed/invoiced for extended care (currently $25 an hour, per camper).

  • Upgrades are only allowed if there is availability.  Pricing for upgrading may be different from our standard pricing.  Typically, the cost of upgrades tends to exceed the original purchase price.

  • Promotions cannot be applied to upgrades.

Canceling Camps
Enjoy flexibility with our camp credits, valid for two (2) years and extendable for another two (2) years with a minor $49 fee.  Credits may be used for any Participant on your Customer account.  We can transfer credits to a different Customer account for a $49 convenience fee.  Refunds are available within 90 days of purchase and are subject to the cancellation fees outlined in the policy herein.  Converted or upgraded credits are not refundable.

Please note that when calculating refunds for a partially-used credit package, we subtract the value of the total used credits based on their individual rates (not the discounted package rate) to determine the refund amount (processing and cancellation fees may also apply).

  • Example 1 (Session Package): A customer requesting a refund for a 12-day (By the Day) package and has already used three days (3/12). The refund will be the 1 Day Rate x3 (times three) minus the package cost and other fees.

  • Example 2 (Program Package): A customer requesting a refund for a 6-week (By the Week) package and has already used two weeks (2/6). The refund will be the 1 Week Rate x2 (times two) minus the package cost and other fees.

A 100% refund minus a $49 processing fee and $200 cancellation fee is available for scheduled camp credits if the camp registration is canceled 72 hours or more before the first day of registration and the refund is requested within the 90-day purchase window.  Additional details:

  • The $200 cancellation fee is applied to each canceled week

  • If your kid/s have already attended the camp, and wish to cancel, you will be charged for each individual day attended at the Drop-In day rate.  This amount will be deducted from the refund

  • Refunds for customers who purchased multiple days/weeks with promotional pricing (discount, early-bird rate, or promo code) will be assessed and refunded based on our normal retail prices (not the promotional pricing received).

  • Force Majeure Policy:  As a local-based small business, we deeply value our community and customers. While we strive to be accommodating, please understand that camp credits cannot be refunded in the face of unforeseen and uncontrollable events, such as pandemics (like Covid), hurricanes, earthquakes, or other weather-related incidents.  In such cases, we can offer the option of converting your credit to another service offering or extending the credit expiry date to better accommodate your needs.  We genuinely appreciate your understanding and patience in these rare circumstances.
  • Camp refunds may take six to eight weeks to process in the heat of summer.   Request a Refund

From time to time, we may issue an invoice for services that have been upgraded or used without prior payment (for example, attending a drop-in day without previous payment).  Please be aware that unpaid invoices may lead to suspension of your customer account.  To reactivate an account that has been suspended due to an outstanding balance, a fee of $49 will be applied.  It’s important to promptly pay any invoices you receive to avoid this suspension and reactivation fee.

  • Invoices may be issued for upgraded services or for attendance without prior payment.
  • Unpaid invoices can result in account suspension.
  • A $49 reactivation fee applies for accounts suspended due to outstanding balances.

Check Payments
We gladly accept checks as a method of payment.  Please make all checks payable to Aqua Surf School, Inc. and include the camper’s name and camp location in the memo field.  Checks should be mailed to our office.

  • Yes, we accept check payments.
  • A $49 fee applies for bounced checks.
  • Unpaid fees can result in account suspension.
  • Checks should be made out to Aqua Surf School, Inc. and include camper’s full name and camp location in the memo.
  • Mail checks to:  1321 7th St. Suite 204, Santa Monica, CA 90401.


Rescheduling Custom Services

  • 15 or more days’ notice via email is required in rescheduling events.

  • Your first rescheduled service is free.

  • A $150 processing fee may apply for each additional reschedule thereafter (depends on size/scope)

  • Any reasonable expenses incurred by Aqua Surf, or its affiliates due to the appointment change will be the responsibility of the contracting party.

Canceling Custom Services

  • 50% of all deposits are non-refundable.

  • 50% refund (minus the processing fee) for providing 15 or more days’ notice via email.

  • 0% refund for providing 15 or fewer days’ notice by email, but you may reschedule.

  • 0% refund for providing 72 or fewer hours’ notice via email.

  • Deposits and payments made from outside companies contracting Aqua Surf to hold custom camp(s), event(s), lessons, surfing, beach activities, or the like, are non-refundable. Custom is defined as more than one day of service, several add-on features, or highly specific needs that involve more than average planning.

Events & TV/FILM
Corporate events and TV/FILM shoots may be charged an additional $1,000 – $3,000 fee for filming or video production, per day, in addition to our service fees.  Pricing will depend on the size, and scope of the day.


For All Services
Why do you have a surcharge fee?  The 15% surcharge fee goes directly to the city, which allows Aqua Surf to legally provide lessons, run camps, and offer other amenities to our students, as well as the public.  Aqua Surf and its affiliates have gone through a rigorous process and are thus fully permitted, and entitled to provide its services across/along the California coastal beaches it advertises.  In return, the city uses these fees to properly maintain the beaches, and provide lifeguards when needed.  Many surf camps and schools online may not include this surcharge or do not have it listed on their website (resulting in lower prices).  Most people don’t know that many online “surf schools” are not properly permitted, and are operating illegally (under the radar).  Although it may appear that we charge more, a substantial portion/percentage of it goes directly to the city.  By complying with the legal parameters of the city’s guidelines we are available to offer passionate, professional, trained, and experienced surf instructors and staff.  The safety of your children, family, and friends is our first, and number one priority.

Still have questions?

Feel free to reach out and ask us any questions you may have, or to inquire about any additional information you may need.

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