Ocean Explorers Kids Summer Camps
Rethinking Fitness with Paddling Memberships
Helping your Kids Tune into Nature, Build Skills and Learn about the Ocean
Looking for an exhilarating, fun outdoor experience for your kids this summer?
Paddle Sports Center has developed an outstanding program for kids for that combines the physical excitement of ocean paddling with a dynamic, hands-on education geared towards conservation and exploration. Offered as a summer day camp, after-school program and as a field trip for schools and homeschoolers, our Ocean Explorers program has been honed over the years into an unforgettable experience that teaches kids valuable skills, fosters a deeper relationship with the ocean, and provides exhilarating fun in the sun. A very popular that continues to grow year after year, our Ocean Explorers camp is a great way to unplug, unwind and have fun learning new skills, and our summer camp session will begin soon!
Happier Teams and Better Bottom Lines
Skip the gym and head to the Harbor or Goleta Beach for Exciting, Immersive Exercise 7 days a week
Have you ever thought of the ocean as a way to get your daily exercise? PSC offers monthly memberships that make it easy to slip into the water for up to 2 hours each day with your choice of kayak, SUP or surfboard. You’ll get a fantastic, full-body workout that will definitely feel like “me” time, without the hassle of hauling your wetsuit or gear. Surrounded by the mountains and the ocean, you’ll also expand your workout routine to include total immersion in nature, leaving you grounded, refreshed, and as research shows, healthier. Suitable for families, couples and singles, a PSC Paddling Membership is an easy, affordable way to elevate your workout, improve your health and increase your quality of life on a daily basis.
World Class Whale Watching in Santa Barbara
Paddle Sports Center has developed an outstanding Leadership and Team-Building program based on paddlesports and risk management techniques. The program has helped organizations to enhance social relations, better define roles, and hone leadership skills among their employees. One of the most fun, engaging and memorable ways to achieve these goals is paddling on the ocean. We’re honored to share our vast skills and experience to create successful learning experiences with businesses looking to form more productive, cohesive and quality-driven teams.
Paddling the Wild Gaviota Coast
World Class Whale Watching in Santa Barbara
Each year, tens of thousands of whales migrate along the California coast, and many move right through the Santa Barbara Channel or stop to feed around the Channel Islands. It’s one of SB’s most glorious natural events, and has put us on the map as one of the best whale watching spots in the world. PSC offers fantastic whale watching charters that bring you up close and personal for this experience of a lifetime.
Bringing Enriching & Fun Programs to the Community
Paddle Sports Center runs a lot of special tours that take advantage of the magnificent landscape and natural resources of Santa Barbara (like our Full Moon Paddles and our History & Wildlife Tours), but our most unique and breathtaking tours would be our paddling trips to the Gaviota coast, North America’s largest coastal Mediterranean ecosystem and southern California’s last section of undeveloped coastline. What better way to experience the amazing flora and fauna than from just inches above the water, gliding along in a kayak? If you're looking for an unforgettable way to experience the last frontier of California's unblemished beauty, you simply must experience the Gaviota Coast.
History of Santa Barbara's Waterfront
One of the most satisfying aspects of running Paddle Sports Center is that it gives us the opportunity to give back. We are often involved in projects like beach cleanups and safety trainings, and we hold regular events that educate and involve our community. We’re always looking for more ways to spread our love of the ocean and grow our tribe. For the past 8 years, we’ve been partnering with a fantastic local non-profit to share resources and create programs that get more people exposed to the benefits of being on the ocean. We wanted to let you know what we have going on this summer, and give you a closer look at our partner and their outstanding work with youth in our community.
150 hours of Santa Barbara
Today, the Waterfront is Santa Barbara’s crown jewel - a prosperous fishing industry, a busy harbor bustling with boats, gentle surf perfect for water sports, beaches stretching up and down the coast, shopping, restaurants and tourist attractions for all ages. It also has a long history rich with Maritime culture and a few individuals whose influence changed Santa Barbara forever.
Experience the Flow
Adam Nagler is one of the most astoundingly determined and meticulously health conscious people you’ll meet in the harbor. He’s been a part of Santa Barbara’s local community for the last 18 years now, and a dedicated Paddle Sports Center Member. Coming from the “big city” lifestyle and growing up in New York, the community in SB surprised him. It has been a refreshing change of pace and an important inspiration to him.
The word calls to mind many things. To proceed readily. To have smooth continuity. To hang loose and billowing. To deform under stress without cracking ---used especially of minerals or rocks. Or, “flow” can be a particular way of thinking and feeling, more than anything else. It’s liquid quality leaks looseness, portraying it’s peaceful properties, calling to mind sheer seaside serenity.
It was late June and a warm night was about to fall. I had let the rest of the staff go home and I stood behind the counter, counting the sales for the day. I heard a group coming through the back door and looked up to see a gaggle of guides, mermaids and friends mosey through the back door. They shouted their hellos and set about socializing and putting on gear. I watched the group from the safety of my well worn shop stool and started to pack up for the day. I hiked my backpack up onto my back when the co-founder of CIO asked me where I was going. With a matter of fact tone I told him, “home” to which he replied something along the lines of “suit up”. They were heading out for a group paddle on the full moon and I could not have been more thrilled to be invited. Unprepared to paddle at night, I had not brought along a white waterproof light, so became paired in a tandem with a new friend.