New to The Watersports Camp? Top Five Things to Know.

We here at Mission Bay Aquatic Center want every camper to be prepared to have a great time at The Watersports Camp, so we’ve compiled the top five things to know for new attendees:

Summer camp is here!

Whether it seems like the school year has flown by, or has been dragging on and on, for many students summer vacation has already begun and it's time for camp! This week many lucky campers are already kicking off their summer vacation at The Watersports Camp wakeboarding, surfing, paddling, or sailing their days away.

CIT Coordinator: Harrison Trubitt, Reflects His Past and Present at MBAC

We interviewed one of our indispensable members of the MBAC staff, Harrison Trubitt, to reflect on his history as a camper at The Watersports Camp and now a current employee.

6/25/15

New to The Watersports Camp? Top Five Things to Know.



We here at Mission Bay Aquatic Center want every camper to be prepared to have a great time at The Watersports Camp, so we’ve compiled the top five things to know for new attendees:

Sunscreen is an important part of camp!
  1. Be ready for FUN! With the wide array of programs offered, campers will find a sport they’ll love and our staff’s expertise and great attitudes guarantee the maximum amount of fun time packed into each day. 
  2. Bring sunscreen--and lots of it! San Diego summers include plenty of sunshine, so make sure your camper stays protected from the UV rays.  We will be stopping to reapply throughout the day so be sure you bring ample sunscreen to apply multiple times. 
  3. Our morning camp offers instructional lessons to practice throughout the week. This allows them to build confidence and learn new techniques in the watersport that they choose when registering.
  4. Our afternoon multisport camp is designed to squeeze in the most fun, where we allow every camper to try out a different watersport each day! This provides an awesome scope of all the programs we offer and every day is a unique experience. Full-day campers can add the afternoon multisport camp to their morning instructional session for a jam packed week of watersport fun.
  5. Your camper is in good hands! We pride ourselves on providing a wonderful and safe watersports camp experience with our fully equipped, experienced instructors and camp counselors. Every staff member is certified in Red Cross CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguarding, and employs a “Safety First” approach to fun. 

We are excited to see you at The Watersports Camp and encourage your camper to come prepared and ready to have FUN!

Camp is More Fun with a Friend!



Camp experiences are especially unique when shared with friends! Your camper will gain long-lasting memories if they share The Watersports Camp experience with their friends.  They will create the ultimate summer memories to enjoy and reflect on as they share it together. Moreover, our afternoon multisport camp groups are organized by age so campers will be able to experience this fun camp session with their peers.

If you sign up with a friend and will be attending the multisport camp, be sure to let us know at check in so we can be sure you get placed in the same afternoon group.

We want your camper to have a memorable and amazing water-filled week to remember for years to come! What better way to do that than with a friend?

Register today and be sure to use the Refer a Friend feature at sign up!

CIT Coordinator: Harrison Trubitt, Reflects His Past and Present at MBAC



We interviewed one of our indispensable members of the MBAC staff, Harrison Trubitt, to reflect on his history as a camper at The Watersports Camp and now a current employee.

Harrison as a camper

  1. How long have you been at The Watersports Camp? I started attending at age seven, and returned each year for four or five weeks of camp. I started with wakeboarding and eventually got into sailing as well, along with doing the afternoon multisport camp. 
  2. Do you have any favorite memories or highlights from when you were at camper? I was really into dressing up for the spirited “Thursday Theme Day,” and always had different outfits. One counselor I looked up to who mainly taught me sailing made a nickname for me. It was also pretty awesome to become a CIT (Counselor-in-Training) with five other friends who I met at camp. It’s cool how it’s been a full circle having my camp friends also be CITs and now coworkers. 
  3. What were your favorite sports to do while at camp? I remember starting wakeboarding as a young novice and getting a lot of help from my counselors, which improved my skills and motivated me to come back every summer to review what I had learned and to keep getting better. A few summers later I found myself at the other end of the beach by the black flag which represents the highest wakeboarding level. I also started as a beginner in sailing and advanced to lasers. 
  4. Why did you want to become a CIT? Going through the sailing experience made me want to become a CIT because the counselors were great encouragements and my role models. I also made many friends that were camp returners as well and we were accustomed to the camp routine so the next step for us was to become CITs and further our place in the MBAC community because it was such a fun and invaluable environment to be in. 
  5. How has your time here transitioned into having a position with MBAC? After being a camper for multiple summers and a CIT for one summer, I then became Assistant CIT Coordinator the summer after, then a lead staff member, and am now the CIT Program Coordinator. 
  6. After being at MBAC for ten years as a camper and CIT, why did you want to work here? It became a big part of who I was. It was where I learned a lot of the fun skills I still enjoy doing until this day. I learned how to befriend new kids from different backgrounds such as Chile and the Netherlands, which also helped my private education experience. Ultimately, I wanted to give kids the experiences that I had here. 
  7. Can you discuss a little bit about how significant your wakeboarding experience was in terms of the sport on a global scale? Yeah definitely. It was pretty cool learning it during that time period because wakeboarding wasn’t as popular as it is now, and The Watersports Camp was the only place in California that offered such close attention and care for kids learning to wakeboard. Now that I reflect on it I feel we contributed to developing a significant following for wakeboarding. 
  8. Can you also explain further what life skills you gained at camp? Like I said earlier, it was cool meeting kids from all kinds of different backgrounds. It taught me to accept people regardless of where they’re from, and by working together and encouraging each other to improve in wakeboarding and sailing, we only got better. I still talk to some of my foreign friends to this day. So I would say a lot of people skills and problem solving skills. 
  9. Can you sum up everything that Mission Bay Aquatic Center and the Watersports Camp has given you in a few words? Life-long friendships, experience in watersports, and life skills. 
  10. Anything else you’d like to share on behalf of your experiences here? I’m so grateful to have joined The Watersports Camp when I did. It allowed me to grow up in the MBAC community, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. 

6/11/15

Summer camp is here!



Whether it seems like the school year has flown by or has been dragging on and on, for many students summer vacation has already begun and it's time for camp!  This week many lucky campers are already kicking off their summer vacation at The Watersports Camp wakeboarding, surfing, paddling, or sailing their days away.

Our staff has been hard at work training over the past few weeks and are happy to finally get to spend some time providing high quality camp experiences and creating memories to last a lifetime!  If you're still in school then we're sure summer break is right around the corner and we are looking forward to seeing you at camp soon!

Forgot to register for camp?  Be sure to register today at watersportscamp.com!

6/10/15

Have some fun at the La Jolla Festival of the Arts



The Torrey Pines Kiwanis and San Diego Magazine will host the 29th annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts on June 20-21 at UCSD's Warren Field.  Proceeds from the award-winning festival benefit athletic programs for persons with disabilities in San Diego including MBAC's accessible and inclusive watersports programs.

MBAC was fortunate enough to kick off this year's festival season at a Kick Off Party at Bird’s surf shed where we wined and dined amongst some San Diego legends including Eric “Bird” Huffman, Aaron Chang, and Tim Bessell.  The kick off party recognized Mission Bay Aquatic Center as a beneficiary and the Torrey Pines Kiwanis presented MBAC with a check for $25,000 to support watersport opportunities for San Diegans with disabilities.
Catching a wave with Aaron Chang at the La Jolla Festival of the Arts Kick Off Party

You too can support these worthy programs by attending the La Jolla Festival of the Arts.  Sip and sample the craft beer and wine tastings while you enjoy the creative works of over 200 artists.  The festival is a unique opportunity to combine support for adaptive programs and services that help those who have incurred serious and long term injuries, and artists who work hard to bring creativity and imagination to us every day.

We would love to have you join us at the festival this year and experience this wonderful event that is a great way to enjoy incredible art while supporting a great cause. To purchase tickets or for more information on the festival visit www.lajollaartfestival.org.

Purchase tickets online today at www.ljfa.org/tickets!



Free rentals to celebrate the start of summer



We are once again offering our popular June Rental Special.  Purchase a package of 3 rentals during the month of June and we will throw in 1 free rental*, or purchase a package of 6 rentals we will throw in 2 free rentals*. With our already low rental prices this is an unbeatable deal! Packages provide a great excuse to get out on the water again and again (as if you needed an excuse!)

Stop by MBAC before the month ends to take advantage of this great deal!

For a full list of our everyday low prices visit mbaquaticcenter.com/rentals.php.

* One rental use per visit maximum. Rental package uses are non-transferable and can be used by original purchaser only.