General Information

The Watersports Camp at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center is sponsored by the Peninsula Family YMCA and is located at 1001 Santa Clara Place, San Diego, CA 92109.

Directions to the Mission Bay Aquatic Center
>> Map of Santa Clara Point

Camp Description

The Watersports Camp is a youth camp specializing in basic to advanced instruction in wakeboarding, waterskiing, surfing, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and marine science along with various field trips and camp outings. The Watersports Camp, held at the University of California San Diego’s and San Diego State University’s Mission Bay Aquatic Center, is sponsored by the Peninsula Family YMCA.


The Watersport Camp meets at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, loacted at 1001 Santa Clara Place, San Diego, CA 92109. Check in at the blue tent on the lawn adjacent to MBAC at the South end of Santa Clara Point. A map of Santa Clara Point can be downloaded from


Campers must provide their own transportation to and from the Mission Bay Aquatic Center. Many parents book camp with other families in their neighborhood so they can carpool together. Due to the number of camps on Santa Clara Point parking during drop off and pick up can be challenging. PLEASE DO NOT PARK ILLEGALLY. It is illegal to park in the red fire zone or in the designated trailer parking.

Waiver and Medical History

Parents must provide a completed waivier and medical history form prior to their camper participating in camp. Only a parent can sign the waiver and medical history so if you will not be dropping your camper off on the first day of camp it is important to be sure to send the properly completed forms in advance, or along with the camper. Verbal authorization or signatures from any other than a parent or legal guardian are not acceptable alternatives. Legal guardians other than parents must provide a certified copy of their power of attorney. The parent packet and forms can be downloaded from

Clothing and Supplies

Some clothing and supplies are needed, such as windbreaker, hat, sunscreen, towel, footwear, padlock, etc. A complete list will be included in the confirmation email or can be viewed here.


Campers must provide their own sack lunches and beverages unless otherwise noted. One day during the week, with advance notice, campers will participate in a lunch field trip. A picnic lunch will be provided for campers on Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


As a courtesy to our campers, we provide limited supplemental accident medical insurance coverage included in the week's fee. Medical expenses in excess of insurance are the responsibility of the camper's family.

Eligibility and Rates

Click here for information on who can participate and rate information.


Click here for information on how to register.

Counselor and Instructional Staff

Our skilled and friendly staff have been interviewed and carefully selected for their aquatic background, education, and experience. Staff are thoroughly screened through a 3rd party background check and run through CA DOJ and FBI databases prior to employment. Our camp staff is committed to a “Safety First” approach to fun and we regularly hold emergency preparedness trainings and reviews. Each staff member is a certified Red Cross Lifeguard Waterfront Lifeguard and holds California Department of Boating and Waterways safe-boat handling certificate. Additionally, waterski and wakeboard instructors hold a United States Coast Guard license and are USA Waterski Association instructor qualified. Staff members receive extensive training in the activites in which they teach and in youth education and safety as well. Expect to be impressed by our highly qualified and dynamic camp staff.

The Mission Bay Aquatic Center is a regional boating safety center as part of a program funded by the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways. The Division of Boating and Waterways funds boating facilities, boating safety, education and supports boating law enforcement in California. A portion of the equipment at the Center is provided by the Division to enhance boating safety education in California.