Every day a new adventure awaits according to the weather. The SBX (Sleeping Bear Xtreme) Junior Waterman Camp is a unique freshwater surf camp designed and taught by water enthusiasts to create water enthusiasts.

The camp has a strong emphasis on the importance of outdoor activity and helps instill a respect for the environment while immersing our students in all that is possible within our powerful Great Lakes playground.

Michigan weather is wild, so here at SBX, we encourage our campers to embrace whatever each day on the water throws at us so we can create greater watermen out of ourselves.

While we would love to have waves every day, the lake sometimes has other plans, which allows us the opportunity to explore other methods of enjoying and expanding our knowledge on the water.

Dependent on the mood of the lake, we might go on a surf safari and spend the day sliding freshwater waves. If it’s calm, we might take a down wind-er and see the expansive Sleeping Bear Dunes from a SUP, paddle a nearby river, learn to harness the breath and dive to the depths (possibly on historic wrecks). We might even get to take out the Supsquatch for a spin with new friends.

Regardless of the activity that the day brings on, we’ll have the time of our lives while learning the ways of the waterman. Anything is possible at SBX Waterman Camp… leave it up to the wind, and some positive energy.


Some very important details: 

Camp operates Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Meeting location will depend on the weather and activity of the day. Camp location will be, at maximum, within 25 miles of Empire Public Beach. Parents will be notified of drop-off and pick-up location at least 12 hours in advance of camp start time each day.

Waterman Camp will run regardless of the weather conditions. We will only cancel if there is thunder or lightning in which case we will move postpone or move forward the forecasted storm day to the next, or previous day (Tuesday or Thursday of that week).

What’s included: Daily gear rental, top-quality instruction, photos by Beth Price Photography, rental coupons for use on down-days, swag bag, and endless knowledge, confidence, & memories to keep fueling the adventure.

What to bring: Water bottle filled to the brim with fresh water, a delicious & nutritious pack lunch, sunscreen, towel, a dry, warm change of clothes (including a sweatshirt, rain jacket, or puffy), rashguard and/or wetsuit if you have your own available to you, and positive energy too!


Recommended for groms & grommets ages 11-15

(Please inquire if interested under 11— we are so down with mini shredders but we want to ensure that all students are fully capable of participating in all Waterman Camp activities happily and independently.

Over 15? We’d love to have you, just give us a call to check in regarding ages of the rest of our participants!

Does your child have a disability? Give us a call to talk about how we can cater to their needs!

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SBX Junior Waterman Camp


Terms & Conditions:

Cancellation Policy:

If you must cancel, you may receive a full refund up to 14 days in advance of the first day of camp. No refunds or credits are given for no-shows. If you cancel within 7-14 days of camp and we are able to fill your spot, we are happy to provide a refund aside from a cancellation fee of $50. We are sorry, but we cannot make exceptions as we are doing our best to accommodate all individuals eager to join camp. We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule the lesson if we feel that the safety of our students is at risk. Great Lakes surf lessons are canceled by SBSK only if there is thunder and lightening, or if a case of Covid-19 has been confirmed within our group.

What we are doing to minimize the spread of Covid-19: 

  • Minimizing group size in our surf lessons, classes, and camps
  • Wearing face masks when in the shop, or  interacting with our students when social distancing may be difficult
  • Strongly enforcing social distancing during all group lessons, classes, and camps
  • Sanitizing all equipment between uses
  • Washing down and letting wetsuits hang for a minimum of 24 hours between uses
  • All wetsuits worn by Junior Waterman participants will be reserved for that participant alone for the extent of camp
  • Requiring online booking and preregistration for all rentals, lessons and camps

What we are asking of you before engaging with us :

  • Stay at home if you are feeling sick, even in the slightest
  • Stay away from shop and do not attend camp if you have been in close contact to someone with Covid-19 within the last 14 days
  • Wear a face mask when coming into our shop, engaging with our staff pre and post activity, and during instances outdoors where social distancing may be difficult
  • Minimize person-to-person contact (we typically love hugs and high fives, but have to refrain this year)
  • Step away to sneeze or cough and do so into your elbow, shirt, or tissue if you have the urge

Tolerance Policy:

Sleeping Bear Surf has a zero-tolerance policy for any and all discrimination based on age, gender, sexuality, mental or physical disability, body type, race, religion or political belief.

We also have zero-tolerance for customers who disrespect our instructors, staff, or fellow customers in regard to Covid-19 precautions and whom refuse to follow our simple Covid-19 guidelines.