We Aspire to Inspire....
When SPI Sessions was created we knew we had a special vision. There was an obvious need for more family friendly activities, promotion of healthier lifestyles, and ocean and environmental awareness on South Padre Island. In 2016, SPI Sessions took on the challenge, and with great collaboration, founded a lessons and kids camp company that combined our love for surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and environmentalism. We designed camps that are organic to any other surf camp in Texas. The camps combine surfing, stand-up paddling and hands-on science lessons for children 4-17 to explore.
Our surf and SUP lessons are combined with basic beach ecology and oceanography recaps for all ages. We are sure to keep safety standards at the peek of our priorities and our staff in top shape as water men and women of the Island. We didn’t just want to share waves, we wanted to share an experience that people of all ages would remember. We designed SPI Sessions so that we are available to everyone, of all walks of life, to join us at our beautiful home on South Padre Island, Texas.
"We didn’t just want to share waves, we wanted to share an experience..." READ MORE ABOUT US
Beach Life Instructors- Dedicated, adventurous people
SPI Sessions has a unique approach to our staff. We call ourselves ‘Beach Life Instructors’ because we believe we share more with the student than just a surfing lesson. We are well-rounded individuals with love for all things friendly to our beaches and lifestyles. We maintain a rotating staff of 4-5 Beach Life Instructors and 2-3 Science Specific Trainers throughout our sessions. In a lesson setting, we maintain a 1:3 ratio of staff to student, providing necessary attention for adequate surf technique and stoke. We are very proud to have a strong staff of vetted individuals eager to share the joy of surfing and eco-awareness.
CPR/First Aid Certified
Open Water Safety Trained
Meet The Team
We realize the enormous impact we can make in our own community with a little help from our friends. That’s why we partner with amazing organizations to make lasting impacts physically, emotionally, and creatively. We welcome you to join-us at any of our special events including: beach clean-up’s, special needs surfing camps, all especially dedicated to making a positive change and lasting impression. Check out the incredible foundations and partners we work with by clicking on their link:
Our Commitment to Safety-
Certified, Professional, Experience
Safety is our first priority as proven by our six years of camp operations and safety record. We follow guidelines and training from both American Red Cross and United States Lifeguarding Association to ensure the safest and most rewarding experiences. We always keep a student to instructor ratio of 4:1 and all of our instructors have certifications in First Aid, CPR, and are open ocean trained. We also carry a comprehensive insurance package, including general liability.
Ocean Safety Education consists of:
- Rip current identification, awareness, and existing procedure
- Wave prediction and judgement
- Longshore current identification
- Conservation of the Coast awareness
- Sun exposure and UV awareness
- Beach Ecology and marine science education
- Venomous Marine Life awareness and first aid
- Popular marine life education
Ocean and Environmental Awareness
Safety with Wildlife
We know that nature can shape a child's memory and experiences, which is why we pair environmental and ocean awareness with action sports. It’s fun, exciting, and encourages an active, healthy lifestyle. We believe that learning about the ocean and all of its changing dynamics is part of an all encompassing experience our beach life instructors hope to share. Water Safety, open ocean awareness and coastal wildlife are incorporated into the camps curriculum.
We do take a significant amount of time in our water related programs to share our knowledge of the ocean. We teach about how to safely swim in open ocean, how to avoid and escape rip currents, how to respect other water users, and awareness of marine life. Campers will learn so much about the ocean that it will increase their comfortability and maximize their amazement and experience in the ocean.
"This is a camp you don’t want to miss! It’s all my boys wanted to do for the summer. Aarin and her staff are very knowledgeable and keep it fun all day. The kids love them and still talk about them and their experiences at the beach!”Ineke Copenhaver-Ploegh
“My ten year old daughter had a fabulous time at surf camp! Every day was something new, and I loved that the kids were happy yet well-supervised. Worth every penny!”Robin Armstrong-Stepan
“Three of my children attended SPI Sessions Summer Camp last Summer. They had a BLAST! Aside from learning how to surf the instructors were so amazing with my children. They broke up the day in to several activities where not only did they learn surfing, but they also had science lessons through out the day. They learned about the ecosystems as well as mythology. My children keep asking when they can go back with Miss Aarin and Miss Lorin. We are anxious for the summer to get here so they can go back. As an educator myself, I highly recommend this summer camp!”Erika Jaross