INTERNATIONAL SURF SAIL KITE CAMP 2020

18/06/2020 updated program with Coronavirus dispositions

WINDSURF - SAILING - KITESURF
AGE 8-12 , 13-17  

a 6 days holiday dedicated to watersports

  

  

This is the 21st edition of Surf, Sail and Kite Camps and we are always exited to spend 7 weeks with young windsurfer, kitesurfers and sailors and to pass our passion for our favourite sports.

From several years we have created the International Camps to allow all the kids and teenagers from every Nation to participate. This year all our Camps from the middle of June to the end of July will be international. The main accompanier that will take care of the participants will be an English mother tongue and drama teacher with over 2 decades experience of teaching.

During the Camp the learning of English is done through daily life at the camp in an informal and fun way. Through sports and games suitable for the different ages and different levels of knowledge the goal is to improve the confidence in English.


ACTIVITIES 
- Primary: windsurf (Surf Camp), sailing (Sail Camp) or kitesurf (Kite Camp)

- Secondary: canoe, SUP, sailing "gioco-sport" for the younger, kitesurf basics for the older ones, sports and team games, physical expression, treasure hunts.

- Excursions: canoe, bike, SUP, trekking in Piani di Spagna Nature Park.


The main activities, characterizing the camp and to which most of the time is dedicated, are windsurfing, sailing or Kitesurfing; canoes, mountain bikes and SUP are used as vehicles for nature excursions. In case of bad weather and for relaxation, the children will be occupied with sailing "giocosport", team games, seafaring arts, ground-based kitesurf basics (for the older ones), or watching videos and films of the day's activities and with the mother tongue teacher will create funny films or short theatre sketches for their new friends in English on the theme of water sports and what they have been learning and experiencing.

 The nature excursions depend on weather and wind condition. The nearby Piani di Spagna Nature Park can be reached by canoe, SUP or inflatable motorboats, without crossing any roads.  Just in case of bad weather it could be possible the use of cars for a short distance to go from Tabo to the restaurant for the dinner. 


Windsurf, Sail and kitesurf will be confirmed with a minimum of 3 persons per activity.  Just in case of the cancellation of an activity because of not enough requests, the persons that have chosen that activity can choose between the other activities.


  

  

CORONAVIRUS DISPOSITIONS

Surf, Sail, Kite Camps are a federal sport activity recognized by the National Sailing Federation FIV that follows the new disposition for Coronavirus (updated 09/06/2020) collected in the last governmental laws.

According with these rules, after a long analysis we decided to adopt the following dispositions:


GENERAL ANTI-CORONAVIRUS PROTOCOL

- social distancing among both participants and the Tabo Surf Center crew

- hand disinfection with hydro alcoholic gel available at Tabo

- safety masks usage when on the ground (and in water in case of close-range assistance)

- sanitisation of boats, rigs, equipments, tools, instruments, personal objects, etc.

- daily body temperature survey to everyone including participants and workers

- deposit of personal objects in closed bags inside the specific wardrobe

- prohibition to leave any personal object outdoor or outside the specific areas

- demarcation of specific routes to be followed inside Tabo Surf Center

- non-crossing specific reception areas for parents

- specific garbage bins for collecting disposable tissues and gloves

- daily bathroom and restroom cleaning and sanitisation every 3 hours

- prohibition to use the restrooms to get changed (except for 6 days camp participants)


ADDED ANTI-CORONAVIRUS PROTOCOL FOR 6-DAYS CAMPS

- execution of any activity in the outdoor areas

- execution of indoor activities only if necessary and always maintaining the social distancing and the right ventilation

- limited permanence at Tabo Surf Center for non-participants of the 6-days camps

- demarcation of specific routes to be followed inside Tabo in order to avoid interference with other users

- frequent hand cleaning and sanitization with hydro alcoholic gel

- personal named-bottles usage

- lunch consumption outdoor under Tabo terrace

- lunch administration with single portions

- usage of single cutlery, cups and disposable napkins

- access to the restroom, bathroom and showers for the 6-days camp participants only

- assignation of personal technical clothing to every participant for the whole duration of the camp (wetsuits, life jacket, etc) and daily sanitization

- sanitization of the equipment once a day or any time a user-change is needed

- setting up of a campsite in Camping Poncione (Sorico), reachable in less than 10 min. by bike for those who need the accommodation (bike necessary)

- accommodation in single tents for the night (for more info contact the reception)

- camp closing on Friday at 7pm for whom does not accommodate and Saturday at 10am for whom accommodates avoiding gathering and maintaining distances

- online debriefing at the end of the camp

- email sending from the participants of all the reservation forms before the beginning of the camp

- supply of safety devices onboard the boats in case of necessity of close-range assistance

  

LEVELS

The Camp is for every level of learning from beginner to advanced pupils.

All the kids and teenagers stay together during the activities except for the main activities in which they are divided in groups per level. The teachers are completely dedicated to a specific group.


SAILING AND WINDSURF "GIOCOSPORT" for beginners

In line with the CONI directives, the Italian Sailing Federation (FIV) has also reviewed its training methods to offer the very young the opportunity of experiencing sailing and windsurf as a game. Leaving aside the competitive part in this phase of learning, "Giocosport" is today the most advanced method for teaching correct technique while having fun in group activities. 
Our head-instructors are members of the FIV (Italian Sailing Federation) Teacher Training group and specialized in the development of "Giocosport" for sailing and windsurf.


RACE TRAINING for the advanced level of windsurfing

For the advanced level, apart from improving the technique, our staff will train the children and teenagers for racing, introducing the basis of regatta of windsurfing, using the board Bic Techno 293 and Firerace 120.


AIMS 
The main aim of the camp is to live water sports in direct contact with nature and the spirit of group life. The targets to reach are: 1) to learn the correct techniques of windsurfing, sailing or kiting  2) to learn to steer windsurf, kitesurf or dinghy boat alone 3) to acquire the mariner spirit and become familiar with the water 4) to know the wind and learn to use it 5) to socialize and collaborate with course mates.


THE CENTRE AND THE STAFF

Tabo Surf Center, that started out as a professional Windsurf center, has extended its abilities to Sailing, Kitesurfing, Canoeing, Mountain Biking, wakeboarding and SUP (stand up paddling), with all the most modern equipment, including special equipment for children.

Teaching quality is assured by a staff of professional instructors who, motivated by their passion for youth sports, are specialized in teaching the age group between 6 and 17 years old. Indeed, the qualifications of the two head-instructors include: UNIVERSITY DEGREE IN TEACHING SPORTS; FIV NATIONAL INSTRUCTOR (Italian Sailing Federation); FIV TEACHER-TRAINER; VDWS INSTRUCTOR (German Water Sports Federation), IKO instructor.

To guarantee safety, every group has an accompanier living with the children 24 hours a day (two accompaniers if there are more than 15 participants per Camp for the group 8-12 years old and 20 for the group 13-17 years old). This year the main accompanier for all the weeks is an English mother tongue specialized in teaching English to kids and teenagers.


THE EQUIPMENT

- WINDSURF: Our Centre has 100 boards and 120 sails for Windsurfing (for every level from beginner to funboard), among which the special Easyrider and new generation 360 RRD, and mini-sails starting from 1 square meter surface area. It will be possible also to use the boards Bic Techno 293 and Firerace 120 to approach the world of racing.

- SAIL: We have dinghy boats that meet every need from single boats to double and collective boats. We have: Laser Bug, Laser Std, Laser Pico, RS Quest, Laser Bahia, Laser Dart 16.

- KITE: For Kite camps we work with big inflatable motorboats and radio system; the material used is the new 2020 one with models and sizes perfect for teenagers.

- CANOE AND SUP: Tabo Surf Center has also canoes, SUP and 2 MegaSup for 10 people each to use for excursions.


SAFE SPORTS AREA

Tabo Surf Center is particularly suited to youth multisport activities in the greatest safety: The building is located in an area with a generous field of 40,000 square meters on the lake with a beach and football pitch, beach-volley, basketball and tennis courts.

The lake is completely different to the typical lakeside environment: the bottom is sandy and the water shallow (1 meter) up to 60 meters from the shore, and the stretch of water where the lessons are held is surrounded by three banks. These are certainly the safest conditions for beginners and young children. 
Safety in the water is guaranteed, as well as by the mandatory safety equipment, also by the presence of boats for safety.


ACCOMMODATION

The 6-days courses allow two different options: the "daily solution" from 9am to 7pm or the "24 hours solution" with accommodation in single tents from Sunday to Saturday for whom needs it. The tents will be set in Camping Poncione (Sorico): it is located on the river and can be reached in less than 10 minutes by bike along the cycle path along the lake that passes next to Tabo, without crossing roads.

In order to assure the social distancing this year the accommodation will be in single tents, a multiple tent is possible in case of siblings only. We propose the following solutions:

1-   Bring your own tent (maximum dimension 120 x 210 cm.)

2-   Rent a sanitized single tent from Tabo Surf Center at 25€ for the whole week

For double or triple tents for 2 or 3 brothers it is necessary to bring your own tent.

The journey from Tabo to the campsite will be done by bicycle: it is essential to bring your own or rent it directly from Tabo..


MEALS

Breakfast for the participants who accommodate, will be consumed in the campsite or in a sheltered place in case of bad weather. In order to follow the Coronavirus dispositions breakfast must be provided from home (bring your own) for the 6 days. Tabo Surf Center will provide disposable cutlery, cups and napkins. Choosing food for breakfast keep in mind that there is no refrigerator to store it.

Lunch will be consumed outdoor or under the terrace at Tabo Surf Center. Participants who decide for the "daily solution" must bring their own lunch, participants who accommodate with be provided with single-portion lunch.

Every participant must have a personal bottle for water with his name written on it.

The restaurant for dinner is located on the way to the campsite.


RESTROOMS AND TOILETS

One of the two restrooms at Tabo Surf Center with 2 toilets and 2 showers will be designated for exclusive usage of the participants at the 6-days camp. The access will be organized in order to maintain the social distancing. Restrooms and toilets will be cleaned daily and sanitized every 3 hours.


The organization can decide in any moment to change the place for the accommodation or for breakfast and dinner without any overcharge or refund.

Program can be changed depending on the possible future Anti-Coronavirus dispositions.

  

DATA SHEET

Duration: 6 days (6 nights) from Sunday night to Saturday morning.


Age: Group A: born between 2008 and 2012 (8/12 years)

         Group B: born between 2003 and 2007 (13/17 years)

         Group C: born between 2003 and 2008 (12/17 years)

         Group D: born between 2003 and 2010 (10/17 years)


Starting dates:   1ST WEEK:   14-20 JUNE - GROUP A

                            2ND WEEK: 21-27 JUNE - GROUP A

                            3RD WEEK:  28 JUNE-4 JULY - GROUP B 

                            4TH WEEK:  5-11 JULY B+C (SPECIAL CAMP WINDSURF)

                            5TH WEEK:  12-18 JULY GROUP A

                            6TH WEEK:  19-25 JULY GROUP B

                            7TH WEEK:  26 JUY-1 AUGUST GROUP D


N.B:

- The minimum number of participants to confirm a Camp is 8 persons

- The minimum number of participants for an activity (windsurf, Kitesurf or sailing) is 3 persons.

- The Special Camp is confirmed with a minimum number of 5 persons.

   

SURF CAMP

Our experience, thanks to 20 years of Camps and to 34 years of teaching, allows us to have very good results from beginners to freestyle levels. When the conditions are good the kids and teenagers can stay in the water till 5 hours a day with our instructors.

There is no limit on learning: the change from a level to another happens when the teacher sees an improvement. 


SAILING CAMP

Also our experience on sailing, thanks to 20 years of Camps and to 28 years of teaching, allows us to train sailors with a good technical preparation. The use of modern boats as Laser Bug, Laser Pico, Laser Bahia e Laser Dart 16, Rs Quest, allows a complete training with single and double boats and also catamarans.


KITECAMP

The teaching takes place only with the support of the specific motorboats of Tabo, launching the kites directly from the water. The communication takes place with the use of walkie talkies

For the best achievement of the Camp goals, the minimum age required is 11 years old.


ENGLISH AS UFFICIAL LAGUAGE

The Camps are opened to Italian and foreigners. The goal is to stimulate all the participants to speak English and let them appreciate the advantage of being able to communicate with people of different nationalities without creating educational situations that evoke the school environment.

To encourage communication in English, we'll create activities and games that require the use of this language.

The camp therefore wants to be an opportunity for both exchange and approach to English in a pleasant atmosphere, useful both for those who already speak fluently and for those who only know the basics. Living all day in contact with a native English-speaking educator who is passionate about teaching and sports, who knows how to motivate children, will certainly give participants a great push to speak English without feeling inadequate, increasing their confidence.


SPECIAL ITINERANT CAMP - WINDSURF FUNBOARD AND FREESTYLE LEVELS

The Special Camp is the most coveted goal for Camp participants and is reserved only for those who have reached an adequate level in windsurfing. Its success has been confirmed for 12 years now.

Here are the features that make it truly unique and fun:

- is itinerant on Lake Como; the Camp is in Gera for accommodation and for surfing whenever the conditions are good, but, if the conditions are good somewhere else, the participants will move to other spots with the help of 9-seater vans and equipment in tow. In this way we can have the guarantee of surfing in strong wind to practice Funboard and Freestyle. The most likely locations are Valmadrera (also early in the morning with an alarm clock at 5), Dervio, Abbadia, Mandello;

- is reserved only for the Funboard and Freestyle levels

- allows you to try the exclusive experience of entering the water at sunrise in the company of the pros of Lake Como

- the high technical content of the courses allows you to make the best progression: for many it was an opportunity to learn how to do freestyle or to learn new maneuvers in a short time,

- the number of participants admitted is limited.


The base price of the Special Camp is the same as the normal Surf Camp and the windsurfing trips that involve moving with the use of vans will be paid as a final balance at the end of the camp.


Technical requirements: plane at all points of sailing, water start, sailing with all wind intensities, rigging of the sail.

N.B. Lower level participants are not allowed as they would hinder the performance of the activities.


In the case of light winds the participants will do activities of regatta or longboard freestyle in the water.

Minimum age: 12 years old. For age-related exceptions and minimum level information contact us.

Number of participants: minimum 5, maximum 8

  

FLITEBOARD - ADDED OPTION - 2020 NEWS

Added to the main sports it's possible to choose Fliteboard option, paying an additional price, to learn how to hadle the Fliteboard, the electric hydrofoil board, perfect to learn to handle any kind of foil board . The course provides 3 lessons (20 min. each) in the early morning with perfect conditions of flat water. 

The special price is just for those who pay this amount at he same time as the balance of the Camp.

If there are still places available and a participant would like to do 1 or more lessons, he can do it paying an higher price .

This option is available just for participants over 12 years old.  


PROGRAM 
Sunday   - within 6.30 pm: check in of those who needs accommodation avoiding gathering, maintaining social distancing     

                             and checking the body temperature. The meeting point will be communicated within Saturday evening.

                -  7.00 pm: setting up of the tents

                -  8.00 pm: dinner at the restaurant on the way to the campsite

                - 10.00 pm: personal hygiene and go to bed


Monday    - 8.30 am: body temperature check and breakfast for whom accommodates at the campsite

                 - 9.00 am: check in at Tabo Surf Center for whom decides for the "daily solution" avoiding gathering,    

                                 maintaining social distancing and checking the body temperature. Parents will not be entering the               

                                 Tabo Surf Center.

-  9.30 am: beginning of the intensive course

Friday        - 7.00 pm: course end for those in "daily solution", always avoiding gathering and maintaining social distance

Saturday    - 10.00 am: course end for those with accommodation, always avoiding gathering and maintaining social  

                                    Distance. The meeting point will be communicated on Friday evening.


TYPICAL DAY 
8.00  am Wake-up 
8.30  am Breakfast 
9.00  am bike transfer to Tabo

9.30  am On-shore activities (windsurf, sailing, kiting) 
10.00 am On-water activities (windsurf, sailing) or excursions (canoe, mountain bikes and SUP)
1.00  pm lunch 
2.00  pm Sailing "Giocosport" or other activities on the ground for beginners, on-water activities for advanced level of    

                windsurfing and sailing and for every level of kitesurfing. 
5.00  pm On-water activities for everybody.
7.00  pm Showers taking turns of the participants who have requested accommodation and withdrawal by the parents of    

                  the participants who do not need to stay overnight.

8.00  pm Dinner at the restaurant

10.00 pm Transfer to the campsite by bike


N.B. The timetable only gives an idea. The actual program may vary according to wind conditions and the level of the participants. In case of bad weather, activities will continue in the gym.


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