self rescue trip | children of the water


Children of the Water and Surflife are jumping in the water together!

From this Summer we will start offering Children of the Water’s Holistic Self Rescue courses, during your stay with us at our Family Camp in Mimizan!

Children of the Water teaches babies and young children from 9 months until 6 years old to be independent in the water without any float devices and to save themselves should they fall in the water unexpectedly. Children learn breath control, to float, and to swim with their face in the water to a safe place. 
Learning to surf, or improve your skills, and on top getting your children safe in the water and swim while enjoying a relaxing holiday with your family; it is all possible now!

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information self rescue course

During the Self Rescue course, children learn how to save themselves if they fall into the water unexpectedly.

Babies from nine months (crawl) to twelve months can learn to:

  • Breathe control underwater
  • Turn onto their backs from a life-threatening face down position
  • float, relax and breathe until rescued by an adult
  • Perform these skills fully dressed

Some babies can even learn to propel a short distance through the water between two parents.

Children who can walk, from 1 year up to 6 years old, can learn to:

  • Breathe control underwater
  • Turn onto their backs from a life-threatening face down position
  • To float, relax and breathe until it is rescued and swim to a safe place
  • Perform these skills fully dressed

The course consists of 20 consecutive Self Rescue lessons. A lesson is approximately 15 minutes per session. During Mimizan Family Surf Camp, your child will swim twice a day, in the morning and in the afternoon. All lessons are one on one with an instructor.




The O’Neill Surfcamp Mimizan (since 1991) is for more than 25 years one of the most famous surf camp in France. Since a few years we started with our Surflife Family Camp in Mimizan, which was straight a way a big hit. The waves are fantastic for every surfer, young or old and beginner or professional.

The Surflife crew consist of many beginner and intermediate surfers as well as pro’s. The atmosphere in the camp is awesome. On our Family camp you will find a big Chill Out area, hammocks and lounge, play tipi for the kids, skateboards and many other games. Our Surf lessons are given by professional surf instructors and perfect for kids and parents. Participate in the O’Neill Surf Contest, play some beach volley and use the best surfboards, bodyboards, and skimboards that we have!

At the end of the day, you can enjoy our healthy surf food and have a relaxed evening. If you are looking for the perfect active Family Holiday, come to Mimizan-Plage! You’re staying in our spacious bungalow tents. Sharing these tents with other surf camp guests means that your surfing holiday accommodation provides you with ample space and is the perfect home away from home. And better still, we’re also providing you with a comfortable and thick inflatable mattress. All you need to bring is your a pillow, a sleeping bag or bedding and a smile!


Surflife offers professional surf lessons for all levels taught by experienced and qualified instructors. They are passionate about teaching you how to surf. Surfing is a water sport that requires a lot of patience and good instruction. By taking surf lessons you can speed up the learning process significantly and quickly catch your first wave. This way you’ll get to know the basics of surfing in only a few days time and maximize the fun of being in the water. Don’t hesitate and book your surf lessons.

For intermediate of advanced surfers we offer special Surf Coaching with special focuses on manoeuvres along the wave and we will go over different techniques.


Our own French chef and his team make sure you foodies will get your taste buds tickled :).

Vegetarian and vegan options are available upon request. If you have any allergies or other dietary requirements, please let us know in advance so we can cater for your needs on your surf holiday with us.

Things to do

During the week there are multiple activities you can join. Challenge your self and bring new passions home.


We can imagine you still have questions left about your surf adventure. Please look into our frequently asked questions. If you don't find the answer here, feel free to always get in touch with us. We do our best to help you as soon as possible.

I booked through the website but have not yet received a confirmation?

Check your junk mail! It often happens that spam filters regard our mails as advertising or spam. The confirmation emails arrive at the e-mail address you booked with.

Still not? Then you should send an email to [email protected]

How can I book the activities?

We offer fun activities at our destinations. You can book these with the crew on site. The prices and description of the activities on our website are subject to change. The prices can deviate on the spot. It is also possible that activities sometimes deviate from the description. This may be due to a changed local situation. Keep in mind that if there is too little interest in an activity, it will not be organised.

Participation in excursions is on a voluntary basis and always at the risk of the participants.

What are the bank details of Surflife?

The following data can be used when you want to make a payment to us:

ING Bank in Amsterdam

IBAN: NL72INGB0006663982

It is important that you mention your reservation number during the transfer

When do I have to pay?

As soon as you have received the confirmation from us, you must pay a deposit of 30% within 8 days. The remaining travel sum must then be received by us at least 6 weeks before departure. Pay attention! You will not receive a new invoice for this.

If you book a holiday within 6 weeks before departure, it is necessary that you immediately transfer the entire payment to us.

After booking, the main booker receives the invoice by mail. Payment terms are stated on this invoice.

Can I book a extra person?

It is often possible to book one or more people. This depends on the number of available bus seats and the accommodation you have booked.

When there are chairs available and your accommodation is suitable for 1 or more extra people, we calculate the travel sum for you. The person who is booked will receive the new travel sum. The already booked persons keep the old travel sum. This does not change.

If you want to book a person, the lead booker can send a mail. Of course, the main booker can also contact us by telephone via +31 (0)85-0031234.

Can I decide on spot if I want to stay an extra week?

You can decide this on the spot, but we can not guarantee anything.
Chances are that the camp or the bus is full for the next week, if you reserve in advance you will not run any risk!

How can I cancel my entire holiday?

If you cancel your holiday, we will charge you the cancellation costs according to our conditions. A cancellation is therefore not free of charge. The lead booker is the only person who can pass a cancellation.

Cancel the entire booking outside of 7 days before departure:
Tell us about your cancellation by e-mail, preferably with a reason. Within a few days after the cancellation, you will receive the cancellation invoice by mail. Have you already paid but you still get money from us, please mention your account number in the cancellation e-mail and we ensure that it is refunded as soon as possible.

If you cancel your holiday, we will charge you the cancellation costs according to our conditions. A cancellation is therefore not free of charge. The lead booker is the only person who can pass a cancellation.

Cancel the entire booking outside of 7 days before departure:
Tell us about your cancellation by e-mail, preferably with a reason. Within a few days after the cancellation, you will receive the cancellation invoice by mail. Have you already paid but you still get money from us, please mention your account number in the cancellation e-mail and we ensure that it is refunded as soon as possible.

Cancel the entire booking within 7 days of departure:
If you leave within 7 days, you can cancel the booking by e-mail but also call us at +31 (0)85-0031234!

What are the costs if I have to cancel?

We calculate costs according to our conditions:

If an agreement is canceled, the traveler will owe the following cancellation costs in addition to any reservation costs due:

-To cancel more than 2 months before the trip at least 15% of the reservation value to the entrepreneur.
– If you cancel more than 1 month before the trip, you pay 35% of the reservation value to the entrepreneur.
-To cancel more than 14 days before the trip 60% of the reservation value to the entrepreneur to pay.
– If you cancel more than 7 days before the trip, pay 85% of the reservation value to the entrepreneur.
-If canceled 7 days or less before the trip 100% of the reservation value to the entrepreneur to pay.

What other options are there except cancel?

In addition to canceling, you also have the following options:

Let someone else go instead of you:
The head booker can let someone else in your place. Until 1 week before departure, the head booker can change the name by e-mail at no additional cost.
Within 1 week of departure, it is only possible to notify changes by telephone.

Rebooking the holiday:
Up to 6 weeks before departure, the head booker can change the holiday. We do not charge any additional change costs for this. Please note that if the travel sum is higher, it will be charged to you.
Within 6 weeks before departure it is unfortunately no longer possible to book the holiday.

If you want to change the holiday, you can send us an e-mail. Of course you can also contact us by telephone via +31 (0)85-0031234.

Do you supply linen?

No, bring your own linen

Do you supply towels?

No we don’t. Please bring your own and don’t forget a bigger one for the beach.

I would like to come to the surfcamp by myself, Do or Don't?

Do not hesitate!

Most people are indeed with one or more friends. But there are also soloists every week! After the first night or already after the bus trip you probably already know half of the people. The 2nd half of the group is for the evening after.

Do you take into account vegetarians and / or food allergies?

Absolutely, indicate this in the booking or send us an email with your wishes or requirements. Do you really need specific ingredients? Then it is advisable to take this with you and hand it over to our supervisor. Not everything is available in the local supermarkets.

Are evening dinners included?

Dinners are not included but we have an incredible chef who loves cooking! His evening meals and weekly BBQ are a real highlight for our guests. We provide 3/4 evening meals per week, allowing for alternate nights out to explore the local area.

What food can I expect?

Healthy food, made with fresh products. An extensive breakfast is included in the room price. All surf packages include a lunch. We also organise inhouse dinner nights four times per week and a weekly BBQ. In the garden we have a bar where you can buy cold drinks and snacks after your long surf day..

I have never surfed before, Do you have a program for someone like me?

About 80%-90% of our students have never surfed before so don’t worry about being the only beginner. The only experience you need is to be comfortable swimming in the surf zone and be able to tread water for a minimum of 5 minutes.

Do I need to pre-book activities?

In summer months it is recommended to pre-book your surf lessons as we can get quite busy. Our team of friendly hosts can assist with booking all your other activities upon arrival. .

I have some surf experience and want to work on more advanced maneuvers, do you offer programs for this?

Yes we work with students on intermediate and advanced levels of surfing including competitive surfing tips.

What is the ratio of students to instructors and what are the qualifications of the instructors?

Our student to instructor ratio varies depending on the students ability level. If you are a first time surfer we try to keep a ratio of 8-1.

All instructors have years of surfing/ teaching experience as well as CPR certification. Instructors are handpicked and trained by the International Surfing Association here in Europe.

Is there a lifeguard at the beach you use, I am worried about some of the safety aspects of surfing?

All beaches we use do have lifeguards on duty at our location all summer. We also keep one of our instructors on the beach at all times to act as a lifeguard/instructor from the sand. If the conditions are too dangerous, which is rare, we don’t go in the water and have other activities.

We come with own transport, at what time can we check in?

With your own transport you are welcome from Saturday morning 10am, the accommodations are usually available around noon.

Do you offer car parking?

Car parking is onsite and free of charge.

Why take out travel insurance?

The average cost for overseas medical treatment is £2,040, but can be much higher.

For example, in one case treating multiple fractures and an artery tear in the USA, a British citizen was forced to take an air ambulance back to the UK.

The cost of the treatment and transport was close to £500,000.

  • Getting medical care on holiday could cost you thousands of pounds.
  • Travel insurance that covers getting you home and medical expenses is essential.
  • Other insurance – like credit card accident cover and private health insurance – doesn’t cover most travel emergencies.
  • Without insurance, you might have to cover emergency expenses on your own – the British Consulate is unlikely to help you.

What does travel insurance cover?

Most policies include cover for:

  • Lost or stolen bags*
  • Emergency medical expenses
  • The costs of cancelling, delaying or cutting your trip short*
  • Personal liability, in case you’re sued for damaging property or causing injury

*Baggage and cancellation cover might be additional extras within some policies.

What isn’t covered by travel insurance?

There are some common things you should watch out for:

  • If you’re over 65 or have a medical condition, you might need specialist insurance. If you have a medical condition you have to tell your insurer if asked or risk invalidating your insurance policy. When you buy insurance you must answer all questions about your circumstances and health honestly. You have to include everything, even if you think it’s not important, for example taking regular tablets for high blood pressure or angina. If you don’t your policy won’t be valid.
  • Adventure sports, winter sports and any ‘dangerous activities’ are often not covered as part of a standard travel insurance policy and you might need extra cover.
  • With most policies, you aren’t covered for travel to countries or regions that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office recommends avoiding – view the latest list on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website
  • Coverage for strikes, civil unrest, earthquakes, acts of terrorism and epidemics such as SARS varies.

Do you still need travel insurance if you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)?

  • With an EHIC (formerly E111) you get the same level of state-provided medical care as someone who lives in the country you’re visiting. It’s valid in all European Economic Area countries and Switzerland.
  • The downside is that the local level of care might not be the same as what you’d get in the UK. You’ll also need to pay for part of your bills, if that’s how the local system works.
  • EHIC won’t cover the costs of repatriation – getting you back home – after a medical emergency on holiday could be very costly.
  • If you use an EHIC to get medical care, some insurers won’t ask you to pay the excess on your medical claims.
  • While it’s worth getting an EHIC, it’s not enough on its own. You should still get travel insurance that includes medical and repatriation cover.

Can travel insurance represent good value?

The main benefit of travel insurance is in having emergency medical cover on holiday.

  • What happens if you have a bad fall on the ski slopes and need a helicopter to a good hospital?
  • How would you cope if one of the kids fell ill – even with something minor – in the US or another country with sky-high medical costs?

With those costs covered, you’ll quickly realise the value of having a holiday insurance policy.

The cover you get for personal possessions can be covered under your home contents insurance policy.

It’s best to check whether you have this already before you add it to your travel policy.

Some travel insurers will give you a discount if you exclude baggage cover.



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Price overview Custom



Children of the Water trip
Arrival & Departure
Self-rescue course
10 days
Tipi Tent
2 persons
Extra persons  Extra 2-person
Bungalow tent
24 augustus2019 – 07 September 2019 € 624,- € 69,- p/n € 10,- p/n € 10,- p/n

n/a = Not available anymore. Fully booked!

  • 8 days / 7 nights stay at Surflife Family Mimizan
  • Tipi Tent with double bed (140*200), inflatable mattresses (70*200)
    Further equipped with a mini fridge, camping storage, lighting, broom and dust pan as well as a cooling box with dishes and cutlery.
    Additionally, each tent is equipped with chairs, awnings or a sun umbrella and carpets
  • Pillow and duvet (take your own linen! Sizes 240*220 + 150*200)
  • 7 days usage surf material including surfboards, bodyboards,skimboards and wetsuits
  • Acces to communal area with basic kitchen equipment for own use (boiler, coffee machine, stove and buffet area)
  • Acces to Chill area with hammocks, lounge, tables and chairs, play tipi, little picknick tables and baby chairs.
  • Dutch and English spoken animation team
  • 24/7 surfcamp crew
  • Configure your own activities package



  • Surf Package A; rental surfing material (surf-, body- & skimboards) is already included
  • Surf Package B; rental surfing material  7 days + surfing lessons (1x theory- and 2 x 1,5h beginners lesson) € 90,-
  • Surf Package C; rental surfing material  7 days + surfing lessons (1x theory- and 4 x 1,5h beginners lesson) € 120,-


  • Half Board for only € 80,-! Breakfast 7 days ; Dinner buffet (3 course) 4 days including welcome dinner! Kids under 10 years € 40,- per person.
  • Breakfast buffet 7 days € 40,- per person. Kids under 10 years for only €20,- per person
  • Dinner buffet 4 nights (including welcome diner) for € 40,- per person. Kids under 10 years for only € 20,- per person
  • Beach sandwich: Sunday – Friday for €5,- per day. Kids can have a smaller sandwich with spread to their choice for only €3,-


  • Yoga intro: 1h yoga session € 7,50 (only to book on site)
  • Yoga lessons: 4x 1h yoga sessions at the beach at the beginning or end of the day € 25,- (possible to prebook)


  • Transfer Bordeaux – Mimizan € 100,- per full car (4 persons)
  • Transfer Labouheyre (trainstation) – Mimizan € 40,- per full car (4 persons)


  • Travel and/or cancellation insurance (former is mandatory and latter is recommended)