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SURFside Ocean Academy

Kayaks in tidal creek
Kayak eco-adventure in the tidal channels at Mangrove Cay.

SURFside Ocean Academy is a unique water sports company that specializes in childcare, outdoor experiences with an emphasis on nature conservation, and water sports instruction and development for all ages.

The Turks and Caicos is an incredible destination for water sports. SURFside provides a full range of activities and ways to enjoy, appreciate, and experience the environment, from kayaking and paddleboarding, to boat charters, tubing, swimming, hiking, and more.


Want to enjoy a quiet evening out? SURFside Ocean Academy provides professional nanny services, with experienced, trained, and carefully selected babysitters who are certified in first aid and CPR for children. Services are available at villas, hotels, or private homes.

Turtle tagging in the Turks and Caicos
Turtle tagging. SURFside works on a number of environmental conservation issues, and often incorporates such activities into their kid's camps.

SURFside is partnered with the Grace Bay Club, Point Grace, The Rock House, West Bay Club, and Amanyara to offer a range of activities for kids.

Kid’s Camps and Activities

SURFside also offers unique outdoor recreational kid’s camps, which are a highly immersive and informative experience.

A wide range of adventures and experiences are offered, with availability ranging according to the weather and season. Options may include scuba diving courses and certification, kayaking and paddle boarding, visits to natural and historical sites, arts and crafts, treasure hunts, camping, swim and fitness lessons, and much more.

Kid’s camps with SURFside are typically organized in advance, and availability sells fast. Custom and private camps can also be arranged.

Above: Guided snorkeling adventure at the beautiful Smith's Reef.   Top right:  Top left:  Hiking on the Bird Rock Point trail on Providenciales.   Bottom right:  Top right:  Visiting the caves at the incredible Mudjin Harbour coastline on Middle Caicos.  

Swim Lessons

Wake tubing
Tubing on the calm waters off Grace Bay and the Bight Beach is a ton of fun for all ages!

Swimming is an essential life skill, and it’s best to learn young. SURFside has certified instructors and organized lesson plans to help children or adults become safe and comfortable in the water. Private, semi-private, and group lessons are available. SURFside is the Turks and Caicos affiliate of the Ontario Lifesaving Society, and swim instructors are certified with the Lifesaving Society and Red Cross, and some instructors hold coaching qualifications with the American Swim Coaching Association and World Aquatics (FINA).

Lessons and coaching may be provided at guest’s villa or hotel, or in the ocean off one of our spectacular beaches.

Fitness and Yoga

Want to try a new and challenging fitness regime? SURFside’s Paddlefit classes integrate stand-up paddleboarding and yoga. Classes may be either yoga, paddle fitness, or both.

Downwind paddleboarding is another exciting option. Paddlers can join a guided trip and depart from one location, and with the wind at their back paddle to another beach or location. Downwinders be a lot of fun, as small wind waves can be caught and surfed for short distances. Quite a distance can easily be covered on a downwinder, and it’s common to do trips such as Grace Bay Beach to Blue Hills Beach, which is about 6-8 miles (10-13 km).

The Founder of Surfside Ocean Academy

Morgan Luker and swim students
Morgan Luker, founder of SURFside Ocean Academy.

SURFside Ocean Academy was founded and is run by Morgan Luker, who grew up in the islands. She holds international instructor and coaching certifications in a number of sports, including SCUBA diving, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, yoga, and swimming. She earned an Honors Degree in Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism, and a BA in geography.

The activities and services provided by SURFside reflect the mindset of Morgan Luker – experiencing the Beautiful by Nature environment in a low-impact way.

Her certifications include: ASCA Swim Coach, FINA Open Water Swimming Coach, National Lifeguard Service Lifesaving First Aid Instructor, PADI SCUBA instructor, ACA Level I Kayak Instructor, CSIA Level II Ski Instructor, AquaFit Instructor, Lifesaving Sport Coach Level I, PaddleFit SUP Coach Level III, PaddleFit and EXOS Performance Specialist certification, WPA SUP Instructor Level 1, RYT 200 hour- yoga instructor and SUP yoga instructor.