Gap Year South Africa Surfing Program works in Partnership with the expert guidance of The Roxy Surf Emporium Surf School based at Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town. Together we deliver a Surfing Program designed to cater for all levels of Surfing from Learn to Surf Beginners and Intermediate to Advanced surfers wanting to develop their Surfing Skills.
The Surf Emporium is world renowned for being a Top Quality Surf School that is aligned with global surf brands such as Roxy, Quicksilver and Starboard. The Surf Emporium offers ISA Qualified Surf Coaches and only the very best of the best surfing equipment, as well as a welcoming and friendly environment. The Surf Emporium was started, and is intimately run by six times South African Surfing Champion, Roxy Davis, her husband and the amazing Surf Emporium Staff.
As a Gap Year South Africa Surfing Program Student, you will under go a professional method of surf coaching with our progress booklets developed to track your surfing skill development. You will have full access to The Surf Emporium’s high quality equipment and facilities including wetsuits, surf boards, hot showers, change rooms, lockers, and their new addition the vibey Vida E Cafe. You will be given the opportunity to Volunteer as an addition to your Surfing Program, with the Gap Year South Africa Volunteering Opportunities that we have available. Learn about the Surfing Industry, Culture and Lifestyle as you immerse yourself into the Surf Emporium Family and experience the Laid Back Surfing Lifestyle of the Muizeneberg Beach front.
Who does the Gap Year Surfing Program?
It is not a prerequisite for you to have any prior surfing experience or qualifications, we seek individuals that are passionate, energetic and enthusiastic to have an adventurous Gap Year in South Africa.
If you are looking to Volunteer Abroad and perhaps searching for a different Volunteer Program that offers the full package then the Surfing Program is for you. This Gap Year program offers you the opportunity to Learn to Surf, whilst giving back with the Volunteering opportunities that we have available to make your Gap Year Abroad fun and adventurous.
If you are physically active or sporty person and looking for Volunteer opportunities that allow you to stay active and learn a new adventurous sport on your Gap Year then the Surfing Program will definitely cater for your needs of keeping fit and active.
From a mental point of view, surfing increases focus and quick response skills needed for other sports and many aspects of life. Surfing is known to be an effective stress reliever and excellent way to keep fit and healthy. Surfing increases your cardio vascular fitness with paddling, enhancing your neck, shoulder and back strength. Surfing works on your core and leg muscles as standing on your board requires balance.
What Will I Learn as a Beginner Surfer?
The surfing project will assist you in learning about:
- The ABC basics of surfing
- Surf rules and etiquette – you will learn how to manage yourself in the line up
- Safety in surfing – all safety procedures will be taught, including basic beach and water rescues
- Fitness for surfing – you will learn about fitness for surfing and how to get the most out of your surfing
- Environmental factors – the ocean ,weather, waves, rips, tides, currents
- Introduction to Wave predictions and weather charts – how to correctly chart the weather conditions and predict optimum conditions for surfing
- Sharks – you have the opportunity to learn in detail about ocean life, sharks and the shark spotting programme.
What Will I Learn as an Intermediate and Advanced Surfer
- Wave predictions and weather charts – how to correctly chart the weather conditions and predict optimum conditions for surfing
- Types of surf breaks – learn the difference between split peaks, multiple random peaks, point breaks, reef breaks and beach breaks
- Fitness for surfing – you will learn about fitness for surfing and how to get the most out of your surfing.
- Surfboard construction – you will have the Opportunity to learn the art of board construction, as you shape your own surfboard from the beginning, starting with a polyurethane blank and finished with a polished surfboard – and keep your personally shaped surfboard to take home with you.
- Environmental factors – the ocean ,weather, waves, rips, tides, current
- Sharks – you have the opportunity to learn in detail about ocean life, sharks and the shark spotting program.
- Career Opportunities- you will learn about the possible career choices that can be made surrounding the sport
- Introduction to stand up paddle boarding – theory and practical
- Shadow your Surf Instructors and learn How to teach surfing lessons.
- Opportunity to complete your ISA Qualification to qualify as a surf Instructor with an internationally recognized Qualification that allows you to teach surf lessons and get paid anywhere in the world.
How long should I do the Surfing Program for?
The longer the better – the more practice you get the better you will become, after only 5 weeks you will be a competent Surfer who is capable of handling their own equipment, managing themselves in the water and capable of catching and riding waves on their own. After 5 Weeks you may be ready to advance onto the Intermediate to Advanced Surfing Program and start surfing other breaks around Cape Town and trying different boards until you adopt your own personal surf style.
|Type of project:||Surfing Program|
|Minimum duration:||2 Weeks|
|Maximum duration:||18 Weeks|
|Location:||Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa.|
|Airport:||Arrive and depart Cape Town International Airport. All transport to and from airport is provided by Gap Year South Africa.|
|Included:||Accommodation, with Wifi. Food (healthy balanced meals) Transport to and from programs. Cape Town exploration excursions. 3x Surf Lessons/week. All surfing Equipment. Volunteering Program of choice.|
|Excluded:||Flights, Travel insurance, spending money, any adventure activities that we do not provide.|
|Laundry:||A washer and tumble-dryer are available in the volunteer house for volunteer usage.|
|Accommodation:||The Gap House is located in the Beach Town Fish Hoek, which is known as the safest suburb in South Africa. Fish Hoek is central to all the South Peninsula Surf Breaks. It’s a short 10 minute drive from both Muizenberg beach and your volunteering programs in Masiphumelele. The Gap House is safe and secure, all necessary security precautionary methods possible are implemented to ensure your safety at all times. This house has 3 bedrooms and caters for up to 14people. Each room has private bathroom, and the Gap House has as communal kitchen, a lounge area and Dinning area.
The Gap house is nestled between mountains and has an outdoor area with a pool, front garden and braai area where volunteers can hang out and enjoy the view. Housekeeping provided to ensure the Gap House maintains a hygienic and comfortable environment for all.
|Schedule:||Mondays- Thursdays: Mornings you will participate on Volunteering Programs of choice. Afternoons you will receive Surf Lessons – 3x Surf Lessons/ week
Fridays: Free Surf time to improve your newly learned Surfing Skills.
All volunteers have weekends off to relax, explore Cape Town, or participate on arranged excursions!
|Menu:||Breakfast and Lunch are provided on a Self Catering basis. Dinner meals are home cooked and hearty, and cater for dietary requirements such as Vegetarian and specific allergies. Meals are well balanced including all essential food groups and designed to promote a healthy lifestyle.|
|Excursions:||Every Second week we arrange an excursion to explore Cape Town. Please see our Adventures Page to see what an Included Excursion looks like.
5 Weeks – 2x Paid Excursions included.
8 Weeks – 4x Paid Excursions included.
12 Weeks – 6x Paid Excursions Included.
|Required:||To have an open mind with a flare of adventure and taste for travel as well as a respectful attitude towards the Culture.|
Our dates are flexible, so please contact us via the contact page for more information.
Mikaela Parkyn, California, USA – Surfing and Volunteering Program 2016
“I definitely felt like I immersed myself into this program. Arriving in Cape Town I had a slight fear of the ocean so learning to surf was just conquering that fear from the beginning. I think that the Emporium made it easy to take initiative in this program, they are always available to help if you reach out and explain what you’re struggling with and would like help improving on. They give you great coaching. I found it challenging but it was all a challenge that I loved. It was physically challenging to begin with because you have to be physically fit to surf. I had no idea how great of a workout it is! It was also challenging because of my fear of the ocean. Overcoming that challenge was pretty quick as you get used to the water and the people around you are always there to help and encourage you in the water and remind you there is honestly nothing to worry about. I improved so much throughout this surf program. My first lesson, I was using the SUP to learn to surf because I was finding it so difficult to stand. By the end of the trip, we were surfing almost everyday in all kinds of conditions. Some days were better than others but there is nothing like catching a good wave!
Challum Chapple, Cumbria, UK – Surfing Program 2015
The surfing program is mainly based around surfing lessons, both learning and teaching. During the program I spent time working with many types of people, from professional surfers to young offenders awaiting trial. During the project you become part of the surf community in Muizenburg, and meet some very skilled surfers and some incredible people.
An average day in the program is:
- travel to Muizenburg by train and arrive at 9;30
- surf lesson from 9:30-11:00
- 11:00-12:30 is time for lunch
- From 12:30 to 5:00 is project work, mostly teaching disadvantaged children or disabled adults surfing and ocean awareness.
A typical surfing lesson starts with a warm up on the beach, mostly running and stretches. the skills you are working on during that session are then explained and practised in the shallow waters, when the coach thinks your ready they will take you to the back line and the skills you practised earlier are put to the test.
My favourite part of the program is teaching young children to surf, and helping them catch there first wave, its a moment that changes many of there lives as at that moment they gain confidence in them selves. I will never forget the look on there faces when they stand on a board for the first wave.
Physically, surfing has made me allot fitter and stronger. Mentally, my time in cape town has changed me immeasurably, I feel I have become more resilient and determined
Jack Morgan, Boston, US – Surfing 2014
When I signed up to Gap Year South Africa, I had no idea what to expect, but all my worries were soon put to rest, thanks to the amazing individuals who run the show. Learning to Surf and teaching others how to surf is an amazing experience. As a surfer you shortly become part of the community, as opposed to other travel programs which feel like a glorified school trip. A great aspect of Gap Year South Africa is the flexibility of the programs. I highly recommend Gap Year South Africa to anyone interested in volunteering or surfing on their Gap Year.
Kerry Chapple, Cumbria, UK – Surfing Program 2013
Going to South Africa was the best decision I ever made. The Gap Year South Africa team were so helpful and friendly through my entire application process and I was confident from the start that I’d made the right decision. I took part in the surfing programme and it was without a doubt the most rewarding thing I have ever done. By far the best thing I did whilst I was out there was teach surfing to a group of guys from the local communiversity who all had so much enthusiasm and spirit, I will never forget those guys as long as I live. Teaching surfing is such a special thing, you really never forget the look of pure joy on someones face when they stand up and ride their first wave. Cape Town will always be a special place for me, it will stay in my heart forever, and I urge anyone who is even considering going with Gap Year South Africa to do it, you will not regret it at all.
For the Ultimate Ocean Adventure Journey you can qualify as a PADI Open Water Certified Diver and Explore Cape Towns hidden secrets, the underwater world which is Famous for its abundant marine life. You will be divinng with wonders such as the Cape Fur Seals, over 3 different species of sharks including the adorable, pre-historic and very human friendly 7- Gill Cow Sharks, sleepy pyjama sharks, large rays and game fish, plus many more incredible animals and encounters to have.
Using our extensive network of Ocean Expolorer connections we will set you up with some of Cape Towns best Marine Biologists as you can play a role in conservation of the Great White Sharks, Cape Fur Seals, Dolphins, Whales and much more.
This is the perfect addition to the Surfing Program as you get a full rounded Wild African, Ocean experience.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us and find out more.