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Surf Program

Learn how to surf  on our Beginner Surf Program based down at Muizenberg Beach Front or Surf spots around Cape Town with our Intermediate Surf Program.

In order to make the most of your time on the Gap Year South Africa Program, you will also Volunteer on some of your chosen Volunteer Projects and you will Volunteer with Ubuntu Learn2Swim&Surf Program, as an assistant coach. You will be given guidance by the lead instructor with a "How to teach" lesson as well as guidance along the way. 

(please see the list below of Volunteer options for you)  

Morning Projects



Sports Coaching

Coaching physical education to children in Primary School Ages 07-13 years old, you are. This is outdoorsy, active and a fun way of connecting with the children outside of a classroom environment

Volunteers role: Assistant Coach

Warm Up's and Exercises.

Minimum Stay - 2 Weeks

Rainbow School

Rainbow is a Non-Profit Pre-School which offers quality education at an affordable price for the community.

You will work with ages between 03-07years old.

Volunteers role: Teachers/Classroom Assistant.

Minimum Stay - 5 Weeks


Wordworks offers one-on-one tuition of Reading and English to Gr R, 1 & 2 Primary School children.

Volunteers role: English Teacher

Minimum Stay - 12 Weeks


This NGO works towards teaching Children with sever Mental and Physical disabilities to have the ability to manage in an everyday environment & Society.

Volunteers role: Teachers Assistant

Minimum Stay - 5 Weeks

Surf Lessons

Monday - Friday


Beginner Program

Set @ Muizenberg beach with the Surf Emporium.

Program Includes:

3x Surf Lessons/Week

Unlimited Equipment Rental Included

Minimum Stay : 2 - 5 Weeks

Intermediate Program

Start with 2 Weeks level evaluation @ Muizenberg beach with the Surf Emporium if you have extensive surf experience.

If you have completed at least 5 Weeks  of our Beginner Surf Program you will advance to Intermediate

Program Includes:

Minimum 3  surf guiding sessions/week - exploring waves around the South Peninsula.

Program Excludes

Specific Surf Guiding Equipment - One should buy their own if they are particular.

Otherwise we have basics and can rent at Surf Emporium if continuation of Beginner Surf Program.


Board Building Workshop

Minimum Stay : 5 Weeks

Other Projects

Various Times&Days


Teach art in Ocean View community


Teach and play soccer in the community


Work alongside the Living Hope team on ups killing individuals on sustainable farming methods.

Tears Animal Rescue

Help rescue, walk and feed abandoned and abused animals.

Horse Riding

Helping Sinathemba children with their Horse riding as a imperative occupational therapy for them.

Soup Kitchen

Help to Prepare meals for the Sickly & Poor

Ubuntu Learn2Swim&Surf

Teach swimming & Surfing to adults and children

Cape Town City Care Program

developmental programs for children of all ages  such as sports, games, arts, photography, dance etc.

Beginner Program

Run down at Muizenberg Beach front, this is perfect for anyone who wants to learn for the first time or improve ones skills in order to ride the waves left and Right. Each participant needs about 5 Weeks of Consecutive Surf Lessons in order to advance onto the next level - Intermediate. You will Learn How to Surf down at Muizenberg Beach Front - where you will be given lessons by The Surf Emporium 3x a week and have unlimited Equipment Rental for days that would like to do some Free Surfing and practice your skills. These lessons include a surf instructor, your equipment - Surfboard & Wetsuit, as well transport to and from the beach. You will learn how to stand up on your surfboard, how to paddle and balance on your board, how to read waves and the ocean/weather patterns effecting the waves, surf etiquette, how to read wave charts, all about different surfboard shapes & Designs, and by the end you should know how to surf left and right. 

Intermediate & Surf Guiding Program

If you begin with the Intermediate Surf Program, then you will start off down at Muizenberg beach so that your surf coaches from the Surf Emporium can assess your skills. Once you have shown confidence & Capability in the water, you will be assisted with surf guiding as you explore and learn how to surf other breaks around Cape Town.  If you have done at least 5 Weeks of the Beginner Surf Program, then you can advance to Intermediate should we find you are capable. 

For this program you should have your own surf equipment in order to travel to other surf spots - however if you don't already have this equipment, we can assist you with either purchasing while you are here - or we can add Equipment Rental into your package. You will have a surf guide - a local surfer who knows the surf spots to transport you and guide you in the water as your learn how to surf a variety of different waves. A surf board Building Workshop is a fantastic addition to this Program as your knowledge & understanding of equipment grows exponentially under expert guidance by Cape Towns most famous shapers and surfers. Various Surf Trips and Surfari's are available & must do's with this Program as you explore South Africa's abundant coastline of worldclass breaks. 


Each Surf Program Includes the Following:

Board & Lodging @ The Gap House

3x Meals/Week Monday - Friday

Airport Transfers on arrival & Departure

Transport to and from your weekly Projects

Cape Town City Attraction Tours - Bi-Weekly

Mentoring and Guidance throughout Programs

24/7 Support

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