The Montanita Instructor Academy is a 10 week course designed to take you from zero to hero! From working on the basics such as your pop through to riding green waves and turns we’ll turn you into a more confident and competent surfer, allowing you to paddle out at surf breaks across the globe with all the skills needed to stay safe and have an epic time!
No matter what your level of surfing over the course of the programme you’ll iron out bad habits, tweak your style and gain heaps of ocean based knowledge along the way.
And of course if you choose the surf instructor option we’ll gear you up with all the skills you’ll need to successfully complete the ISA Level 1 Surf Coach Certification & Surf Lifesaver Course.
But it’s also more than just a surf course – it’s an all round Ecuadorian experience!
You’ll be based in the beautiful Montanita Cabanas, in our dedicated surf shack with access to kitchen, wifi, hammocks and even a pool – the perfect base to wind down and relax after a hard day in the ocean!
This amazing hostel is a backpacker favourite too so you’ll make lots of new buddies from all over the world, one of the best things about travelling!
It’s an easy 2 minute stroll (barefoot of course!) to the centre of town and the beach where you’ll find heaps of restaurants, bars and shops.
To get you even more immersed into Ecuadorian life we’ve teamed up with the award winning Montanita Spanish School to include Spanish lessons so you can enjoy learning the local language and really get to know all the friendly locals.
We know you’ll probably want to rest your arms a bit occasionally too so you’ll also be taking a few weekend trips to explore some more of what Ecuador has to offer – including Quito, Cuenca and Banos.
Although the waves are the main focus of your time with us we want you to have an epic time and discover why our team love this slice of South America so much!
Guayaquil Airport, Ecuador
Surfing is the main focus life in Montanita, it’s a surf all day, party all night kind of place – although our accommodation allows you to kick back, relax and get a good nights sleep if you prefer!
With breaks such as the iconic Montanita Point (which plays host to the Reef Surf Classic each year) and various beach breaks it’s suitable for all levels of surfer and as your skills progress you’ll gain access to more spots.
Montanita is also surrounded by heaps of other surf spots, just a short drive away, such as the open and forgiving Olon which is the perfect place to build the foundations of your surfing skills which you’ll hit up alongside other spots like Las Tunas and Ayampe.
We’re stoked to have so many varied and fun breaks along this coastline and we’re stoked to paddle out and show you around – helping push your surfing to a new level and setting you up to pass on the stoke to heaps more people!
We’ll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Luzern (Lucerne) for a “Welcome to Switzerland” meeting. Then we’ll take a meandering evening walk through Switzerland’s most charming lakeside town, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together. Sleep in Luzern (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.
Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss, famous for watch-making, and explore the historical center. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.
Our morning drive takes us from Swiss lakes to Swiss Army. At the once-secret Swiss army bunker at Fortress Fürigen, we’ll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Switzerland strong and neutral. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming Alpine village of Engelberg, our picturesque home for the next two days. We’ll settle into our lodge then head out for an orientation walk. Our stroll through the village will end at the Engelberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery with its own cheese-making operation. You’ll have free time to wander back before dinner together. Sleep in Engelberg (2 nights). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: light.
An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. Globus Local Favorite At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.
It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Geneva. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.