When it comes to dream travel jobs, becoming a surf instructor take some beating – beautiful sandy beaches as your office, sun bleached hair and constantly tanned skin as you travel the globe passing on your stoke.
Doesn’t sound like a bad life hey?!
And the creme de la creme of surf instructor training courses comes in the form of our 1o week South Africa experience, which combines world class surf coaching with heaps of adventure as you travel through one of the most beautiful and varied landscapes on the planet.
It’s as much an outright adventure as it is a surf trip!
No matter what your level of surfing you’ll be sure to enjoy this trip.
You’ll travel from Cape Town up to Durban, taking in the sights and sounds of the many townships in between as you search for world class waves and soak up the adventure of a lifetime.
Over 10 weeks you’ll be coached on all the surfing techniques and skills needed to pass your ISA Level 1. As you work your way up the coast there’ll be plenty of water time to practice your surf skills under the watchful eyes of some of South Africa’s best surfers (including some ex-pros and SA’s national champions!) with a mixture of training sessions and free surfs – during all of which you’ll receive feedback and tips to push your surfing to the next level.
There’s also plenty of downtime outside of the waves too – there’s no point heading down to South Africa without getting to know the culture as well as seeing it from the ocean!
During your trip you’ll be kept busy with day trips such as climbing the famous Table Mountain, volunteering at various local community projects and even spending a day on safari!
As you become more competent, confident and comfortable in the varying breaks that South Africa has to offer, you’ll build towards you ISA Level 1 examination in the final stop of your trip.
This is your chance to really put all your skills to the test and earn a certification which will allow you to work all over the world as a qualified surf instructor.
Some of the Stoked Surf Adventures team have spent years on the road utilising their ISA certifications and we can assure you it’s one of the most rewarding and fun jobs you could hope for!
After passing your instructor exams, you’ll be all set for your newfound career path – and to help you kickstart your career you’ll be introduced via email to the owners of the courses sister surf camp, with a guaranteed job interview!
It’s 10 weeks of sun, surf, good people and good times – everything you could possibly want from a gap year or a surf trip – no matter what your age or background.
Start: Cape Town
This zero to hero style course is suitable for all levels of surfer – whether you’ve only had a few surf lessons, or you’re already experienced in the waves.
The first few weeks take things back to basics – which is the perfect opportunity to iron out any bad habits, perfect your technique, and also learn more about what you’ll be expected to do as a surf coach.
For those with less surf experience, there are plenty of local breaks which will quickly help you progress.
For more experienced surfers the coastline is filled with amazing breaks to help push your skills to the next level.
Settle in, master the basics of surfing, explore the best of Cape Town and help out in local townships.
Enjoy new surfing challenges with the right coaches on hand to help you meet them.
Surf world-class waves and get involved in environmental projects. Live life on the beach.
Experience the wild coast! Get out of the town and into the bush, with great waves on the doorstep.
Go back in time and enjoy simple South Africa. Peace and quiet, some African culture, great food and empty waves.
Enjoy the buzz of South Africa’s ‘Surf City’ and refine your surfing off the piers amongst the country’s best. Staying right on the powerful waves of the Bluff will also set new challenges.
This is also the point where you’ll complete your surf instructor course assessment
Refine your surfing for the future and begin to reflect back on your amazing experiences.
Just completed this trip with my boyfriend and we couldn’t recommend it enough! So many good locations and packed full of things to do!
Coffee Bay has to be the highlight though, empty waves and lovely locals.
Thanks for all the advice on job hunting too – we’re off to South America to start our first work placements in just over a month ☺️
Went on the South Africa 10 week trip back in 2010, that introduction to surfing has really been life-changing from then on, thank goodness I went on that trip!
I went on the trip from January to March this year. I’ve been traveling to other awesome surfers dream places like Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador and many spots in Europe, but the 3 months road trip along the “Gardenroute” at South Africas east coast was by far the best surf travel experience of my life. I learned so much because it’s an ongoing coaching every day which is unique! By the end of the trip you can also become a ISA surf instructor – I passed the exam – and heaps thanks to Chris Stevens here at SSA, he passed me on some of his contacts and boom! After a couple of mails and two Skype interviews I found a job in a surf camp in Costa Rica starting only 4 days after leaving South Africa. I did the Ticket to Ride trip to change my office to the beach and my working pants to a pair of board shorts and here I am – I’m loving it!