A 10 -week surf safari and volunteering programme along South Africas coast terminates in an instructors qualification that could prepared you up for life. We connect the new intake
Its a bright afternoon on Cape Towns Muizenberg beach and Im racing down the sand in a wetsuit, stopping to lunge or star-jump as coach Nikita wails orderings. I may want to lie down and sob as I overheat and struggle to keep up, but different groups encouragement get me through the bootcamp-style workout before we plod into the curves for a two-hour surf lesson.
This is day five of a 10 -week South African surfing adventure with Ticket to Ride, a British company that runs channel-surf holidays and camps around the world. Im here to sample its longest errand( also run in Morocco ), which provides for the chance of qualifying as an teacher at the end and fitness discipline is high on the agenda.
Some parties just come for its own experience, but most be brought to an end doing academic qualifications anyway, says Chris Bond, TTR head of operations. Weve had complete novices prepare its stunning to interpret the mental and physical changes parties go through in 10 weeks of being in the ocean every day. Plus its a great way to see South Africa.
After two weeks in Cape Town, the 16 -strong group will travel east along the coast, the water warming and view changing, and coming to an end northward of Durban two months later. Its a road that the companys founders, Linley Lewis and Will Hayler, did independently while backpacking before university, and will continue to recreate as a group errand, using best available local coaches and surfer-friendly accommodation.
Besides channel-surf and training courses, theres abundance of period for exploring. Community work with NGOs and donations is another key part of the itinerary, with epoches dedicated to anything from painting classrooms to learning English or scavenging beaches.