10 Reasons Why Your Gap Year Should Be at The Surf Academy Byron Bay
Looking for Gap Year options in Australia? Scrub up on your surfing skills at The Surf Academy – a beach-side paradise located on the East Coast of Australia.
2020, say. no. more. It all began during some of the worst bushfires Australia has ever seen..and then smack! Global pandemic. Noooo worries. Not to mention a few other minor hiccups…let’s just say stress may have been the keyword of last year.
Last year was a year full of studying, working and juggling all of what 2020 has thrown at you. And now, you’re thinking, “Now it’s 2021 what am I going to do with myself next?”. Here’s why we think scrubbing up on your surfing skills at The Surf Academy is your next best gap year option.
NO PASSPORT NECESSARY
One of the biggest kicks in the guts of 2020/21 is the fact that we’re not allowed to leave the country. Forcing many overseas gap year plans to a very, very abrupt halt.
“Three-quarters of year 12 students who planned on taking gap years next year have said they no longer will due to international travel restrictions.” – SMH
But hey, we have a solution. Did someone say beach-side paradise conveniently located in Byron Bay, Australia?
There is no need for a passport… and for some, not even a plane ticket.
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MAKIN’ FRIENDS IS EASY PEASY, LEMON SQUEEZY
If the word ‘iso’ doesn’t ring shivers down your spine, then we don’t know what will. The joys of having a gap year in an epic location (ahem, Byron Bay), with epic activities, bring (you guessed it) epic people.
There’s always a massive crew, come join in!
GET FIT (TRUST US HERE)
Hey, hey, hey… come back! Don’t run away screaming now. We know the phrase get fit doesn’t exactly have the greatest ring to it. But trust us, surfing’s the perfect way to get fit without even realising it. Honestly, you’re just too busy having so much fun.
You’ll become a healthier, stronger, happier version of yourself and have the best time whilst you’re at it.
We hate to say it, but the world doesn’t revolve around surfing … and when Huey isn’t smiling down upon us, we’ve got a few more activities up our sleeves.
Are you ready for this? We’re talkin’ kayaking, yoga, road trips, laying by the pool, communal meals, ocean kayaking, a spot of golf…*deep breath*…volleyball, beach soccer, visiting The Hinterland, fishing. You name it.
…Or maybe getting in touch with your inner surf husky (no judgement here, guys).
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
You don’t need to say it twice, let alone thrice. Your gap year is all about that location. And you’re in luck because The Surf Academy has just been re-homed to the epic Byron Bay, Australia.
We’re talkin’ all that Byron goodness, sandwiched between dreamy rainforest backdrops and Byron Bay aqua blues. Peeling waves, sunshine, sick accommodation – we’ve got it all. srsly.
No, we’re not dreaming, this is the reality of where your gap year should (and will) be.
FROM LEARNER TO ADVANCED, WE’VE GOTCHA COVERED
We gotcha covered! We’ll show teach you all the necessary skills from the ground up.
You’ve had a couple of lessons and just need a surf re-tszuj?
Surf tszujing is our middle name.
You’re already confident enough to get out there and surf by yourself?
We can still show you a thing or two!
The point is, no matter what level of surfing you’re at, from beginner and up – we can tailor your surfing progression to you.
Our highly qualified team will be able to assess where you’re at and put you onto the right track for all your surfing progression needs. You’ll be catching, riding, and turning on unbroken waves in no time.
Oh and yes, that includes ocean safety, video analysis, progressive feedback and critique, travel to and from lessons, equipment, surf theory and more.
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GETTING TO KNOW THE BIG OL’ BLUE
Surfing isn’t just about popping up on your board – in it comes a whole other level of lingo and skills. Rips, currents, swell, wind direction, duck diving, penguin roll, shaka, dropping in, right-hander, goofy, snake…we could go and on. But we’re sure you get it, there is a lot of lingo.
We’ll give you the low down and you will receive in-depth knowledge and life skills of reading the big blue and how to talk the talk.
IT DOESN’T NEED TO BE A YEAR
Alright, alright… Gap Month just doesn’t have the same ring to it, okay! The point is, there are options. Dabble in the Mojo goodness with a one month, two month Surf Academy or take the deep dive and go the full monty with The three month Surf Academy options.
The beauty of it is that you don’t need to decide now. Many of our Surf Academy recruits start with the one month option and add onto their stay when they’re there.
Hey, Mum and Dad, you can get quality qualifications at the end of all of this (even though you won’t want it to end, ever).
Yep, that’s right. Over The Three Month Surf Academy, you will develop the necessary skills required to pass all qualifications needed to become a licensed surf instructor. We’ll also focus on your teaching techniques and surfing abilities to make you a well rounded and employable instructor and surfer. yee-hah.
YOU KEEP IT FOR LIFE
Memories, skills, qualifications, friendships, bragging rights to claiming you lived in Byron Bay AND a new hobby that you will have for life.
Say no more?
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One Month Surf Academy
Become a surfer. Our surf development courses are the ultimate learn to surf experiences. During your time at our camp, you will be totally focused on improving your technical skills. Ocean experience, ocean awareness, fitness, and living the life of a surfer will become the main priority. We’ll challenge and coach you through various levels of your development and get you well on your way to becoming a surfer.
Two Month Surf Academy
Take it to the next level. Our Surf Development or Assistant Surf Coach courses are the ultimate learn to surf experiences. During your time at our camp, you will be totally focused on improving your technical skills, ocean experience, ocean awareness, fitness, and living the life of a surfer. We’ll challenge and coach you through various levels of your development and get you well on your way to becoming a surfer.
Three Month Surf Academy
Become a surf instructor. This awesome 3-month surf instructor course focuses on building your experience and knowledge of surfing, the ocean, and instruction. Over the 3 months, you will develop the necessary skills required to pass all qualifications needed to become a licensed surf instructor. Besides the qualifications, we’ll also focus on your teaching techniques and surfing abilities to make you a well rounded and employable instructor.