Volunteer Testimonials   |  Surf Lesson Photos

Spend an amazing week in Cape Town learning to surf with 'Stoked School of Surf', the best mobile surf school in the country. Whether you're an absolute beginner, or a novice wanting to brush up on your skills, this is a week you'll never forget!

This package includes all your accommodation and transfers with four 2-hour group surf lessons scheduled during your stay. Everything is covered, from surf safety and ocean awareness, to paddling technique, how to stand up and surf the waves, turning and trimming green waves to wave selection and rules of the surf.

After four surf lessons you are guaranteed to be 'stoked' and ready to venture off into the appropriate 'beginner' surf on your own. Your surf instructors will advise what equipment is best for you, and should you decide to purchase your own gear, they will even guide you to the stores with the best deals.

Lessons take place at the most suitable beach depending on the conditions each day. We check the forecast on several reliable sources and combine this information with our local knowledge to decide where we will coach each day. We consider factors such as wind, tides, swell direction and ocean temperatures before making our decision to provide the safest and most enjoyable experience.

All your lessons include the use of:

  • 4:3mm wetsuit
  • suitable surfboard
  • leash
  • wax

We use quality 4:3mm wetsuits to keep you warm throughout the year. Wetsuits are well maintained-washed and rinsed after each use. We use beginner specific softboards for those who have never touched a surfboard or only surfed a handful of times. These boards are easy to catch waves with and make standing easier as they are stable. If you have a bit more surfing experience and are wanting to use a regular epoxy/fibreglass board, kindly let us know when you book.

This is a great week to add to any volunteer project, and a perfect reason to extend your stay in Cape Town. All you need to join is a basic swimming ability and a 'can do' attitude. If you've never touched a surf board before, don't worry. You'll learn everything you need to know in a relaxed surfing environment with a great bunch of ocean loving people.

Arrival AirportCape Town (CPT)
Arrival DayYou can arrive on any day of the week.
Duration7 nights.
Minimum AgeYou must be aged 18 years or older when you arrive.
Pre-arrival supportOur experienced team is on hand to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip to South Africa.
Airport WelcomeOne of our team will be at the airport to welcome you and escort you to your accommodation.
AccommodationYou will stay at Ashanti Lodge in Cape Town with a pool, restaurant, bar and wonderful views of Table Mountain.
TransfersAll lesson related transfers are provided between Ashanti Lodge and various beaches.
Surf LessonsFour 2-hour lessons will be scheduled during your stay.
In-country supportOur volunteer coordinators are available 24/7 for emergencies, and are on hand to help you make the most of your stay.
VisasCitizens from most countries can arrive in South Africa and stay for up to 90 days without a Visa. Refer to our FAQ section for more details if you are unsure.
FlightsPlease ask us if you need any recommendations for keeping your flight costs to a minimum, or consult our FAQ section.
MealsAll meals are self-catering.
InsuranceWe have partnered with World Nomads Insurance to give you access to great value insurance for volunteers. Check out our Insurance page under the FAQ tab for more details.

Volunteer Testimonials   |  Surf Lesson Photos

We will normally schedule your lessons for the first four days following your arrival in Cape Town. This allows some extra time in case of weather delays. We will let you know your morning or afternoon pick-up times in advance. Your instructor will pick you up from Ashanti Lodge and transport you to the beach with the most ideal wind and swell conditions on each day you have a lesson scheduled.

Upon arrival at the beach, we change into our wetsuits and hit the surf for a 2-hour lesson. Each of the four lessons is progressive, so that you learn new skills in each lesson. Skills taught are based on your personal progression so that you are never out of a depth where you feel comfortable.

You will need to bring:

  • Swimsuit/boardshorts
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen (waterproof or zinc)
  • Warm sweater
  • Bottle of water
  • We advise that you leave all your valuables at Ashanti Lodge

Volunteer Testimonials   |  Surf Lesson Photos

Voted in 2019 as Cape Town’s best backpacker accommodation, Ashanti Lodge has excellent facilities and is perfectly positioned in central Cape Town as an ideal base for volunteers. This will be your home while you're here and is a great place to relax when you aren’t out exploring everything Cape Town has to offer.

Ashanti is just a couple of minutes away from the excellent MyCiti bus route which provides cheap, safe and reliable transport to Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay, Hout Bay and much more. Close by you will also find an incredible variety of restaurants and bars, plenty of great hangouts in Long Street, a well-equipped shopping mall, supermarkets, health shops, cafes…the list goes on.

While you’re at Ashanti you can enjoy all of the facilities below. Whether you’re having a dip in the pool or watching Table Mountain while you have breakfast, you will find that Ashanti have thought of everything:

  • Dormitory accommodation with all bedding and linen provided.
  • Free Wi-Fi from anywhere on the premises
  • A fully equipped shared kitchen with fridge/freezers for storing your groceries
  • All bedding including linen, duvet and pillows (linen is changed every four days)
  • Laundry service – R70 per 0-5kg load including powder, wash, dry & fold. Drop it off at reception and it will be ready for you about 12 hours later
  • Lots of showers and toilets
  • A lovely pool area with sun beds and a BBQ
  • A restaurant bar with a pool table, and a balcony overlooking the pool with impressive views of Table Mountain.
  • A personal safe for every volunteer and coded access to your room
  • Lockable under bed storage for your suitcase/clothing (bring your own padlock for this)
  • CCTV Security, controlled access and a night guard
  • A night manager
  • The lodge is cleaned daily and rooms are also serviced daily.

Volunteer Testimonials   |  Surf Lesson Photos

Your arrival airport is Cape Town (CPT)

  • We have arrival dates for this course on most Fridays throughout the year. You can arrive on any day of the week though!
  • You can book your arrival flight to land at Cape Town International Airport at any time of day.
  • One of our team will be at the airport to give you a warm welcome. We will also escort you to Ashanti Lodge and help you get settled in.
  • Your first lesson will usually be scheduled for the next morning, or the day after if your flight arrives in the evening.
  • Aside from your lessons, you will have the rest of your time free for taking in some of the most popular activities in and around Cape Town.

Durations & Pricing

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You do not pay anything when you book. We will provide you with a detailed itinerary and quote for you to check. When you are happy with the details, you will be able to confirm your placement with a deposit of £30.

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