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.

LocationCape Town in South Africa.
Arrival DayWe have arrival dates every Friday, but you can arrive on any day, subject to availability.
Meeting pointOne of our team will meet you when you land at Cape Town Airport.
Duration7 days.
Age limitYou must be aged 18 years or older when you arrive.
Pre-arrival supportOur experienced Cape Town based team are on hand with expert advice and assistance to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip to South Africa.
Airport transfersWe provide escorted transfers between Cape Town Airport and your accommodation in central Cape Town.
Welcome BriefYou will receive a comprehensive welcome brief shortly after you arrive.
AccommodationYou will stay at Ashanti Lodge in Cape Town with a pool, restaurant, bar and wonderful views of Table Mountain.
BreakfastA basic breakfast is included at Ashanti Lodge. All other meals are self-catering.
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 supportBeing based in South Africa means that we can give you real support during 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.
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

As one of Cape Town’s best backpackers, 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
  • A basic breakfast is included in the kitchen, with tea, coffee, juice, cereals, yoghurt, toast, peanut butter and jam
  • 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. An all you can eat breakfast buffet is available for only R70, with great value meals available through to 10pm
  • 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

We have arrival dates on this page for every Friday throughout the year.

  • You can arrive on any day though (subject to availability). Just add a note in the comments box on our booking form if you plan to arrive on any other day.
  • You can arrive at any time of day and one of our team will be there to welcome you with a big ‘Via Volunteers’ sign when you land at Cape Town International Airport
  • We will then escort you to your accommodation at Ashanti Lodge in Cape Town
  • Your first lesson will usually be scheduled for the next morning, or the day after if your flight arrives in the evening.
  • Asiide 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.

It’s easy to add extra nights to your stay, just let us know when your flights are confirmed.

If you want to add another project, a Scuba Diving Course, or a longer tour, we can help you with that too. Please ask one of our friendly team at any time before you arrive in Cape Town.

Durations & Pricing

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1 week - £ 410
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 £90.

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