Learn Spanish in Argentina

Always wanted to learn Spanish? Well, how about learning Spanish in Argentina while meeting like-minded people and having the trip of a lifetime. Culture, history and good times!

 

 

 Learn Spanish in Argentina

 

 

 

Always wanted to learn Spanish? Well, how about learning Spanish in Argentina while living in an amazingly fun hostel in Buenos Aires. Spend 4 hours per day, learning one of the world’s most romantic languages, whether you are a beginner, an intermediate or already at an advanced level. Our small group classes make it an ideal learning experience while living in a Spanish speaking country, the cultural

Our small group classes make it an ideal learning experience while living in a Spanish speaking country, the cultural exposure will help improve your Spanish and not to mention loads of fun to be had in Buenos Aires! Buenos Aires is the perfect place to start

Buenos Aires is the perfect place to start your adventure in Argentina, making friends, learning a new language and having an unforgettable experience at the same time. The hostel has an array of daily exciting activities and cultural experiences as well as your Spanish classes, so you can make the most of every day that you spend in Buenos Aires.

 Learn Spanish in Argentina Highlights Include:

  • Enjoy 4 hours of Spanish language sessions per day, from beginner to advanced level
  • Discover beautiful Buenos Aires, the “Paris of Latin America” as you soak up the atmosphere in Argentina
  • Stay in one of Buenos Aires’ most famous city hostels, make new friends and have fun!
  • Enjoy a variety optional awesome activities and party nights from your city hostel base
  • Practice the local lingo on the streets of the buzzing city

 

 

 

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Full Details

 

This programme is based in the iconic city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. You will receive up to 20 hours of fun and entertaining Spanish language lessons per week. Also, you will stay in a unique central city hostel location which offers a choice of some brilliant optional activities. This is the perfect way to get that South American cultural injection and experience Argentina like it should be.

Spanish Language Classes

Arrival day is always on a Sunday and your Spanish lessons will begin on the Monday . You will be learning in small groups at either beginner, intermediate or advanced level.

Classes are held daily, from Monday to Friday and run for 4 hours per day (a total of 20 hours per week). All courses include a study of grammar through theory and practice, and work on vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, reading and writing exercises. It is important to note that lessons are held completely in Spanish; this by far the best way to immerse yourself in the full Spanish-speaking experience, dive in head first!

Extra Activities and Cultural Excursions

Our hostel is always busy, so while you are living and learning Spanish, you’ll get to make lots of new friends and spend lots of free time enjoying all the exciting daily optional activities provided. These extra activities are a great way to improve your Spanish and of course are just good old plain fun.

Activities on offer while you are with us may include:

  • An unforgettable Buenos Aires City bike tour
  • A walking tour to the buzzing La Boca district and the beautiful colourful artists’ area of Caminito
  • A tango night and 3-course dinner
  • Argentinian Rooftop ‘Asado’ (BBQ) at the hostel
  • Party nights
  • Happy hour at the hostel bar
  • Tickets for entry to some of Buenos Aires’ premier nightclubs
  • Trips to the famous football stadium in Buenos Aires to see a live match
  • Urban art graffiti tour

Please note that these optional activities are all at an extra cost to you.

 

ACCOMMODATION

For your stay in Buenos Aires, you will be staying in a hostel, located in a beautiful five-story, 19th-century house, built around a qaint, colonial-era atrium. The Spanish lessons are also given in the same building, so that’s super easy.

You will be staying in comfortable shared, mixed-sex dorm accommodation, with shared facilities. The rooms are well-kept with comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi access. A full laundry service is also offered at your hostel. If you prefer, single or twin room upgrades, please let us know, there is an extra cost; please ask for details at the time of booking.

Your Breakfast is also included. Other than this you’ll need to allow spending money for all of your remaining meals. With kitchen facilities and a bar at your hostel, as well as a city full of Argentine cuisine just minutes away, you won’t have any trouble finding delicious food round every corner. its also a bit of a social event, and people tend to hang out together and make dinner arrangements during the day. Its super social!

 

Hostel facilities include:

  • Bar & restaurant
  • Kitchen for you to use
  • Pool and board games
  • Free housekeeping in the rooms
  • Recreation & reading room
  • Roof terrace
  • TV and DVD lounge
  • Free internet access
  • Fax and telephone
  • Book exchange
  • Laundry
  • Free medical assistance 24 hrs
  • Safety boxes
  • Free storage room
  • 24-hours check in
  • 24-hours hot water
  • 24-hours security
  • Advice about touring the city and the country
  • Free city maps
  • Lockers for free
  • Wi-Fi zone
  • Currency exchange

 

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

No! That’s the wonderful thing about our courses we cater for every level, even complete beginners.

 

You need to fly arrive at Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE), also known as Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires on a Sunday. You will be met on arrival and taken to your city hostel to begin your learn to speak Spanish experience (lessons begin on a Monday).

 

The minimum age to join our programme is 18, the average age of participants is between 18 and 25. However, we welcome people of any age on this trip!

 

Currently, on a british passport, when entering Argentina, you will not require a visa and will be granted a 90 day trip permit (around 12 weeks/3 months) upon arrival. If you would like to extend your trip or plan to stay in the country longer, then a visa would be necessary. Please note that we are not held liable for any visa information and it is always best to check exactly what is needed with your local Argentinian embassy.

 

It depends how much you want to learn, but we offer classes from 1 to 4 weeks.

 

Once again, this really depends on how long you come for and how much shopping and partying you do, but we recommend about £ 175 per week.

 

 

 

 

PRICE

 

Duration Option Price  
1 (Week)Dorm accommodationGBP 389Book Now
2 (Week)Dorm accommodationGBP 669Book Now
3 (Week)Dorm accommodationGBP 979Book Now
4 (Week)Dorm accommodationGBP 1249Book Now

 

 

 

 

INCLUDED

  • Airport transfer
  • All accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • Use of Kitchen
  • 20 hours Spanish Lessons per week
  • Wi-Fi
  • 24 Hour Support including Medical Assistance
  • Party Nights at the Hostel

 

EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Most meals
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional Activities

 

 

 

 

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Become a Divemaster Koh Tao Thailand

The Koh Tao Divemaster course is an 8 or 12-week experience giving you plenty of opportunity to dive with whale sharks and thousands of tropical fish, like Nemo! Set on a tropical island paradise with white sandy beaches and crystal clear seas, this is the world’s number one spot to do your Divemaster. You will discover one of the most amazing lifestyles and gain a professional level qualification enabling you to work in the scuba diving industry all over the world.

Divemaster Course in Koh Tao, the perfect paradise location

The Xtreme Gap Year Divemaster course plus internship on Koh Tao: Live the life on a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand. The Koh Tao Divemaster course means living on an incredible tropical island, chilling, partying and diving every day for 8 or 12 weeks, accommodation and equipment included. You will be living the life with the best office in the world! Discover one of the most amazing lifestyles and gain a professional level qualification enabling you to work and get paid in the scuba diving industry all over the world.

Discover one of the most amazing lifestyles and gain a professional level qualification enabling you to work and get paid in the scuba diving industry all over the world.

Freedom, fun and sub-aqua adventure in paradise

The Koh Tao Divemaster course is an 8 or 12 week trip giving you the best lifestyle possible. You will have unlimited diving included, meaning you can dive every day of the week up to 4 times a day and discover the most incredible marine life, reef sharks, whale sharks and thousands of tropical fish, like Nemo! Set on a tropical island paradise, with stunning beaches, crystal clear seas and plenty of parties, this is the worlds number one spot to do your Divemaster. After the course, you will be qualified as a dive master, which is

Set on a tropical island paradise, with stunning beaches, crystal clear seas and plenty of parties, this is the worlds number one spot to do your Divemaster. After the course, you will be qualified as a dive master, which is recognised worldwide, and can even start to earn your own money while travelling!

 

1003918_677652538925437_432893910_nThailand Divemaster Highlights

  • Diving every day in superb dive sites with unlimited diving*
  • Living on one of Thailand’s most beautiful islands
  • Awesome nightlife & cool island community atmosphere
  • Professional and fun training from western PADI instructors
  • Divemaster course plus internship to get hands-on experience
  • Qualify to work in the dive industry all over the world
  • Plenty of chill time and great beaches to hang out
  • Amazing stay at a resort on Koh Tao with swimming pool, bar, ensuite accommodation and just a 5 min walk to the dive school
  • Anyone can join, even if it’s just for the amazing life style for a few months

*You can dive 4 times per day for the duration of the DM and also a night dive every other night. Many other Divemaster programmes offer only 60 dives in total.

Some Great Reasons To Join

  • Super social great way to meet people and you join our big groups on Koh Tao
  • Everything is prearranged for you, from all of your diving, accommodation and, transfers
  • Lots of backup and support on Koh Tao with representatives on call 24/7
  • Completing this will demonstrate something constructive with your time out which is good for university and CV
  • A great way of extending your travels over a couple of months
  • Gain a qualification that enables you to work worldwide (in the best ´offices´)
  • Opportunities to get a job abroad to further increase your earning potential
  • Gaining experience in a position of responsibility, as a valued staff member you can get some great working experience with a really fun job

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The Koh Tao Divemaster

Zero to Hero Dive Instructor Thailand (10)This programme is not just about the diving, you will develop leadership skills and social skills.  You will be trained in reacting to and dealing with emergencies (EFR). Helping distressed divers and learning about the physics, physiology, and theory of diving. All the while you will be living on Koh Tao, a tropical paradise island with a chilled cosmopolitan social scene and indescribable natural beauty.

Just imagine living in a tropical paradise with fun-filled days and exciting nights. Experience the freedom and happiness and change your life. Should you wish to stay after during your Divemaster training, you will be qualified to gain paid work as a Divemaster at one of the many dive resorts located in Koh Tao. Or perhaps follow a Technical diving (wreck hunter) course or even become a Dive instructor.

You can also add on an Underwater videography course if you further wish to extend your interest in diving or subsidise your travels as this is a paid internship.

DIVEMASTERS! LOVING THE LIFESTYLE!

Hundreds of travellers come to Thailand and Koh Tao each year with the intention of doing a scuba diving course. For many the open water and advanced course is their intention, however, Koh Tao has an addictive atmosphere. The lifestyle and setting offer an incredible experience. People become so enthralled by the scuba diving and the lifestyle on offer that they end up prolonging their stay to train up to Divemaster level and sometime Scuba diving instructor. The Divemaster course brings you a slice of this amazing lifestyle. You get to enjoy your days and nights, enjoying what you enjoy doing: Scuba diving and living on a paradise Island, making lots of friends and feeling good! Cost of living is cheap in Koh Tao, luxuries are affordable and fun on the island is forever present. Imagine never having to cook or do your laundry, all you have to think about is how to get the most amount of fun out of your day. With the Xtreme Gap Koh Tao Divemaster course, you can stay a while in a tropical paradise not only gaining more diving experience but thoroughly enjoying life.

The Divemaster course brings you a slice of this amazing lifestyle. You get to enjoy your days and nights, enjoying what you enjoy doing: Scuba diving and living on a paradise Island, making lots of friends and feeling good! Cost of living is cheap in Koh Tao, luxuries are affordable and fun on the island is forever present. Imagine never having to cook or do your laundry, all you have to think about is how to get the most amount of fun out of your day. With the Xtreme Gap Koh Tao Divemaster course, you can stay a while in a tropical paradise not only gaining more diving experience but thoroughly enjoying life.

Should you wish to stay after during your Divemaster training, you will be qualified to gain paid work as a Divemaster at one of the many dive resorts located in Koh Tao.

Xtreme Gap works with one of Southeast Asia´s most respected Divemaster training schools. The school has an impeccable safety record and maintains very high standards on all Scuba dive courses, equipment, and staff.

There will be three active instructor trainers with over 30 years of dive experience guiding your education. You will be trained by experienced professionals who go above and beyond in all aspects of teaching. You’ll also be assisting the instructor team as they teach real customers.

Lost of extra´s

You will also get to participate in the monthly Eco Day events offered by our rep on the island. the eco day is a day of beach clean ups, reef-cleaning dives and an underwater coral health watch. You’ll feel great making a difference and keeping the island clean. We end the day in classic Koh Tao style…Team BBQ, volleyball, sunset and beers.
The idea is to make you the best possible dive professional you can be while still having the time of your life.

Unlike other Divemaster training courses, you will not be expected to spend time hanging around a shop working, giving you more time to enjoy your Thailand experience. The accommodation in the resort in Koh Tao is also of a very high standard complimenting your stay in paradise perfectly.

 

Varied Dive Sites

During your Divemaster training, you will discover a mix of hard and soft corals and abundant marine life from sharks to turtles and thousands of fish. The sites vary in depth from just a few meters down to 40 meters, there is little current and the water temperature is always warm, ranging from about 27C to 32C offering amazing conditions to dive every day of your Divemaster course!

The qualifications and accreditation

For our Koh Tao Divemaster courses, we use the PADI training accreditation. PADI is widely considered to be one of the top dive training agencies in the dive industry.

Going from zero to hero means you will gain the following PADI dive accreditation.

  • Open water
  • Advanced Open Water
  • Rescue Diver / EFR
  • Divemaster

Accommodation

Koh Tao Gap Year (2)A 2-minute walk from the beach you will find your beautiful new, safe and clean home from home.

Our accommodation is one of the few places on the island with a swimming pool, which in 30 degrees heat is a godsend after training. Your room, basic but spacious and comfortable, will have an en-suite and there is a maid service. There is a laundry service (approx £2.5 per big bag load) as well. Linen and towels are provided.

Room options

Please note the standard fan room is the default room we provide unless upgrading room class.

Standard Fan Room, prices show in price tab

Recommended!!! Our most basic standard of accommodation, with An ensuite bathroom, satellite television, twin beds, ceiling fan and private terrace to enjoy the garden view and socialising.

  • Fan
  • Satellite TV
  • Internet WiFi
  • Balcony
  • Ensuite bathroom

Please know all rooms are shared (twin share with one other person of the same sex) You can upgrade to your own room for £75 per month.

Comfort Fan Room, contact us for prices

Our newest rooms, recently built they are beautifully decorated and furnished for your relaxation. Larger than our Standard Room range, they are very close to our swimming pool and sunbathing area.

  • Satellite TV
  • Internet WiFi
  • Balcony
  • Your own Shower and toilet

Please know all rooms are shared (twin share with one other person of the same sex) You can upgrade to your own room For £75 per month.

Standard Airconditioning Room, contact us for prices

Basic accommodation, with your own bathroom, satellite television, twin beds, air-conditioning and private terrace to enjoy the garden view and socialising.

  • Airconditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Hot shower
  • Internet WiFi
  • Balcony
  • Your own Shower & Toilet

Please know all rooms are shared (twin share with one other person of the same sex) You can upgrade to your own room For £75 per month.

More Accommodation Information

Follow this link to our Blog post with more details and pictures regarding the  accommodation on Koh Tao.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

The Koh Tao Divemaster course begins in Bangkok and includes an night in a luxury hotel near the Khao San Road and your transfer to Koh Tao. If you would like assistance with your flights, we can assist with sourcing the best value flight options, just indicate on your booking form. We ensure you have enough time to relax and enjoy Bangkok before heading to Koh Tao. We will also provide with an extensive pre-departure kit to get the most out of your time in Bangkok. You can explore temples, cruise down the river and check out the sites and sounds of the Khao San Road backpacker area, located seconds away from your  hotel, included in the price.
To train on the Koh Tao Divemaster course you will need to fill in a medical statement and pass a medical exam. You will definitely notice that your fitness levels improve significantly as you advance through the Koh Tao Divemaster course. Bear in mind that you will be swimming for up to 4 hours, this has a great impact on your fitness and health. However, before beginning the course you need to be reasonably fit and healthy. You will also need to pass a Divemaster swim
There are some jobs available like working in a bar. It might be difficult to find one. Besides that, the wages are really low in Thailand. For an entire night hard work in a bar you will earn up to £10
On Koh Tao there are around 70 dive schools. They all need Divemasters, so there are many opportunities. A job is not guaranteed, but very likely. It depends on your own hard work and how much you want it really. If you go for it 100% you will probably find a job as a Dive Master.
Yes, the Koh Tao Divemaster course is adaptable. For example, we can shorten your trip if you have existing qualifications when you start your  Divemaster course.
Our blog has loads of further reading on Koh Tao you can also see a dedicated FAQ section inf FAQ section (see the  resources  menu at the top of the page)
Not necessarily. But Koh Tao Divemasters are better looking and more fun though.
One of the benefits of booking your trip on Koh Tao with Xtreme Gap Year is not only do you get to do this awesome activity, but you will become part of the Xtreme Gap family on Koh Tao. We will pick you up from the pier and give you a warm welcome at our stunning resort. On your first night, our resident representative will take you out for a gorgeous Thai meal annual get to know all of the other members of the group. When you are booking a trip with us it is not just about the activity so please bear this in mind if you are comparing prices to other companies. No other company has such a big presence in Koh Tao, runs groups of like-minded travellers so booking a trip with us is as much about the friends you make as well as the experiences you will have.

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Terms: £200 GBP deposit required on booking. Full payment 12 weeks prior to trip start.

Included

  • Unlimited diving (4x day)
  • Night dives
  • Breakfast on the boat (Fruit, Tea and Coffee)
  • Travel advice prior to departure to Thailand
  • Hotel in Bangkok on the night before leaving for paradise
  • Transfer from Bangkok to Koh Tao in Thailand
  • In-country representative to meet you off the boat
  • Comfortable and clean accommodation: up to 12 weeks
  • Island introduction and orientation and dinner party on arrival
  • Organized monthly night out for Xtreme Gappers

PADI Divemaster course in Koh Tao including unlimited diving:

  • Open water,  Advanced Open Water,  Rescue and EFR,  Divemaster
  • Dedicated diving instructor
  • Open Water, Advanced Open Water, EFR and Rescue books included
  • Divemaster kit pack (for you to keep)
  • Use of dive equipment during the full duration of the Divemaster course
  • Qualification certificates for all courses (not for dm part)
  • Substantial discounts on retail prices for all diving equipment

Excluded

  • Flight tickets to and from Bangkok (although we can assist)
  • Food and drinks
  • Costs for visa’s
  • Divemaster registration and annual subscription fees
  • Dive computer (can be bought locally, about GBP 200)
  • Safety sausage and dive knife (can be bought locally)
  • Travel insurance and diving insurance
  • Transfer ticket back from Koh Tao to Bangkok. Our rep can help you sorting this out once you are on the island.
  • Additional Speciality courses: you will have the option to study additional dive specialities. These are not necessary to pass your DM but if you want to take them they are optional extras.

Please note this programme does not include meals, we are often asked why and the answer is simple. You can eat out in Thailand for as little as £2-5. If we included all of your food, you would have to eat in the same place all the time. We feel that there is so much amazing food to discover in Thailand, that you should be able to choose where to eat and when to eat. Going out for dinner is also a social event, you will discover that during the day everyone is training, and you meet in the evening for a nice Thai Curry somewhere. Our rep can tell you all about the nice places to eat.

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Surf Instructor Course Morocco

The Surf Instructor Course in Morocco is an exciting way to learn something new, experience a fantastic culture, feel part of a community, and make a difference. Throughout the 12 week course in Taghazout, you will become a fully qualified surf instructor, learn Arabic, teach English in local school, spend some time in a local Berber family and live a stones throw away from the beach in one of the most sociable settings possible! Roof top parties, camp fires, heaps of friends from all over the world. You name it, we got it.


The Surf Instructor Course in Morocco is an awesome experience learning to surf and having the time of your life. Throughout the 12 week course in Taghazout, you will become a fully qualified surf instructor, learn Arabic, teach English in local school, spend some time in a local Berber family and live a stones throw away from the beach in one of the most sociable settings possible! Roof top parties, camp fires, heaps of friends from all over the world.

Surf Instructor Course Morocco

Discover why Morocco is fast becoming this season’s hottest surf destination. A cool eclectic blend of culture and world-class waves make the Xtreme Gap surf instructor camp in Morocco the ideal bolthole to spend a 12 weeks training to become a surf instructor with the best of them.

Morocco surf camp highlights include:

  • Surf everyday for 12 weeks and become a fully qualified surf instructor by the end of it
  • Accommodation, food, assessments, equipment rental is all included hassle free!
  • Living in a surf camp about 2 metres from the waves with a constant turn over of guests of all nationalities and backgrounds
  • Based in one of Morocco’s top surfing destinations
  • Help the community and have an unforgettable 3 months
  • Hanging 10 on some the best beach breaks in Africa
  • Riding camels and riding waves with guaranteed blue skies and good surf
  • Open to all levels

 

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Morocco surf instructor course details

Once the exclusive territory of Berber fishermen, wandering hippies and seasoned wave riders spying the next rare break, thanks to some determined local surfers with a passion for sharing the swell with everyone, the Moroccan south coast is fast becoming a haven for anyone looking to conquer some waves while exploring the mosaic of desert, mountain, beach and bustle that this country , which is the  gateway to the African continent – offers.

Shrouded by the mountains that stretch deep into Morocco´s heart, perched perfectly on the warm swell of the West African Atlantic, the fishing town of Taghazout has become home to the Xtreme Gap surf instructor camp. Devoted riders themselves, these guys are passionate about everything surf and dedicated ambassadors of the waves.

The surf instructor course packages have been developed to maximise riding time and surfer development, while the opportunity to participate in a wholly immersive experience, with salt-spray waves in the day and spiced up tagine at night, is what´s given these guys their great local reputation.

About the surf Academy

We run the ASI (Academy of Surfing Instructors) level 1 course in conjunction with the SLS (Surf Lifesavers Qualification). The ASI is the worlds leading surfing accreditation and training organisation. It is a globally recognised qualification which can lead to real paid jobs as a surf instructor all over the world. At the Xtreme Gap surf instructor course we put both qualifications together in a nice hassle free course!

Itinerary

Morning:

We have an all local team of chefs and boy can they cook! All your food is included in the price of the course to make it completely hassle free. Breakfast is served at our beach front cafe over looking the waves, an absolutely perfect way to start a days surfing.

Depending on the waves…

Lunch is usually served at the beach as sandwiches, rice, salad, BBQ etc.

In the afternoon

Dinners are served on our beautiful roof top terrace overlooking Taghazout at sunset. Big hearty meals for surfers is on the menu with a mix of traditional Berber cuisine such as couscous and Tajines on some nights, and big BBQ´s of fish, kebabs and homemade burgers on other nights.

  • 8:00-9:00: Breakfast in our beach front cafe. Consisting of Croissants, coffee, tea, cereals, fruit, bread, spreads, eggs, yoghurt, fruit juice
  • 9:00 – leave for the surf
  • 9:30 – 11:30 – surf lessons.
  • 12:00 – lunch. consisting of sandwiches, fruit, snacks, drinks
  • 13:00 – 17:00. More surfing! Also in the afternoons there will be the community projects
  • 17:00 – 19:30. Chill time. Explore the town, chill with the other surf campers, get a sunset surf in, do some yoga etc
  • 19:30: Dinner and relax!

The instructor course is heavily focused on safety in the water. Safety is of paramount importance when teaching someone to learn to surf and the ASI’s safety in the water is internationally known as one of the best! During the course you will learn how to spot rips and currents, discuss the nature of dynamic risk assessments and learn beach lifeguard techniques.

Reasonable levels of fitness are required. We ask that you can swim 25 metres before you start the course, but over the 12 weeks your fitness will improve naturally so don’t worry if you’re a bit out of shape!

Odd as it may sound, we realise that surf camps aren’t always about surfing. They´re about riding waves and discovering different places too, and we don´t want anyone to leave us without their fair share of Morocco – from the dust clad foothills and mountain vistas of the anti-Atlas mountains that shroud Taghazout from behind, to the babel of local fishing village life, the hubbub of Agadir´s bazaars, and the sporadic countryside forests nestled in the aptly named and nearby Paradise Valley.

So, if you or the surf is ever feeling flat, just quiz one of the team, and we´ll point you in the right direction for any activity that takes your fancy. Whether you want to sustain the adrenaline of the waves dune biking in nearby Massa game park, get traditional with a camel ride, raise some sand galloping your way across Taghazout´s surrounding beaches, or soothe those out-surfed muscles with a local Moroccan argan oil massage, we´ve got it all!

There´s also the opportunity to unwind with top quality yoga instructors, who take classes for as low as £12 in local currency in some of the most panoramic spots in the area. You can stretch those aches and pains out, while the sea spray rises from Anchor point below and the Moroccan sun drops behind the horizon.

Finally, if you just want to chill, drop into the Hash Point Cafe where you can watch the Atlantic waves break over the rocks with a fragrant Tagine, some freshly caught fish, or if you´re feeling less adventurous one of the Cafe´s famous bacon double cheeseburgers. (There´s also a wealth of surf gear available for rent in the Cafe, and the manager Rachid is always happy to talk surf, food and local culture).

  • For the first 4 weeks a local teacher will come to the camp twice a week to teach everyone basic Arabic. By the end of the 4 weeks, we hope that all the everyone will be armed with enough knowledge of the language that you can then use your phrase book to chat to the guys at the camp and in town.Over 80% of our staff are Moroccan, and they absolutely love it when tourists speak their local language with them. After the 4th week, official Arabic lessons stop (as we´ll be really focusing on the surfing!) but if anyone really wants to continue, we can arrange weekly classes for you.
  • ´Aftas Association´ was co-founded by our partner in Morocco a few years back to help out the local schools with books and classroom equipment. During your 12 weeks in Taghazout you´ll work with ´Aftas´ to teach English at the ´Taghazout Ecole Superiere´ to children of the age ranges 11-16. To start with you´ll be one of the teaching assistants until you have the confidence to take your own class. Each week you´ll spend the afternoon at the school helping the local children study towards their baccalaureate in English!
  • Live with a local berber family: The Berbers are the indigenous people of North Africa. A very friendly group, always willing to accommodate and welcome you into their homes, you´ll spend a weekend in the hills with one of the families that we have grown very fond of and close to over the years. See how a traditional household is run, cook traditional berber food, help out on the farm and experience the simple life for just a weekend (longer if you´d like of course!)

During those rare occasions when Poseidon and Neptune don´t smile upon us and the waves cease to exist we are not left twiddling our thumbs and practicing our Eskimo rolls. We can take you off to Immouzer or as the locals call it – Paradise Valley. There is only one road in the village. The friendly inhabitants and the simple houses make it clear you are well off the beaten track. Chill out in tranquility and seclusion of the waterfalls. Take a plunge in the rock pools, or trek through the forests something of a rarity in Morocco.

If you need a break from the physical demands of the surf, relax and treat yourself to a four handed massage at the local hammam! Want to get a few gifts for back home? We´ll take you to the Agadir Souks or if you want to see the local countryside a little more jump on a camel. Why not go for a horse ride along the beach at full gallop! We organise quad biking excursions through the dunes of the Massa game park for the petrolheads out there as well. When you arrive at the surf camp, just ask the manager for information on all of these options and we will set you on your way for your action packed surf holiday.

How about a yoga session after a long day’s surf? Our professional instructors takes sessions at the luxury apartment complex overlooking Killer Point. The gardens have views that overlook both Anchor Point and Killer Point and the sunset sessions provide the perfect way to stretch down those aching muscles. All payments for Yoga lessons are made locally to your yoga instructor for the day. Normally the lessons start at roughly £12 in the local currency and to book in just ask the surf camp manager, it could not be easier!

Accommodation

Living at a surf camp:

The surf camp is one of the nicest and most sociable surf camps in the whole European and North African area. The camp itself is situated just 2 metres from the water´s edge (in big swell and high tides you have to time your exit so you don´t get wet!) and we have a beautiful roof terrace that over looks the whole of Taghazout!

At the surf camp you really will live and sleep by the waves. The camp duck-dives the swell all night; sitting literally on the shoreline, you will never be too far from the action, and whether you´re dusting off a tagine on our dinner-time roof terrace or chilling out with some surf vid action in our lounge, we guarantee that reassuring sound of a crashing wave will never be too far away.

Your accommodation will be shared, in apartments close to the Xtreme Gap camp, nestled in the square roofed, sun baked buildings of Taghazout, just a stone´s throw from some of Morocco´s greatest breaks.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Arrival

Let us know in advance an estimated arrival time and we´ll be ready to check you in. If you arrive early it´s no trouble, you can surf your way through the day or hang out in our cafe while we prepare your room, which should be ready by the afternoon. We also offer a taxi service which is a good idea for late arrivals, and can save you a trek through Taghazout´s labyrinthine streets at night.

The currency in Morocco is a Moroccan Dirham, it is possible to exchange your pounds or euros at the airport and the nearest cash machine to the surf camp is in Agadir. It is possible to take a taxi to withdraw money should you require.
Yes absolutely, Morocco is a great place to learn and are surf instructors are some of the best in the country. And you do not need to be a world class surfer in the end either, you do need to be a world class instructor though!
We go on a few over night trips to Marrakech, Essaouira, Immsoune and Tifnit so that you get so see some more of this amazing country. Morocco is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world and it would be a shame if you didn’t get to see as much as possible of it!
We have 2 programs running throughout the year. One starting beginning of September and another one starting 2nd week of January
With our large network of contacts in the surf school industry, we can offer assistance in finding a job in all sorts of locations around the world! Previous guests of the programme have found work in Morocco, UK, Norway, Costa Rica and most recently the Dominican Republic!

 

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Terms: £200 GBP deposit required on booking. Full payment 12 weeks prior to trip start.

Included

  • Pre departure information
  • All accommodation for 12 weeks
  • All meals Food for 12 weeks
  • All equipment rental, surfing tuition and surf guiding for 12 weeks
  • 4 weeks of Arabic lessons
  • ASI Level 1 instructor course
  • SLS lifeguard course
  • Return airport transfers to Agadir airport
  • Trips to Marrakesh, Essaouira, Immousne, Tifnit
  • Job search assistance on completion

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Drinks

Dates

Every year a start date in September and January
Please check with us for availability

Xtreme Marine Conservation & Dive Hero Belize

Hang loose and protect the world’s second-largest barrier reef clearing it of lionfish. Staying on an idyllic tropical island, join the Xtreme marine team to protect Whalesharks, Queen conch, lobster and eradicate invasive species. The perfect Caribbean Marine conservation and diving getaway.

Diving in Belize (4)

Get a PADI qualification, Become a diver and help protect the world’s second largest reef system. Staying on an idyllic tropical island, in the middle of the Caribbean you will be diving 12 times a week taking part in valuable and exciting Marine conservation initiatives.  The perfect place to disconnect from the world and live life to its fullest.

 

 Xtreme Marine Conservation & Dive Hero Belize

Become a true Marine conservation hero in Belize. Diving in Caribbean seas, submerged in turquoise waters you will find the second-biggest reef system in the world.  Belize a former English colony has the ultimate Caribbean tropical island vibe.  But like all complex and beautiful reef systems it is under threat.  Invasive species like the lionfish, not native to Caribbean waters are raging rampant all over the reef system and they need to be stopped. These beautiful but menacing little critters can hatch eggs in two days and a single fish can release up to 15,000 eggs.

Highlights

  • Explore stunning Belize and But, hey Marine conservation hero on the world’s second-largest barrier reef.
  • Learn to scuba dive and gain a PADI qualification.
  • Dive 12 times a week and discover new addiction in an underwater paradise.
  • Disconnect from reality and stay in paradise on an idyllic private island in the Caribbean Sea.
  • Live on an unspoiled island, contributing to Marine conservation and becoming a legendary diver In a Marine Park.
  • Hunt these evil Lionfish Critters. The other fish will thank you for it.
  • Get involved with Marine conservation efforts from other species such as lobster, conch and whale sharks
  • Contribute to the global Coral watch and reef check initiative
  • Cut your dive teeth in the dark with a night dive.  This will completely change your perspective of the underwater environment.
  • Let loose at the weekends on the mainland with some incredible extreme adventure activities!

 

PHOTOS

Belize Island (7)Imagine living on a tropical island helping protect the reefs by day and seeing 1 million tropical stars by night.  Learn to dive, get involved in conservation efforts and have the time of your life with the group of fellow Xtreme Marines! Beautiful beaches with white sand that will spoil you. Turquoise waters that will take your breath away. So let’s check out what happens on this program

 

On arrival

Arriving on Sunday you will be met at the airport by our representative and transferred to your accommodation. We recommend you meet up with the fellow course participants in a local restaurant that evening.  The introduction and orientation session takes place first thing Monday morning at 830.

Then half an hour later we hop on a boat for a two-hour ride out to your new home from home on a tropical paradise island surrounded by the world’s second-largest barrier reef.

 

The Adventure Begins!

Diving in Belize (2)If you do not have a PADI open water course or equivalent you will begin your dive training.  Contact us the details  of what happens during the section.  If you already have an open water course qualification, you are welcome to begin the Marine conservation section straightaway.

Once you are dive trained you will take part in 12 conservation dives per week.  We include most of the equipment but there is some that you will need to bring with you:

Bring your own wetsuit (a full 3mm suit is recommended) and booties, a dive mask and snorkel. You will also be required to purchase the relevant PADI Open Water manuals for training purposes if you are undertaking the PADI training. If you wish to take part in night dives you must also bring a dive light or waterproof torch with you. You cannot purchase these on the island so please bring these from home.

 

The Xtreme Marine conservation project in detail

IMG_4363Once you have completed your diving qualifications it’s time to get down to business. The Marine conservation programme focus on five core activities.  All of which take place in a protected area the Sapodilla Cayes Marine Park (SCMR) area.

Please note: In order to support the marine conservation projects and the local area, each participant will need to pay extra marine Park fees of USD25 per week or USD75 per month.

You will take part in several different activities during your stay, depending on the season and the needs of the project of the time.

 

Lionfish Population Control

Lionfish huntingThe seas around Belize are currently under threat from an invasion of the non-indigenous Lionfish.

Not native to Belize they eat the local fish, and degrade the reef.  They are outcompeting all the local fish population as well is killing them because they can release 15,000 eggs every four days.  The region is overrun by these beautiful yet perilous fish so they need to be eradicated.

As part of the Xtreme marine conservation dive team, you will be responsible for diving down and removing Lionfish using a special spear gun, and then analysing and collecting data on the local Lionfish population.  If you think that killing fish species is contradictory to conservation, then you do not understand the impacts of the lionfish on the native species.  If you ask squirmy wish about hunting fish this is not the programme for you.

But this is not just about eradication.  Surprisingly lionfish taste delicious, and you’ll no doubt get to try your catch once you return to your island hideaway.

Working closely with local partners we have been able to get the lionfish onto many of the local menus.  This provides a sustainable great alternative to the overfished fish stocks so you are actually contributing to conservation efforts in more than one way. Every fish you spear means others will live!

 

Whale Shark Monitoring

Diving in Belize (17)The whale shark population in Belize is exceptionally good.  Whalesharks the world’s biggest fish, our incredible to be in the water with.  The reef in Belize attracts some of the largest concentrations of Whalesharks in the world.  But with their food supplies dwindling the conservation project aims at sustaining the food supply for these impressive creatures.

It is widely known that whale shark numbers are in decline and unless action is taken they are under threat from extinction. Whalers who target them for their fins and meat prize Whalesharks this is your chance to give something back. When we encounter Whalesharks we do data collection and log their movements.

Please note: The main whale shark season runs between March-June, although sightings have been recorded throughout the year. We cannot guarantee a sighting of a whale shark. You must abide by the whale shark code of conduct when diving which means no touching!

 

Protecting lobsters

While lobsters are very tasty they are overfished.  It is important during the breeding season is that they are not finished so as part of the programme you will help monitor the population of lobsters underwater.  You also check out on local restaurants to make sure that lobster is not on the menu during the off-season.

Many Caribbean countries now have open and closed lobster seasons, with the closed season being when the female lobsters are ready to release their eggs. Belize’s closed season usually runs from February – June, and during these months, fishing for lobsters is banned, as is serving them on restaurant menus.

How does this help?  Well by identifying the male to female ratio of lobsters as well as locating females carrying eggs. By protecting the key areas where the female lobsters lay eggs, we can help protect lobsters in their own native habitats.

The underwater lobster survey is conducted using a ‘rover diver’ technique, with groups of six divers spaced along a line, with two divers carrying slates and a measuring stick. Divers move slowly along, allowing time to coax the lobsters out of their holes using the measuring stick, checking its sex, measuring its length and seeing if female lobsters are carrying eggs.

 

Queen Conch Monitoring

The queen conch carries a high commercial value and as a result it has become a victim of overfishing in Belize. This large, shelled mollusc takes around 3-5 years to reach maturity and in this time it can grow up to two pounds in weight and up to 8 inches long. If left undisturbed, a conch can live for up to 40 years.

Each year between July-October each year the female conch lays huge egg masses, and as part of the marine conservation diving team you will be responsible for locating and recording conch breeding grounds. Some conchs are being forced to breed further out in deep water due to overfishing.

In order to monitor the migration patterns of the conch, a number of individually-numbered plastic cable ties have been placed around each conch, so that every subsequent observation can be recorded. Divers will go down in pairs to measure and/or tag the conch and to record the lip thickness, which determines the age and maturity of each conch, as well as the size of spiral, habitat, depth and tag number. Follow up survey dives are then undertaken each week. Help to protect this unusual and rare creature and do your bit for marine conservation in Belize.

 

Coral Reef Conservation

Southern Belize has a unique marine ecosystem, and as part of the marine conservation dive team you can take part in a comprehensive assessment of the health of Belize’s beautiful coral reefs. This will include monitoring the number of species including Parrot fish, Groupers, Surgeon fish, Butterfly fish, Grunts, Snappers and Lionfish. You will also record signs of coral bleaching, damage or disease as well as mapping the composition of the reef.

Working along a 100m transect line, divers will be divided into three sub-teams, one focusing on fish, one on invertebrates and one for substrates. Divers will count the species in a specific area for a set time, and records will be taken as you go.

The Belize Coral Watch Programme was set up to monitor coral bleaching and health using a non-invasive method. Divers are trained to recognise the difference between coral bleaching and coral disease using the ‘rover diver’ technique. You will record and submit your research into an international database, contributing to a much-needed central overview of coral reef health across the world.

Day to Day Itinerary

An Xtreme Gap representative or a taxi will meet you at Placencia airstrip and take you to your  accommodation. Sunday night we suggest that all of our gappers get together and meet at a local  restaurant for dinner.

  • 8.30am – Monday morning – meet, greet and breakfast at the snack shack.
  • 9am – Monday morning – transfer from mainland to the island (expect a 2 hour boat ride).
  • 11am – Island briefing, accommodation allocation and equipment allocation.
  • 12.30pm – Lunch.
  • 1.30pm – Dive briefing.
  • 2.30pm – First dive, boat fun dive or refresher dive.
  • 6pm – PowerPoint presentation about the programme and the marine environment.
  • 7pm – Dinner.
  • Relaxation

Typical itinerary Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • 6am – Tea, coffee, biscuits and fresh fruit available.
  • 7am – Dive briefing.
  • 7.30am – Dive 1 – Conch or Lobster survey and Lionfish hunting
  • 9am – Breakfast
  • 10.30am – Fish Identification training session
  • 11.30am – Dive 2 – Fish Identification dive, Commercial fish survey and/or Lionfish hunting.
  • 1pm – Lunch
  • 2pm – Coral Identification training session.
  • 3.30pm – Dive 3 – Coral identification dive, Coral watch bleaching survey and/or Lionfish hunting.
  • 5pm – Lionfish presentation, dissection and data collection.
  • 7pm – Dinner
  • Relaxation

Typical itinerary Thursday

  • 6am – Tea, coffee, biscuits and fresh fruit available
  • 7am – Dive briefing
  • 7.30am – Dive 1 – Conch or Lobster survey and Lionfish hunting
  • 9am – Breakfast
  • 10.30am – Briefing for ReefCI check survey
  • 11.30am – Dive 2 – ReefCI check survey
  • 1.30pm – Lunch
  • Relaxation 3.30pm – Guided free dive to spear Lionfish and look for Lobster and/or Conch (seasonal) for dinner!
  • 7pm – Dinner
  • Relaxation

Typical itinerary Friday

  • 6am – Tea, coffee, biscuits and fresh fruit available.
  • 7am – Dive briefing
  • 7.30am – Dive 1 – Conch or Lobster survey and Lionfish hunting
  • 9am – Breakfast
  • 10.30am – Leave island to return to the mainland

There is one night dive per week planned to fit into the above itinerary.
The above itinerary is subject to change and weather conditions. The survey participation is dependent upon the length of the trip. For example, week 1 will be mostly learning species, doing Lobster and Conch surveys and Lionfish hunting.

Week 2 will be actual Commercial fish surveys and Coral watch surveys.

Location

Belize Island (4)Tom Owens caye is a 1½ acre island situated 36 miles from mainland Belize. It is surrounded by turquoise coral seas and situated on the continental shelf; dive sites are 5-10 minutes away! This is the ultimate place to learn to dive and contribute to Marine conservation.  While there is Internet access on the island, it’s the perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy this beautiful planet.

Most of the dives take place in Sapodilla Cayes Marine Park (SCMR), an unspoilt ocean landscape only 5-10 minutes away from your island base.

Additional Activities

During the weekends there are plenty of options available to you if you want a bit of adventure.  The additional activities are not included in the price and payable locally.  You could visit Mayan ruins explore the jungles by kayak and interact with the indigenous Mayan population.  You can check out water fall underground cave systems go zip lining water tubing and so much more.

Accommodation

Belize Island (9)Living on a tropical island is pretty idyllic but you do have to make some sacrifices. Accommodation is basic but very clean and comfortable as for the location, it would make someone a five-star resort envious. Even Without a TV you will feel right at home. Programme participants stay in individual cabanas with shared bathrooms or twin shared rooms with bath. Couples are guaranteed their own room with bathroom.

Quirky, stone, individual cabanas surround the island. Every Cabana has incredible views of the Caribbean! Imagine waking up to the sound of waves lapping against  the shore and a spectacular Belizean sunrise! Guests staying in cabanas use the shared bathrooms.
For groups, friends and couples, there are twin, family and double en-suite rooms in  the main building. We never have more than 3 people in one room.  Hammocks are scattered around for that chill out moment with a cold rum cocktail.

During weekends accommodation is hostel style.  If you wish to upgrade, you can do so but will have to pay the difference in price locally.

Arrival Info

Please ensure your flight arrives on Sunday and you will need to arrange your own arrival into Placencia in Belize. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation in Placencia. If you would like help booking the flight from Placencia to Belize let us know and we can help you book it at a better rate.

Recommended method of getting there:

There are no direct flights from the UK to Belize. Our recommendation is to combine this program with a stop off in Mexico flying via Cancun and spend a week in Mexico.

Xtreme Gap Year owns a hostel in Playa del Carmen where you can stop off on the route. You then have the option to fly on to Belize or take an overland bus. You can also then take the advantage of completing a free diving course in Mexico should you wish which will come in handy on this program. Please ask us the details.

Other routes for getting to Belize are to fly from London Gatwick to Cancun in Mexico and hop on a safe and comfortable first-class overnight bus service into Belize City and then travel onwards to Placencia (using one of the methods listed above). Buses depart Cancun at around 10pm and arrive in Belize City before 8am (approx cost USD47).

An alternative is to fly via the US:

Then take a connecting flight onwards to Belize International Airport (BZE).

Please note that most connecting flights will require you to make a stopover overnight in the USA so you allow for this extra time when booking flights. Accommodation is not included for any USA stopovers so please factor this into your flight planning. Once you have arrived at Belize International Airport you then have two options to travel onwards to Placancia:

Internal Shuttle Flight:

If you wish to fly directly from Belize International Airport to the airstrip at Placencia our partner company in Belize can book these flights for you (but at your own cost). The internal shuttle flight takes around 1 hour and costs approximately £100 one-way or £175 for a round trip.

Please note that there are only around 5 internal flights per day so you will need to factor this in when planning your previous flight times. You will then be met at the Placencia airstrip by a representative and taken to your local accommodation.

 

 

End of the programme:

Friday is the last day of the programme and accommodation for this final night is included.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Simply put they kill the other fish.  And they breed so successfully and so quickly they hijack the native habitats of other fish. The Lionfish is also an invasive species, originally from the Indian and Western Pacific oceans. It was brought into Florida as an aquarium fish, and after a hurricane broke some of the aquariums containing the fish, they started to appear around the lower coast of Florida. They have now spread all the way up to Long Island, New York and throughout The Central American continent.

When scientists do dives to study the lionfish, sometimes they capture one, and trace it’s DNA. The odd thing lately, is that all the fish trace back to an original six or seven Lionfish from the ocean in which they came.

As you will be living on an island everything has to be imported so we take care of your meals.  You will eat well!

Typical Menu:

  • Breakfast: Flour tortilla or Fried jacks, bacon, eggs and refried beans
  • Lunch: Island chicken pasta salad
  • Dinner: Fresh fish filets baked in coconut milk, garlic, lime and cilantro with carrot
  • salad and yellow ginger rice.
  • Homemade chocolate rum cake with rum butter sauce
  • Purified water and fresh juices

We will do our best to complete further education courses such as PADI Rescue and Speciality courses Should you wish to participate in these (local payment).  However please be aware that the Xtreme Marine Hero Programme is primarily a conservation initiative.

We can guarantee the PADI Open water and mostly you should be fine for the Advanced Open water.

Weekend activities.

Mayan Ruins

Nim Li Punit (the big hat) sits atop a hill with amazing views of the surrounding forests and mountains. It is easily accessible by bus from Placencia, and quite often our guests are the only visitors. Lubantuun is about 45 minutes drive from PG and is the largest Mayan site in Southern Belize. The famous yet controversial crystal skulls was supposedly found at this site back in 1926.

Mayan Villages and Homestays

You can step back in time and visit the picturesque Maya villages of Southern Belize .  Surrounded by beautiful jungle and countryside you can experience how life is for the  indigenous communities of Belize. The experience can include Mayan home stays, local  story telling, dance, eating the local food and even having a lesson how to prepare  homemade corn tortillas.

Garifuna drumming lessons – www.warasadrumschool.com

Warasa Garifuna Drum School is a locally owned business that offers hands-on interactive experiences in Garifuna culture, including drumming, drum-making and  dancing. You can sit back and relax under our traditional thatch while watching our professional drummers and dancers to all the hard work (and when you see how fast the hands drum and how fast the hips shake, you’ll see it really is hard work!), or you
can try it yourself. Lessons in are available one-to-one or for groups of up to 20, and service comes with a very big white smile from our Director the one and only Ronald Raymond McDonald (yes, that is his name!).

Adventure tours

For those who like climbing, jumping off cliffs, exploring, getting dirty, going fast and getting wet an adventure tour in Southern Belize is meant for you! A short trip from Placencia you will find yourself surrounded by dense jungle, unusual creatures, stunning waterfalls, zip lining, tubing through the jungle and unexplored caves!

Rio Blanco Waterfalls

A tiny reserve, Rio Blanco National Park is as remote as it is beautiful! The nearby villages of Santa Elena and Santa Cruz organised the Rio Blanco Mayan Association in 1994 to protect the waterfall and 104 adjacent acres of sub-tropical forest. Jaguar, ocelot, margay, river otter and many species of birds and fish live in the part. Men from Santa Elena and Santa Cruz rotate ranger duties at the small visitors centre and local
women will open the craft co-operative shop when tourists arrive.  It is only a 15-minute walk on a gentle gravel trail to the falls. Benches provides spectacular views and a photographic opportunities. Thrill seekers can step out to the 20’ cliffs and jump into the swimming hole (if they dare!) Limestone pools above and
below the falls are perfect for swimming and wading. A great place to cool off!

San Antonio Waterfalls

Tucked away in the hilly Mayan village of San Antonio are the beautiful San Antonio falls. Smaller than Rio Blanco, you can wade or swim and those that want to challenge themselves may climb the boulders around the falls to the pools at the top and maybe even jump off the ledges here.

Blue Creek Caves

This trip is one of our ‘must do’ trips for our guests. Towering karst limestone hills, offering challenging hiking, surrounds the village of Blue Creek and a network of dry and wet caves. The Mayan name for Blue Creek Cave is Hokeb Ha, or where the water enters the earth!

To reach the cave, you’ll hike approximately twenty minutes over mostly easy terrain through the jungle and upstream along the banks of the green-blue river. As you approach the cave, the river breaks into small waterfalls and beautiful clear pools for swimming. The last 100 yards of the journey are the most challenging, climbing over roots and rocks.

You will be provided headlamps, life jackets and a trained guide to assist you as you step into the water and swim upstream towards the cave’s interior and the river’s source.  After you turn the first corner, all natural light disappears! You will see stalactites, stalagmites and other unique rock formations as you swim and hike upstream.

Tiger cave

The ancient Maya believed that the caves of Toledo marked entrances to Xibalba – the Mayan underworld! Caves were amongst the most sacred places and used for rituals, sacrifices and communication with the spirits. When you enter Tiger cave, it is easy to imagine the ancient Maya holding their  ceremonies here. The entrance chamber is strewn with shards of broken pottery other  evidence of Maya presence. As you explore the cave, you will see stalactites, stalagmites and other unique rock  formations. The cave has topography of narrow passageways, huge chambers and  underground rivers. Each turn a new challenge. The final chamber, more than a mile  into the cave, is filled with spectacular rock formations and well worth the effort.

This excursion is only recommended for people who are very physically fit. From the  road to the cave, visitors must navigate a steep drop down a dirt path. Inside the cave,  expect to walk on slick cave floors, climb boulders and navigate loose gravel slopes.  Also available are Chocolate tours, Zip-lining and tubing, River and sea kayaking.  Guests also have the chance to visit neighboring Guatemala or go to the beach town of Placencia.

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INCLUDED

  • Incredible tropical island accommodation with Caribbean sea views.
  • Tasty and fresh Island meals
  • Xtreme Marine conservation activities guidance and training
  • All diving, typically 12 dives a week, subject to weather conditions and including at least one night dive
  • Diving equipment: BCD, regulator, fins, weights and tanks
  • Unfortunately as many lionfish as you can spear
  • 3-5 days PADI Open water course. * $50USD admin fee applies to be paid cash in country upon completion.
  • 1 week trip: weekend accommodation includes:
  • Sunday and Friday night prior to departure.
  • 2 + weeks trip: weekend accommodation includes:
  • Sunday, weekends Friday, Saturday and Sunday and Friday night prior to departure.

EXCLUDED

  • Mainland meals
  • Mainland activities and tours
  • Internal flights with Tropic air – $186.25USD one way, $264.25USD round trip
  • Internet access on the island – $15USD per week
  • Marine Park fees – $25USD per week, $75USD per month
  • Beers, sodas, rum drinks – typical price:
  • Beer: $2.50USD
  • Mixed rum drink: $4USD

Dates

You can start any Sunday through out the year. Check availability with us.

Closed in September each year.

 

Surf Instructor Course Australia

Surf Instructor Course Australia

Experience summer beach parties, make new heaps of new friends from all over the world, relax and enjoy the sun, sea and sand while learning how to become a surf instructor. The programme takes place about a two hour drive from Byron Bay. Here you find the secluded beaches and the surf camp where you will eat, breathe and live surf! You will develop your surfing abilities, train your ability to teach others and then we qualify you to work in the industry.

Experience summer beach parties, make new heaps of new friends from all over the world, relax and enjoy the sun, sea and sand while learning how to become a surf instructor. The programme takes place about a two hour drive from Byron Bay. Here you find the secluded beaches and the surf camp where you will eat, breathe and live surf! You will develop your surfing abilities, focus on your teaching techniques and then we qualify you to work in the industry.

Surf Course Instructor Australia

Become a professional surf instructor & get the best job going in Australia

The surf academy courses are run by qualified surf coaches at our purpose built surf camp two hours from Byron Bay on the beautiful mid north coast of Australia. In three months you learn all surfing skills from beginner to pro from an ex-professional and gain all you need to get an amazing job down under. It´s all about the surf and you get to live the ultimate life style.  You will learn coaching skills and life saving skills. The certificate is recognized worldwide and is the perfect start for a new career! All inclusive too, so all your meals, accommodation, equipment and instruction are all included, even your transport from Sydney or Brisbane on an awesome bus.

Highlights

  • You train for three months, surfing every day, living in a cool surf house right on the beach!
  • All your food is taken care of leaving you with no hassles, just time to improve your surf!
  • Loads of backpackers come to the camp, so you have an awesome social scene too.
  • After you have your qualification (local payment), you can teach and get paid – The BEST GAP YEAR JOB IN AUSTRALIA!

Sounds like a dream, and for many it is, but with the surf instructor programme you can make it a reality. You are located about a two hours drive from Byron Bay, living right next to golden sands and clear clue sea. It is not uncommon to share the waves with the occasional dolphin either!

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Itinerary

If you want to properly master the art of surfing and turn your new found passion into a career (or at least a fine gap year job) then this is for you. Not only do you get to spend three months surfing and living in great beach side surf shacks, but ultimately you can be paid to surf for a living!

Surf Instructor Course Breakdown

Surf Instructor Course Australia (9)

1st month – level one

  • Understand surf safety and ocean awareness
  • Understand surf conditions and wave selection
  • Ability to catch unbroken waves
  • Ability to ride across the face of unbroken waves
  • Ability to get out the back of breaking waves
  • Improved fitness and ocean knowledge
  • Understand surf equipment and its uses

 

Surf Instructor Course Australia (8)2nd month – level two

  • Demonstrate surf fitness
  • Ability to perform a bottom and top turn on unbroken waves up to one metre
  • Demonstrate correct wave selection
  • Demonstrate ability to ride right and left breaking waves (forehand and backhand)
  • Demonstrate ability to negotiate rips and currents

 

Surf Instructor Course Australia (5)3rd month – level three

  • Apply first aid techniques
  • Perform an ocean rescue
  • Ability to swim 500 metres in under ten minutes
  • Apply advanced resuscitation techniques
  • Ability to instruct a surf lesson
  • Perform a risk assessment on the surf lesson area
  • Ability to create surf lesson plans
  • Perform cut backs & re-entry´s in one metre waves
  • Ability to link manoeuvers on unbroken waves

Help with finding work after the course

Xtreme Gap Australia Surf Instructor Course (3)

After your three months of training, it will be time to find work if you want to. Work is not guaranteed but the chances are good. You will then be able to teach others to learn to surf and earn money by working on the beach and in the ocean! Job assistance is provided in Australia, but your qualification is internationally recognised, you can take it with you and earn more on your onward travels, previous Xtreme Gappers have gone onto Fiji, Bali, New Zealand and some have returned to the UK to teach.

But I have never surfed before…

You can start the surf instructor course at any level even without surf experience. You do have to love the sea, because this will be your classroom and you will have to surf a lot, but hey its fun!

The last month involves a lot of coaching skills.

This qualification enables you to work as a surf instructor in Australia. Perfect for a working holiday spent on the beach! If you do not wish to become an instructor but just want to surf a lot… you do not have to do the qualification.

Extra activities when not in the water.

You will be having surf lessons five days a week, at least four hours a day, but in your free time there is also other stuff to do. Take time to get to know the crew, get involved in the games and activities. Experience kayaking, skydiving, music around the camp fire and much more. On the beach can be as exciting or as relaxing as you like. We travel with volleyball equipment, footballs and other fun stuff. The surf academy is also a very social place, as alongside the surf instructor programme it is also a main stop for Oz Experience buses, meaning every week hundreds of backpackers stop by and yes, it can be a bit of a party!

If you are looking for a little peace and quiet, you have a surf house away from the riff raff to hang out and chill with other academy students. There tends to be seven to ten students training at anyone time, so you always have friends to hang out with.

Meals

Three times a day you will have the best fresh and healthy food you could wish for. Surfing makes you hungry. In the mornings there will be cereal, milk, fresh fruit, toast, jam, Marmite etc. For lunch there will be all kinds of salads, beans, meat, spaghetti and in the evenings there will also be fresh salads, pasta, meat, rice, desserts you name it! All freshly prepared for you!

Accommodation

Set in a beautiful surf spot in a National Marine Park, this is a unique opportunity to spend time in one of Australia´s most beautiful coastal areas. You be living in a beach front cottage with other surfers. The secluded beach is situated between Sydney and Byron Bay.

There will be short term surfers here and others like you training to become a surf instructor. It is a good and safe community and everyone is supportive and open to meeting new people. There is a nice communal area, camp fire area, free coffee and tea and a big TV room where you can chill if you wish.

Exam Fees Local Payment

Please note there is an extra local payment of AUD1000 (approx £500) paid on arrival. This covers the exam fee if going for surf instructor. If your surf skills are not up to standards by the time it comes to be examined you can forfeit the exam (and qualifications) and be refunded this locally.

You can pay this amount by credit or debit card on arrival at Camp.

Frequently Asked Questions

To become a surf instructor you will need a basic and competent level of surfing ability, although admittedly you do not have to be an expert. Much of the “skill” is gained through practice, a lot of which you will obtain on this course. The academy is designed to produce competent surfers in three months that have the skills to complete certification requirements, or become an intermediate level surfer. We have our best coaches working with the students every day which provides a high level of one on one attention. This allows them to improve their surfing in a short amount of time. We use techniques such as video and photo assessment, class room theory, surf fitness, water safety awareness, and countless water time in a concentrated form to ensure we achieve our outcomes. All this takes place in our own surf camps with access to the best waves in all conditions. Our academy is a truly unique experience.
No, you will not be with the same group all the time. Because some people just do the five day surf camp, some stay a month, others two (surf development courses) and some three months like you. As the trip starts frequently people come and go. However the instructors are the same and with surfing you make friends very easily! Soon you will find your way and make friends for life!
It is very likely that you will find a job after you have finished the course. 90% of the population of Australia live by the coast and there are surf schools everywhere. Our partners help you to find a job, but it is not guaranteed. It also depends on your own willpower too. If you really want it and go for it, you are very likely to find a job. In cause it does not work out with finding a job as a surf instructor, there are plenty of other jobs available.
Yes, you can join our Surf Instructor Course without applying for an Australian Working Holiday Visa. You will get your worldwide accepted certificate after finishing the course successfully, but you are not allowed to start working in Australia after you have finished the course. Remember that you cannot apply for a Working Holiday Visa when you are in Australia. You need to do that before you go. So, please think about this carefully.
The Australian Working Holiday Visa subclass 417 costs around   £170. Rates change constantly so use this only as an indication. Furthermore you need to have  around £2,000 in your bank account when you enter Australia with a Working Holiday Visa. You will apply for a visa before you go and will do this online at the website of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship of the Australian Government.
As we are entering their habitat to go surfing there will always be a chance of a shark in the area, however we take every precaution possible to ensure our customers and staff are safe.
We do have wifi available, the price is $5AUD for 24hours, $10AUD for 3 days and $15AUD for 7 days.

There isn’t an ATM however we do accept Eftpos and there are daily shuttles running to Woolworths so you can get cash out there.

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Terms: £200 GBP deposit required on booking. Full payment 12 weeks prior to trip start.

Included

  • Pre departure information pack
  • Transfer from Sydney to the surf camp
  • All nights accommodation in the surf centre. 90 days!
  • Linen
  • Hammocks
  • Hot showers
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the course, seven days a week!
  • All qualifications
  • All surf equipment, although we do advise buying your own wetsuit (can be done while in Australia)
  • 20 hours required work experience with our surf schools (no working visa necessary because it is part of the course)
  • Two days off a week to explore surrounding surf locations
  • Qualified level two surf instructors available to assist and support
  • Great career possibilities
  • Senior First Aid
  • Ocean Safety Surf Coach Award APOLA
  • Advanced resuscitation
  • Work with children

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Working Holiday Visa
  • Spending Money
  • Internationally recognized level one Surf Instructor Qualification. You can add this. 1000 AUD local payment to be paid on arrival

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Divemaster & Internship Mexico Playa Del Carmen

The Mexico divemaster Internship has it all. Clear aqua marine seas, exciting marine (and night) life and action packed days learning to dive and moving towards your professional level dive accreditations. A great location for Whalesharks between May and September – but great anytime of year.

If spending eight weeks and paradise learning to become a professional diver sounds ideal than the Divemaster course plus internship in Mexico is for you. Experience bull sharks, whale sharks, Cenotes and crystal clear turquoise water in a stunning location. This is truly a life changing event, whether you are doing this on your gap year, or as part of a career break.

Divemaster & Internship in Mexico

Imagine spending eight weeks having the time of your life in a paradise location. Working towards professional level diving qualifications, you can have a life changing experience with Xtreme Gap Year in Mexico. Diving every day you will get to experience the incredible underwater environment Playa del Carmen has to offer!

Playa del Carmen has it all, whale sharks, bull sharks, turtles and even cave diving and under ground Cenotes, diving in the crystal clear turquoise water this is one of the top places in the world to get your Divemaster course.

When not in the water you will stay by the beach, in the heart of the action enjoying the incredible social scene that the Playa has to offer.

 Highlights Of The Divemaster Internship Mexico

Cenote Diving

Whalesharks

Bull Sharks

Extra Curricular:

Mayan Temples

TULUM

Paradise Beaches

Xtreme Gap Playa Del Carmen Mexico (44)

Xtreme Water Sports

Trainer Kite On  Playa el Carmen

 

PHOTOS

Zero  To Hero Or Custom Made

Mexico Divemaster Diving Course (9)Most people start the Zero  to Hero course. This takes you through all of the PADI diving certification is up to Divemaster.

  • Open water (The basic beginner course certifies you to 18 m – Usually takes 3 to 4 days)
  • Advanced open water (Qualifies you to a deeper limit of 30 m- Usually takes 2 1/2 days)
  • Rescue diver (Gains your qualification that enables you to rescue distressed divers and improves your safety knowledge)
  • Divemaster course (The rest of your time spent will be completing the Divemaster course, set over several modules the goal is to reach your certification which is a professional level)

Why do your Divemaster course in Playa del Carmen?

There are many reasons to do your Divemaster internship in Playa del Carmen. The location is extremely easy to get to, and highly rewarding once you are there. Underwater you are in for a treat, crystal clear turquoise water, with incredible marine life. This is one of the worlds top locations to see whale sharks, at certain times of year you have huge bull shark populations as well (Nov – March).

Year round the water is warm and the visibility is great.

When you are not in the water there is plenty to do, incredible white sandy beaches famed for being some of the best in the world, cool beach bars and warm Mexican hospitality.

There’s usually something going on in Playa del Carmen, not that you have to go out every night if you don’t want to. The hostel is the perfect sanctuary for those wishing to escape the madness, although no doubt you will want party a fair amount as this is a great reason to choose this location.

You don’t have to be a party animal though. Beach lovers will be completely at home here, some of the best beaches in Mexico are at your disposal. After all this is the Caribbean!

Diving in Playa del Carmen

Mexico Divemaster Diving Course (11)A great reason to do your Divemaster in Mexico, and go diving in Playa del Carmen in particular is because of the quality of the dive sites. In general the reefs are very healthy, and there’s a lot of biodiversity underwater. In general the visibility is very good, sometimes when there is a storm this might stir things up a bit, but when you compare it to places like Thailand the actual quality of diving is much more superior in our opinion.

This is a major breeding grounds the turtles, and you can see this when diving. Huge loggerhead turtles and green turtle populations always make dives interesting. But one of the most fun things about diving in Playa del Carmen, is the drift diving.

Because there is a significant current runs along the peninsular with the tides, in general you will drop in at one insertion point and not have to fin for the entire duration of the dive, you can just drift along the reefs checking things out. It’s a fantastic experience. There are large walls the go down past the 30 m mark, so you can plan your dive profile accordingly.

You will see plenty of tropical fish, Nudibranches, box fish, parrotfish Moray Eels. In season the bull sharks come, very few things can give you an Xtreme buzz when diving like a bull shark.

Diving the Cenotes

Xtreme Gap Playa del Carmen Mexico (61)This part of Mexico used to be all underwater. As the sea level changed and the peninsular rose out of the water it left behind plenty of caverns caves and underground rivers known as Centotes. Officially there are over 10,000 registered but new ones being discovered all the time. This is because mainly they are based in the jungle, and the miles and miles you have impenetrable rainforest jungle surrounding the highway that connects can cocoon, to Playa del Carmen and further south to Tulum.

The Cenotes are amazing to dive. They are freshwater, with amazing light. Deep blue colours, and an almost eerie atmosphere will give you an incredible experience.

You will get the opportunity to dive a Cenote or many of them during the Divemaster course although this is an optional upgrade as cave diving is not for everyone.

You would also be able to do some specialist courses, again as an optional upgrade the PADI Bull Shark speciality course and the Cenote Speciality course as well.

Equipment

One thing that sets the dive school apart from many others is the impressive quality of the equipment. All of which is included in the course although we do recommend you bring your own dive computer.

In general we use Cressi gear with brand-new wetsuits and 2014. Regulators and BCDS are well maintained and replaced regularly. We also the only dive shop in Playa del Carmen to have an extensive stock of re-breathers we have six of them costing around €8000 each.

The Xtreme Dive Team

On Mexico Divemaster you will join the Xtreme dive team and become part of the family. Staff roster is impressive with highly qualified dive instructors from all over the world. From France, Denmark Mexico the USA and UK. As part of the Divemaster internship you will be mentored by one instructor but received input from the entire team. You will learn about the successful running of the dive school, and help out while diving every day working towards your dive master qualification.

The lifestyle

Doing your Divemaster is as much about living the dream lifestyle as it is about learning to dive professionally. We select our Divemaster training locations selectively based on some key criteria. Certainly the diving is an important factor, but when you’re out of the water is also important. Playa del Carmen is the perfect location lifestyle wise for your Divemaster. Not that you need to be out partying and socialising every night, but you certainly can blow off steam whenever you want. When you are not at the dive school you have an amazing beach with all the associated activities on your doorstep.

It’s a truly international place, where you will meet people from all over the world and have a lot of fun. If you want to spend some time after your Divemaster course, to travel Mexico there are plenty of places to visit. Even if you want to take the weekends to do many adventures, you have some of the worlds best diving in Cozumel just a $13 half an hour boat ride away.

There is the paradise backpacker heaven of Tulum. When you want to get out of the city this is the perfect escape.

ACCOMMODATION

Hostel Option

Your accommodation is located in a quiet area of Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, only a 5 minute walk to the beach and 2 minute walk to the busy 5th Avenue.

  • All the rooms have private bathrooms and air conditioning!
  • All guests have use of a big terrace where they can relax, use our free WI FI or just share travel tips with other guests
  • Breakfast included
  • Located in a quiet neighbourhood with a touch of that ‘jungle feeling’ without the inconveniences
  • Free WiFi

The best hostel in Playa del Carmen for sure. Perfect blend of atmosphere without being too crazy. Great chill out area in the middle with fun events at night. The staff are all really good fun and friendly. The place has a great vibe and if you like tequila you will do very well here.

Private Studio Option

Those opting for the studio option you stay 4 blocks from the beach in a studio apartment. There is free wifi, cable, aircon (you need to pay for the electricity) kitchenette and BBQ area. Availability is very limited on this option so book well ahead please.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

 

You will be picked up from the airport in Cancun. Simply accident terminal building and walk left and you will be met by our representative.
You will check into the hostel and familiarise yourself with the surroundings, the next morning you will be taken to the dive school and meet your instructors. You will be given a full run down of events and the schedule on your first day.
Yes if you are already certified, you will get a reduction on the price depending on your dive level.
Yes there is! You can use the kitchen at the accommodation to prepare your meals. also in walking distance is a massive super market with beautiful food! So if you like preparing your own meals and you want to keep the costs down, this is a perfect option.

 

INCLUDED

  • Airport pick up
  • All accommodation (shared) Very near the beach
  • Breakfasts
  • All equipment (for rent)
  • All instructions
  • Orientation and welcome session in Playa del Carmen
  • Welcome dinner on the first night
  • Introduction to the dive school and to your instructors
  • Open water, advanced open water, rescue diver and Divemaster course (depending on your current certification)
  • Snorkel test on completion of your Divemaster course!
  • All PADI course materials included (most courses do not include this)
  • Direct access to the dive boats from the beach – The only dive centre to offer this in Playa del Carmen
  • Predeparture pack
  • Access to buddy lists before you leave

EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance (ensure that it covers diving)
  • PADI registration and subscription fees for your Divemaster (approximately US$90)
  • Costs for a dive medical (you can do this prior to departure or in country for approximately US$48)
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Breakfast (with Studio Option)
  • Utilities (with Studio Option)
  • Return airport transfer
  • Departure tax in Mexico $50 USD

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BOLT ONS

One of the great things about doing your Divemaster in Mexico is some of the exciting bolt ons that work well with this program.  If you want to do something completely unique take advantage of some of the underground caverns and cave systems here.  With our exciting Mexico cave diving course.  This is the real deal of diving.  Cave diving is one of the most dangerous forms of diving, so do not even consider doing this until you have done your Divemaster.

Want to explore other areas in the region? The Belize underwater conservation programme is a perfect addition once you are certified. Or take advantage of the low cost and very short distance between Cancun Mexico and Cuba. The Cuba experience could be a perfect addition also.

Finally you can explore other Mexico trips which you can add on in addition to the Divemaster course.  A free diving course is a great complimentary programme.

Learn Spanish In Barcelona Spain

Imagine spending your summer in the exhilarating city of Barcelona, embracing all aspects of life in sunny Spain, from the sexy language and the blissful siestas to the mouth-watering food and amazing wine. It´s safe to say that life in Barcelona is pretty sweet. So don´t envy them, join them!

Imagine spending your summer in the exhilarating city of Barcelona, embracing all aspects of life in sunny Spain, from the sexy language and the blissful siestas to the mouth-watering food and amazing wine. It´s safe to say that life in Barcelona is pretty sweet. So don´t envy them, join them! The exciting trip feature a great intro to the city with an intensive language course.

 Learn Spanish In Barcelona With Xtreme Activities!

Barcelona is one of the coolest cities in Spain, and Europe. Not only do you get to live here, immersing yourself in a new culture for a few weeks or months, but you´ll also become fluent in one of the most important and widely used languages in the world. After Barcelona, there´ll be no stopping you from hopping on a plane to South America, Central America or the Caribbean; the world is your oyster when you master the language of love!

Barcelona is a fantastic place to live and learn Spanish for many reasons; the year-round great weather, the amazing arts and music scene, including huge festivals like Benicassim, the Primavera Sound Festival and Sonisphere Barcelona Festival, and, of course, the city´s central location in Europe allows you to easily explore some of the best spots on the continent.

Did we mention that Barcelona is a beach city? So, if you´re feeling too hot from the gorgeous weather, or you want to relax after an intensive Spanish lesson, you can simply stroll to the beach to dip your toes in the warm Mediterranean  Sea.

What should you do when you´re not studying Spanish? There are lots of things to do on your time off, from exploring the history and culture of Barcelona through the beautiful architecture, the amazing museums and the mesmerising art, to travelling around the country and continent, visiting the best beaches, cities and festivals that Europe has to offer. Trust us, there´s nowhere more exciting to spend a gap year than Europe in the summertime!

Highlights

We pack a load into this short itinerary that you still have plenty of time to check out the must see places and obligatory sites like the Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell Cathedral and much more.

  • Intensive Spanish language classes
  • Two hour boat party with live DJ and Unlimited beer and sangria (throughout the summer until the end of September)
  • Lots of social excursions and activities in Barcelona

 

 

PHOTOS

 

THE BARCELONA SPANISH COURSE

Learning Spanish in Barcelona is easy, fun and flexible. All of our courses in Barcelona can be completely tailored to suit your lifestyle, whether you want to accommodate a job and can only commit to a few hours of learning each week, or if you want to fully immerse yourself in the language-learning process and come out speaking Spanish like a native.

From just 5 hours a week in the mornings or evenings, to over 30 hours a week of intensive full-time learning, our Spanish courses are both professional and extremely effective, leaving you with plenty of time and independence to decide how you spend the rest of your time in Spain.

In fact, the courses have a nice little twist to them in the form of ´gamification´. In the ´Casa´ where you will go to complete your lessons, beginners start on the bottom floor of the building (Level A1) and literally ´level up´ as their Spanish improves and they move on to more difficult courses. By improving your skills, you will gradually move up to higher floors in the building until you reach the very top level; floor 6 (Level C2)!

It´s these small details that make learning Spanish with us so fun and intriguing. No more boring classes, yawn-inducing teachers or pointless books. We provide you with the best, most appropriate material, the coolest and most qualified teachers, and the most amazing way to learn Spanish fast; through living and immersing yourself in one of the coolest cultures and cities in Europe!

All of the Spanish courses have been certified by the Cervantes Institute, so you can be confident that the qualifications you receive in Barcelona will be widely recognized as standard-level Spanish qualifications across the world.

Course Schedule

Apart from the weather, food, amazing city and awesome culture, one of the main reason why so many students choose to study in our Barcelona Spanish school is because of the flexibility they are awarded here.

From choosing how many hours you want to study per week, to choosing how many weeks you will stay in Barcelona, there is a lot of room for flexibility and changes of plans. You can even extend your course on a week-by-week basis, in case you are not sure how long you can stay. That means you´ll have plenty of time to yourself for traveling, eating, partying, dating hot Spaniards, or whatever other way you choose to spend your time!

Choose from the Standard Spanish Courses (max. 10 students per class) with hours ranging from 6 to 30 hours per week, the Combined Spanish Courses (private and group lessons) with hours ranging from 5 to 24 hours per week, or a range of other courses like the Exam Preparation Courses, Private Spanish Courses, Express Spanish Courses and Long Courses (up to 48 weeks!!).

On  Arrival

ARRIVAL

With your accommodation sorted jump on the airport bus (A2) or get a train (departing every half an hour direct from the airport) and this will get you into the city centre in 20 min. Head to the homestay to check in, before heading over to our central Barcelona language school to meet the team.

Barcelona Highlights

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

Parc Guell

Parc Guell

Plaza Espana

Barcalona 074

Homestay Accommodation

One of the really nice things about this learn Spanish programme is that you stay in a homestay in Barcelona. This really helps you integrate with the local environment and it’s really nice to have a supporting friendly family looking after you.

As the name suggests, a homestay is where you live with a host family. All of our host families have been thoroughly vetted, and are used to hosting our students so even if you are a little bit nervous about going to a completely foreign city you will be made most welcome.

The host family will take care of your accommodation and your food during your stay. Obviously, there’s a social side to studying Barcelona as well, as you will be meeting and hanging out with other students but always be mindful and respectful of your host family as well.

Typically you will have your own room in an apartment or house close to the language school. Each of our host families are located in different areas, so they will familiarise you with the Metro system (Barcelona has an excellent public transport infrastructure) and you will feel at home in no time.

 

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Fly into El Prat Airport (Barcelona). With really cheap flights from most European destinations, it is very easy to get there.
We have around 300 people studying at the school at one time so it’s easy to make friends quickly. You’ll be broken into smaller groups of between 7-10 for your classes.
Duration Option Price  
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INCLUDED

  • Awesome predeparture and in country support
  • 20 hours of Spanish language classes per week
  • Unlimited transport for the first three days throughout Barcelona
  • Homestay Accommodation
  • Two-hour boat party
  • The best fun you can have in Barcelona!

EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals unless stated

Dates

If you are a BEGINNER we start our Intensive program every 2 weeks on a Monday.
If you already speak some Spanish you can start any week on a Monday.

Please contact us for availability!

 

 

Learn Spanish in Havana Cuba!

Learn Spanish in Havana The UNESCO world Heritage site and capital city of Cuba. Complete cultural immersion brings you To the heart of this thriving country as you practice of salsa moves and learn the lingo whilst falling in love with this charming and heart wrenching country.

Get your Salsa on and Learn Spanish in  the heart of Havana the UNESCO world heritage site and capital city of Cuba. An exciting destination with a turbulent history you can witness it in the making as you learn Spanish and soak up the atmosphere in this amazing Caribbean country. This is complete cultural immersion and you will see the site to Cuba that most ” tourists” are hidden from. That’s a good thing by the way, as we think you will fall in love this place.

Two Or Four Weeks Of Spanish In Cuba!

This  programme is without doubt one of our most ambitious ever, and will see you begin your journey in the world famous capital city, Havana. You won’t be staying in a hotel though, but in a casa particular, charming guesthouses run by local people and which are one of the only examples of legal capitalism in the country.

This accommodation will allow you to immerse yourself in the local culture, as you share breakfast and lunch with the owners, as well as fellow travellers. You can even practice your Spanish on them, and they’ll certainly do their best to help you understand the country as a whole.

 Highlights:

  • Exploring this wonderful Caribbean country
  • Learning Spanish with up to 80 hours of Spanish lessons
  • Cruising through Havana in 1950s cars
  • Exploring the culture and history of this incredible country
  • Seeing what life is like living in the world last Communist states
  • Gaining impressive Cuban salsa moves with included dancing lessons and other cultural activities
  • Trips to the Caribbean beaches

 

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Learn Spanish in Cuba

Havana

Xtreme Cuba Experience (3)Much of the time in Havana will be spent learning Spanish, and you will be given 3 x 45 minute lessons every weekday. Don’t worry though, it’s not like school the lessons are informal and delivered by local teachers! The lessons are tailored to your level as well, with a test at the beginning of the program used to established what you need to be taught. You’ll be in small classes too, with about 6-8 pupils being the maximum.

You won’t just be learning the language in Havana though you’ll be learning the culture and traditions as well, and what is more Cuban than throwing your hair back and taking to the dance floor? Cubans love to dance, and you’ll get a couple of dance lessons each week to learn the basics of dances such as the cha cha cha, rumba and, of course, salsa. Okay, you won’t be an expert when you leave, but you’ll impress everyone when you get back home! You might even impress some of the locals with your moves when you head to one of the many different vibrant music venues throughout the city in the evening!

Throughout your time in Havana, you’ll also get the chance to head out on a number of excursions, taking in the different aspects of the history, culture and politics of this island. All tours are curated by a scholar from the University of Havana, meaning that you’ll only get the very best information. Once you head home, we hope that these excursions allow you to answer one simple question, a question that has baffled many people before you: what, exactly, is Cuba?

Accommodation

While in Cuba, you will be staying with real Cuban families, understanding what it is like to live in this country on a day to day basis. As already mentioned, you’ll stay in a  casa particular  while in Havana, and some of the main features of these are:

  • Run by local families, therefore providing a window into the life of Cubans
  • Twin rooms with air conditioning
  • All rooms have on en-suite bathroom
  • Breakfast and lunch included within the price
  • Located in Habana Vieja, the most authentic part of the city
  • Owner of the casa particular is a doctor, should any medical problems arise
  • Family speaks some English, making the transition to Cuban life easier

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Of course. There are many opportunities to head off on your own, and many people on this trip also extend their time in Cuba afterwards to travel around more. There are many museums and other sites to see in Havana, plus you could even take a few days to head to towns such as Santiago, Cienfuegos or Trinidad (the latter is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most beautiful cities in the Caribbean).
Our teachers are trained to deal with all different levels. The level of teaching will be tailored to your exact needs, therefore it doesn’t matter if you arrive speaking some Spanish, or absolutely none at all. All you need to bring is a willingness to learn!

The price includes all accommodation, as well as breakfast and lunch every day (plus dinner when on the cultural exchange). Additionally, you will receive around 80 hours of Spanish lessons, as well as dance lessons twice a week and three cultural sessions per week. The price also includes two trips to the beach and a visit to Vinales Valley. Extra nights can be booked for $35, and the cost of the transfer from the airport to the hotel will be approximately $15. We will also be happy to advise on the best ways to book flights to Cuba from any other country.

Make sure you bring everything you’ll need for the trip, as many things you take for granted will not be available in Cuba. This includes medication, mosquito spray, sanitary products and a plenty of clothes. If you are able to, please also bring extra supplies of essentials, as these can be given to the local people and will help to improve their lives immeasurably. These will be collected by your host and you might get the chance to help them with the distribution.

Duration Option Price  
1 (Week)GBP 649Book Now
2 (Week)GBP 1019Book Now
4 (Week)GBP 1789Book Now

Included

  • Airport pickup and transfer
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner when on the cultural exchange project
  • Approximately 80 hours in Spanish lessons
  • Cuban dance lessons twice a week
  • Three cultural sessions per week

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Costs for visas
  • Spending money
  • Travel insurance

Dates

2019 – Two Start Dates per Month

01-Dec; 15-Dec

2020 – Two Start Dates per Month

05; 19 Jan
02; 16 Feb
01; 15 March
05; 19 April
03; 17 May
07; 21 June
05; 19 July
02; 16 August
06; 20 September
04; 18 October
01; 15 November
06; 20 December

 

Xtreme Cuba Experience

Xtreme hits Cuba! Learn Spanish and gain amazing salsa moves with our Xtreme Cuba experience. Offering one of the only gap year opportunities to spend real-time in Cuba, on cultural exchange projects, learning Spanish and checking out this incredible country. Far more than just a holiday get under the skin of this beautiful country and have an unrivalled opportunity to soak up history in the making.

Cuba: a land quite like no other. With this trip, combining Cuban cultural immersion  and learning Spanish, you can find out first hand just why so many people regard this diverse country as the jewel of the Caribbean! While most visitors will only ever experience Havana and the local area, you’ll get to see everything, from the bustling streets of the capital through to the rural areas, as well as have the chance to visit UNESCO sites, beautiful beaches and vibrant bars and clubs. There truly is something for everyone in this mesmerising country, and we’ve packaged all the best bits up into this trip!

 Xtreme Cuba Experience

This 6 week program is without doubt one of our most ambitious ever, and will see you begin your journey in the world famous capital city, Havana. You won’t be staying in a hotel though, but in a casa particular, charming guesthouses run by local people and which are one of the only examples of legal capitalism in the country.

This accommodation will allow you to immerse yourself in the local culture, as you share breakfast and lunch with the owners, as well as fellow travellers. You can even practice your Spanish on them, and they’ll certainly do their best to help you understand the country as a whole.

14052160805_eb6223cfec_cHighlights:

  • Exploring this wonderful Caribbean country
  • Learning Spanish with up to 80 hours of Spanish lessons
  • Cruising through Havana in 1950s cars
  • Exploring the culture and history of this incredible country
  • Seeing what life is like living in the world last Communist states
  • Gaining impressive Cuban salsa moves with included dancing lessons and other cultural activities
  •  Trips to the Caribbean beaches

 

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Xtreme Cuba Gap Year Experience

 

Havana

Much of the time in Havana will be spent learning Spanish, and you will be given 3 x 45 minute lessons every weekday. Don’t worry though, it’s not like school the lessons are informal and delivered by local teachers! The lessons are tailored to your level as well, with a test at the beginning of the program used to established what you need to be taught. You’ll be in small classes too, with about 6-8 pupils being the maximum.

You won’t just be learning the language in Havana though ” you’ll be learning the culture and traditions as well, and what is more Cuban than throwing your hair back and taking to the dance floor? Cubans love to dance, and you’ll get a couple of dance lessons each week to learn the basics of dances such as the cha cha cha, rumba and, of course, salsa. Okay, you won’t be an expert when you leave, but you’ll impress everyone when you get back home! You might even impress some of the locals with your moves when you head to one of the many different vibrant music venues throughout the city in the evening!

On Saturday or Sundays in Havana you’ll have the chance to get involved with the arts and crafts initiative on the Paseo del Prado Boulevard. Artists set up workshops to share their creative talent, teaching children for free. There are 40 or more artists and literally hundreds of children drawing and painting using all manner of waste materials into sculptures and imaginative objects.

  • Part of our ‘Donation initiative’ is to contribute to the energy and excitement at the Paseo del Prado. We make discreet donations of materials and you will assist various artists, offering guidance and encouragement to the kids, and helping to deliver their mentor’s vision. Please, if you can, bring some small items from home as donations for the children. Having something to give will make your experience more meaningful. Cuba has been choked by sanctions for so many years they are short of many things we take for granted!
  • Our objective is to engage the children’s time productively, creatively and educationally. Attendance is entirely voluntary – this is not a school. You will need to use your imagination and fledgling Spanish-language skills to encourage the children to come along.

Projects – Playa Giron – weeks 3&4 

After the first two weeks in Havana, it’s time to head to Playa Giron and nearby Punta Perdiz, 200km south-east from Havana, world renowned because of the ‘Bay of Pigs’ invasion in April 1961. Punta Perdiz is adjacent to the Zapata Peninsula, where lies the ‘Gran Parque Natural Montemar’, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It contains the largest wetlands in the Caribbean, home to flamingos, manatee, crocodiles and the world’s smallest bird, the bee hummingbird. Here your time will be split between helping the Cuban Red Cross and local International Diving Centre protect this area and manage tourism sustainably and responsibly.

  • You’ll help clean up a section of the reef and beach, which are prone to picking up discarded and wind blow rubbish. You can do this whilst snorkelling.
  • You’ll also participate in underwater surveys to log certain species that may be in danger, changes to reefs and rates of growth, and to examine the Lion Fish epidemic that is becoming quite a problem across the Caribbean.

Both projects help to improve the environment and marine life for future generations.

Onshore at Punta Perdiz ‘Campismo’, we are renovating the sport and recreational facilities with a good lick of paint and with new sports equipment. Basketballs, volleyballs, nets and bibs etc will be provided to encourage local games and good team spirit. Until recently Cubans have not been allowed to mix with tourists (unless they work in the tourism sector) so they are super excited to meet us.

  • Each volunteer group will undertake to renovate a different part of the ‘Campismo‘ thus paving the way for the next group and leaving a lasting legacy in the form of improved facilities and good memories, ensuring that the Campismo’s are more comfortable for future Cuban families.

Back to Havana Weeks 5-6 Projects in  Havana

Depending on the group we change different projects through out the year but below is an example of some of the projects you could be involved in.

There are three main ongoing projects and the choice as to which one you’ll work on will be made during weeks 1 & 2 – when you first arrive in Havana and weeks 5 and 6. These projects are;

Arco Iris/Rainbow Project

‘Arco Iris’ is a community centre in a particularly run down area between Old Havana and Centro. The centre is a ‘home away from home’ for kids whose domestic circumstances are difficult. As well as hands on renovation to make this building fit for purpose, you will help pack the centre with activities – after school homework supervision, academic classes e.g. teaching English, arts and crafts activities and drama and music. It will be a privilege to work with such a group of fun loving kids and local people who are trying to create something special where they live.

  • You’ll be working to inject new life by painting murals, construction, after school activities like home work supervision, arts and crafts and eventually drama and music shows.

Centro Deportivo La Habana

Most famous for the baseball players it has produced this public sports facility hosts several different schools, sports clubs and all the community centres in La Habana, making it an extremely important and well used facility.

We will focus primarily on the dug-outs for the baseball teams, these over-used facilities have become derelict and in need of renovation. We will finish the project by hosting a match against one of the junior sides when team Leap can see how they fare against some of the most talented junior players in the world.

Rafael Trejo Boxing Gimnasio Project

Boxing is the country’s second favourite sport surpassed only by Cuba’s well- documented passion for baseball. Here the niños begin their training very young.

Here Hector Vinent Charon (a 2 time Olympic gold medalist) trains the niños. He believes that boxing teaches skills such as confidence that children can use in everyday life, regardless of what they may achieve in the gym, “it effects how you act in the classroom or on the street. It’s not just boxing.”

  • Despite this upbeat philosophy the Gimnasio looks pretty gloomy and could use a lick of paint. Your first project will be to source paints, brushes and other materials locally to spruce up the outside of the gym. With the help of Vianko, our Director of Arts, and a team of young Cuban helpers, you will paint a colourful collage on the outside of the building, featuring boxers from the club who have gone on to represent their country.
  • Time permitting you will also spruce up the interior walls and start to repair various sections of the stadium seating. The club is functional, but with a bit of work and effort it could be a much more inspiring.

Spanish Lessons
Each morning Monday to Friday from 09:00-11:45 you will receive 3 x 45 minute intensive structured Spanish lessons (each lesson is followed by a 15 minute break). Tuition is delivered by an accredited and licensed Cuban teacher, and lessons take place in the Casa. On the first morning there will be a short test to establish your level and requirements.

* The Cultural Immersion content will feature additional Spanish language tuition, oral comprehension and dialogue (approx. 4 hours per week).

Dance Classes

There are 2 dance classes per week – each approximately one hour duration, during which you will be taken through your paces learning Salsa, Son, Rueda de Casino, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, and Rumba and perhaps a few moves you haven’t heard of… The lessons are delivered a short walk from your Casa by a licensed dance instructor, and in the evenings there are MANY free live music venues where you can do your homework!

Weekend Excursions

We have included weekend activities. First two weekends you will be accompanied on a daytrip to a beach directly east of Havana. Journey time is 30 minutes by bus and you will enjoy the exhilarating rollers that break on these pristine sandy beaches.

Third weekend  will feature a two-night trip to Viñales, a three hour drive to the central western region of Cuba. The Viñales Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site owing to the outstanding landscape, traditional architecture and agricultural techniques still used.

Accommodation

Havana is an exciting city with many interesting neighbourhoods. However, to experience the ‘real’ Havana you need to stay in Habana Vieja. From here you are a very comfortable walk to the best bars and nightlife, and during the daytime you will be living among the real Habanos working in shops, bars, art galleries and going about their daily lives in this atmospheric part of the city.

Havana has a unique distinction, being the safest city in the Caribbean and Latin America generally. There are a number of reasons for this, but what it means for the curious traveller is that you will be able to enjoy unprecedented access to local people as you wander around the ‘barrio’ that makes up Habana Vieja.

 

Your Casa has been specially selected for its central location in ‘Habana Vieja’ and quality of service. The local cuban staff are on hand to help you all the time.  Expect to stay with up to 30 other gappers all in the same building. You can see more here on our blog.

During your volunteer placement at Punta Perdiz you will be staying in a a combination of accommodations. Some of the time will be in a lovely Casa Particulare in Playa Giron. You may also spend some nights at Punta Perdiz Campismo in series of blockwork cabins with concrete floors and en suite (cold water only) that form the accommodation units at the Campismo. Each cabin consists of bunk beds and includes a fridge. Most Cuban guest’s at the Campismo will self cater with an outside BBQ. Our group will be self-sufficient and have a daily rota for preparation meals and cleaning, overseen by your program manager. You should bring a sheet, mosquito net and towel and will be encouraged to leave some or all of these items at the end of your stay (more ‘Donativo’!).

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Of course. There are many opportunities to head off on your own, and many people on this trip also extend their time in Cuba afterwards to travel around more. There are many museums and other sites to see in Havana, plus you could even take a few days to head to towns such as Santiago, Cienfuegos or Trinidad (the latter is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most beautiful cities in the Caribbean).
Our teachers are trained to deal with all different levels. The level of teaching will be tailored to your exact needs, therefore it doesn’t matter if you arrive speaking some Spanish, or absolutely none at all. All you need to bring is a willingness to learn!

The price includes all accommodation, as well as breakfast and lunch every day (plus dinner when on the cultural exchange). Additionally, you will receive around 80 hours of Spanish lessons, as well as dance lessons twice a week and three cultural sessions per week. The price also includes two trips to the beach and a visit to Vinales Valley. Extra nights can be booked for $35, and the cost of the transfer from the airport to the hotel will be approximately $15. We will also be happy to advise on the best ways to book flights to Cuba from any other country.

Make sure you bring everything you’ll need for the trip, as many things you take for granted will not be available in Cuba. This includes medication, mosquito spray, sanitary products and a plenty of clothes. If you are able to, please also bring extra supplies of essentials, as these can be given to the local people and will help to improve their lives immeasurably. These will be collected by your host and you might get the chance to help them with the distribution.

Varies but sometimes up to 17 student clients doing a mix of programmes… 9 Learn Spanish & Volunteer and some Learn Spanish & Culture, and some The Boxing programme. We expect at least 10-15 every month.
65% Europe, 35% North America. 70% under 25 – a really nice mix of nationalities – Scandinavian, British, Dutch, German, Canadian, American etc
In October you should still have 9 hours or so of sunshine plus pleasant breezes. This is actually better than July/August when it can get a bit too hot, dry etc for Europeans. But as many book during holiday time July is actually the busiest time (but not necessarily the best weather wise.)

Included

  • Airport pickup and transfer
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner when on the cultural exchange project
  • Approximately 80 hours in Spanish lessons
  • Cuban dance lessons twice a week
  • Three cultural sessions per week
  • Two trips the beach
  • A visit to Vinales Valley

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Costs for visas
  • Spending money
  • Travel insurance

Dates

Start Dates 2018

Sep-02 2018

 

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Underwater Filmmaker Internship, Thailand

Step off the plane and into paradise, living on an incredible tropical island and getting paid for it! This once in a lifetime opportunity is not to be missed. Become an underwater videographer on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand, spending your days filming colourful and tropical scenes underwater, and your afternoons editing your footage into awesome movies! This is living!

Become an underwater cameraman (or woman) on a underwater videography internship. Earn as you learn to film underwater while you are staying at the stunning Thai island Koh Tao. For 6 weeks you will be diving every day! You will work with a young dynamic team and earn your beer money shooting movies in paradise. Who does not love that!

Earn Your Money On A Tropical Island

This is no ordinary lifestyle; this is the ultimate trip of a lifetime! Not only can you live on one of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world, soaking up the sun all day, every day, but you can also become a underwater filmmaker in the process, diving among the colourful fish and coral in the mornings, and editing your footage in the afternoons! How awesome is that?!

Working with a dynamic and youthful team, you´ll get to learn all the tricks of the trade, gain valuable industry experience, and even get paid for your work! This is not just any travel course; real customers will buy your work and you´ll help them to remember an amazing part of their travels through film.

We know what you´re probably thinking: ´what´s the catch?´ There is none! This is simply an amazing trip designed to be an unforgettable experience, to be cherished for the rest of your life.

So what will you get up to on this trip?

  • Two-week PADI pro videography course.
  • Four-week videography Paid internship, you shoot, you sell, you earn!
  • Opportunity to work and earn a living as an underwater filmmaker in Thailand
  • All of your accommodation for the duration
  • Transfers to the island
  • Services of our rep base locally
  • Unlimited diving with use of all dive equipment and camera equipment
  • You will also join our community of Xtreme Gappers based on Koh Tao.
  • Optional:

    Extra preliminary PADI Diving Divemaster course to become a qualified professional Diver.  You can join the course if you are only rescue diver level option, but then we can not offer the paid internship. Only for Qualified Divemasters we can offer the 4 week paid internship after the 2 week Professional Videography course.

Highlights

  • Learn how to shoot, edit and produce professional underwater movies.  
  • Complete a paid internship at one of Koh Tao´s top dive schools.
  • During the internship part of the course you will make 40% per sold video
  • Learn how to make money filming divers, tourists and open water students in action underwater, by selling them their own personal souvenir movies.
  • Rise bright and early every morning to spend the day diving underwater out on the open water.
  • Meet fellow Xtreme Gappers and make lifelong friends through our awesome Buddy List online chat system.

Take home amazing and unique new skills, which look awesome on your CV, or use your new qualifications to travel the world as an underwater videographer! Pretty sweet, eh?

 

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Paid Under Water Film Maker Internship

Spend 6 weeks in Koh Tao learning how to shoot, edit and produce awesome underwater movies. One of the most exciting aspects of our underwater filmmaker course is that for 2 weeks you will be trained as a professional Underwater Videographer followed by a 4 week paid internship, where you really have to go out there and put your skills to work.

Meanwhile, you will be living in one of the most beautiful places on earth! We know, we know, we spoil you!

Live at our awesome resort, 5 min walk from to the best beach, gain access to top facilities and equipment. To join the paid internship, you will need a minimum scuba diving qualification of Divemaster. If you do not already have this qualification no worries we can include that for you by adding the additional Dive Courses.

No diving experience at all yet. Have look at the 8 week Divemaster course. This course is run on the same island. It includes 8 weeks of accommodation, diving and all professional qualifications.

 

The Videography Course.

The course includes:

  • Introduction to u/w Filming + Editing
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Editing Adobe Premiere Pro SD / HD lite
  • Advanced Editing Adobe Premiere Pro HD
  • Standard / High Definition / Web Formats
  • Paid commission for video sales

This course includes 2 weeks (14 dives included) and is teaching you:

  • Selecting, using and caring for underwater video equipment
  • Self-servicing and maintenance of underwater video equipment
  • Videography fundamentals, such as; white balance · correct zoom use · shot types · moves·
  • Advanced videography techniques, such as; storyboard development · high definition formats · cinematic effects
  • Film, Edit and show a customer dive movie for a group of Open Water training graduates
  • In-depth post-dive editing including; advanced transitions · audio mixing · time effects · colour correction · advanced titling and animated effects · multitrack video · multi-format final rendering SD/HDV/FLV/MPEG4 as well as other web video standards

Graduates from this course are certified as PADI Professional UW Videographers.

So how does the paid part work?

For successful graduates of the 2 week professional Videography course we include a working internship where you get more practice, experience, and paid to make your movies. We are still on hand to offer assistance and advice at any stage of the process but you now get the chance to work as a professional underwater videographer. During this internship, you will polish your filming, editing and selling skills to become a successful commercial videographer with a skill set that you can take worldwide and continue doing the job you love.

During this 4 week experience you will:

  • Accompany instructors taking Open Water Students for their 2 final training dives in the morning
  • Capture, Edit and Compile a professional final movie in the afternoon
  • Show and sell your completed movie to the students in the evening
  • Work on secondary video projects such as special trips or promotional films
  • Learn the business and personal skills to get the best video and commercial results from your customers
  • Get paid for every movie you sell!
  • We often have full time positions available for successful interns who would like to stay longer on Koh Tao as well as a wide network of diving contacts on Koh Tao, the rest of Thailand, and also worldwide to help take your talents to new and exciting destinations!

So what do you do during your Internship?

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After the videography course comes the exciting part of the trip; the paid internship! Four weeks of blissful diving on the gorgeous island of Koh Tao, with some of the best professional divers in Thailand!

Bright and early, you´ll start your day by diving and filming out in the ocean with fellow students and a professional team of divers. Filming the beauty of the underwater world, you´ll take your footage back to the editing suites and begin an afternoon of editing, experimenting and collaborating to create epic diving movies.

Get up close to an array of beautiful and exotic marine life, learn fun new underwater filming techniques and make the most of the beautiful Thai light to create visually stunning and captivating films for both the customers and yourself.

The best part? You can even sell your creations for cash to other dive students and tourists getting their open water certifications. The dive schools we work with are one of the most popular and top-rated schools on the island, so there are always plenty of students looking for personal souvenir films as a memento of their trip! You´ll make a commission on each sale, so you can spend it on a nice cold beer after a hard days diving, or put it towards the extended travel fund!

 

 

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

One of the benefits of booking your trip on Koh Tao with Xtreme Gap Year is not only do you get to do this awesome activity, but you will become part of the Xtreme gap family on Koh Tao. We will pick you up from the pier and give you a warm welcome at our stunning resort. On your first night our resident representative will take you out for a gorgeous Thai meal annual get to know all of the other members of the group. When you are booking a trip with us it is not just about the activity so please bear this in mind if you are comparing prices to other companies. No other company has such a big presence in Koh Tao, runs groups of like-minded travellers so booking a trip with us is as much about the friends you make as well as the experiences you will have.

You need to have diving experience because you will be taking a camera underwater. You need a minimum of Divemaster qualification. The minimum training level for this course is Divemaster qualification.
Our reasons for this are you will often be working as a full-time diving professional and the knowledge and skills acquired in the divemaster programme will make you a valued member of any dive operation you work with. Another reason is that you will often be filming customers with various levels of experience from new students to lapsed divers re-entering the world of scuba. Your professional training and experience at this level will help you get the best footage of the groups without having a negative effect on their experience.

 During the internship part of the course you will make 40% per sold video.” This is because we allow the videographers to discount the prices depending on the group size, so the final amount they can earn will vary from job to job.

You will be filming for example open water students in the morning, edit the movie in the afternoon and show the movies in the evening and hopefully, when they are good enough you sell them. The group you film can consist of 1 to 5 persons, so there is a big change you sell more than one video per group.

Around £20 per day should be enough for a great gap year. If you are not the drinking type and you like more quiet nights you could do it for £15. During the day you will only spend some money on food and water, and trust me, that is cheap!
Thailand is great for a gap year, because the weather is always nice. Maybe except October and November when it is rainy season. But for the rest of the year it is hot and sunny! And even in the rainy season you will have lots of sunshine and hot weather.
Yes, there we will be other Xtreme Gappers on the island. We do never know exactly how many, but there is always an average of 5 to 12 travellers from Xtreme Gap. Not all gap year travellers will be doing the Thailand Divemaster programme. There are also options to do Mixed Martial Arts, Yoga, Free diving and people on Thailand round trips. For more gap year Thailand ideas please check our site. Everyone will stay in the same resort.
The rooms are spacious and clean and have a nice balcony. Every fan room has two single beds, a TV and  ensuite bathroom. If you wish your own room during your gap year diving, there is an option to get your own private room, for just £75 extra a month.
The resort is part of the dive school. There is a reception, bar, restaurant with Thai and Western food, a big pool with sun beds pool, friendly reception, spacious rooms, and internet. The resort is a 2 minute walk from the beach, the bars and the restaurants.
Yes, there is support for you on Koh Tao. Xtreme Gap has a rep on the island that will be there for all gap year travellers. The rep will meet you on arrival at 4 pm at the resort, show you around, take you out for dinner, introduce you to other gap year takers and will be there for you 24/7. Furthermore, you will also be working with your instructor closely every day. We will also have an emergency number.
You can buy anything you need on Koh Tao, and it is much cheaper than back home, so pack light! The shops are all close to the resort. You can buy souvenirs, sun lotion, mosquito repellent, swim shorts, flip flops and everything else you might need just on the island.
You would need a backpacker insurance with an upgrade since you will be diving up to 30 meters deep. We recommend InsuredandGo since they offer good value and cover the necessary diving and sports travel activities we offer.
We have arranged that your transfer tickets are ready at the desk of the hotel in Bangkok. The night after arriving you will get on an overnight bus and then in the morning a few hours on the boat. Also the pick up from the pier on Koh Tao on your day of arrival is included. Be sure to check our you tube channel which has detailed video instructions and a walkthrough. One you are on Koh Tao everything is very easy as the island is 21 square km, and the resort is a 2 minute walk from the beach and all restaurants.
Duration Option Price  
5 (Days)Padi Specialty /4 nights acc/ no BKKGBP 529Book Now
2 (Week)2 week pro course NO internshipGBP 1559Book Now
6 (Week)2 week pro course plus 4 weeks paid internshipGBP 1989Book Now

Included

  • Travel advice prior to departure
  • Hotel in Bangkok on the night before leaving for paradise
  • Transfer from Bangkok to Koh Tao before the start of the underwater videography course
  • In Country Representative to meet you off the boat
  • Comfortable and clean: 6 weeks accommodation with pool and restaurant
  • Island introduction and dinner party on arrival
  • Dedicated instructors for diving and during the underwater videography course.
  • Use of all specialist underwater videography equipment and custom editing studio
  • Use of dive equipment: Regulators, BCD, Weights, Tanks, Wetsuit, Masks and Fins
  • Qualification certificate for the Filmmaker course
  • Substantial discounts off retail prices for all diving equipment (inquire)

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Meals
  • Return boat transfer to Bangkok (can be organised locally)
  • Travel and dive insurance
  • PADI Dive Medical if required
  • Extra dives and dive certificates needed for training up to the min. level if not at minimum experience level
  • Dive computer