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!

 

Duration Option Price  
12 (Week)DormGBP 4500Book Now
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Duration Option Price
12 (Week)DormGBP 4500 GBP 4365 (Early Bird)
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Book today with a deposit and travel after 27 - Jul - 2020 to lock in the early bird price. "Hurry only limited early bird spots available !"

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

2020

11th January – 4th April; 2020

Bali Surf Xplorer 8 Days – Surfing in Bali

You’ll experience amazing surf breaks, super fun nightlife, adventurous road trips, stunning remote locations, classic characters and of course, the surfing will be awesome!! 3 Epic Surf Islands in 8 fully guided days! Bali Red Island In Java & Lembongan!

You’ll experience amazing surf breaks, super fun nightlife, adventurous road trips, stunning remote locations, classic characters and of course the surfing will be awesome!! Not only that you have swimming Cliff jumping great food and beach parties to look forward to! Surf in Bali, Nusa Lembongan and Java with friendly local surf instructor/guides.

Bali Surf  Xplorer

Good times and good waves with our legendary surf instructor’s.

One of the greatest surf destinations in the world, Indonesia is amazing. You will absolutely love these paradise islands, as you learn to surf or improve your existing surf skills with some of our legendary surf instructor’s.  We will actively go out and hunt the best waves, and head to the outer islands to find the best surf conditions on an incredible a day surf adventure.

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Bali Surf Xplorer

Bali/Java/Lembongan

DAY 01
All pick-ups done by 7-7:30am (from Kuta/Legian/Seminyak area) and meet at the Hub by 8am. You will get to have your 1st surf lesson and intro to surfing in Indonesia with the surf team. After lunch, start our journey to the Island of Java then transfer to Red Island. We spend the next 4 nights in the surf Camp at Red Island which is surrounded by jungle right by the beautiful remote beach. Included meals: L/D

DAY 02
We’re up early for breakfast, surfing, more eating, chilling and checking out this beautiful, secret surf location. Enjoy a beverage while watching the amazing sunset and have a fun night with the Red Island crew. Included meals: B/L/D

DAY 03
Surf, eat, explore, surf, chillax, eat, laugh, sleep. Included meals: B/L/D

DAY 04
Optional G-Land day trip, local village tour and paradise beach or just hang local at Red Island and surf morning, noon and arvo on the playful fun waves of this area. Included meals: B/L/D

DAY 05
Early breakfast and surf then transfer back to Bali. We arrive back in Canggu around sunset for dinner and drinks. Included meals: B/L/D. *Transport can vary between a flight, boat or mini van depending on availability and conditions.

DAY 06
Up for breakfast and enjoy a surf lesson in or around Canggu. After lunch head by fast boat over to one of the most pristine surf and dive islands in the world, Nusa Lembongan. Check in, relax and enjoy tropical island living. Included meals: B/L/D

DAY 07
We will be up early to explore some great surf breaks, enjoy a manta ray snorkel or snorkel safari and continue living the ultimate lifestyle. The opportunity to try stand up paddleboarding and other great water activities are available here on Nusa Lembongan. Included meals: B/L/D

DAY 08
Spend most of day on enjoying everything Nusa Lembongan has to offer. Surf, eat, swim, explore, eat, chillax and then a fast boat back to Bali. We arrive back in Bali around sunset for drinks, new friends, lifetime memories and ready to celebrate an awesome Xtreme Gap adventure Included meals: B or L (depending on surf times)/D

 

This package gets back to our camp in Canggu around 6pm on the last day.

Ideally, we recommend that customers with connecting flights book for the following day in case there are any delays out of our control, however if you must fly on the final day of trip, then the earliest flight that she should get should be around 11pm, as this will give time for any traffic  delays and arrival at airport a few hours before check in.

 

 

Duration Option Price  
8 (Days)No airport pick upGBP 569Book Now
8 (Days)Incl. airport pick up + extra nightGBP 639Book Now
Book 16 or more weeks up front to secure these deals.
Duration Option Price
8 (Days)No airport pick upGBP 569 GBP 558 (Early Bird)
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8 (Days)Incl. airport pick up + extra nightGBP 639 GBP 626 (Early Bird)
Enquire here

Book today with a deposit and travel after 27 - Jul - 2020 to lock in the early bird price. "Hurry only limited early bird spots available !"

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

Included

  • Pre departure information
  • Accommodation as per selection
  • Surf lessons and guiding
  • Transport to the different surf locations: Bali, Nusa Lembongan and Java
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Transport to the surf spots
  • Daily big breakfast
  • All surf equipment for rent

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Sun cream (you will need it!)
  • Private sessions 38 euro per session including equipment
  • Airport pickup
  • Airport  drop-off

 

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Aussie Surf Trip

Do you want to live the Aussie Dream? Beaches, waves and great new mates, this is what it is all about dude. Beach parties, incredible breaks and learning to surf on some of Australias most untouched beaches. We will take you from Sydney to Byron Bay on an unforgettable 5 day surfari, all you have to do is look good on a board and enjoy Aussie BBQs and hospitality.

Do you want to live the Aussie Dream? Beaches, waves and great new mates, this is what it is all about dude. Beach parties, incredible breaks and learning to surf on some of Australia’s most untouched beaches. We will take you from Sydney to Byron Bay on an unforgettable 5-day surfari, all you have to do is look good on a board and enjoy Aussie BBQs and hospitality.

Aussie Surf Trip

Surfing is the ultimate Australia lifestyle. Beaches, waves, parties and BBQ ´s. This is your chance to sample it with the best of them. Cool surf instructors will teach you how to surf and catch the perfect wave (or you can improve if you know what you are doing), in one of the most stunning and fun surf spots in Australia. Travel does not get much better than this. With different route options from Sydney to Byron Bay, Sydney to Sydney or Brisbane to Sydney you do quite some distance and see a lot of the east coast too!

Aussie Surf Trip  Highlights Include:

This is one of the most popular activities for backpackers in Australia for good reason:

  • Get picked up from Sydney. Head up the coast on a train. Alternatively, start in Brisbane.
  • Surfing with new mates and learning this fun sport
  • You get to socialise and meet lots of people quickly as you are hanging out learning how to surf by day and partying together at night
  • You visit and stay at one of the most fantastic beaches off the beaten track
  • Surfing gets you super fit!

 

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Full Trip Details

The Surf Trip departs from Sydney or Brisbane on any Monday, during Australian Summer there are also departures on a Wednesday.

For the standard five-day trip you can start from:

  • Sydney and finish in Byron Bay or Brisbane (Byron is a hip and popular surf town close to Brisbane). Most Popular!
  • Start in Brisbane and finish in Sydney
  • Start in Sydney and finish in Sydney (also known as the boomerang)

Itinerary based on Sydney to Byron Bay

Day 1

At 6:15 you will be picked up opposite the Wake Up hostel in Down Town Sydney. We can book you in the hostel one or more days before so you can enjoy Sydney (check the wake-up package). . You head up the coast on a train with the guide. It’s a long 9-hour journey but super fun once you arrive.

Day 2

Early rise and get ready for a 2-hour surf lesson after a good breakfast. The beach is just a short stroll across the sand and after lunch and an hour or so to chill we will take you back in the water. You will probably catch your first wave standing up today if you did not already yesterday! In the evening, it is time for an Ozzie barbeque and the group hangs out together. By now everyone knows one another and you will have settled in nicely.

Day 3, 4

Morning and afternoon surfing lessons. This is where you find yourself improving, and if your luck is in the surf condition may pick up some bigger waves to test you! Be warned, though, you may start to find your muscles aching at this point, but hey, the first rule of surfing is to look cool, so no pain NO GAIN!

Day 5

After breakfast, we take you to Byron Bay! You can check into one of the hostels, we can recommend you one, and in the evening, we meet up with the whole group to party and say goodbye. Expect a night out at the infamous Cheeky monkeys. Drinking games and partying to end an epic five-day adventure, before going to bed to face a new day of travel in the morning.

PLEASE NOTE:  Sydney return trips (‘Boomerang’) you stay at our surf camp only, with all lessons, accommodation and meals at the Surf Camp. No trip to Byron Bay is included with this option.

Meet people!

If you are nervous about going it alone in Australia and want to know which is the best way to have fun and meet people, then this is the trip for you. Most of the people on the trip are solo travellers, but by the end of the trip everyone knows every one! You party together, surf together, eat and sleep (in dorms ;)) together. You will make great mates for life guaranteed.

The surf crew at the camps go along way to easy you into it as well, in fact they are a really good laugh and groups can ´t help but have a good time with the team. Check out the Crescent head video on the video section to meet some of the crew.

Incredible beach front camp

Tents, no thanks. Imagine spectacular beaches and comfy chilled accommodation where you can relax in between surfing. See accommodation section for details.

You would be nuts not to…

This trip was voted as the best backpacker trip for good reason, if you are coming to Australia, and not intending to surf, you are missing out. Big time! This is the nation that made surfing famous! With the days of fun, top instruction and incredible settings it will be one of your Australian highlights.

Accommodation

Spot X Surf Camp

Your accommodation on the surf trip will be in the legendary spot X surf camp.  In Summary:

Right on the beach with the prime spot in a popular surfers hang out. A great place to hook up with lots of travellers all trying out some surfing. For the extra brave you can also do a sky dive from this location. You stay in dorms up to 12 share, a great way to meet people!

This is just North of Coffs Harbour, and located on a huge sandy beach, set right at the door of the camp. There is a great vibe at the camp as quite a few surf trips stop here. The area is not exclusive to us, but we do occupy the best spot, with a cool club house, bar, chill out zone and all the surf equipment you could need located right on the beach. There is an internet cafe to show your mates of Facebook the awesome (or serious wipe outs) of the day and the support team are on hand to not only get you out in to the waves, but keep you entertained with some serious partying!

Home comforts and great food

Battling the monster waves leaves you pretty exhausted after a 2 hour session, so waiting for you back at camp is some home comforts, chill out areas and unbelievable food. When the party dies down at night, you can rest your now aching muscles in comfortable dorms ready to wake up to an awesome breakfast and another day of hitting the surf under the watchful eye of top surf pros.

Where to start

Most travellers start this programme in Sydney and we also offer a combination pack with a few nights in a hostel with many many extra’s in Sydney. We call this programme Awesome Oz. At the end of the trip you get dropped of in Byron Bay or Brisbane and you can decide to travel further up the coast.

You can also start in Brisbane (Or Byron Bay) and end in Sydney. If you do not intend on travelling up the coast (or not yet anyway) you can also do the boomerang trip, this heads from Sydney and arrives back in Sydney.

If you are looking to travel up the east coast and do all adrenaline activities like surfing, skydiving, off roading on Fraser island and diving, check out our Ultimate Australia programme!

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Not at all. Most don ´t in fact, but that is what it is all about, sampling the ultimate Aussie lifestyle of surfing, parties, beaches and great food.
The groups sizes vary but can be up to 50 people! Wow! But the lessons are not as big you will have a low instructor to student ratio, so we can keep an eye on you and make sure you are improving your surf skills!

No, although this is a big part of it, it is also about the surfing lifestyle of beach parties, good times and one exciting road trip up the coast. In fact, this is a great way to meet people and escape the stress of the cities, do some easy travel and see some of the amazing coastlines. One thing is for sure, whether you catch an amazing wave or fall flat on your face, you will have a great time.

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.

Yes. You can link up with the Oz experience, greyhound or be dropped of in Byron bay or Brisbane afterwards. Most people end in Byron Bay through because it is an awesome town and a East Coast hot spot. If you are planning on travelling up the east coast then this is perfect for you. The price covers your transport costs from Sydney to Byron (or Brisbane), Accommodation, activities and food. The distances covered are pretty big, so it will take a load off your transport budget.

Yup you probably do! Arrange an impartial, no obligation Skype conversation, or drop us an email and we can answer all your questions. Also, don ´t forget to sign up to trip notes as well! We also have reviews and behind the scenes action on our blog too.
Duration Option Price  
6 (Days)SYDNEY - SPOT X - BYRON /BRISBANEGBP 449Book Now
8 (Days)SYDNEY - SPOT X - BYRON BAY - BRISBANEGBP 603Book Now

Included

  • Pre departure information pack
  • All transport by train
  • All Accommodation at our surf camp in shared accommodation
  • New surf equipment with a range of long and short boards, wetsuits and sun cream (you will need it!)
  • All instruction (with professionally qualified surf instructors)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the surf camps (except lunch on the road on the travel days but we do stop for supplies.)

 

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Lunch on travel days

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