Water Sports on Your Gap Year

Kayaking, surfing, rafting and more

Before you leave home the only water sport you’re likely to have played is avoiding the suspiciously warm patches near children in your local swimming baths. Trust us, water sports on your gap year get a lot more exciting (though arguably never as high stakes).

Some of the most popular adventure water sports for gap year travellers are surfing, kayaking, jet skiing, and windsurfing. Most of these take place on the beach, meaning they can often be enjoyed casually, jaunts into the waves punctuated by longer spells sipping cocktails in a deckchair. If you’re looking to take water sports a little more seriously, we recommend heading to Australia‘s famous coast for surfing lessons from the pros, or heading to inland Thailand or Central America for kayaking lessons that will have you throwing yourself down white water rapids in no time.

However seriously you want to take them, whether you’re black water rafting in New Zealand or surfing in Morocco, water sports are some of the most exciting activities you can pursue when you travel. You’ll never want to visit your local pool back home again.

Have a look through our top water sports activities


7 Day Surf Camp

from £490

7 days


Immerse yourself into the surf and beach lifestyle with us over an intensive 7 Day Surf Camp. 2 x 2...

Surf camp in Australia

from £250

2 - 84 days


Begin surfing or improve your existing skills with expert instructors in a small and friendly community south of Sydney. Excellent...

Watersport’s Instructor Training Greece

from £290

14 - 84 days


Windsurfing, Dinghy Sailing and Scuba Diving Instructor training courses

San Sebastian Surf Camp

from £60

1 days

France, Spain

Our little slice of paradise, our flagship destination. It's a perfect blend of beautiful landscape (mountains and beaches baby), the...


Guatemala & Beyond

from £590

From beautiful black-sand beaches to tropical forests alive with jungle melodies, this pocket of Central America is something of a...

Enjoy all the sights, sounds and smells a tour of Turkey offers

from £889

Fascinating culture paired with stunning scenery make a tour of Turkey a truly unforgettable experience. Starting amidst the historical grandeur...

Northern Philippines & Islands on a Shoestring

from £1599

This 17-day trip brings together the very best of Filipino culture and hospitality with its simply perfect island beaches. Begin...

Kenya & Uganda Gorilla Adventure

from £1699

Meet mountain gorillas and other amazing wildlife on this 12-day overland adventure. Spot chimpanzees in Kalinzu Forest and join experienced...

Local Living Croatia – Southern Dalmatia

from £1104

For Old World charm and medieval splendour, it’s hard to beat Croatia. Now imagine living there like the locals do...

Thailand Family Holiday with teenagers

from £1695

Explore the busy streets of Bangkok and Chiang Mai on this energetic family adventure in Thailand. Zipline through treetops, cycle...

Central America Discovery

from £3089

Discover the heart of Mexico's Aztec, Zapotec, Mayan and Spanish cultures on this journey spanning ruins, pueblos and beaches. Arrive...

Discover Southeast Asia

from £2499

Encounter the colorful cultures of Indochina on an 18-day journey to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Cruise Ha Long Bay,...

Outback and Kangaroo Island Adventure (Basix)

from £855

Capture the sprit of the Australia and witness its diversity on this adventure from the heart of the Outback to...

Argentina Multisport

from £2849

Combining two super-fun itineraries, this 15-day adventure was made for the modern-day explorer looking to roam this region at a...

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