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


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...

14 Day Surf Camp

from £999

14 days

New Zealand

Join us for an action packed 14 days of surf immersion! Live on the beach and enjoy the surf lifestyle...

4, 8 and 12 Week Surf Development Courses

from £1900

27 - 84 days

Australia, New Zealand

Live out your dreams and discover a new way of life by joining one of our Surf Development Courses.  Enjoy...

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...

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...


Chiang Mai & Golden Triangle

from £500

Experience the serenity of northern Thailand while exploring the notorious Golden Triangle region. Beginning and ending in the charismatic city...

Tashkent to Tehran Overland

from £3541

Exploratory Trip Warning - this is a new trip for us! Please note that all or part of this trip...

Eastern Link

from £1784

Join us as we travel from Ancient Greece, where the Olympics were first held, to modern-day London, host to one...

Rock N Top

from £1979

Nothing can quite prepare you for the sight of Uluru. But when you’ve caught your breath, switch red rocks and...

La Selva Lodge – 5 Day Independent Adventure

from £1319

Head deep into the Amazon Basin to La Selva Lodge on tranquil Garzacocha Lake, itself connected to the massive Amazon...

Road to Prague

from £1736

Step into cities filled with glittering streets and a story to tell. From Rome to Prague, this whirlwind adventure covers...

Honolulu Lei-Over

from £410

Welcome to Hawaii – home to picture-perfect beaches, swaying palms and a million hilarious puns. Get lei’d (see what we...

China’s Silk Road

from £2120

Discover the treasures of the Silk Road on this 15-day adventure through China, retracing part of the ancient trade route...

Kilimanjaro – Marangu Route

from £1885

This classic Tanzania trek is the most popular route to Mt Kilimanjaro and the only one serviced by mountain huts...

Lima to Rio Adventure

from £3869

If you have the time and can’t decide between Peru and Brazil, then see them both – and pretty much...

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