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...

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...

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

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...

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...


Explore Central Europe

from £1274

Home to some of the world’s most celebrated cultural touchstones, Central Europe was built for exploration. This nine-day adventure crosses...

San Francisco Short Break

from £257

San Fran in your sights? Wanna bail to the Bay Area? This trip is perf! Home of the epic Golden...

Cycle Southern Thailand

from £658

The road is laid out before you on this cycling adventure through Southern Thailand. Beginning in Bangkok with an overnight...

European Pioneer

from £3159

Channel your inner pioneer and join us on a European getaway that lets you experience the best of 17 countries...

Best of Java

from £764

With a population of 135 million crammed into just under 140,000 sq kilometres, you’d think there’d be no room on...

Best of Thailand – West Coast Islands

from £1579

This 20-day whirlwind experience of Thailand brings together all the cultural beauty of the north with the stunning nature of...

Galápagos Multisport with Quito

from £1949

This adventure is perfect for those who want to experience the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Galápagos Islands but...

In Search of Iguassu–Buenos Aires to Rio

from £1279

Get your South American rush with other young travellers not afraid to embrace the new. You'll kick off the adventure...

Best of Chile & Argentina

from £1413

Celebrate the energy and enthusiasm of Chile and Argentina on this journey from Santiago to Buenos Aires. Soak up the...

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,...

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