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Portugal Surf Camp

Ever dreamed of learning how to surf in one of the most spectacular locations on the planet? Well now you can do just that!

Prices from US$595

Ever dreamed of learning how to surf in one of the most spectacular locations on the planet? Well now you can do just that! Spacious and serene, this surf camp along Portugal’s Atlantic Coast will become your home away from home. Surf all day in breathtaking settings, with structured lessons both practical and theoretical.  You’ll learn more than just the basics. You’ll learn what it means to become a surfer. From ocean awareness, swell forecasting, wind patterns & tides, to surfboard design, surf etiquette and of course – riding gnarly waves. From the novice to the experienced surfer, this camp is for you! 

Who’s to say it should end there? Start an afternoon game of beach volleyball, enjoy some relaxing yoga, or head to the local surf board factory for a fascinating guided tour. Go to bed early or stay up to enjoy a night out at our very own beachside bar. You could even head to the beach on a full moon for a roaring camp fire. The options are endless; it’s all about the easy going surf experience.

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Friendly, fun & experienced surfing instructors
  • Enjoy the authentic surfing lifestyle
  • Discover the wonders Portugal has to offer
  • Make lifelong friends and unforgettable memories
  • This is a Frontier Connect project!

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 17 years

FAST FACTS

Location Peniche, Portugal
Activities

5 days of surfing lessons
Enjoy beach lifestyle
Surfing theory and technique
Explore the Portuguese coastline
Guided tour of surf board factory

Transport

Pick-up from Peniche bus terminal
Transport to the centre

Accommodation  Shared hostel

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

Accommodation
Transport from Peniche bus terminal
Ground transfers to surf camp
Video monitoring
Surf equipment
4 hours of surf classes each day - Monday to Friday
Free internet access
Surfboard and wetsuit discounts available
Surf camp orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Set your own pace on this amazing surf camp. Whether you’re a complete novice, or already king of the waves, our experienced surf instructors will be on hand to guide you and improve your technique. As the days go by, you will be able to gain the skills to go surfing independently. You will spend full days on the beach and in the water, focusing on the theory and practice of surfing, each day gaining more ocean knowledge, developing your board skills and your understanding of the ocean. Our classes won’t have more than 8 students to every 2 person instructor team, so you will make fantastic progress with a friendly and personalised service.

The surf camp has unique access to our exclusively licensed surf beach, meaning you will learn in clean, safe, lifeguard monitored conditions, and without all the crowding of other surf camps and surfing schools to disturb you. The great advantage of our beach base is that you’ve got all the surfing equipment you need at your disposal. You will have surf classes twice a day, each approximately 2 hours long. Every morning we check weather conditions and surf the best break to suit those conditions. This means your progression will develop faster and you’ll be able to enjoy surfing independently even quicker and feel at one with the waves!

After class is out, you’ll still have lots of free time. You’ll be the one to decide when you want to go surfing or when you just feel like relaxing and watching the waves roll by out in front of our bar.

We try to provide lots of different activities for you to do, to make a dynamic and creative week during your stay.  Plus you’ll get to meet people from all over Europe.  On Fridays we have our already-famous beach barbecue, where everyone at the camp gets together at our bar.  It’s also a chance for you to watch the week’s video footage and check out the week’s photos, which we pass around at the end of the barbecue.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will need to make your own way to Peniche Bus terminal on the Saturday. Once you know your arrival time into the bus terminal you can request a transfer to the surf camp or take a taxi. Once you have had time to rest the surf camp staff will give you a local orientation to help you acclimatise, you may possibly be out in the water surfing for the rest of the afternoon. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

This surf camp is all about taking it easy and living the beach lifestyle. The house you will be staying in is very close to our surf camp. It’s an easy walk to our beach, where you’ll find your wetsuit, surfboard, and your surfing instructor ready and waiting to begin the day’s surf!

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Food is not included as part of this project, which means that you’ll have the freedom to decide where and what to eat! You and your fellow surfers will be able to try out the diverse selection of delicious Portuguese dishes on offer. It’ll also be a great time to bond with new friends, recalling your awesome travel experiences to date! There will be several restaurants in the local area to eat in, or occasionally the opportunity to shop in local supermarkets and cook for yourself at the hostel.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Before or after your project why not stay in country a little longer and explore a range of adventure, environmental, and cultural activities such as Lisbon’s famous aquarium, the ancient historical architecture of Belem tower, the Palace of Marquise, or even tour the local towns on some vintage Portuguese trams. 

If you fancy something more adventurous then there are plenty of adventure activities to get involved in, such as mountain biking, horse riding, rock climbing, and para-gliding. Aside from surfing, other water sports opportunities in Portugal include windsurfing, body boarding, scuba diving and more. Venture into nearby towns with your new friends for a taste of the raucous Portuguese nightlife, the bars and clubs are sure to be jam packed! You can arrange in-country activities like those listed above with help from the project staff. As you can see, there are plenty of exciting opportunities and activities on offer throughout Portugal, so you’ll definitely never have a dull moment.

COSTS

31 Oct 16 - 25 Mar 17 US$495

26 Mar 17 - 8 Jul 17 US$595

9 July 17 - 16 Sept 17 US$845

17 Sept 17 - 29 Oct 17 US$595

30 Oct 17 - 26 Mar 18 US$495

Booking fee US$145

Please apply at least two months in advance.

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly.You will need to make your own way to Peniche Bus terminal on the Saturday. Once you know your arrival time into the bus terminal you can request a transfer to the surf camp.

DURATION

You can join this project for a minimum of 7 days.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on equipment & visas
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Transport from Peniche bus terminal
  • Ground transfers to surf camp
  • Video monitoring
  • Surf equipment hire
  • 4 hours of surf classes each day - Monday to Friday
  • Free internet access
  • Surfboard and wetsuit discounts available
  • Surf camp orientation and training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Lisbon (LIS)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

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