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What is the Gap Year Odyssey program?

Expand your career development through hands-on experience in a range of different fields, all in one practical program. The Gap Year Odyssey is our flagship program and runs for 11 months. The program incorporates the foundation training from the MasterClass adding a wealth of additional information and practical experience. Get Fit. Get Sweaty. Be Challenged. Work hard. Play harder. This wilderness year will be like no other. Leave the academy with certifications, networking contacts, and a better idea as to what you want to do in life. Exclusively to the Gap Year Odyssey program, you will receive R10 000 seed capital after completion of the course to help you kickstart your career. 


During term breaks, you will have the option to earn money working as a counselor at Sugar Bay. You are also free to use these off times to travel and explore the beautiful and culturally rich South Africa. 

The shorter MasterClass can be extended into the Gap Year Odyssey program for an in-depth and enriching global gap year. 

​Our programs are open to over 17-year-olds; high school graduates, gap year students, university students, and graduates, or anyone taking a breather between careers. Men and women. No prior experience necessary. No fitness level necessary. 



Training, Examination, and International Certification:


  • EFR First Aid Qualification

  • Surf Lifesaving Qualification

  • SAMSA Skipper Qualification

  • PADI Scuba Qualification* (Theory, the rest covered on excursion)


Excursions To:

  • Sodwana Bay* - Scuba Diving, Surfing, Yoga, and Fishing

  • Big Five Game Reserve* - Hiking, Tracking, Guided Game Drives, and Endangered Species Interactions

  • Wild Coast* - Hiking, Fishing, Surfing, and Diving

  • Tugela Valley* - Agricultural Work, Fireside Chats with Traditional Healers, Community Service, Foraging, and Camping at Natural Hot Springs

  • Plus - Many More Day Trips and Overnight Stays at a Variety of Local Venues in South Africa

Additional Training and In-House Certifications:

  • Advanced Medical Emergency Services* - Including  Emergency Child Birth

  • Deck-hand and Boating - Preparation for Working on Yachts – Boat Launching, Handling & Loading, Towing a Skier, Engine Troubleshooting, and Practical Skipper Hours

  • Sports Science* - Theory of Sports, Dry Needling, Massage, and Anatomy

  • Teaching - Teaching Practicals on Lesson Planning, Voice Projection, Timing, Communication, and Lesson Content

  • Child Psychology - Including Discipline, Motivation, Recognizing and Dealing With Common Behavioural Problems and Symptoms such as ADD and ADHD

  • Ropes and Abseiling Supervisor Training

  • Swim Instructor Training

* These topics are additional to everything covered in the Master Class program

Course Outline: 

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