If there's one thing you can't leave Australia without doing, it's surfing for sure. Thanks to the internship at WTC I'm currently doing, I got the chance to experience Surf Camp! Knowing that I had never surfed before and that I was going on a three-day surf camp got me really excited! Monday 26th March was THE day it was all going to happen. I left for Surf Camp with 38 other people at 9 in the morning. After a 2hour drive on the bus (and a good nap) we arrived at Surf Camp near Seven Mile beach. Upon arrival we immediately met most of the surf instructors and got our rooms for the next few days. After getting our cabins, we got fitted for our wetsuits and went out to the beach for our first surf lesson! At the start of every lesson there's always a theoretical part which we put into practice once we're in the water. You might think theory doesn't sound fun but this was really useful to understand and put into practice the movements you have to make when you're in the water. As soon as we got in the water everyone seemed to get the hang of it very quickly. Almost everyone could stand up during their first lesson! And if not, then the surf instructors were very patient and helped us all get the hang of it. We didn't just learn new things the first time, but we learned some new tricks every lesson. During your first lesson it's just important to know how to stand on your board and catch the wave but once you're able to do that you learn how to slow down and speed up the board etc. Seven Mile Beach itself was so stunning. As the name suggests, the beach is 7 miles long. It was very remarkable that the beach was so quiet. We pretty much had the beach to ourselves in comparison to beaches like Bondi and Coogee. You really get the holiday feeling when you're at 7 mile beach! Speaking of beaches, one of the main things people do on Surf Camp (besides surfing of course) is going to the beach in the evening. That is a-ma-zing! You can see all the stars in the sky and there`s plenty of them. We all just brought a drink, some good music and enjoyed watching the stars. Couldn't get any better, right? The vibe at the camp was great as well. Everyone seemed to get along with each other and it was all about relaxing, having fun, enjoying each other's company and the obvious one: learning how to surf! After dinner we all have drinks together and play beer pong with the instructors. Living so closely together with other people really makes you feel like a big family![/vc_column_text]


Long story short: Surf Camp is awesome! Like I said in the beginning, you can’t leave this country without surfing and Surf Camp is the best opportunity to do that. You meet lots of people and do great things. Even if it turns out surfing is not your cup of tea, I would still go there for the good food, accommodation and people because this vibe is amazing!

Here are 5 things you should bring on Surf Camp:

Flip flops – you’ll be going to the beach twice a day and you’ll probably be too lazy to put a decent pair of shoes on so you’re  basically going to be living in these flip flops!

Sunscreen– Even though there’s free sunscreen available at camp, it’s always a good idea to bring your own bottle since you’ll be spending the whole day at the beach. You don’t want to come back as a lobster do you?

Swimsuit– You’ll be wearing a wetsuit during your surf lessons but you still need a bikini (girls) or shorts (boys) for underneath or for when you want to go for a swim after your lessons.

Jumper– Although Australia is quite warm all the time, it does cool down in the evenings. Seven Mile beach is 2 hours down South from Sydney which means it’s a bit colder than the city. A jumper for the evenings and especially for at the beach is definitely recommended!

And last but not least…

Loads of enthusiasm! – Bring your good mood because surfing is fun and you’ll be meeting really nice people. Just enjoy and prepare to have the time of your life!