A WORLD OF ADRENALINE TRAVEL
Xtreme Gap The Extreme Sport & Adventure Travel Gap Year Company We are the adrenaline travel experts, offering extreme sports and adventure travel experiences in some of the world’s coolest destinations. As well as having some of the best value gap years in the industry, Xtreme Gap puts the emphasis on excitement and self development. We enable you to find out what you are really capable of by challenging your comfort zone. Xtreme Gap makes your travel dreams happen with a shot of adrenaline! Welcome to the world of adrenaline travel…
USA Road Trips Learn Parkour / Free running CENTRAL AMERICA Divemaster in Raotan PROGRAMMES SOUTH AMERICA Capoeira in Brazil Jiu Jitsu in Brazil Andes Climbing Adventure Trekking in Peru
Africa Overland Truck Tours 2010 World Cup South Africa Tour Climb Mount Kilimanjaro Kunene River Expeditions Baz Bus, South Africa Adrenaline Tour Great White Shark Conservation Project Great white shark Diving Tiger Shark Expedition Microlight in South Africa Canoeing Orange River Doring Whitewater Rafting, Namibia Field Guild Course South Africa Big Cat Wildlife Conservation Namibia
PROGRAMMES EUROPE Accelerated Free Fall Course Seville Kitesurfing Camp Tarifa Snow Sport School Internship Sierra Nevada
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SOUTH EAST ASIA
SOUTH AMERICA BRAZIL EQUADOR PERU CENTRAL AMERICA HONDURAS
Xtreme Gap seeks out some of the most exciting adventure sports and extreme adventure activities on the planet, then develops programs that are guaranteed to offer adrenaline fuelled, blood pumping excitement. Cool extreme sports, hot exciting destinations, culture and value for money. Pure and simple.
Xtreme Thailand Experience Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Training Thailand Fitness boot camp Muay Thai Kick boxing Camp Yoga Thailand Rock climbing Koh Tao, Thailand Freediving course, Thailand Learn To Dive Divemaster Course Thailand Underwater Videographer Course Thailand Technical Dive Course, wreck hunter Dive Instructor Thailand Thresher Shark Master Scuba Diver Thresher Shark Divemaster Dive instructor Filipino stick fighting Ultimate Kitesurfing Trip Vietnam Learn To Surf in Bali
Nepal Whitewater rafting Sun Kosi river Everest Base Camp Trek Roof Of The World Tour Mountaineering School Nepal Kung Fu China
AUSTRALASIA Australian Beach lifeguard Surf Instructor Australia Surfâ€˜s Up: Learn to Surf in Oz Australia Work and Play Packages Australia Arrival Packages Skydiving in Australia Australia Divemaster Course Australia Adventure Travel Tours This Brochure is interactive. Hyperlinks take you to relevant online pages where you will find more detailed info. T:+44(0)203 286 7065
SPECIAL INTEREST GAP YEARS Xtreme Gap year programmes are open to all age groups and nationalities, but not every one is suitable. You need the X factor, a love of adrenaline travel and serious excitement. Whatever trip you are after we can help you, but to get you started here are a couple of trips for inspiration:
MARTIAL ARTS GAP YEARS
DIVING GAP YEARS
A great way to develop your martial arts skills, fitness and knowledge on your gap year. We have developed some seriously cool martial arts training programmes with some of the worlds top masters in the founding countries of the styles. Suitable to all skill levels, our incredible martial arts training packages will enable your to come home back fitter, stronger having had an amazing time abroad.
Diving is an area of considerable expertise at Xtreme Gap. We are a gap year diving company run by professional divers with over 400 dives. In fact we love gap year diving courses so much that we have sourced some of the most exciting dive locations and diving programmes in the world and here we present them to you.
Kung Fu in China Muay Thai Thailand Mixed Martial Arts, Thailand
Learn to Dive: Dive Courses Thailand
Brasilian Jiu-Jitsu, Brazil
Divemaster Qualifications in Australia, Thailand, Honduras and the Philippines
Arnis, Kali, Escrima, Philippines
Technical Dive Training (Wreck Hunter)
Boxing in Brazil
Capoeira in Brazil
Scuba Instructor Course Underwater Videography
XTREME GAP TRAVEL STYLES FOR ALL FUN EXCITING GREAT VALUE SHARK CONSERVATION
LEARN TO EARN WITH OUR
We love sharks, they always bring a spine tingling sensation when you encounter them under water, but they get a bad reputation. Help conserve them and learn about them with our comprehensive shark diving programmes
GAP YEAR QUALIFICATIONS
Great White Shark Conservation Project Tiger Shark Diving in South Africa Learn to dive with Sharks & shark specialty courses in South Africa Thresher Shark specialty in the Philippines Great White Shark Cage Diving
Our range of working holiday visa packages in Australia, paid internships and programmes gaining you qualifications to work or change your career, set abroad in an exciting environments can genuinely change your life. some of our most popular programmes include the following: Surf Instructor Course Australia, Beach Lifeguard Programme Australia, Divemaster programmes, Scuba Instructor, Videographer paid internship, Field Guide Programme
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION Done the Xtreme way, up close and personal with big predators that need your help. Field Guide Course South Africa Namibia Big Cat Conservation
THEN OF COURSE WE ARE EXPERTS IN:
EXTREME SPORTS & ADVENTURE TRAVEL WHAT WE ARE ABOUT... At Xtreme Gap we believe in the following fundamental beliefs: Gap years should be fun, they should develop you personally and they should be good value. An Xtreme Gap will challenge your comfort zone and enable you to truly achieve your personal best.
AUSTRALIA Australia provides you with some of the most exciting attractions on the planet! Some highlights are the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru (Ayers Rock), the Sydney Opera House, rainforests, the outback, unique wildlife, mountains and adventure sports. Australia is a perfect destination for any adrenaline travel junkie.
SEE IT ALL! One suggested road trip is to fly into Perth, head north to Darwin, down to Alice Springs and then on to Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney (but don't spend any time in Sydney yet), Brisbane, Cairns and finally return to Sydney and go wild! This can be done by backpacker bus or hiring a car (such as spaceships available through www.xtreme-gap.com), and gives all the flexibility you need. The West coast has the dolphins at Monkey Mia and the Ningaloo Reef. The Northern Territory is the most beautiful part of Australia, so camp in Crocodile Dundee country and see the Aboriginal rock art in Kakadu National Park. From Alice Springs visit Uluru and Kings Canyon. Coober Pedy is a superb, remote opal mining town and a visit to the Neighbours set in Melbourne is a must. A trip to the rainforest, camping with the dingoes on Fraser Island, sailing the Whitsunday Islands and bungee jumping, rafting and diving the Barrier Reef will make the East coast unforgettable.
ARRIVING Most fly into Sydney which is a really cool city, but finding your feet can be tricky, it is really daunting to turn up in a foreign city without knowing where you are going. So to make your life (and arrival) easier we have several arrival packages in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Cairns. Typically these include a 2 to 4 night package at a cool backpackers in the heart of Sydney and some free optional tours, airport transfer, breakfast, accommodation, a Harbour cruise, and 1 year youth hostel membership â€“ very useful when back packing.
WORK & TRAVEL PACKAGES Many people take an Australia gap year to undertake work and travel with a working holiday visa. If you want to take the stress out of arranging a working holiday visa we can assist you with it, just ask us about our work travel packages. Setting this up before you go away can save you a lot in tax (emergency tax is set a 48%) cover your for medicare assistance and make your integration that much smoother.
MOST POPULAR PROGRAMMES
SURF CAMP & SURFARI AUSTRALIA DIVEMASTER PROGRAMME SYDNEY TO DARWIN: OUTBACK & GREAT OCEAN RD 12 DAY: BRISBANE, BYRON BAY, OR GOLD COAST TO CAIRNS 14 DAY EAST COAST: SYDNEY TO CAIRNS ROAD TRIP BEACH LIFEGUARD PROGRAM SURF INSTRUCTOR COURSE SURFS UP! LEARN TO SURF
14 DAY EAST COAST: CAIRNS TO SYDNEY ROAD TRIP, AUSTRALIA JUMP DOWN UNDER SKYDIVING AUSTRALIA
2 DAY RED CENTRE CAMPING ADVENTURE JOURNEY THROUGH THE OUTBACK 4WD OUTBACK BUSH CAMPING ADVENTURE CROSS AUSTRALIA NORTH TO SOUTH: ADELAIDE TO DARWIN SAFARI DARWIN TO MELBOURNE OUTBACK ADVENTURE DARWIN TO SYDNEY: OUTBACK & GREAT OCEAN RD
DARWIN TO PERTH OVERLAND ADVENTURE: NORTH TO WEST, AUSTRALIA 4WD DARWIN TO BROOME ACTIVE ADVENTURE, AUSTRALIA
GETTING AROUND Australia is a huge country, (actually it is also a continent!) so getting around does need planning. We have lots of Exciting Adventure Tour options in Australia or if you like to go solo we can get you great deals on Oz Experience Passes. Believe it or not is is CHEAPER to buy your Oz experience passes through us than directly through their own website! We also Guarantee to be cheaper than any other agent AND we provide extras thrown in with your passes including great discounts of Australia tours and attractions.
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THAILAND Thailand has everything you could want: Stunning natural beauty, impressive architecture, intricately woven culture and amazing cuisine. South East Asia’s most accessible country never fails to impress and leave a lasting impression. Discovering the neon delights of Bangkok, you become a master at dodging crazy traffic, exploring the jungles in search of gibbons, yet still only hours away from some of the worlds best beaches. Thailand has much in store for the Xtreme Gapper, from adventure travel options to extreme sports, here our is what’s on offer it the land of the smiles… THE XTREME THAILAND EXPERIENCE
SPIRTUAL YOGA RETREAT
The best of Thailand on a 25 day adventure tour. Stroke tigers, work with elephants, relax on amazing beaches, dance till you drop at the full moon party, learn to dive or try your hand at Muay Thai, Yoga, freediving or rock climbing.
Set amidst the cool shade of palm trees on a paradise island, you can improve your strength and wellbeing on our Yoga course. The Xtreme spiritual Gap Year. 6 days a week Yoga, massages, Thai food, white sandy beaches...
MUAY THAI KICKBOXING CAMP The Ultimate Muay Thai fitness in paradise… Learn Muay Thai at our Muay Thai training camp on a paradise isle in Thailand. We have developed a program that will train your Muay Thai skills and turn you into a tanned, fit and sexy Muay Thai bad ass. But do you have the guts to step in the ring?
ULTIMATE FIGERTER MMA TRAINING CAMP MMA Training in Thailand. The ultimate combination of mixed martial arts. Boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jujitsu submission wrestling. After this experience you will become the ultimate fighter!
FITNESS BOOT CAMP If you are going to be spending time on the beach, you might as well look GOOD! We will whip you into shape in one or two weeks! 6 hours training a day and an extra 1.5 hours a day personal training, food plans, yoga sessions and rock hard abs. Feel the burn..
BEGINNER ROCK CLIMBING COURSE Tackle the granite boulders and cliffs in Koh Tao and learn how to rock climb under the watchful eye of professionals. Our 4 day beginners rock climbing course, set on a paradise isle, will launch you in to an additive extreme sport for life.
GOOD TIME PACKAGE Take a 2 week holiday on a beautiful tropical island, and completely RUIN all ideas of relaxation! This is an active adventure holiday combining cliff jumping, abseiling, jungle trekking, booze cruising round the island by speed boat and mixing up some Xtreme activities resulting in a holiday you will never forget! Good Times, good friends and great fun.
WANNA LIVE HERE FOR A WHILE. HMM?? KOH TAO… Xtreme Gap‘s main base of operations is in Koh Tao in Thailand. Not only is this an incredibly beautiful tropical island, it also means you get to meet other Xtreme Gappers as well as travellers. We pull out all the stops to look after you during your stay, not only will you have 24 hour support from our exclusive Island based Rep, the moment you step of the boat. She will be waiting for you! We will also take you on your first night and give you a proper orientation over a gorgeous Thai meal. Once a month you can also come out with the other Xtreme Gappers for dinner on us, to catch up, meet the new recruits and share Xtreme stories over a bucket or two.
THE ACCOMMODATION Enjoy your down time, so we have sourced one of the most comfortable secure resorts on the Island, complete with swimming pool, bar and just a few minutes walk from the beach and your chosen activities.
Did you know Xtreme Gap can customize your Thailand programmes to your timescales and preferences? How about combining Muay Thai and Yoga over 2 weeks. It is possible! We have locally based Reps in Thailand, who are on hand to make your life easier, show you around and introduce you to Island lifestyle. Most gap year companies don’t.
THAILAND SCUBA DIVING COURSES Koh Tao diving is hard to beat and is a great place to spend time learning to scuba dive on your gap year. Whether you just want to discover Scuba diving or spend several extra weeks completing further Scuba dive qualifications up to Rescue diver level. Xtreme Gap can customise your diving experience to your desired level. Perhaps you just feel like spending your extra time on Koh Tao with free diving. With the ultimate Koh Tao dive package we have something for everyone.
PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course, Thailand The world standard beginner diving course enabling you to dive to 18 mtr PADI Advanced Open Water SCUBA Diving Course, Thailand Taking you down deeper to 30 metres, this is where it is at. PADI Rescue Diver Course, Thailand Rescue distressed divers and improve your diving skills. PADI Divemaster course, Thailand Go Pro. After completing your DM you are a professional able to work any where in the world in the diving industry. We have one of the best value Divemaster packages available. PADI SCUBA Diving Instructor Course, Thailand Teach and earn more in diving as a Scuba diving instructor Nitrox Course, DSAT TEC. Deep diver Now you are getting serious. Wreck diving, and diving on gas mixes. Underwater Video Course, Thailand Paid internship, learn to film divers and marine life underwater
WE DIVE IN OTHER COUNTRIES TOO: We have diving programmes in Thailand, Honduras, South Africa, Australia and the Philippines.
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EXTREME SPORTS: DIVEMASTER THAILAND LOCATION: KOH TAO IN THE GULF OF THAILAND COURSE DURATION: 12 WEEKS. OR ADJUSTED TO YOUR EXPERIENCE AND TIME SCALE
Becoming a professional diver is a lifestyle choice. Maybe you are looking to spend some time travelling the world before or after college/university and want to supplement your income somehow? Maybe you have had enough of working in an office and staring at a computer screen all day and are looking for a better work/life balance? Either way, a career in diving has a lot to offer. THE PROGRAMME Want to come face to face with a 2 metre shark before breakfast? The Divemaster program will give you ample opportunity! This 12 week course provides you with unlimited diving, exploring the tropical waters of the Gulf of Thailand. If you are really fortunate you will dive with the worlds largest fish the graceful Whale Shark. We will take you from Zero to Hero (open water, through Advanced and Rescue Diver level before starting your DM). Once qualified you will be able to gain paid work as a Dive Master at any accredited PADI dive resort in the world. It is not just about the diving, you will develop leadership skills necessary when leading divers in the underwater world. You will become trained in reacting to and dealing with emergencies. Helping distressed divers and learning about the physics of diving all that while you have the time of your life living in paradise…
DID YOU KNOW...
that Koh Tao certifies more divers than the rest of Asia put together?
(including Australia!) Did you also know we are one of (if not THE) best value companies to do your DM through and also the Xtreme Gap Team are Divemaster themselves?
EXTREME SPORTS: DIVE INSTRUCTOR THAILAND LOCATION: GULF OF THAILAND KOH TAO COURSE DURATION: 4 WEEKS (incl. 10 day IDC, 2,5 weeks free study time on tropical island) PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: DIVEMASTER. First dive qualifications 6 months prior
We HATE instructors. For good reason: dive instructors are always smiling. They get paid to live on tropical island ―working‖. Unfair to call it work really. They spend their days in the sun or underwater, training divers and sharing the magical underwater environments they call the office. Their colleagues are Whale sharks, Mantas and tropical fish. Their clients wear bikinis and beach shorts and wetsuits and tip them for doing such a wonderful job. The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor qualification enables these horrible people to work anywhere in the world with a diving centre—usually in idyllic resorts. They are able to constantly travel and see the world with out the specter of having to return to work or use a credit card to fund their trips. You too could be one of these horrible people, with the Xtreme Gap instructor course, we may end up hating you too. www.xtreme-gap.com
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EXTREME SPORTS: TECHNICAL DIVER, NITROX, WRECKHUNTER IN THAILAND LOCATION: KOH TAO, GULF OF THAILAND COURSE DURATION: 12 WEEKS PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: NONE
TECHNICAL DIVING This is serious diving at depth beyond recreational limits. So…do you think you‘re up to the challenge? Xtreme Gap have partnered with one of Thailand‘s leading Technical Diving organizations to instruct you how to execute technical dives safely.
THE PROGRAMME Technical SCUBA diving is diving other than conventional commercial or research diving that takes divers beyond recreational diving limits. The Wreck Hunter Program will first take you through a full PADI Divemaster Internship. During your DM Internship you will also be trained up as a PADI Specialty Divers in both Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diving and Deep Diving. Once certified as a PADI Divemaster and having accumulated the required number of dives, you will then be eligible to begin your DSAT Tec Deep Diver training. The DSAT Tec Deep Diver course lasts 10 days, culminating in a 3 day technical dive expedition aboard the shipwreck research vessel the M.V. Trident.
MV TRIDENT: TECH DIVE VESSEL
M.V. Trident was built for the German Navy and used as a Coastguard cutter in the Baltic Sea. She was sold to Thailand and used by Thai Customs before being sold and converted for diving use. She is a stable comfortable vessel with lots of room to relax in between wreck hunting dives. www.xtreme-gap.com
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EXTREME SPORTS: UNDERWATER VIDEOGRAPHER THAILAND LOCATION: KOH TAO COURSE DURATION: 6 WEEKS FOR FULL COURSE PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: RESCUE DIVER WITH A MINIMUM OF 50 DIVES
UNDER WATER VIDEOGRAPHY If you love the sea and are fascinated by the beautiful sights it offers, learn how to capture it correctly and consider a career in Marine Videography. You will need to be a pretty advanced diver (50 dives minimum) before you can learn to work in this field. Fortunately Xtreme Gap has negotiated a deal with one of Asia‘s top dive operators to train you to a sufficient level, before handing you over to a top Videography academy. The location is the perfect place for you to stay and enjoy your Video Training Internship. With white sand beaches, a comfortable mix of Thai and Western culture and a laid-back atmosphere, Koh Tao has everything for the underwater adventurer! EARN MONEY WITH THIS PROGRAM THE PROGRAMME You will need to be a pretty advanced diver (50 dives minimum) before you can learn to work in this field. If you have no prior diving experience do not worry! Enrol in he Xtreme Gap Ultimate Koh Dive Experience Program. We have negotiated a deal with one of Asia‘s top dive operators to train you to a sufficient level, before handing you over to a top Videography academy. All of this can be found on the additions page. At the top Videography academy you will train and do an internship over a period of 6 weeks, where you will learn all there is to know about the basics of Videography, diving and working in the field. They will even train your commercial skills. You will also have the opportunity to film open water certifications, whale sharks, grey reef sharks and a plethora of marine life. Sell your movies for extra travel money! Imagine staying on a tropical island diving everyday, meeting new people doing the worlds coolest job. For more info check out our video.
WHY IS THIS THE COOLEST JOB IN THE WORLD?
I get to ride a big dirt bike to work everyday I spend the majority of my day barefoot My office is on the beach, or underwater Bars sell alcohol by the buckets My job REQUIRES me to be surrounded by beautiful women in bikinis Its sunny almost all year round I get to play with sharks any time I want
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XTREME SPORTS: YOGA IN THAILAND LOCATION: UNDER THE PALM TREES OF TROPICAL ISLAND KOH TAO IN THE GULF OF THAILAND COURSE DURATION: FLEXIBLE PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: NONE
THE ULTIMATE SPIRITUAL YOGA RETREAT Now we know that many of you out there are wondering what is so extreme about yoga? You will be amazed, yoga and meditation are activities that test both your physical and mental ability. Many people think that yoga is just stretching. But while stretching is certainly involved, yoga is really about creating balance in the body and mind through developing both strength and flexibility. With Xtreme Gapâ€˜s yoga course you will be taken on a spiritual journey of self discovery, harmony and development. This will be the ultimate experience in personal transformation. THE PROGRAMME Set on the beautiful Island of Koh Tao, our course partner is a leading light in the Hatha Yoga world. Kester Lunney has had the opportunity to study and train in many traditions of yoga, meditation and philosophy. The Classes are an uplifting and interesting melting pot of styles and teaching methods inspired by his travels and studies with some of the greatest yoga masters. You will be getting a direct linage of training from the worlds best. In keeping with the tradition of viniyoga, attention is given to each individual's needs where the body/breath relationship is emphasised. After completing the course you will feel energised and healthy with a deeper appreciation of your physical, mental and spiritual well being. What better place to embark upon this journey than on a beautiful tropical island, surrounded by palm trees and the sea. The sense of peace, ease and well being received from your yoga and meditation exercises will be reinforced by the beauty and ambience of the place. You can also book yoga as an ad on to other Koh Tao programmes: for example the Muay Thai training or the Freediving programme. For more info check out our video.
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XTREME SPORTS: MASTER OF FREEDIVING IN THAILAND LOCATION: THE WATERS OF THE GULF OF THAILAND COURSE DURATION: FLEXIBEL. MASTER IN 6 WEEKS PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: NONE
MASTER OF FREEDIVING Did you know that a freediving world record for holding one‘s breath is more then 9 minutes? Do you know that people have been in depths of more then 200 meters and back on a one single breath of air? So, what is freediving like? Ever tried asking someone how it is like when you are jumping with a parachute? Or flying an airplane? It can not be described, it is one of the things you need to experience. Xtreme Gap have partnered with the regions leading Free Diving School an independent free dive organization established in 2004 by internationally recognized free dive instructors. The team has vast experience in training and worldwide competitions. Their qualifications include dives deeper than 80 meters and static breath -holds of over 7½ minutes. In 6 weeks you will learn about free diving, about the sensation, beauty, personal experience and challenge. It is so much more than just depth and minutes. You will visit another dimension where you can move around freely and become one with the sea.
THE PROGRAMME Apnea, free diving or breath-hold diving is a beautiful sport for people who love the feeling of being under water without the aid of artificial breathing equipment. Free diving forms the basis of many different water sports ranging from spear fishing to underwater photography or the extreme sport competitive apnea. PROGRAM ITINERARY SUMMARY All our courses include theory sessions, water sessions, equipment, course materials, boat trips and course certification. Plus our team can provide underwater film footage and photography of your course upon request. Free diver course (max. 20 meters) …is an introduction to apnea. The objective of this course is to reach controlled free diving to a depth of 20 meters by applying relaxation and basic breathing techniques. Advanced free diver course (max 40 meters) ….is an intense course. Aims of this course include deeper dives to depths between 30 - 40 meters, and an introduction to static apnea with breath-holds of a 3-minute minimum. Master free diver course …is an internship training program where you will maximize your potential. You will practice all major free dive disciplines of free immersion, dynamics, static, constant weight with fins, unassisted, no limits and variable weight. Plus masters will assist instructors for all course levels. For more info check out our video.
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XTREME SPORTS: ROCK CLIMBING IN THAILAND LOCATION: LIME STONES OF KOH TAO COURSE DURATION: FROM ON 2 DAYS. FULL COURSE 1 WEEK. PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: NONE
ROCK CLIMBING The beginner rock climbing course in Thailand is open to all ages and all levels, no prior rock climbing experience is needed although you will need a good level of fitness. Our 7 day rock climbing course, set on a beautiful tropical island (Koh Tao) and will teach you the basics of rock climbing, giving you all the inspiration you could need to develop a life log climbing passion. The setting is spectacular too, as you climb through the lush jungle and look out to sea from the pinnacles rising majestically out of the trees. The 7 day climbing course is inclusive of accommodation at our beautiful resort on Koh Tao Thailand. THE PROGRAMME Rock I course – Beginner top-rope climbing Two part course starting with an in-shop ground school session followed by an afternoon on the rocks. This course covers the basic skills needed for technical rock climbing, including safety considerations, climbing techniques, use of equipment, basic knots, belaying, and abseiling/rappelling. Bouldering session Bouldering is a great way to practice and improve your climbing skills. Boulders range from around 3-5m high, but the climber ascends no higher than he can safely fall from. Work with one of our experienced instructors on your climbing technique in one of Koh Tao’s legendary boulder fields. Island View Abseil Perched high on one of the tallest peaks on Koh Tao, you will discover the art of abseiling/ rappelling. After your initial training you should be comfortable with the equipment and ready to abseil down a 25m vertical cliff. After gaining confidence, we will then move up to our 30m overhanging abseil, where you will be suspended high above the canopy with panoramic views over half the island. Rock II course – Advanced anchor building Two part course starting with a detailed ground school concentrating on the principals of top-rope anchor systems. The session will concentrate on equalization of rock climbing protection, route selection, anchor site selection and assessing and backing of fixed anchors. The outdoor portion of the course will be spent atop the cliffs building basic anchor systems and then climbing on the work we have done. The next day we will then take all your new skills and head up to the rocks to concentrate on working on advanced climbing techniques. BodyMind – Yoga, Climbing and Massage To finish your week, we will concentrate on preparing your body and mind for a session on the rocks. The day starts with a personal Yin2Yang Yoga session on our deck, which focuses the mind and prepares the body with specific stretches for climbing. We will then head out to the rocks and do what climbers like to do best… climb! The day is topped off with a Thai massage conducted by an experience massage therapist giving your body a well dissevered pampering.
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ADVENTURE TRAVEL: XTREME THAILAND EXPERIENCE LOCATION: THAILAND COURSE DURATION: 25 DAYS PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: NONE, Min group: 4 people. Set departure dates.
EXPERIENCE THAILAND THE XTREME GAP WAY A great way to start your trip around Asia. Get to know other travellers, get to know the culture and enjoy some of Thailand's nicest attractions. See a live Muay Thai fight in Bangkok stadium, shop till you drop on Khao San road, live with the Mahouts and care for your own elephant, stroke tigers in temples, see some history at river Kwai, dance till the sun comes up at the full moon party and then choose an extreme sports adventure on a beautiful tropical paradise island. This tour encompasses some of the best aspects of Thailand done the Xtreme Gap way! HIGHLIGHTS Exploring the grand temple and sites and sounds of Bangkok; Seeing a real live Muay Thai match in the Bangkok stadium; Tree top canopy zip line adventure and Gibbon Safari; Stroking tigers at the tiger temple; Live and work with mahouts and their elephants; Trekking and nighttime safaris; Full Moon Party on Koh Phanang; Staying on 2 stunning tropical islands; Learn to dive, Freedive, yoga, Muay Thai or rock climb!
WHATâ€™S INCLUDED Travel Advice prior to departure; Entrance fees as per the itinerary; English speaking guide and staff; Guidance of park rangers in the National parks; Meals (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), water, coffee and tea free available during meals; All activities; All transfers as far as Koh Tao; All Accommodation; Xtreme Gap sports option.
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THRESHER SHARK DIVING PHILLIPINEES DIVEMASTER PLUS INTERNSHIP IN THE PHILIPPINES or MASTER SCUBA DIVER. LEARN ALL ABOUT SHARKS ON 50 DIVES! LOCATION: PHILIPPINES COURSE DURATION: 12 WEEKS. OR ADJUSTED TO YOUR EXPERIENCE AND TIME SCALE
BEING A DIVEMASTER, WHAT IS IT LIKE? Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational diving begins with the PADI Divemaster program. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, in this program you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. During the Thresher Shark PADI Divemaster course, you follow, next to the normal Divemaster skills, 2 extra shark modules. You learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study. You complete water skills and stamina exercises, as well as training exercises that stretch your ability to organize and solve problems. You put this knowledge into action through an internship or series of practical training exercises. THE PROGRAMME The Thresher Shark Divemaster program will take you from Open water through to Divemaster, training in one of South east Asia’s most spectacular diving environments and learning about the Thresher shark. We will take you from Zero to Hero (open water, through Advanced and Rescue Diver level before starting your Thresher Shark Divemaster). All the while you will be living on a tropical paradise island with a chilled atmosphere and indescribable natural beauty above and below the water. Just imagine living in a tropical paradise with fun filled days and exciting nights. Experience the freedom and happiness and change your life. PADI Specialist Thresher Shark PADI Course – Unique qualification only open to people studying at Xtreme Gap’s training partner in the Philippines. TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE Shark Fundamentals module: Shark classification and evolution; Biology; Senses; Movement; Social behaviour; Reproduction; Human interactions; Conservation. Thresher sharks Module: Thresher shark biology, behaviour; Monad Shoal; Why the threshers are here; How to interact with thresher sharks; How to find and observe thresher sharks; In-field observation methods such as how to determine gender, categorizing movement patterns etc.
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EXTREME SPORTS: FMA LEARN ESCRIMA/ARNIS/KALI STICK FIGHTING LOCATION: PHILIPPINES COURSE DURATION: FLEXIBLE PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: GOOD FITNESS
LEARN THE FILIPINO MARTIAL ART MODERN ARNIS IN THE PHILIPPINES. Arnis is a deadly system of Filipino martial arts (FMA) also known as Escrima and Kali. As a self-defence system it is easy to learn and incredibly effective. During the training you will be leaning to use weapons and also un armed combat techniques. The primary weapon is the rattan stick, called a cane or baston (baton). Both single and double stick techniques are taught; unarmed defence against the stick and against bladed weapons. This is an incredible art centred around â€•the flowâ€– a learned skill of smoothly countering and attacking. With the FMA Xtreme gap program, you get the unique opportunity to learn and train with Filipino grand masters in a beautiful, tropical Asian setting.
FMA TRAINING The teaching of the basic skills in FMA are traditionally simplified. With limited time to teach flashy and intricate techniques, only skills that were proven effective in battle and could easily be taught en masse were used. This allowed villagers, generally not professional soldiers, a measure of protection against other villages, as well as foreign invaders. This philosophy of simplicity is still used today and is the underlying base of the FMA. Because of this approach, the FMA are often mistakenly considered to be "simple" fighting arts. However, this refers only to its systematization, not effectiveness. To the contrary, beyond the basic skills lies a very complex structure and a refined skill set that takes years to master. WHAT WILL I LEARN Training covers empty-hand self-defence (striking, locking, throwing, etc.) as well as the trademark single and double stick techniques of the Filipino martial arts. Other aspects of the art include espada y daga (sword and dagger fighting), sinawali (double stick weaving patterns), and tapi-tapi (locking drills with the stick). In addition to partner drills, Modern Arnis includes the use of anyo (kata), solo forms both with and without the stick. Emphasis is placed on fitting the art in with a student's previous training ("the art within your art"), smoothly reacting to changing situations in the fight ("the flow"), and countering the opponent's attempt to counter strikes directed at him ("tapi-tapi ) Arnis teaches the interrelationship between empty hand skills and weapons. Therefore the FMA should be considered a complete martial arts system that develops many different types of skills for combat. ENVIRONMENT The training takes place mainly outdoors, in selected locations providing exciting tropical settings. On the beach, in tropical parks and also in a dedicated FMA training school. The programme is designed not only to teach you FMA, but also integrate you in to the local environment. Classes are conducted with English speaking teachers. You will be graded at the end of the course.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THAILAND MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THAILAND MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THAILAND LOCATION: PHUKET IN THAILAND COURSE DURATION: FLEXIBLE PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: NO EXPERENCE IN MMA NEEDED. GOOD FITNESS REQUIRED
Learn the Ultimate Fighting Style. Mixed Martial Arts! Our Mixed Martial Arts Training Camp Thailand . The MMA programme is a mixture of different styles, as the name suggests: Mixed Martial Arts. A full on training camp set in beautiful surroundings, good accommodation and specialist food programs designed to compliment your training routine will get you in shape in no time! ULTIMATE FIGHTER! The Training camp is one of the worlds top MMA training centres, attracting world class top level UFC fighters to train and improve their MMA techniques.
Your time spent here will be well invested, improving fitness and technique in a friendly positive learning atmosphere. Whether a practicing expert in MMA or new to the sport: World class instructors will teach you how to develop a great self defence technique and ultimate fighting style.
FITNESS BOOTCAMP THAILAND EXTREME SPORTS: FITNESS BOOTCAMP IN THAILAND LOCATION: PHUKET, TROPICAL ISLAND IN THAILAND COURSE DURATION: 2 WEEKS (OR MORE) PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: NONE
ULTIMATE FITNESS CAMP Planning your holiday? Beaches involved? Why not take an intensive 2 week fitness holiday. Get incredibly fit and a sexy tanned body at the same time on Phukets nearby beaches. Personal training every day, yoga, nutrition set to the sounds of the Thai jungle. Hidden under the palm trees on a tropical island in Thailand you find our Gym. Sounds very niceâ€Ś But you will have to work hard! Very hard. Our 2 week intensive fitness program in Thailand consists of all day training, in group and one to one sessions, yoga and food nutrition program. accommodation at the camp included.
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MUAY THAI BOXING THAILAND MUAY THAI BOXING IN THAILAND LOCATION: TROPICAL ISLAND KOH TAO IN THE GULF OF THAILAND COURSE DURATION: FLEXIBLE PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: NONE. REASONABLE FITNESS
Get a true sense of this ancient martial artsâ€™ roots: training with the Thai and being trained by ex champions in on a spectacular tropical island setting.
Spend time developing your Muay Thai techniques, when ready you can take part in a contest with hundred of spectators supporting or betting against you. Perfect to combination of fitness and awesome beach lifestyle. Live the life!
THE TRAINING We have developed a program open to all levels. The training is 6 days per week (2 hours) and are 1 on 1 in our specialist jungle Muay Thai training camp. For those with real guts, we dare you to step in the ring and compete in a live Muay Thai fight with hundreds of people supporting you! Every day in the early morning hours, when it is not too hot, we start off our Thai boxing training at the Boxing Stadium. If the morning hours don't suit your holiday plans, no problem, we also hold daily training sessions in the evening when it cools down again. You can learn Muay Thai, either for self defence, to get fit or just out of curiosity and you need no experience. The training consists of skipping rope and shadow boxing which is a good way of stretching and warming up. Running up and down for short distances will help to improve your foot work and you will learn many new techniques.
warming up is followed by bag work. Starting with a 3-5 minute round of punching, kicking, kneeing and elbowing a kick bag to increase your stamina and the power of all your physical weapons. Interactive pad training follows, one to one with the muay Thai trainer.
For more info check out our video. WANT TO DO MORE?? Talk to us about combining courses, Muay Thai and yoga, and perhaps a diving course?
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MARTIAL ARTS IN CHINA: KUNG FU, CH LEARN KUNG FU! The Xtreme Gap Martial Arts programmes give you the opportunity to learn Kung Fu and a variety of other styles from some of the best masters in China. The Martial Arts school in China is adjusted to high Western standards, Western run and communication (in English) will be no problem. Chinese Martial Arts taught at the academy included Shaolin, Wushu, Sanda, Taiji, Xingyi, Bagua, White Crane (white crane is a local Fujian style and quite rare) and Baji. You can state a preference of which form of Kung Fu you would like to learn. CLASSES Every group has it’s own master. The groups will have max. of 10 students. This means that you will be watched! No slacking off! Concentration and a 100 percent effort is expected! Another thing: The lessons are in Mandarin which is cool, you really get in the culture. It will not stand in your way to learn…we will make sure there is someone present to ensure you understand all the moves.
LOCATION: CHINA, COURSE DURATION: 2-12 WEEKS OR LONGER IF REQUIRED PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: NONE BUT GOOD FITNESS
WANT TO BE A REAL BAD ASS? WHY NOT COMBINE THIS EXPERIENCE WITH MUAY THAI TRAINING AND MMA TRAINING IN THAILAND? SHOW THE WORLD THAT CHUCK NORRIS IS A PUSSY.
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HINESE BOXING OR WEAPONS TRAINING Train 5 days a week in small groups at this dedicated Western run School in China. All the students are Western but all the Masters are Chinese. Learn real Gong Fu (not watered down stuff) from some of the best masters in China Good training facilities. (Modern & Traditional) Xtreme Gap will make sure there is someone to pick you up at the airport, so you will not feel lost arriving in a country where it seems not a lot of people speak your language. You will receive a introduction. During which you will learn about the campus, the area and the training.. You have 24hr in country support from another westerner who knows China like the back of his hand The school and accommodation are in beautiful and safe environment Good Food, 3 meals a day are included. Mostly local cuisine, but every now and than we spoil you with a Western dish.
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BRAZIL! LIVING IN RIO DE JANEIRO Planted between lush, forest-covered mountains and breathtaking beaches , Rio de Janeiro is most spectacular cities in the world. Verdant mountains and white-sand beaches fronting deep blue sea offer a range of adventure: surfing great breaks off Prainha, hiking through Tijuca’s rain forests, sailing across the Baía de Guanabara (Guanabara Bay) or rock climbing up the face of Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain). The world famous beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana are loaded with ridiculously good looking babes in micro bikinis’ and guys with outrageous six packs: Cariocas (Rio dwellers) like to look good, and them manage to do this we extremely well. While large-scale festivities like Carnaval make Rio famous, there are countless occasions for revelry – Saturday at Ipanema Beach, a festa (party) in Lapa, soccer at Maracanã, or an impromptu roda de samba (samba circle) on the sidewalks of Leblon, Copacabana or any other corner of the city. Music is the meeting ground for some of Brazil’s most creative artists and nets an audience as diverse as the city. This is another of Rio’s disarming traits: its rich melting pot of cultures. Cariocas they may call themselves, but the city’s enticing variety of cuisines speaks volumes about its history of immigration.
RIO STARTER PACK
BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU ACADEMY
How about having your first 2 nights included, airport pick up and a one day tour of Rio that provides a great introduction to the Marvellous city? This package is the most convenient and comfortable way to arrive in Rio and sets you up to explore and enjoy our city all on your own for the rest of your stay! Take a look at our available options below! We are sure to have a package that suits all your travel needs for every budget!
BJJ or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a Brazilian martial art that turns the attackers weight against him. It is a grappling combat system and the basis of most MMA fighters bag of tricks. Derived from the Japanese Jujitsu and made famous by the legendary Gracie family in Brazil, this is your opportunity to train at the school that trained with the Gracie family and continues to be one of the worlds top Brazilian JiuJitsu Academies run by 9x BJJ world champion Ricardo Vieira. On the Brazilian Jujitsu program not only will you learn effective self defence techniques, but you will also be able to spend time and getting fit in one of the most colourful and lively cities in the world.
BOXING TRAINING IN RIO Train you r boxing skills with an acclaimed Brazilian boxing Coach at a top boxing academy. Get fit, improve your skills near one of the worlds best beaches!
CAPOEIRA AND AFRO CULTURE Live in and learn Capoeira in one of the coolest cities in the world, near Ipanema beach! Capoeira a combination of dance and martial arts is a highly energetic experience! With this program not only will you be able to study Capoeira in Brazil, but you will also be immersed in Brazilian afro culture. Living with a host family in a Favela in Rio or in an Ipanema hostel (your choice) you can take part in Brazilian afro culture workshops including Samba, percussion and of course Capoeira.
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BRAZIL PROGRAMMES RIO CARNIVAL TOUR February is Carnival time in Rio! Join our Xtreme Gap Learn to surf and find out why group for one week as we the cariocas love it! Living the show you the best parts of ultimate beach lifestyle . carnival on a exclusive Xtreme Gap tour. 5 days of endless partying, samba and half naROCK CLIMBING COURSE ked women inclusive of acIN RIO DE JANEIRO commodation and airport pick up. The Climbing in Rio is excellent, scale the mighty lime Hangliding in Rio stone pinnacles surrounding No where else in the world the city on our rock climbing can you take to the air in the course. mountains glide through skyKITE SURFING IN scrapers and land on the beach. A fantastic experience BUZIOS not to be missed! Spend 2 days in Rio, including a Favelar tour and 2 nights Accommodation, then a short Accommodation: trip up the coast to the lively town of Buzios for some seri- Your home from home will be a hostel 150 metres from Copacaous Kite Surfing Action! bana beach! Right in the action, near to the shops, beaches, and subway yet low profile and ultra RIO STARTER PACK secure. How about having your first 2 The hostel is also a beautiful old nights included, airport pick colonial building with great faciliup and a one day tour of Rio ties, ideal to meet other travelthat provides a great introlers. duction to the Marvellous city? This package is the most Local Xtreme Gap Rep. convenient and comfortable Xtreme Gap have a multilingual way to arrive in Rio and sets representative in Rio (speaking you up to explore and enjoy Portuguese, English and German) our city all on your own for who will ensure you stay is the rest of your stay! Take a memorable and problem free. look at our available options below! We are sure to have a package that suits all your travel needs for every budget! See all Brazil Programmes here
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NEPAL^& TIBET MOUNTAINEERING SCHOOL NEPAL LOCATION: NEPAL, COURSE DURATION: 14 DAYS, PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: NONE
Ever wondered what it takes to become a mountaineer? Well now is your chance to find out on the Xtreme Gap two week mountaineering school in Nepal! The course will included a summit attempt of Yala Peak (5500M. Technically straightforward but very much a Himalayan summit with stunning views in all directions and surrounded by high, snowy peaks and glaciers. This trip will allow participants to have a through grounding in basic mountaineering skills from our experienced and qualified leaders for those who are keen to take up mountaineering as a pursuit, or for those who are curious about mountains and mountaineering and simply wish to give it a try, for the enjoyment of experience alone. Either way by the end of this trip participants will have enough in the way of skills, as well as the confidence gained from the achievement, to go on to greater things in the future-and what better place is there to learn about mountaineering and to be inspired to climb peaks than the Nepal Himalaya!
MOUNT EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK LOCATION: NEPAL, COURSE DURATION: 16 DAYS, PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: NONE
The awe inspiring beauty of a Mount Everest base camp trek has seduced adventurers for a long time. While it is relatively accessible to all levels and not technically difficult, it takes mental and physical dedication. Walking into space in not as easy as you think, but the sense of achievement after completing the Everest base camp trek will be immense. The Everest base camp trek is therefore a fitting Xtreme gap year adventure as it combines the adventure trekking element with the worldsâ€™ tallest and most extreme mountain range.
THE START OF MAYBE THE MOST CHALLENGING AND MEMORABLE TREK YOU WILL EVER MAKE!
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WHITE WATER RAFTING THE SUN KOSI RIVER NEPAL WHITEWATER RAFTING SUN KOSI RIVER LOCATION: NEPAL, COURSE DURATION: 10 DAYS PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: NONE
One of the top ten best rivers in the world. Prepare to get very wet. Sun Kosi River is an ideal destination for pursuing a classic white water rafting trip in Nepal, and is widely acclaimed as one of the best white water rafting rivers in the world. Also popularly known as ―Golden River", Sun Kosi is the longest river cascading 270 km through Mahabharat Lekh Mountains to the Himalaya. Journeying through this torrential river on an inflatable rubber boat will be one of the best adventures (and wettest) you have ever had! The 170-mile crown jewel section, is easily accessed from Kathmandu, and can be done in ten days. Paddlers will find white sand beaches for camping, big water Class III-IV rapids reminiscent of the Grand Canyon, and plenty of monkeys to eagerly listen—and contribute—to your whitewater tales around the campfire.
ROOF OF THE WORLD OVERLAND TOUR, TIBET ADVENTURE TRAVEL: ROOF OF THE WORLD OVERLAND TOUR LOCATION: NEPAL AND TIBET, COURSE DURATION: 11 DAYS,
True to its nickname, ―the Roof of the world‖, Tibet is the highest plateau in the world with an average altitude in excess of 3500 meters. Lying to the north of the great Himalayan range which separates it from its neighbours, India, Nepal and Bhutan, Tibet is more or less an untamed land of nomads (drokpas), monasteries, yaks, sand dunes, and high altitude desert that goes as far as the eyes can see. On this Xtreme Tibet overland tour you have three days in Lhasa to acclimatize and to soak up the impressive Tibetan heritage and to explore this historic city. Our guides will show you around the most significant and ancient Gompas (monasteries) of Lhasa, Gyantse & Shigatse by your Tibetan guide, who will instruct you on the intricacies and mysticism of Tibetan Buddhism. With its spectacular mountain scenery and rich Buddhist culture, Tibet would certainly be a unique mystical destination to visit. You drive down Friendship highway by a luxury Toyota land cruiser 4 WD passing through small Tibetan settlements where you get upfront views right from your vehicle of nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains amidst a backdrop of awe-inspiring mountain peaks. A special highlight of this trip is the visit to the Everest base camp where you will be rewarded with panoramic and breathtaking views of Mount Everest from the north side.
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CANADIAN WILDERNESS EXPLORER. 14 DAYS. Explore the pristine wilderness of British Columbia and Alberta.
WESTERN CANADA NATIONAL PARKS TOUR.21 DAYS.
Camp in the high Rockies, soak in hot springs, hike across an ice
Awe-inspiring landscapes embrace the stunning Canadian Rockies, pristine
glacier and canoe on a crystal clear mountain lake. The Canadian
wilderness lakes and the rugged coastal beauty of Vancouver Island. This tour
wilderness explorer takes you into the heart of Canada's wilderness
highlights Canada's most vibrant cities, mountain biking, river rafting, whale
ALASKA ADVENTURE EXPLORER. 14 DAYS. This is a land of majestic mountain spires, crystal-clear lakes, glimmering ice-blue glaciers: a place with abundant wildlife, rushing riv-
watching, wilderness canoeing, and hiking!
WESTERN CANADA NATIONAL PARKS TOUR.21 DAYS.
ers and unspoilt beauty. The land of the midnight sun. This is a great Awe-inspiring landscapes embrace the stunning Canadian Rockies, pristine land ... this is Alaska.
wilderness lakes and the rugged coastal beauty of Vancouver Island. This tour
ROCKY MOUNTAINS ADVENTURE. 21 DAYS.
watching, wilderness canoeing, and hiking!
This unique tour traverses three distinct regions of the West to cre-
GREAT OUTDOORS NORTH - SOUTH USA RD TRIP
highlights Canada's most vibrant cities, mountain biking, river rafting, whale
ate an incredible combination of beautiful mountains, national parks, cowboy country, Indian lands, desert lakes and cities. With a week
An incredible journey, from wilderness lakes to deserted country roads, this tour escapes into the great American outdoors. From the breathtaking beauty
each in the Cascades/Northern Rockies area, the Colorado Rockies
of the Rocky Mountains to the windswept deserts of the Southwest. Carefree
and the Desert Southwest, this is truly the complete Western experi-
days, campfire nights - hiking, swimming and horse riding ... all this on an
ence - Rocky Mountain style!
exhilarating two week trail.
XTREME GRAND CANYON ADVENTURE. 10 DAYS.
NORTH WEST USA ROAD TRIP. 14 DAYS.
One of our most adventurous USA road trips. It offers a wide range of outdoor activities in some of the most spectacular settings in the Southwest. Explore, experience and discover the Real America in the incomparable canyon lands of Arizona and Utah.
Explore three diverse mountain ranges - the Cascades, Rockies, and Sierra Nevada's, immerse yourself in four unique and spectacular National Parks, visit a couple of fun-filled, small towns, and you have the perfect ingredients for a unique and exhilarating, two-week tour.
TRANSCONTINENTAL USA ROAD TRIP, NEW YORK TO LOS ANGELS. 21 DAYS. The big one across the USA. Experience the fast paced East, the slow moving South and the laidback West with exciting activities such as white water rafting, horseback riding and hiking on offer - don't forget about the nightlife of New Orleans and Las Vegas!
OUR NORTH AMERICAN TRIPS ARE ALL ABOUT FUN, FREEDOM AND FLEXIBILITY www.xtreme-gap.com
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EXTREME SPORTS: FREE RUNNING PARKOUR . URBAN SPORTS IN USA LOCATION: WASHINGTON DC CAPITAL OF THE USA COURSE DURATION: FLEXIBLE PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: GOOD FITNESS
Learn the basics of the exciting discipline of parkour! Learn parkour at the world's first parkour training facility, located in the US capital, Washington D.C. This course will take you through the basic skills of parkour (free running) and ready you to continue your training long after the experience. You will also have a chance to sight-see around historic Washington D.C. with the training culminating in a city wide parkour challenge to test out your parkour skills! Parkour is a world-wide phenomenon can be attributed in part to free running‘s founder Sébastien Foucan, who introduced the discipline into popular culture through his impressive appearance in Hollywood blockbuster Casino Royale, Madonna‘s 2007 Jump video and throughout her Confessions tour. THE PROGRAMME The first half of the instruction will take place inside the gym in a controlled environment allowing students to get comfortable with some of the movements. The second half will be outside in a different nearby parkour hotspot each day. The D.C. area boasts some of the best and most famous parkour training grounds in the US, all within easy access by public transportation. Toward the end of the week, the students will have the chance to join the gym's regular students in advanced training sessions. Accommodations are provided in the form of a local hostel Parkour is a very physical activity and as such an intense training course requires built-in rest periods. These times allow for some exploration and tourism around the plentiful museums and historical landmarks that make up Washington D.C.
Washington, DC is filled with exciting and memorable places to visit, cat leap, jump over and bounce off. Washington DC is easy to get around has lots of places to occupy
training, plenty of museums, theater, parks, the Whitehouse, capitol hill and bars.
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EXTREME SPORTS: THE ULTIMATE KITESURF TOUR VIETNAM LOCATION: SECRET SECLUDED BEACHES IN A MILITARY ZONE COURSE DURATION: 4 DAYS PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: INTERMEDIATE AND EXPERIENCED KITESURFER
THE ULTIMATE KITESURF TRIP, VIETNAM For every intermediate to experienced kite surfer who loves to travel and explore this is the ultimate Vietnam tour. Combine excellent winds with pure Vietnamese culture and take a kite surf trip with us off the beaten track. Vietnam is a great destination to Kite surf. This will be an experience that you won't forget. Kitesurfing around uncrowded beaches, flat water, reef breaks, waves and steady wind. Yes, you can Kitesurf on Mui Ne beach, the Vietnam Kite surfing Mecca, and we gladly set you up with our partners there, this however, is something different: a total unique and secret Kite surfing spot with all the ingredients to make the trip awesome. You will see the real Vietnam; how the people live, eating local Vietnamese foods, seeing their culture and traditions, seeing the sites, doing other activities like surfing or snorkelling in the morning and having fantastic time while you do it all.
TRANSPORT With this trip we travel by bus (transfers from your hotel included). The Vietnamese have a high standard accommodation and during this Kitesurfing trip you will stay in clean and tidy, 3 to 4 star air-conditioned accommodation and you'll have own room. Some places have wireless so you can bring your laptop if you need to.
WHAT MAKES THIS KITE TRIP SO SPECIAL? Our partner had to get arrested by the army to find this place for a start. Our best kite location is in a security border zone, so you cannot even go there unless you have a government permit (which they do...now)! The trip is all about kiting away from the crowds and having fun, good food, good accommodation, experiencing the true Vietnamese culture away from tourists, while we make the trip as comfortable as possible, with private transport and experts with local knowledge. Our guides have been living in Vietnam for many years and they all have IKO instructor certification. During the trip there will always be 2 guides with and a beach boy for assistance. To run this ultimate kitesurf trip we need a minimum of 6 people (and a maximum of 14). Our departure dates are based on a minimum of 6 guests.
CHARLIE DOES SURF! KITE SURF THAT IS www.xtreme-gap.com
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LATIN AMERICA ADVENTURE TRAVEL IN PERU Travel in a group of likeminded adventurers as your check out one of the coolest countries on the Planet. Loaded with Inca culture, ancient ruins of lost cities and adventure trekking: the makings of an unforgettable travel experience.
CLASSIC PERU, 21 DAYS This epic three week journey explores the best of Peru. From the coastal Ballestas Islands (known as, "Peru's Galapagos") and the mysterious Nazca Lines, to colonial Arequipa and the immense Colca Canyon, the adventure continues to Lake Titicaca and Cusco's Sacred Valley before the true highlight- hiking the Inca Trail to the sublime sunrise over Machu Picchu! Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local conditions and passenger requests vary, no two trips will ever be the same. With the guidance of your Trek Leader you may modify certain night stops and highlights to give a truly unique experience! FLIGHT OF THE CONDOR, 14 DAYS From delightful Arequipa you visit the incredible Colca Canyon where there is a good chance of spotting Andean condor soaring above the canyon's cliff-face. Home to many highland Indians who have preserved their traditional way of life, visit the floating islands of Lake Titicaca before heading to Cusco for a classic train ride to the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. The trip culminates with two days at Machu Picchu where we will explore the Inca citadel and contemplate its sublime beauty. Our early morning visit will be unforgettable as we treasure the peaceful surroundings. We finish this tremendous Andean experience with a dreamy train ride back to Cusco for one more day of cultural exploration before flying back to Lima.
MOONSTONE INCA TRAIL, 14 DAYS Machu Picchu and its mythical trek have become synonymous with adventure throughout the world. As travellers visit Machu Picchu and the traditional Inca Trail in record numbers, we have developed this unique alternative route through the Andes to the Inca Citadel, Machu Picchu. This trek offers spectacular mountain scenery and rich archaeology without the crowds, along with the same sunrise experience over the ruins of Machu Picchu.
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EXTREME SPORTS: ANDES CLIMBING ADVENTURE ÂŚ MOUNTAINEERING SCHOOL LOCATION: ECUADOR PROGRAM DURATION: 12 DAYS PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: GOOD FITNESS
ANDES CLIMBING ADVENTURE Conquer 3 different summits including the much revered Cotopaxi, one of the highest volcanoes in the world, Imbabura, an inactive giant stratovolcano in northern Ecuador, and the mighty Chimborazo. The summit of Mount Everest reaches a higher elevation above sea level, but the summit of Chimborazo is widely reported to be the farthest point from Earth's centre and Ecuador's highest peak. Introduction To Mountaineering Skills Our 12 day program incorporated necessary acclimatization periods and Glacier school training at the Cayambe. During the course you will be trained by the Ecuador's top instructors all of whom, have graduated from highly prestigious mountain schools and are members of ASEGUIM. Ecuadorians are well equipped to teach about high altitude techniques, with the Andes as their proving grounds. You will learn mountain climbing techniques like snow climbing, energy-saving, movement efficiency in the mountains, use of belays, construction and equalization of anchors, rope handling and rappelling. All of this on a glacier providing a magnificent setting.
HIGHLIGHTS Visiting Otovalo market town. Ideal if you want to stock up on handicrafts, souvenirs and lama fur jackets! Summiting Imbabuura (4630m) Climbing skills and glacier training in Cayambe mountain climbing school Summiting Cotopaxi Summiting Chimborazoâ€”the furthest point from the earths centre.
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EXTREME SPORTS: DIVEMASTER COURSE IN HONDURAS LOCATION: ROATAN COURSE DURATION: 12 WEEKS PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: NONE
BEING A DIVEMASTER, WHAT IS IT LIKE? Making the choice to become a professional diver is a simple one… There are two choices. 1. You train to be a Divemaster because you love diving, the laid back people, you have some time off and gain experience and a qualification at the same time. 2. You do all that but make the choice to really change your career, travel the world and maintain the life style… Xtreme Gap offers different locations to do your Divemaster. Thailand Koh Tao, In the Philippines and this one… In Honduras, Central America. The courses are alike but the locations are different… although they are all beautiful, warm, have a warm sea and lot‘s of great dive sites.
A BIT MORE ABOUT WHAT IS SPECIFIC TO ROATAN Our dive school is located in the village of West End, Roatan, Honduras it's a very popular dive destination for young people. Our partner has been working successfully for over 15 years and have a great reputation for safety. There is lots to do on the island and underwater! Including Other activities on Roatan include fishing, horse riding, canopy tours, kayaking and dolphin encounters and there is an option to take Spanish lessons. There's a great night life in West End and it is a small community. If you go to a bar you will probably know half the people there after a couple of weeks here. The mainland is a short ferry ride away and there are jungle treks and white water rafting around La Ceiba, where the ferry docks. In less than a days overland travel you can be in Copan which is one of the important Mayan Ruins in Central America and right on the Guatemalan border. During your Divemaster course we can train you from open water to Divemaster. If you already have diving experience we can adjust the program for you. From zero to hero takes 12 weeks and you can dive all you want. And you will!
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SKYDIVING IN SPAIN, SEVILLA SKYDIVING IN SPAIN. ACCELERATED FREE FALL COURSE IN SPAIN LOCATION: BEAUTIFUL SEVILLE IN ANDALUCIA, COURSE DURATION: 8 TO 10 DAYS. WEATHER DEPENDENT , PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: NONE
During the Accelerated Free Fall skydiving Course in Spain, you will be taught how to become a solo skydiver by mastering a series of 8 gradated jump levels. After successfully completing the Accelerated Free Fall Skydiving Course in Seville you then need to do 10 consolidation jumps in order to gain a qualification enabling you to jump anywhere in the world. The Accelerated Free Fall skydiving Course lasts between seven to ten days, the variation is due to weather restrictions. Bearing in mind Spain has the most amount of sun in Europe, this makes taking your Accelerated Free Fall Skydiving Course in Spain a very convenient and attractive option.
THE PROGRAMME The Ground school starts at 9 am and takes the best part of the day (approximately 6 hours). The training comprises lectures and physical activities covering all aspects of the skydives that you will be making. You will learn about the equipment, orientation, what to do in case of an emergency, reserves, malfunctions, pre jump briefing, achieving stability and body positioning and altitude awareness.
KITE SURF CAMP & KITE SURF LESSONS EXTREME SPORTS: KITESURFING IN SPAIN LOCATION: KITESURF CAPITAL OF EUROPE, TARIFA
Tarifa! ―Capital of Wind‖ a Kite surfers paradise. Besides high wind potential Tarifa has preserved a lot of its pristine character: The white villages, flamenco, sherry bodegas and tapas bars are all there to provide visitors with a glimpse of typical Andalusia atmosphere. THE PROGRAMME From beginner to advanced: This 3 day Kite surf course will take you from beginner to advanced kite surfer. You will have 3 sessions of 4 hours. In three days you will master your kite, you will learn all the basic kite surf techniques necessary to practice and enjoy kite surf on your own.
We also run kite surf summer camps—Group Kite surfing lessons over one week. Contact us for Dates and availability.
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SKI AND SNOWBOARD INTERNSHIP SPAIN XTREME SPORTS: SKI AND SNOWBOARD INTERNSHIP IN SPAIN LOCATION: SIERRA NEVADA, COURSE DURATION: 4 WEEKS PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: SOME SKI / BOARD EXPERIENCE AND GOOD FITNESS
SKI AND SNOWBOARD INTERNSHIP SPAIN, SKI & SNOWBOARD IMPROVEMENT CAMP Probably the best value ski internship or snowboarding internship in the sunniest ski resort of Europe. 4 weeks Skiing or Snowboarding every day and shadowing with ski and snowboard instructors. 4 weeks to really develop your skiing with professionals, off piste and on piste. This is the perfect way to develop your skiing and get a taste of what it is like to work in the industry. The perfect course for people thinking of becoming a ski instructor (the hours will count towards a BASI qualification) yet not 100 certain if they want to shell out the costs for the exams. This ski resort has a view to the sea! Lotâ€™s of Spanish culture and adrenaline every day and snow. Glorious snow. With the Ski and Snowboard Internship you will receive the best training daily for at least 4 hours a day in the sunniest ski resort in Europe. Xtreme Gap works with the British Ski School. The only fully British speaking ski centre in the Sierra Nevada, AndalucĂa excellent ski resort in the South of Spain. Our Ski and Snowboard internship runs twice a year starting on December 1st and on January 7. the ski internship lasts 4 weeks. While there is considerable flexibility in the program you will be expected to assist every day for 2 hours on a ski lessons, shadowing Ski and Snowboard instructors, helping with the clients ski improvement lessons. You will get the opportunity to do some guiding and lots of on and off piste skiing. Private training 5 days a week with ski instructors for 2 hours a day (max group is 5) and get to know all off piste routes When assisting you can ski with the instructors up to 4 hours a day, or just head off on your own. The accommodation is not directly in the ski resort however it is in a near by village a bit lower down the mountain oozing Spanish charm. This has been chosen as the cost of living will be considerably cheaper for you, and the setting is also superb. Daily transfers to the resort and school are included, and take about 20 minutes. The apartment and town will be the ideal place to relax at the end of a long day skiing or to head out to the local tapas bars or a well deserved bottle of Cava.
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AFRICA A land of beautiful and stark contrasts, any visit to Africa will leave you with a thousand memories.
SOUTH AFRICA PROGRAMMES
GREAT WHITE SHARK CONSERVATION
FIELD GUIDE COURSE SURVIVE THE BIG 5!
Volunteer on a great white shark conservation project in South Africa. Working along side great white sharks, gathering shark data, assisting and completing cage dives and learning basic seamanship. An incredible experience learning about sharks and contributing to their conservation.
Learn to track animals, lead tours and approach the big 5 on foot living out in the South African bush on our wildlife field guide training program. An unforgettable experience. No safari will be the same ever again!
WORLD CUP 2010 OVERLAND TRUCK TOUR
XTREME EXCLUSIVE! Get ready for the trip of your life! Tour South Africa during the 2010 world cup in our special world cup overland vehicle! Take in the opening ceremony and 7 different host cities including the Quarter and Semi Finals in Cape Town and the world cup final! 3 game park safaris all food & Accommodation 31nights included!
BECOME A MICROLIGHT PILOT Feel the rush and freedom of flying an ultralight trike when you study and gain your microlight pilot license in South Africa. All the while you will be flying in an open cockpit near the animals of the Kruger!
DIVE WITH TIGER SHARKS Extreme shark diving with a top apex predator. The tiger shark. Get up close to these beautiful creatures in a supervised safe environment.
WHITE SHARK CAGE DIVING This is possibly the greatest thrill that you will ever experience. Just imagine pulling up on the boat in 'Shark Alley' and climbing into a cage to be surrounded by great white sharks! Go with the one and only Shark man: Mike Rutzen.
LEARN TO DIVE WITH SHARKS Diving with nerves of steal! Learn to dive with sharks in one of the worlds best dive sites. Become an expert on several different types of sharks, learning and spreading awareness about shark conservation gaining unique and exciting scuba diving qualifications in the process
XTREME SOUTH AFRICA ADRENALINE TOUR After Sky diving, bungee jumping, Great White shark cage diving, microlight flying, parasailing, abseiling and more. You WILL need new underpants. Throw in a cape peninsula tour and a hop on hop off backpacker bus ticket and you have the Xtreme Gap Adrenaline Tour.
SOUTH AFRICA GAP YEAR TOUR The best of South Africa on an unforgettable 20 day overland Africa tour . National Parks, bungee jumping, wildlife, culture and the jaw dropping beauty that only South Africa can provide
Our programmes in Africa range from Conservation, Extreme Sports to adventure travel.
BIG CAT CONSERVATION PROJECT
Work with big cats in at an amazing predator conservation project in Namibia. Feed, care for and study lions, cheetahs and many other African species set amidst 100 sq miles of stunning Namibian wilderness.
The worlds highest free standing mountain: the old man of Africa. Kilimanjaro! Rising 5895 metres above the African plains, Kilimanjaro offers the would be mountain climber the chance to summit a giant, and have an unforgettable experience in the process. The climbing Kilimanjaro to Africas highest point Uhuru peak is certainly a challenge, but achievable. 3 routes Available
NAMIBIA ADVENTURE TOUR 12 days. Wedged between the Kalahari and the South Atlantic, Namibia enjoys vast potential as one of the youngest countries in Africa. In addition to having a striking diversity of cultures and national origins, Namibia is a photographer’s dream – it boasts wild seascapes, rugged mountains, lonely deserts…
RIVER RAFTING EXPEDITION NAMIBIA Kunene River Expedition. Guaranteed life changing 10 day experience. Not for the faint hearted. Venturing into rural Africa and raft on the Kunene river. See tribes, waterfalls and the big five!
ZANZIBAR & SERENGETI ADVENTURE 9 days. Explore Tanzania’s largest and most famous national park, the Serengeti. Followed by a trip to Zanzibar a stunning tropical island. Visit the unsurpassed collection of beaches where the sand is powdery white and the sea ethereal shades of turquoise.
Other Programmes include: LEARN TO SURF IN SOUTH AFRICA 6 DAY EXTREME SPORTS PACKAGE CAPE TOWN KITESURFING IN CAPETOWN
BACKPACKING in AFRICA? Ask us about our great Cape Town intros and great deals on Baz Bus Passes. We can tailor safari packages and also have a great range of Africa overland truck tours. (see over)
Our overland trucks are ideal for the budget conscious traveller, with a strong craving for adventure!
AFRICA OVERLAND EXPLORER
OKAVANGO TO GORILLAS
CAPE TOWN TO MALAWI
GARDEN ROUTE SOUTH AFRICA
CAPE TOWN TO KRUGER NP
NAMIBIA GAP YEAR ADVENTURE
SOUTH AFRICA ADVENTURE
CAPE TOWN TO VICTORIA FALLS
EAST & SOUTH AFRICA OVERLAND
ZANZIBAR & SERENGETI
DESERT & DELTA ADVENTURE
MASAI MARA & GORRILLA’S
EAST AFRICAN ADVENTURE
The tours comprise of an all inclusive experience, with integrated cultural interaction, game viewing, and social interaction, with the opportunity to book additional adrenaline based experiences such as white water rafting, Skydiving, walking with lions and swimming with dolphins!
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ADVENTURE TRAVEL: XTREME GAP SOUTH AFRICA WORLD CUP 2010 TOUR LOCATION: SOUTH AFRICA COURSE DURATION: 31 DAYS (OR 14 DAYS)
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PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: NONE
DEPARTURE DATE: 11TH JUNE 2010
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2010 WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA FOOTBALL TOUR Follow the World Cup games and tour South Africa at the same time party in the best world cup football atmosphere on the South African world cup tour 2010. The tour starts in Johannesburg for the opening ceremony and then during the course of the world cup covers the rest of the country in one month, taking in 6 host cities during the games (Johannesburg, Pretoria, Polokwane, Nelspruit, Durban, and Cape Town) including the quarter finals, semi finals and world cup final! Never miss a game with a Satellite TV system* installed on board out specially adapted overland truck. In between venues we will go on safari in 3 major game parks, embark on various tours and indulge in some Xtreme Sports (with the occasional bit of football of course).
ONE INCREDIBLE SOUTH AFRICA WORLD CUP 2010 HOLIDAY! This is an incredible opportunity to explore South Africa during the world cup and have a great value world cup holiday. Most hotels in South Africa are charging in excess of â‚Ź100 a night per person during the world cup holiday season. Our World Cup tour includes all accommodation for 32 nights, most meals, transport around the country, entry and safari in 3 different games parks. This will be the experience of a life time soaking up the atmosphere around the country during the world cup! We have limited spaces available so register your interest now to avoid disappointment, alternatively book now with a â‚Ź250 euro deposit.
SOUTH AFRICA WORLD CUP TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: World cup opening ceremony in Johannesburg (entry into stadium not included); Visiting 7 host cities during games (Pretoria, Polokwane, Nelspruit, Durban, Cape Town Johannesburg; The Quarter Final and Semi Final in Cape Town; World Cup Final party in Johannesburg; Never miss a game of football even on the move with onboard TV*; Entry and Safari into 3 different game reserves (Marakele, Kruger, Karoo); Visit to Swaziland staying in traditional huts experiencing the culture; St Lucia World heritage sight; Surfing and beaches in Jeffries bay; Xtreme options, including the worlds highest bungee jump, kitesurfing, tubing, microlight flying and more; Most meals included.
ADVENTURE TRAVEL: CLIMB KILIMANJARO. CHOICE IF 3 DIFFERENT ROUTES LOCATION: TANZANIA COURSE DURATION: 6 TO 7 DAYS PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY PREPARED
CLIMB KILIMANJARO RONGAI ROUTE TANZANIA. 6 DAYS 7 NIGHTS The worlds highest free standing mountain: the old man of Africa. Kilimanjaro! Rising 5895 metres above the African plains, Kilimanjaro offers the would be mountain climber the chance to summit a giant, and have an unforgettable experience in the process. The climbing Kilimanjaro to Africa's highest point Uhuru peak is certainly a challenge, but achievable. The Rongai route ascents Kilimanjaro from the north astern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north. MARANGU ROUTE, TANZANIA. 7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS The worlds highest free standing mountain: the old man of Africa. Kilimanjaro! Rising 5895 metres above the African plains, Kilimanjaro offers the would be mountain climber the chance to summit a giant, and have an unforgettable experience in the process. The climbing Kilimanjaro to Africa's highest point Uhuru peak is certainly a challenge, but achievable. The Marangu Route (also known at the 'Coca-Cola' route) is the easiest ascent of Kilimanjaro, although any ascent can be challenging. It crosses The Saddle, a 5km wide, high-altitude, semi-desert that separates craggy Mawenzi from the main summit Kibo. From the summit, glaciers, screes, cliffs, afro-alpine moorland and forests lead down to the cultivated foothills. MACHAME ROUTE, TANZANIA. 6 DAYS 7 NIGHTS The worlds highest free standing mountain: the old man of Africa. Kilimanjaro! Rising 5895 metres above the African plains, Kilimanjaro offers the would be mountain climber the chance to summit a giant, and have an unforgettable experience in the process. The climbing Kilimanjaro to Africa's highest point Uhuru peak is certainly a challenge, but achievable. Machame, known as the "Whiskey" route, is now the most popular route on the mountain. Compared with Marangu, the days on Machame are longer and the walks are steeper. It is far more challenging route.
Bring the right equipment. Be physically and mentally prepared, during the Trek go slowly, drink enough water, walk high sleep low, climb light and wear the right clothing.
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ADVENTURE TRAVEL: ADRENALINE TOUR LOCATION: SOUTH AFRICA DURATION: AS LONG AS YOU WANT PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: NONE, THE GUTS TO GO NUTS
Welcome to South Africa, the Ultimate designation for adrenaline junkies. If you want some excitement in your life then hit the Ultimate Adrenaline Tour! This customisable tour is all about pushing the limits of your comfort zone, whilst exploring this beautiful country. Personal development through the conquering of fear and exploration! The tour comprises of a flexible hop on hop off ticket on the BAZ BUS backpacker tour bus network. They travel to all the major destinations in South Africa and drop you off at your desired hostel. It is a great way to see the country, meet fellow backpackers and share adventures. You will see South Africa in all its beautiful diversity. The worlds greatest game parks, rich tribal culture, stunning beautiful country side and crap your pants thrill seeking all at the same time. This is a great way to see the country and indulge your inner adrenaline junkie. The tour is flexible you are not limited to a fixed schedule can plan your journey with as many stops as you would like, and stay for as long as you like. Conveniently, you are picked up from your hostel (many different ones to choose from). It is a safe way to travel too: no getting lost in the middle of the night in a strange town or having to find your way to a depot or bus terminal somewhere. This is a great way to meet other backpackers share travelers tales and adventures on the way. Lastly it is extremely great value.
FUN!!: A great way to meet fellow travelers, share travel tales and find out what to do along the way VALUE: South Africa is a huge country, with a lot of ground to cover, and we get you round most of it! FLEXIBLE: Passengers are not limited to a fixed schedule and can plan their journey with as many stops as they'd like and say as long as they want at each stop. CONVENIENT: Passengers are picked up at the door of the hostel they're leaving from and dropped off at the door of the hostel they're going to. SAFE: No getting lost in a strange town in the middle of the night or having to find and make one's way to and from a depot or terminus in town somewhere. INFORMATIVE: Buses carry information files with details of fun-filled activities, places to stay, and things to do and see relevant to the areas they travel through. XTREME: Chose one of the many extreme sports options on your trip: Kitesurfen, sand boarden, Bungee jump, Diving with sharks, Skydivingâ€Ś Book upfront on www.xtreme-gap.com
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ADVENTURE TRAVEL: GREAT WHITE SHARK CONSERVATION PROJECT LOCATION: GANSBAAI. SOUTH AFRICA, CLOSE TO CAPE TOWN COURSE DURATION: 21 DAYS PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: NONE
GREAT WHITE SHARK CONSERVATION PROJECT No other conservation project provides a shot of adrenaline like this one. Great White Shark conservation is as important as it is cool! Get hands on with a great white shark conservation project in Gaansbaai South Africa! This fantastic opportunity gives you the chance to actually physically contribute to great white shark conservation in south Africa, one of the worlds leading hot spots for great white shark activity. On this great white shark conservation program you will join a world leading organization dedicated on protecting the Great White Shark, operating in Great white conservation since 1989. You'll receive training in White Shark biology, behavior, conservation, research ,changing attitudes, shark attacks, basic seamanship (includes anchoring positions, wind directions, underwater filming, still photography and shark tourism not to mention getting up close and personal with these awesome animals.
ADVENTURE TRAVEL: GREAT WHITE SHARK CAGE DIVING LOCATION: GANSBAAI. SOUTH AFRICA, CLOSE TO CAPE TOWN COURSE DURATION: FLEXIBLE PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: NONE.
GREAT WHITE SHARK CAGE DIVING South Africa is one of the worlds best places to see great white sharks, in the wild. Shark cage diving even the thought of it makes you nervous. But the fact is Great White Shark Cage Diving in South Africa is a very safe adrenaline activity. Great White Shark Cage Diving, is world famous for good reason: if you go around Gaansbaai, you are almost guaranteed to see a Great White Shark (from the safety of a cage). The Great White Shark Cage Diving experience takes about 4 hours, it will live with you forever. Great white shark diving at Gansbaai in South Africa is possibly the greatest thrill that you will ever experience. Shark Cage diving will give you an unrivalled view of these 400 million year old predators. Great White Sharks are declining in numbers and need humans to co exist with them. Great White Shark Cage diving allows you to experience these creature up close and get educated at the same time. Shark cage diving is viewed as an extreme sport, but be rest assured this is NOT dangerous. By Great White Shark Cage Diving in South Africa you will www.xtreme-gap.com
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ADVENTURE TRAVEL: TIGER SHARK DIVING LOCATION: ROCKY BAY. SOUTH AFRICA, CLOSE TO CAPE TOWN COURSE DURATION: FLEXIBLE PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: Advanced Scuba Certification for deep dives Surface Snorkelling also excellent (Snorkelling Experience) & boat based viewing is also a treat (No Experience necessary), Dive insurance.
TIGER SHARK DIVING There is probably nowhere else in the world and certainly nowhere else in South Africa where an exhilarating experience can be delivered. The tiger shark is a predator, known for eating a wide range of items including humans (this is a pretty unfair rep and no one has yet been eaten during a Tiger shark dive! Its usual diet consists of fish, seals, birds, smaller sharks, squid, turtles, and dolphins (not gap year Students). It has sometimes been found with man-made waste such as license plates or pieces of old tires in its digestive tract and is often referred to as "the wastebasket of the sea". This shark may be easily identified due to its dark stripes which are similar to a tiger pattern. It also has dorsal fins that are distinctively close to its tail. These sharks are often large in size and may encounter humans because they often visit shallow reefs, harbours and canals. TYPICAL ITINERARY PER DAY 07h30 Meet at Shark Park. 07h30 – 08h00 Kit up, Shark Briefing. 08h00 – 08h30 Launch. A great dive at Shark park! 12h00 – 14h30 return to Shore. 14h30 – 15h00 Shower and coffee . Price Per Head for the day's experience. EUR 145 p.p. This price is per person sharing with a minimum booking of 4 pax.
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EXTREME SPORTS: ULTRA LIGHT TRIKE OR MICROLIGHT FLYING. BECOME A PILOT! SOUTH AFRICA LOCATION: LIMPOPO PROVENCE COURSE DURATION: 6 WEEKS PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: NONE
BECOME A PILOT Feel the rush and freedom of flying an ultra light trike when you study and gain your microlight pilot license in South Africa. All the while you will be flying in an open cockpit near the animals of the Kruger! INMAGINE... Imagine the wind in your face as you soar above the wild animals of the Kruger national park game A stunning of wild South African bush will ensure Become an Ultra Lightreserve. Trike or Microlight Pilot andbackdrop fly! that this is one of the experiences of your life! Our flight school is based at the foot of Imagine the wind in your face as you soar above the wild animals of the Kruger national park game reserve. A stunning backdrop of wild South African the Drakensberg in the Limpopo province. Theschool centre of the South bush will ensure that Mountains this is one of the experiences of your life! Our flight is based at the foot ofAfrican the Drakensberg Mountains in the Limpopo Province. The Centre ofYour the South African Safari You Experience REAL Africa be closer you think with Hippos and crocodiles roaming safari industry. experience of industry. the real Africa will of bethecloser thanwill you thinkthan with freely around the purpose built flying resort. Just donâ€˜t crash into them when you are landing. hippo and crocodiles roaming freely around the purpose built flying resort. WARNING! Learning to fly has the potential to be dangerous if you are not adequately prepared to undertake sufficient self study. During some parts of
This is not only a stunning setting to learn to fly, it is also reliable: great all year the course you will be piloting the aircraft on your own. Make sure you devote sufficient effort in to the academics round weather making instruction possible. Not only this, the Xtreme Gap micro lights physically fit and mentally prepared for the challenge. pilots license program is one of the best value packages in the world. Great accommodation and breakfast and dinner included in the price!
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FLIGHT SCHOOL Our flight school is based at the foot of the Drakensberg Mountains in the Limpopo Province. The Centre of the South African Safari industry. You Experience of the REAL Africa will be closer than you think with Hippos and crocodiles roaming freely around the purpose built flying resort.
ACCOMMODATION During your training you will be staying in a great resort with swimming pool close to one of the mail entrances of the Kruger national park. You will have your own private bungalow..although you might find a monkey on your
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ADVENTURE TRAVEL: CANOEING ON THE AFRICAN ORANGE RIVER LOCATION: ORANGE RIVER, SOUTH AFRICAâ€™S LARGEST RIVER, RICHTERSVELD DESERT RESERVE DURATION: 4 DAYS AND 4 NIGHTS
CANOEING ON THE AFRICAN ORANGE RIVER Under the guidance of experienced and qualified staff, you will enjoy a 4 day - 4 night adventure not easily matched. The days are spent on the Orange River where we will explore this magnificent desert eco system. Our guides will take you through some fast flowing water and guide you with knowledge and experience to ensure our enjoyment of this magnificent River. You will also have the opportunity to experience some wave surfing in your boats, hiking and fishing that provides fun for everyone. We will encounter from fast flowing water with rapids to still open water where we will relax, swim and have time to admire the beautiful gorges and scenery. The expedition is not a race and along with our carefully planned route and itinerary it allows us to have maximum time to complete our expedition. The adventure has been designed to be as natural as possible and this tour classify you as an adventure traveller and not a tourist. Two qualified river guides, equipped with the necessary experience will guide your expedition through the Richtersveld Desert Reserve.
ADVENTURE TRAVEL: WHITEWATER RAFTING ON DORING RIVER SOUTH AFRICA LOCATION: DORIN RIVER. NORTHWEST OF CEDERBERG. 280 KM FROM CAPETOWN DURATION: 3DAYS AND 3 NIGHTS PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED: NONE
An exhilarating 3 Day - 3 Night, White water rafting trip will take you down the Doring River passing through the majestic Northern Cederberg mountain range. Under the guidance of our experienced staff you will tame the raging waters of this river, in either a 2 man or 10-man inflatable. Spend the evenings under clear African skies in tented safari camps. Experience the peace and tranquility this river of contrasts has to offer when night falls. Do some abseiling and visit the perfectly preserved Bushman/San paintings.
DATES The Doring River is dependent on winter rains. Whitewater rafting trips are therefore only available during the South African winter, from mid-June to midSeptember. Prepare for the colder weather.
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ADVENTURE TRAVEL: WHITEWATER RAFTING AND (SELF) DRIVE EXPEDITION THROUGH NAMIBIA LOCATION: KUNENE RIVER, 915 KM FROM WINDHOEK DURATION: 10 DAYS
WHITE WATER RAFTING EXPEDITION Our experienced guides take you on a 10 day drive and rafting 10 tour. This tour is not for the faint hearted. You can choose to do a self drive tour, or a totally guided tour. We will take you in our car into the rural Africa. You will be exposed to the elements and whatever else Africa throws at us on a day to day basis. Your talent will be tested as you will wind and twist your raft through a rough primeval landscape, hear thundering waterfalls and enjoy tranquil waters, just to feel the adrenaline pumping again a few minutes later. Challenging rapids, the big Five, face cheetahs, Waterfalls, African skies, National Parks, Local Villages, luxurious lodges and camping.. You will see it all!
DATES The tour is depending on winter rains. Whitewater rafting trips are therefore only available during the African winter, from June to August.
THERE IS MUCH EXCITEMENT DURING THIS EXPEDITION. YOU WILL ENCOUNTER: Lot‘s of driving through the Namibian bush, The big five, wonderful waterfalls, racing rapids, luxurious lodges, amazing African skies, cozy camping, national parks, chances on crocodile encounters terrific tribes, close encounters with cheetahs, delicious dinners, starry skies, lot‘s of laughter, great stories. Why with Xtreme Gap‘s tour? World Class White Water, Etosha National Park, Kaokoland, Game viewing, possibility of spotting Lion, Elephant and other big game species, Endemic Birdlife to the Kunene region. To name a few: Cinderella Waxbill, Ruffous Tail Palm Thrush, Grays Kestrel, Harlibs Franklin, Giant Eagle Owl, Pearl Spotted Owl, Long Tailed Starling and many more. 125km of true Wilderness rafting, The off chance of a crocodile encounter, Interaction with the Herero, Himba, & Ovambo tribes, One on One Cheetah encounter, experienced guides, good food, lot‘s of fun!
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ADVENTURE TRAVEL: FIELD GUIDE, SURVIVE THE BIG FIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA LOCATION: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK COURSE DURATION: 4 WEEKS EXPERIENCE NEEDED: Need valid drivers license and be in good fitness
The Ultimate wildlife training and African bush experience. Survive the bush and track the Big 5, sleep outs, 4x4 training, tracking and more. Want to have one of those moments, when your heart is pumping so loud that you can hear it? The adrenaline surging through your veins as you crouch, trying not to make a sound, just metres away from a full grown African lion? These South African Field guide wild life training programs will offer you countless moments of exhilaration and will truly develop your skills as you learn to become a South African Field Guide, endorsed by FGASA (Field Guide Association of southern Africa). 28 days of living and learning in nature at our wilderness camps provides you with the practical and theoretical knowledge of the natural environment. Upon completion of the course, you will be capable of conducting game drives and interpreting the natural environment around you. Our Field Guide course consists of walks; one or two-daily lectures in our bush classrooms; game drives, as well as sleep-outs in the bush. Every minute of the day and night on this course is a learning experience, being constantly exposed to the bush. Our highly experienced instructors provide unique access to their vast knowledge and insight, making every lecture an inspiring experience.
ONE YEAR COURSE!!! In this ONE YEAR course, a full 6 months of theoretical and practical training with our highly qualified instructors in which you will complete various separate certificate courses should get you well prepared for six months of actual nature guiding at lodges with guests. We will place you at these lodges so that you can work with experienced guides to learn from them and to learn on the job so that at the end of the yearâ€˜s course, you are not only qualified but also experienced. By this time you will be a prime candidate and should be snapped up immediately by a lodge for a guiding job. This lodge attachment component will give you the practical experience and enable you to apply the theory you learnt in the training at our camps. It also enables you to build up your 'guiding days' towards the one year of experience that is required by FGASA to be assessed for your FGASA Level 2 field guiding exams.
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SHOULD YOU TAKE AN XTREME GAP? If you answer yes to any of the following, then an Xtreme Gap is something you may want to consider... Are you stuck in the same old routine, and do you want to see what else is out there? Are you looking to gain knowledge about yourself and the world? Do you want to gain life experience and take time out to gain skills and qualifications? Do you genuinely want to do something out of the ordinary? Do you like the feeling of overcoming challenges challenging your comfort zone?
HOW COULD AN XTREME GAP BENEFIT YOU? Xtreme Gappers have found out a lot of about themselves on their gap year with us, what they want out of life, education and work. They return refreshed with many once in a lifetime stories to tell, and new found friends all over the world. Others have told us how they felt that they had gained independence and improved their self confidence when dealing with people and situations. All have had serious fun and excitement and found real freedom on their Xtreme Gap, and just like them, we hope that you will feel proud to have gained a sense of huge achievement from challenging your comfort zone.
WHY BOOK WITH XTREME GAP? Being a company run by experienced gap year travellers, we are well placed to offer you detailed advice on all aspects of your travel plans. We have been out there and experienced the good (and the bad). We are continuously researching new exciting programmes and we can give you great ideas for your travels. www.xtreme-gap.com
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WHO TRAVELS WITH XTREME GAP? There is no specific age or background which connect our travelers… What does connect them is the mind set. The need for new exciting adventures. You need to have some balls to get out of your comfort zone...but oh man, once you do: you will feel like never before! Like the first time you encounter a reef shark under water, or step in the ring, or complete you first solo in a microlight above the Kruger park you will know what we mean. Wake up, feel the adrenaline pumping and get out there!
Rachel, student Sports academy. The Netherlands. ‗I took a break from school unsure what to do at university. I love warm weather and sports so the Divemaster program seemed perfect for me. I am now a dive junky‖ (2008). Rachel got inspired seeing all the Muay Thai going on in Thailand. This March she booked again with Xtreme Gap, to do the Muay Thai Training!
Tom, works at a family business. The Netherlands. When I turned 18 I started working in the family business. But before totally devoting to the job I wanted to see more of the world. I do karate and the combination of getting to know other cultures and at the same time learn a different martial art sounded really appealing! I was a bit nervous getting out there alone… But after the first night on the island with the rep of Xtreme Gap I felt already more confident. The island is magical, I had a great time and got to know very nice people. I am so much more confident and feel ready to take over the business.
Ben, undergraduate Student. England. I went on the Xtreme Gap wreck hunter program on Koh Tao. Initially on the Divemaster course I upgraded. The temptation to discover Wreck diving and become a fully competent diver was too good to pass up. Asia was amazing! I loved this experience and I am thinking about a career in marine conservation.
Simon, Art director UK I found my self in a situation where it looked like a good option to take a career break...and I am so proud and happy I did. Since I am from Switzerland and the sea is not really my thing, I was looking for something else. The idea of flying over the Kruger park sounded totally inspiring. It was one of the most mentally challenging and rewarding things I have ever done. Thoroughly recommended.
We offer peace of mind that despite the extreme nature of our programmes, the activity will adhere to strict safety standards. We are proud to be a best value gap year company – if you find a similar trip that is better value, let us know, we will beat it. By booking your programme up front, you can have peace of mind that you will achieve what you set out to do. www.xtreme-gap.com
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Published on Jun 6, 2011