What Surf Spots will we go to?
The plan is to explore as many spots around the North Island as possible! Each week you will score waves somewhere... Being based in Mt Maunganui means we are central to some really epic and consistent surf breaks.
Will I get a formal qualification from doing the course?
No, you don't get a formal qualification but you will come away having learnt from some of New Zealand's best teachers and epic Jesus loving humans. We would rather you are more secure in who you are in Christ, know what you believe and what direction you're headed in life than have a fancy certificate. (We might make a certificate anyway if you're lucky!)
do you have to be a great surfer to sign up?
You don't need to be pro however we would love it if you were comfortable in 3ft waves and able to get out the back unassisted.
What will a typical day's schedule look like?
Daily devotions as a group
Serving in the community
More delicious food
Another surf or skate
Rest for another epic day tomorrow
Will I be able to go home and visit my family on weekends?
For sure! Some weekends will be booked with events or camps that you will be expected to attend but other than that you're welcome to do as you wish on the weekend. Good communication is key and you will need to let the course Manager know if you have things you know you need to be at. We have an awesome Christian Surfers crew here in the Mount so most likely you won't want to leave on your time off!
Will I get to be a part of the events that Christian Surfers NZ run?
heck yeah! We would love to have you along and you may even be given some role or tasks to do as part of the event as you will be mixing with the event organising crew often. The first intake will attend Easter Camp in Taranaki and the Second intake will attend National Gathering in Raglan and also the Jesus Classic.
What if I don't think I can afford the $10,000 course fees?
You could start the course in our mid-year intake and work the first half of the year to save up, also we have a fundraising template available that you could share with your friends and family- people may want to chip in to help you raise the funds if you ask!
Are there parts I can opt out of doing if I'm not into it?
Everything is compulsory and the course has been designed in a way to challenge you but not without your consent, growth is a good thing and we encourage you to try new things and to be open to discussing ideas and concepts so you can figure out for yourself what you believe and why.
What if I believe there's a God but I'm not a 'hard-out Christian' ya know?
That's okay! We're going to go through the basics of the Christian faith and also cover a great amount of Bible teaching so you can get a solid foundation on what being a Jesus follower means. Everyone is at a different point in their faith journey and we're here to help you discover more of your faith and how you can live it out in today's world.
Will there be people I can chat to if I have any concerns or issues during the course?
Each student will be assigned a mentor, someone who is outside the course and is a living example of life with Jesus, you will meet up with this person regularly to chat over what you're learning and you can share any concerns you have with them or the course Manager.