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Recreation trips and tours

Get active! And join one of SCU’s recreational trips, tours or programs as a great way to meet other people in a fun, friendly outdoor environment — open to students, staff, and alumni.

UniLife have put together a series of activities that will expose you to many new recreational experiences which will hopefully challenge and allow you to achieve personal growth (or, at the very least, tick the below type of activities off your bucket list).

SCU Snow Tour

Unfortunately, the 2020 SCU Snow Tour has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

The 2020 SCU Snow Tour will be heading over the pond to Queenstown, New Zealand. The week-long tour will take on what this adrenaline filled town can throw at us, including visiting four ski fields: Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Treble Cone and Cardrona. The tour will take place during the Session 2 study break (17–24 August) and is always popular for those that are looking for an energetic and fun filled winter experience.

Our 2021 Snow Tour is in the planning stages, but why not check out what we had planned for this did last year: SCU New Zealand Snow Tour Itinerary 2020.

Byron Bay Learn to Surf Camp

The SCU Surf Camps stays absolute beach front in the beautiful Byron Bay. It provides provides a unique opportunity for the first-time surfer to experience the exhilaration of riding your first wave.

This recreational tour is the perfect way for new students to SCU to meet new friends and enjoy the vibe of this iconic location. These surf camps are all-inclusive with all equipment, transport, accommodation, food, tuition and waves provided. Open to SCU staff and students only.

  • Camp 1: 6–8 March 2020
  • Camp 2: 4–6 September 2020 (Session 2, Spring)
  • Camp 3: 6–8 November 2020 (Session 3, Summer)

Register Online for the SCU Surf Camps #2

SCU Discount price of $289! (Save approx. $150)
What’s included?

  • 2 nights’ accommodation at Surf Camp Byron Bay. (absolute beachfront)
  • 1 × 2-hour Surfing lessons with awesome surf instructors
  • 1 × Stand Up Paddle Boarding lesson
  • 1 × Sea Kayak trip with dolphins
  • 1 × Beach Volleyball competition
  • 1 × Free diving introductory class
  • Free time to explore Byron bay
  • All equipment, surfboards and wetsuits included
  • Return bus from Southern Cross University from Gold Coast, Lismore & Coffs
  • All meals catered for while at camp (Includes Aussie BBQ!)
  • Sightseeing tour to Byron Lighthouse

Download the Byron Bay Surf Camp Itinerary 2020

2020 Beach and Water Safety Program

Ride a Wave

Undertake a 5 week Learn to Surf Program at Coolangatta. The weekly sessions will help you to develop basic surfing skills including paddling, standing up on your board and understanding the surf conditions. This program is conducted by accredited staff from local surf school ‘Walking On Water’ and is recommended for competent swimmers who want to learn how to ride a surfboard or bodyboard.

Register for Ride a Wave of EventBrite

Coolangatta, Greenmount Beach:
Session 2 Spring Program

Surf School: Walking On Water

5 lesson program (5 weeks × 1 lesson per week)

SPECIAL student price: $110
Day: Friday mornings
Time: 8am - 9.30am each week

Commencing Friday 4 September, through until Friday 2 October
(All dates: Friday 4 Sept, 11 Sept, 18 Sept, 25 Sept, 2 Oct)

Upcoming program dates:
Session 3, summer: Fri 13 Nov – Fri 11 Dec

Hit the Beach

This free introductory program is aimed at increasing your confidence in and around the beach. The program will focus on basic surf skills such as wading & body boarding. The program will also incorporate beach safety and beach/ water games and conclude with a free pizza party. This training is conducted by qualified staff from Surf Life Saving Queensland and is suitable for non-swimmers & swimmers.

Upcoming dates TBC. Keep an eye on our website and socials for Session 2 and 3 dates.

Learn to Swim

Register for Learn to Swim with EventBrite

Palm Beach Aquatic Centre, Palm Beach:
Session 2 Spring Program

8-lesson programme (4 weeks × 2 lessons per week)

SPECIAL student price: $25

Time: 5:30pm – 6:15pm
Group 1: Mondays and Wednesdays (starting Mon 31 Aug – Wed 23 Sept)
Group 2: Tuesdays and Thursdays (starting Tues 1 Sept – Thurs 24 Sept)

Upcoming program dates:
Session 3, summer: Mon 9 Nov – Thurs 3 Dec

Dragon Boat Program

Starting late in the session on Friday afternoons, SCU runs a social dragon boat program alongside the Currumbin Dragon designed to teach you all there is to know about dragon boating, keep you fit and have fun!

Program includes 10 weeks of:

  • 1 hour on-water
  • 15-minute pre-training warm-up
  • Boat launching and clean up (approximately 2hrs)

Dates TBC, please email unilife@scu.edu.au for more information.

Contact us

Please contact the UniLife team by email: unilife@scu.edu.au

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Students enjoying the SCU Snow Tour — Where’s Wally dress-up day
Students enjoying the SCU Snow Tour — Where’s Wally dress-up day
Team SCU at 2019 Surf Camp
Team SCU at the Byron Bay Surf Camp 2019