Program Description

The course “Water Sports Physiology and Practice” is based on the examination of the mechanics, physiology and science of water sports. Students will also learn the basic skills and practical application of advanced water sports, such as surf, windsurf, kayak, SUP, and sailing. Emphasis will be given on the mind body connection through skill acquisition and demonstration of techniques. Students will also gain practical experience in aquatic learning center management through involvement in the running of the center. Finally, all participants will improve water confidence and team working skills.

The core of the course will be hosted at the Surf Club Keros aquatics learning center (http://surfclubkeros.com), a modern, certified water sports camp in the Greek island of Lemnos. While at Lemnos, students will have the opportunity to study water sports from both a theoretical and a practical point of view, participate in various alternate water-related activities that promote wellness and gain insight into sports management. For the final three days of the trip, students will travel to Athens, the capital of Greece, where they will experience the Athenian historical and cultural lifestyle, as well as learn about the history and evolution of exercise through visits to monumental sites, including the Parthenon and the Acropolis museum (World Heritage Sites), as well as the Panathinaikon Stadium (the site of the first modern Olympic Games).

During the 2-week program, some days will be devoted to theoretical lectures, discussion sessions or workshops followed by water sports practice. Other days will be devoted entirely to field trips, excursions and interactive educational activities, including visits to monumental sites and cultural places of natural beauty, demonstrations of unique exercise practices and techniques, as well as collective activities in nature.

Pre-requisites:
Instructor’s consent, minimum GPA 2.5, moderate fitness and swimming level is recommended.
Prior experience in water sports is not required.


Your Host Country: Greece

The program will take place in Greece (Athens), where the Mediterranean lifestyle has been implemented for thousands of years. The Mediterranean Lifestyle is a sustainable model for the environment as it combines low environmental impact, biodiversity, seasonality, locality, moderation and sustainable type of physical activity like walking.

Athens is the historical capital of Europe, with a long history, dating from the first settlement in the Neolithic age. A large part of the town’s historic center has been converted into a 3-kilometer pedestrian zone (the largest in Europe), leading to the major archaeological sites (“archaeological park”), reconstructing – to a large degree – the ancient landscape.