Career Break

With the current economic situation, there's no better time to get away from your career and seek a bit of adventure. You'll be able to live the kind of life that you normally only enjoy in week long holidays, while massively improving your skills.

Why take a career break?

Our courses have always been very popular with those on career breaks and sabbaticals. Some of our clients join us simply because they have been working flat-out for years and are looking to get some fresh air and recharge their batteries. Others feel they have been getting nowhere in a dead-end job for too long. Taking time out gives you a chance to think about your priorities in life and to refocus on what you want to achieve.

After spending some time living an adventurous lifestyle you'll return for work fitter, healthier and more 'up for it' than ever before. You will feel recharged and invigorated, which will significantly affect your work – in a good way! You know how better you feel when you return to work after a week long holiday, well imagine how you'll feel after 11 weeks!

Swap the concrete jungle for mountain wilderness.

Swap the concrete jungle for mountain wilderness.

...or the beach life.

...or the beach life.

Course options

Whether your passion is for surfing, skiing, snowboarding or mountain biking, we have a range of extended courses that will help you to take your passion to the next level. The course will give you the chance to live in some of the world's most spectacular locations, such as the Canadian Rockies, Australia's East Coast or the South Island of New Zealand.

Nonstop offer everying from 3-week breaks to season long travels, where you can develop your skills, gain professional qualifications, enhancing your CV, meet people from all walks of life, and make life long friendships.

Case study

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You may not be interested in taking a career "break", but more of a career "change". The instructor qualifications that we offer surfers, skiers, snowboarders and mountain bikers help many of our clients find a new life and career in some amazing locations. Check out Simon Pinney’s story here. He left his job as an investment banker and did our 11-week instructor course in Fernie and now lives and works there with his whole family.

Ski / Snowboard courses

  • Canada - 11 week ski/snowboard instructor course
    This is the ultimate career break for snow lovers. By spending at least three months living and travelling in the Canadian Rockies with Nonstop's amazing team of instructors, you'll become an awesome skier/snowboarder and become an instructor yourself. A season like this is guaranteed to be of the best experiences of your life. Being such a popular course, we offer it in four different world class resorts
    More info for skiers here
    More info for snowboarders here
  • New Zealand - 10/14 week ski instructor course
    This is an amazing opportunity for those looking to have a winter season during Europe's summertime. New Zealand offers a totally unique ski and travel experience and one not to be missed. It's quite common for our clients to gain their instructor qualifications in New Zealand then go straight on to work in the Northern Hemisphere's winter. This course is based in the "Club Fields" region in New Zealand's South Island, which has an average snowfall of 15ft and boasts New Zealand's longest off-piste runs.
    More info here
  • Canada - 3 week ski/snowboarder instructor course
    This course will build your skills with focused coaching and prepare you for the Level 1 instructor qualification. You can take part in the 3 week course in three very different resorts: Fernie, Banff and Whistler. By arranging visa before-hand it is possible to stay on after the course and spend the rest of the season instructing.
    More info for skiers here
    More info for snowboarders here
  • Canada - 6 Week 'Master the Mountain' course
    Our 'Master the Mountain' course focuses on pushing your snowboarding or skiing to the next level, both on and off piste. You'll learn to tackle anything the mountain throws at you with confidence and style.
    More info for skiers here
    More info for snowboarders here

Surf courses

  • Australia - 4 week surf instructor / lifeguard / pro waterman
    Our four week surf courses, on the Northern Beaches of Sydney and the world famous Gold Coast in Queensland, combine amazing surf and top-quality instruction. They are great as stand alone trips or can be the perfect start to your Australian travels. With demanding programs, we'll aim to prepare you for the surf and lifeguarding industry, so that you can continue by working in Australia or beaches around the world.
    More info here
Fernie's lift accessed trails

Fernie's lift accessed trails

Surfing every day for 4 weeks!

Surfing every day for 4 weeks!

Mountain Bike courses

  • Here you can enjoy four weeks in Fernie, Canada and an optional extra week travelling around the warm, sunny British Columbia. You'll have a program packed with professional coaching and activities that will develop your mountain bike skills to instructor level. You'll immerse yourself in summer trails and take your riding to the next level, while making a bunch of new friends.
    More info here