OCEAN CHILD 2020 Adventure Schedule

"My focus is on mindful immersion in wilderness areas that are generally not well frequented by other humans. These adventures allow growth, fun, relaxation and an opportunity to discover the best possible version of yourself."

All trips are Ex DBN except The Swim Free Confidence Underwater One which I will be touring again this year.




Maputaland & Southern Mozambique Surf Yoga Freedive.

Ponta Do Ouro 5 nights
We combine the synergistic practices of surfing, yoga and freediving in a peaceful and stunningly beautiful location to completely re-set the body and mind. You will leave fitter, calmer and more focused. You might also be a little suntanned, slightly leaner and very stoked. Ex DBN these trips run over spring tides in prime surf season. Enjoy warm clean water, long un-crowded waves and supplement with awesome freediving and daily yoga. Accommodation is secure, elegant and comfortable boasting incredible views over the surf spot and bay. Just sitting on the deck admiring the view or reading a book is food for the soul. All rooms have air conditioning and mosquito nets.


R12500pp sharing. This includes transport, accommodation, food and non alcoholic drinks, launch fees, surf coaching, freedive instruction and yoga.
Note there is a special group booking rate of R9000pp sharing on a 7 pax group. There are four bedrooms 2 with double beds and 2 with 2 single beds in each. Only 3 of those single beds is available as the 4th is reserved for me.

6-11 February
20-25 February
5-10 March
14-19 March


Sodwana and surrounds, 4 nights
We use a boat to explore the remote and incredible surfing and freediving in the pristine marine wilderness of the Isimangaliso UNESCO World heritage site. This trip is perfect for a time poor guest looking for a unique wilderness experience and maximum return on investment in terms of waves ridden. Ex DBN these trips run over spring tides in prime surf season. Enjoy a full on wilderness immersion, no other surfers, warm clean water, long un-crowded waves and some of the best freediving on the planet. Accommodation is secure, elegant and comfortable. All rooms have air conditioning and mosquito nets. 

R11700pp sharing. This includes transport, accommodation, food and non alcoholic drinks, Isimangaliso reserve entry fees, launch fees and permits for 2 full day boat surf safaris, surf coaching and freedive instruction..
Note there is a special group booking rate of R8000pp sharing on a 9 pax group.

5-9 April
20-24 April


For bookings or more information email john@oceanchild.co.za




Aliwal Shoal Surf Yoga Freedive Retreat.

We combine the synergistic practices of surfing, yoga and freediving in a peaceful and stunningly beautiful location to completely re-set the body and mind. You will leave fitter, calmer and more focused. You might also be a little suntanned, slightly leaner and very stoked.This 4 night 5 day trip really gets you to make the most of your water time and it offers great value at an amazing time of year. Enjoy uncrowded warm water waves and awesome freediving off the shoal, then round out your day with a dedicated yoga practice. This includes collection and drop off at DBN airport, accommodation, food and non alcoholic drinks, launch fees, surf coaching, freedive instruction and yoga. Accommodation is secure, elegant and comfortable. R6800pp sharing.

4-8 May
18-22 May


For bookings or more information email john@oceanchild.co.za




The Clean Air Drakensberg Hike and Yoga Adventure.

3 Nights, 4 days in the Southern Drakensberg. We do 3 distinct and very varied hikes with restorative daily yoga. ‘The Swimmer’ 13.3km follows the contour path from Cobham to the Sani Pass Road. This is the first day of the Giants Cup trail, but we do it in reverse. This gets us to the magnificent iNgenwa Pools two thirds of the way into the hike. We stop there to swim and play in the pools before completing the hike, which exits at the Sani Pass Road.

‘The Killer’ starts at The South African Border Post at 1544m and climbs 1332 vertical meters up Sani Pass to an altitude of 2876 m by the time you reach the Lesotho Border post 7km later. It is breathtaking in both senses of the word.

‘The Thriller’ 12km is the blue-sky high altitude hike from the back of Sani Pass, through Lesotho to first the Southern, then the Northern Peak of Giants Cup. Known as Hodgson’s peaks they stand at 3244m and 3256m respectively. Our route takes us to summit both peaks and walk along the rim of the escarpment in the cup. You honestly feel like you are standing on top of the world. On the southern peak there is a flat area where if the weather and time allow we sometimes do yoga. It must surely be one of the most scenic high altitude ‘yoga studios’ in the world.

It is also possible to do all of these routes as trail runs or mix it up.

I offer a VIP version at R7000pp and a standard version at R3500pp each. It includes all food and drink. Max 4 pax per trip.

Trips done ad hock - please email john@oceanchild.co.za to book dates that work for you.




The Sodwana Bay Zen Freedive Surf and Yoga Experience.

Ex DBN 2 nights, 3 days.
Includes accommodation, transport to and from Sodwana and boat fees. Excludes Food, drink and park admission fees.
The main focus of this adventure is to learn to explore the beauty of the Big Blue on a single breath.
We supplement our trip with surfing in the Bay (beginners) and at The Lighthouse (more advanced) and we do daily restorative yoga.
You explore the 50 km reef complex, which boasts around 95 species of hard and soft coral, sponges, other invertebrates and around 1200 fish species.
You have the opportunity to interact with marine animals in their natural habitat and feed your soul in the process.
You need to have done The Swim Free Confidence Underwater Course, or a Level One Freedive Course to take part.

R2500pp, 8 pax max .

Trips done ad hock - please email john@oceanchild.co.za to book dates that work for you.




The Soul Food Transkei Wilderness Adventure.

For 6 nights and 7 days we take off our shoes and lose ourselves in the pristine natural beauty of The Wild Coast. We surf an amazing variety of un-crowded waves. We hike along rugged cliffs and across beautiful Bays. We do sunrise yoga and we eat fresh food from the sea. Set in peak surf season this trip is pure food for the soul and so much more than just a surf trip. 4 pax R10 000pp, includes transport, food, accommodation, non alcoholic drinks, yoga instruction, guided hikes and surf guiding to the right spots at the right times.

Trips done ad hock - please email john@oceanchild.co.za to book dates that work for you.




The Full Moon Namibian Surf and Desert Adventure.

The trip starts out at eleven thousand feet with a skydive. You watch the moon rising over the desert, while the sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean. You feel the rush of the free fall in your face while taking in the spectacular beauty of the desert and the coast at 11 000 feet. The following day, after an early surf, we load the 4X4 and head out into the bush to look for the Desert Elephants. We spend that night under the stars camped in the desert. Here, deep in the bush you have the opportunity to allow the full beauty of the cosmos to seep into your soul. The next day we retrace our steps back to the coast and wash off the drive with a surf, before heading back to our base in Swakopmund. At first light the next morning we board our specially chartered private helicopter and set off south to explore the surfing treasures of the ancient Namib. This is true wilderness exploration that takes us right through the restricted areas and diamond reserves of the Spierregebeit (forbidden zone). We rest up that night in Swakopmund to regain our strength for the following day’s adventure, which is of course to explore the secrets that lie to the north along the wilds of the Skeleton Coast. Using the helicopter to scout and access spots, we ensure the only people you are surfing with are your buddies on the trip. You get to take in the stunning vistas of the coast and desert as we fly from spot to spot in the second least densely populated country in the world. Namibia has perhaps the most unmapped, undiscovered and unexplored surf potential of any other country in the world. This trip operates on a ‘Swell Chaser’ Basis, which means we only go if and when there is a reasonable swell forecast. This ensures you are guaranteed to get amazing, un-crowded surf, but truthfully this is so much more than just a surf trip. This is a full on desert adventure, timed to coincide with the ocean coming to the party. The waiting period for the trip is 12 August – 30 September. The trip is 5 nights 6 days and is ex Swakopmund in Namibia. 4 pax. R30 000pp.

For bookings or more information email john@oceanchild.co.za