I'm a little surprised

A while ago my sis got me study packets and books on how to become a surf instructor. How to run a class ethically, how to be compliant with standards… all that fun jazz.

I read, I studied, I took the test and I just got the results back… I passed, and not by the skin of my teeth. My score was 95%

I’m not an instructor yet, but I can see what happens next. I am allowed to file for a business license. So if someone does give me money for a surf lesson… I can be legal.

I’m not picturing this as a huge “The J.M. church of surf” but if I can make a few extra on the side, be safe and have this to fall back on… it will be interesting to see what I can do with this. (plus, I have other hoops to consider as well… insurance, and other fun legals.)

I do think I’m going to keep up with the horticulture for my schooling and not switch to business… just yet.

The more I have a chance to work on the nurseries and community gardens and community education, the more I love being there.

I think I have finally found my niche… I’m going to keep my surfing in my back pocket for now… I passed the test, I have more steps to go… and time to do them.

I won’t be rich… but I will be content. The way I picture my life… I strive for content.


Good for you! I can’t say that I’m surprised that you got 95%. :clap:


Congratulations J! I am not surprised on your test score either - this is a big plus


@BarbieBF @Wave Thank you for that.

It’s odd to get this and sort of realize that what I though was pure fantasy has some possibility.

But at the same time… I’m calmly happy with my decision to let this pot simmer for a bit and keep on my path with horticulture… since I have to sign up for classes next week.


Congrats James! I had no doubt that you would excel at this!

I hope you can find your niche and make some good money at this. While also having fun with it.

Another awesome accomplishment under your belt! I’m very proud of you :slight_smile:



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:blush: Thank you for that as well.

I’m being a little swept off my feet. I don’t know about good money, but it would be nice to round out the rough edges in a pay check.

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wow, no wonder you’re a leader !! I am impressed !! I do my art and music thing, but that is really something that you can do all that !! Way to go !!

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i’d love to just hang by the beach all day with a sign saying ‘surf lessons here’ and a couple of boards man that’d be awesome and you could go for a surf any time you want lol, maybe end up opening up a surf shop lol that’d be awesome, well done and i hope you can pass all of those other interesting things you are doing as well :thumbsup:

good for you :slight_smile:


ur achievements continue to amaze me. well done. proud of u hunni xxx

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Well done SurprisedJ! its really nice to hear about your achievements! You would fit in nicely in my home suburb, Muizenberg, by the sea - there’s a beach here called Surfer’s Corner with lots of surfer shops and schools. It’s a real cool place to hang out.

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Congrats and HURRAY!!
Sometimes, just knowing you can accomplish something is enough. Being content is the best feeling!

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Yay! You are doing what you love. Your work will never feel like work. Good for you! :smile:

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congratulations and best wishes on your accomplishment…

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Wow, 95% is really awesome! Very impressive!

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Way to go J! That’s a great score. Sounds like you have a great plan going forward.

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hey, well done.
take care

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