On April 24 – 27, DUSA offered students a Byron Bay Surf Trip, packed with surfing lessons, tours and kayaking. Over the course of 3 days, students enjoyed everything the beautiful beach town had to offer and made some lasting memories. We asked team leader, Zoe Saheicha, a few questions on the good times, the good surf and the good company.
What did you do on the trip and why did you decide to sign up for it?
On this trip, we experienced beginner surfing lessons at Lennox Heads which accumulated to eight hours over the course of two days. We also visited the Ainsworth Lake which is a natural tea tree lake located near Lennox Heads. Some members of the group signed up for kayaking (we saw turtles and dolphins!), whilst other members went on a guided walk to Cape Byron Lighthouse which was led by Soul Surf School.
I decided to sign up for this trip as I love surfing and trying new things, as I live quite rurally the opportunity to surf is not very common. I also decided to sign up for this trip as I have never been to Byron Bay, it is an experience that I will never forget as I may never have the chance to come back to this lovely beach town.
What was the best part of the trip?
It’s hard to pinpoint the best part of the trip as I believe every aspect was amazing. I was able to make new and interesting friends from all across the world, such as China and India all the way to Austria and the Czech Republic. I enjoyed how much the trip pushed me and how it brought the best out of me. Again, I loved how the trip didn’t feel like a conventional University trip where there are strict rules and regulations; I believe it embodied DUSA’s nature of putting its students needs as the top priority, as well as maintaining a safe and accepting environment.
Was any part of the trip particularly challenging?
The surfing lessons and the kayaking were by far the most challenging as it was quite long and tiring. However, once we had achieved our goals, such as standing on the board or kayaking the full way without giving up it was an incredibly rewarding experience. I believe each and every one of us achieved our personal goals no matter how challenging it may have been.
Did you find the trip an overall positive experience?
Yes, it was an incredibly rewarding experience, every member felt supported, accepted and safe.
Why do you think it’s important for students to get involved with student life?
I believe the main thing a student should do during their university experience is to get involved, because if not; coming to university can become very much a chore. I have gained so many new friends throughout my time with DUSA and I always find myself talking to at least one person each time I come onto campus. DUSA events have enabled me to come out of my shell and really helped me improve my interpersonal skills. Personally, coming to university has become a much less scary prospect in my life now than ever before, all because of my involvement with DUSA.
How did this experience develop your leadership skills?
This trip did develop my leadership skills as I feel much more able to take students through flights efficiently and safely, which had been a previous concern for me. I feel as if I am more supportive as a leader whilst maintaining good relationships. I was able to develop my problem solving, communication and decision-making skills, as well as understanding general student needs.
What do you love most about DUSA?
I love DUSA because of its supportive yet fun nature. My university experience has flourished after joining and immersing myself in the events of this association runs, whether it was obtaining my Level One First Aid qualification or attending an O’Week party. I love that DUSA truly feels like a community where acceptance and unification are upheld.
If you’re interested in jetting away for a few days then keep your eyes peeled to our website for all the latest trips coming up!