MEET COLIN KUIT
Entrepreneur, Outdoor Educator, Surfing Instructor, Wildlife Protector and Molokai to Oahu World Championship Finisher.
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Colin grew up dreaming of being a game ranger. He was born and raised amongst the elephants, giraffes, leopards and rhinos of the Kruger National Park in South Africa. His trajectory diverted somewhat, when he discovered the thrill of surfing, and since then, he has followed his passion travelling the world.
Colin tells us his story and path and how he has evolved from being a lifeguard and qualifying as an ASI instructor, teaching PE in the UK with a Sports Science degree, to becoming the sports coordinator at Green School Bali and eventually taking the big leap and becoming an entrepreneur.
Today, Colin and his wife Lorraine now run two outdoor education companies for International School Students, one in Bali and the other in the Kruger National Park, South Africa:
– The International Schools Surf Camp. This company proposes surf camps in Bali and the Philippines. Kids learn to surf in a safe environment and, on the community side, they get to participate in awesome community projects. For instance, Colin takes his students on coral reef conservation trips with with Reef Check Indonesia, he also collaborates with turtle conservation projects and participates in socially responsible projects with a cashew nut factory in North Bali.
– The International Schools Safari Camp is located in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Consequently, Colin takes his students on safaris. Most importantly, students get to learn the essence of being a park ranger, the risks they take and even how to arrest a poacher! He helps his students obtain the Duke of Edinburgh Award by taking kids on survival expeditions and raises awareness on the threats that the wild animals face. His South-African camp is an active contributor to Stop Rhino Poaching, a wildlife conservation NGO protecting the Rhinoceros from poaching and raising awareness on rhino extinction.
In this episode we get into what it takes to run an outdoor education business and how to fit in spare time for… surfing!
Colin mentions that entrepreneurs are indeed lacking in financial education, so take a look at Robert Kyosaki’s “Rich Dad, Poor Dad site to get better ideas on how to create sustainable income and inspiring tips for financial management.
Moreover, Colin tells us how he is preparing for the M2O Paddleboard World Championships, a mythical 52 kilometer race across the Channel of Bones, in the shark infested waters of Hawaii. He also provides us with some interesting info on surf spots in Bali.
Thank you Colin for making this such a great episode.
Thank you for listening to it.
Until next week, take care, have fun and enjoy the waves!