After finishing his HSC at Sydney's Cranbrook School Oscar, 18, joined Flying Fish to ski in Canada.
Oscar is now mid way through his degree in Sydney. He reflected on his gap year:
I took the ski instructor programme in Whistler, Canada. The best thing about the course was the amount of skiing I did over the six months.
Wonderful skiing conditions
Canada is home to wonderful skiing conditions. The friends I made and the opportunity to live away from home were certainly further memorable aspects of my gap year course.
I choose to take a gap year because I felt that there were benefits in traveling and experiencing other cultures before starting my university degree.
Learning how to teach
The course itself was ideal as you were not only taught how to ski, but you we were also learning how to teach. This meant I could stay and work in the mountains for the full season.
The best thing about a gap year is that you'll never know exactly what you're in for!
New people and places
You are bound to meet new people, visit interesting places, and discover a wider perspective on the world.
Stepping out of your comfort zone can be seen as a great challenge but it is also an opportunity to try new things and embrace life.
I totally recommend taking a gap year simply because it is an experience you will neither forget nor regret.