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February 27, 2014

Some of the coolest jobs to have in Cape Town

Photo by Cuteshef66, via Wikimedia Commons

If you could choose any job in the world, what would you choose? I’d choose to be a surfing instructor in Cape Town. Every single day would consist of paddling out to the deep blue, watching the sun rise across the horizon and waiting patiently to catch the perfect wave. There’d always be sand between my toes and my hair would be sun streaked, naturally. Of course I’d have to know how to surf first in order to bag this job. But one can dream.

Apart from a surfing instructor at one of Cape Town’s sandy white beaches, we’ve identified some other cool jobs in Cape Town which we'll be bringing to you in a series of posts. Here is our first roundup; these jobs would make waking up at 6am in the morning so much easier.

Robben Island’s Keeper
One of the coolest jobs in Cape Town has got to be the caretaker of Robben Island. It’s been years since the first recorded landing on Robben Island when a group of sailors took refuge in a cave. Today, the island is well-known as a World Heritage Site and is home to an abundance of birdlife, marine and wildlife. The caretaker is the custodian of the island and ensures that it is conserved both naturally and culturally. Spending everyday on an island with the breath-taking view of Cape Town in the distance? Yes please!

Penguin Rescuer
Cape Town’s rough shores are prone to a number of oil spills and for this reason it is critical to have a marine bird rescue team in the city. Penguins are the species that are (arguably) the most affected by an oil spill. Having a job at The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) means you get to rescue these cute tuxedo-wearing marine birds and help rehabilitate them which includes feeding, bathing and helping them get back on their feet. To volunteer visit SANCCOB.

Surfing Instructor
Cape Town has some serious surfing locations with epic swells (brah!). And being a surfing instructor at Llandudno, Long Beach or Muizenberg beach comes with all the perks – it is one job that is probably exactly the way it is depicted in the movies. Waking up in the dark to beat the crowds, waxing surfboards on the shore, and getting out in the ocean every single day – it’s a painfully glorious job. And the look on the faces of eager wannabe surfers when they catch their first wave is nothing short of priceless. Can you tell this one is my favourite?

Stay tuned for part 2 of the coolest jobs in Cape Town. Do you know anyone with a cool, unconventional dayjob? We’d love to interview them. Send us their details by private messaging us on Facebook with the subject line “Coolest Jobs in Cape Town”.

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