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18th Edition

18th Edition of

Program Cascais Surf for Employability

The Program Cascais Surf for Employability  aims to promote the employability of young people and adults who are unemployed or looking for their first job.


Surfing is the basic tool that combined with other tools will support participants in the design and implementation of their personal/professional path, enhancing the activity and technical know-how of the various possible work contexts in the area of surfing.


The program take place at Nova SBE in Carcavelos and the surf lessons at Carcavelos Beach.


During 5 weeks the following activities are:

  • Weekly Surf and Yoga classes;

  • Individual Coaching – Support for Personal and Professional Development;

  • Group Coaching – Support to Personal and Professional Development;

  • Training Actions in the areas of: 

    • Economics, Accounting and Finance,

    • Communication and Marketing,

    • Active job search,

    • Management and Planning,

    • Entrepreneurship.

The five-week cycle ends with two days of balancing skills and differentiated experiences in a session called Deep in the Ocean (to be defined).


After the end of the program, participants can also have 16 weeks of individual mentoring for the development of their  project.




Integrated in the Mission defined by the municipal executive of “Making Cascais the best place to live for a day or a lifetime”, the municipality of Cascais has been developing a strategic action that in terms of Employment, Economy and Innovation aims to promote a territory competitive and prosperous through the generation of an environment and an ecosystem that enhance the attraction of companies, job creation and the development of entrepreneurship.


At the same time, the Cascais City Council (CMC) has been developing a series of initiatives to promote employability aimed at developing skills that facilitate the insertion of citizens in the labor market.


The current job market in the VICA World - Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous - requires constant updating and the development of new attitudes and skills adjusted to this reality.



The Surf Social Wave Association - aims to promote the development of employability skills for young people and adults in search of their first job or unemployed through surfing, supporting them in the design and implementation of their personal / professional path, enhancing their activity and technical know-how of the various possible work contexts in the surfing area and beyond.

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Promotion and Target

It is promoted by Surf Social Wave Association and the Cascais City Hall, through the Talent Promotion and Employability Division (DEPT) of the Talent Promotion Department (DPT).


This initiative is aimed at people over 18 years of age who are unemployed.


The Objectives of the Surf Social Wave Project are:

1) Enable young people and adults, first experiences of contact with the world of Surf ;

2) Facilitate and support the transition from a job search or unemployment situation to the world of work;

3) To promote in young people and adults, active and effective attitudes in the construction / reconstruction of their personal and professional future ;


The program integrates the following activities:

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Individual Coaching

One-on-one sessions to help setting goals to achieve the desired change. During the process, the participant goes through stages of learning and self knowledge, about their qualities, points of improvement, behaviors and limiting beliefs.

Group Coaching

Group sessions where subjects and themes of interest to the participants are addressed and according to needs identified by the facilitators, aiming to promote the personal development of the participants.

Training Actions

Sessions with professionals and academic professors in areas relevant to the development of Employability and Entrepreneurship

(economics, communication and marketing, digital tools, management and planning and entrepreneurship).

Inspirational Speakers

Lectures with professionals who bring their stories of inspiring lives , share their successes, failures and motivations.

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Weekly Classes

Surfing is a tool for personal development and empowerment, it acts as an unblocker of emotions and brings many valuable learnings such as learning to be resilient and live in the moment.


Weekly Lessons

Work well-being as a whole for a healthy body and a healthy mind.  

Deep in the Ocean

Final Balance Sheet action with an intensive model focused on the lessons learned. (to be defined)


For 16 weeks, participants can have follow-up in individual sessions.

*Some sessions may happen in English.

Session Locations


The sessions will take place in person at Nova SBE in Carcavelos with the participation of professors from Nova SBE , the City ​​Council of Cascais , Randstad and also professionals from the respective areas; with the exception of Surf lessons that take place in Carcavelos.


Consult the schedule of 17th Edition.

Schedule of 18th Edition available soon.

Dates and deadlines for the next edition:

May 23, 2023 – Registration opens

June 19, 2023 - Registration Closing

June 20 and 21, 2023 – Selection of candidates and interviews

June 22 and 23, 2023 – Confirmation and communication of selected participants

June 26, 2023 - Start of the Program - Presentation - 9:00 am

July 28, 2023 - Program Closing Session

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us !

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