Gap Year South Africa | Warriors Academy

The Warriors Team
Rudi Viljoen (Owner)

Rudi’s studies are ranged from Spirituality, Metaphysics, Hypnosis, NLP, EFT and Performance Coaching. His belief is that we control our own destinies through the knowledge that we are able to conquer our fears and reach our true potential through understanding our limitless potential and ourselves. Rudi guides the Warriors through a journey of self-discovery, safely allowing them to see who they really are and how wonderful each individual truly is.

  • Masters completed in Ontological and Performance Coaching
  • Event Co-ordinator for various sport and charity events
  • NAUI Scuba Instructor Trainer
  • First Aid & DAN Oxygen Provider Instructor
  • Ocean Skipper with night racing
  • Private Pilot’s License
  • Abseiling Supervisor
  • Survival Instructor
  • Past Chairman & Honorary member of Round Table
  • Past President of Letaba Rotary Club
  • Past Chairman of Youth Development (Rotary District 9400)
  • Paragliding & Skydiving
  • Business Management
  • Coaching Facilitator
  • Warriors Academy Safety Co-ordinator
+27 (0)82 802 0880
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Rowena Viljoen (Program Director)

Rowena’s excitement and love for the finer things in life assist Warriors in the appreciation of Arts and Creative projects. She has a drive for perfection in all aspects of life, she shares this character with the Warriors assisting them in finding the best in themselves and inspiring a sense of self-worth and respect. Rowena is the Princess of the outdoors, she adapts from ball gowns to mountain gear in mere seconds and faces challenges with an award winning smile.

  • Human Resource Management Degree
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Spinning Instructor
  • Ocean Sailing
  • Horsemanship
  • Master Scuba Diver
  • President of Rotaract Club 2007 / 2011
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Chair for D9400 2016 / 2017
  • Rotary Exchange Student
  • Water Sports Facilitator
  • Outdoor Adventure Facilitator
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Health and Wellness Facilitator
  • Rebounding and Lymphology Instructor
  • Social Skills Development Facilitator
  • Nutritionist
  • TRE Facilitator Level 2
  • Spyck-K Practitioner
  • Coaching Facilitator
  • Yoga
  • Mountaineering
  • Mountain Biking
  • River Guiding
  • Scheduling
  • Finances
  • Marketing
  • PDP
  • Skippers License
+27 (0)83 737 2892
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Charles Thompson (Training Director)

Charles has more than 20 years of teaching experience, specialising in special needs education. A man who truly cherishes and values leadership development of all pupils, as an integral part of every young person's growth. His experience and skill make him perfect for the position as he strives to take the students to the next level of commitment and readiness for the outdoor professional workforce. He is an aspiring artist who loves the outdoors and wild life conservation. His resilience and smile go hand in hand with his unrelenting positivity.

  • BA(Ed) (H.M.S)- Human Movement Science and Geography- University of Port Elizabeth
  • The Open University- Understanding the Autism Spectrum
  • Team Teach Advance Training Module
  • Eduguide Leadership Development
  • PGL( United Kingdom) Multi-Activity Instructor
  • Drifters Intermediate Safari Guide
  • ARA Level 2 Outdoor Adventure Instructor
  • Caro Level 1 Adventure Leader
  • Africa Medical Level 3 First Aid
  • S.A.C.U. Level 2 Cricket Coaching
  • SARFU Level 2 Rugby Coaching
  • S.A.A.A.U. Grade 3 Athletics Official.A.H.U. Grade 4 Hockey Coach
  • S.A.A.S.U. National Swimming Coach Certificate
  • Code 8 Drivers and PDP
+27 (0)72 019 095
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René Viljoen (Health & Wellness)

René specialises in the natural processes of health and wellness. Her passions are achieving total wellbeing through body, mind and spirit. Her uplifting personality combined with her maternal love makes her a loving and nurturing mother to all. René’s focus is in achieving a balanced full life as naturally as possible. René assists the Warriors in healing mentally, emotionally and physically through the practice of QEC and TRE. René is also the guide to exploring cultures and understanding one's own sexuality.

  • Registered Educator at PPASA (Planned Parenthood Association of South Africa)
  • Life skills & HIV Aids Master Trainer
  • Sexuality Education
  • Scuba Instructor
  • First Aid & DAN Oxygen Provider Instructor
  • Registered Spinning Instructor
  • Mountaineering
  • Certified Health Practitioner in Nutrition & Detoxification
  • Reflexologist
  • QEC & TRE Facilitator
  • Coaching Facilitator
  • Psyk-K Facilitator
+27 (0)82 802 082
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Tumi Matlou (Marketing)

Tumi’s Ambition to do her best and be the best in her respective fields has led her to various achievements. Her passion for marketing has put her in line to make sure Warriors is well branded and well represented. She adds “Colours” to the team and as the famous Quote say, “Dynamites comes in small packages.”

  • Bcom Marketing Degree
  • Event Coordinator
  • Coastal Skippers License
  • First Aid Level 1
  • TRE Facilitator Level 2
  • Zumba Instructor
  • Dance Instructor
  • Advanced Scuba Diver
  • Running Instructor
  • Nutritionist
  • Rotary Exchange Student
  • Warriors Rotaract President 2012
  • Rotaract member 2009 – current
  • PDP
  • Monte Blanc SA Team Runner
  • Marketing and Communications for Warriors and Revlon SA
  • Coaching Facilitator
  • Media Intelligence
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Account Manager
Ruan Viljoen (Marketing)

Ruan is a natural leader that loves to be challenged. He always strives for excellence, and believes that anything worth doing is worth doing well.  He motivates and develops leaders, teaching powerful life principles and producing highly focused and energetic young adults using adventure and extreme sports as a channel. Ruan is the extreme Warrior, there is no challenge that he won't take on and conquer. He is safety driven in all the challenges that he takes the Warriors on, he guides them in overcoming their fears in a safe and secure manner, giving them the freedom to achieve what they never thought possible, building their confidence and developing their self-esteem, taking them to the next level. Ruan believes that leading by example in all aspects of life is his greatest strength. With a vast knowledge of all things regarding the ocean and he compliments his knowledge with his remarkable physical ability to achieve the seemingly impossible in an outdoor environment. We would trust him with our lives in any situation.

  • Master of Yachts 200 GT Unlimited
  • Scuba Diving Instructor (NAUI and PADI)
  • AEC
  • STCW
  • PDSD
  • Eng 1
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA VHF Radio
  • RYA Diesel Engine
  • RYA Radar
  • RYA Personal Watercraft (PWC)
  • Supper Yacht Deck Hand
  • Scuba Specialty and Nitrox Instructor
  • First Aid Instructor
  • Boat Skipper (With surf launch and SCUBA diver endorsement)
  • PDP Code 14 Driving License (Unlimited size with public transport endorsement)
  • Yacht Skipper Certificate
  • Yachting Experience for 9 Years
  • Water Ski Instructor
  • Kite Surfing Instructor
  • Ocean Canoeing
  • River Guide and Swift Water Rescue
  • Fishing Charters
  • First Aid and CPR Instructor
  • Abseiling Supervisor
  • Rope Rigging
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Handyman, Carpentry and Knife Making
  • Drone Pilot
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Renske Hagg (Marketing)

Renske’s energy will get you moving! She joined the Warriors Family in 2013 and her passion for life is contagious. She has a thirst for adventure and believes that “Being out ‘there’ is where I grow”. Her deep and respectful love for nature makes her a reliable leader in the field. She is a mover and a shaker and will turn any ordeal into an unforgettable adventure. As part of the Marketing and Gap Year consulting team Renske is always researching, upgrading and developing behind the scenes.

  • Marketing & Gap Year Consultant
  • Mountaineering
  • Mountain Biking
  • Trail runner
  • Outdoor Adventure Facilitator
  • River Guiding
  • Master Of Yachts 200 Gross Tons Unlimited
  • STCW 95
  • PDSD
  • RYA Power Boat level 2
  • RYA VHF Radio
  • Stewardess Course
  • Photography
  • Code 8 Drivers License with PDP
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Massage and Diploma in Aromatherapy
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Courtney Venter (Senior Facilitator)

Courtney is a young lively, bubbly lady, here to change lives in even the smallest but significant way.  Her noticeable laughter follows her everywhere as she never stops moving and gets done what needs to be done. She loves to be surrounded by animals. A former city girl; to a true lover of outdoors and adventures, who is always up for a dance in the rain. 

  • First Aid Level 3
  • Advanced Raid Scuba Diver
  • MAI Graduate
  • Abseil Recreation Instructor
  • Adventure Programme Design and Planning
  • Fall Arrest and Basic Rescue
  • Outdoor Safety Representative
  • Camp and Outdoor Adventure Facilitator
  • Social Skills
  • Mountain Biking
  • Code 8 and PDP
  • Yacht Deck Hand
  • Finances and Administrator
  • Always Ready to Learn
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Francois Van Schalkwyk (Facilitator)

Francois is a truly an energizer bunny! A man on a journey to his dreams; who on his adventures stops to help anyone that needs it. Francois is a joker that has the spirit of a kid. He is a nature lover and even a bigger animal lover. Everyone around Francois understands and sees his passion for the outdoors! He is definitely one of the guys.

  • Open Water 20 Raid Scuba Diver
  • Driving License and PDP
  • Rebound Instructor
  • Survival
  • Cooking Skills
  • Off and On Road Motor Biking
  • Entrepreneur
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