It’s all about Thrill, High Speeds
and Top Level Risk

Who Is iALA?

THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY FOR LEADERSHIP THROUGH ADVENTURE (IALA) IS A WELL- KNOWN SOUTH AFRICAN ADVENTURE- BASED LEADERSHIP ACADEMY, ENABLING AND DEVELOPING LEADERS THROUGH ADVENTURE.

Where Did iALA Start?

Extreme Sports

Our Journey

Our journey started 14 years ago in Stellenbosch when Professor Piet du Plessis and his son Charl, started the adventure-based Gap year program. This was bought over by Jan Heenop, the owner since 2012. The present curriculum is based upon a syllabus accepted by CATHSSETA as a formal qualification. Gap year students and full-time students follow a similar program. Gap year students do not follow an academic syllabus though, but a program filled with experiential learning activities. The main campus is in Still Bay.

Extreme Sports Biking
Snowboarding

Our Vision

  • Our Vision is to create the environment for you to discover your footprints towards the True North of Life.
  • Our Mission is to create TEAMS
  • Leaders change the FUTURE

Why do a Leadership Program?

You have the opportunity to grow in a safe environment: “Why am I here? AND, “Where to from here?”

WE FOCUS ON THE FOLLOWING NEEDS

  • Sustainability & Ethical Lifestyle
  • Holistic Well-Being
  • Mental Health
  • Need To Travel
  • Personal Development

HE WHO DIES WITH THE LEAST TOYS WINS. BECAUSE THE MORE YOU KNOW, THE LESS YOU NEED.

– YVON CHOUINARD
Leadership through Adventure

OUR VALUES

We expose students to situations where they can develop the following skills: complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, people management, coordinating with others, emotional intelligence, judgement and decision making, service orientation, negotiation, cognitive flexibility. In a complex world these skills will give clarity of purpose – the True North of Life.

  • Clarity – focusses, enables, and gives energy.
  • Competence – take responsibility for the development of your competencies.
  • Coachability – to submit yourself to continuous learning in accountability.
  • Courage – to be vulnerable and brave at the same time, sometimes not knowing which comes first.
  • Character – finding my uniqueness and identity in living these values.
Leadership through Adventure

OUR OFFERINGS

We expose students to situations where they can develop the following skills: complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, people management, coordinating with others, emotional intelligence, judgement and decision making, service orientation, negotiation, cognitive flexibility. In a complex world these skills will give clarity of purpose – the True North of Life.

OPEN Water Swimming and Rockwork in Stilbaai.
MEDICAL Level iii

(Dynamikos Health & Safety Training)(One week Full Time)

FIRE-ARM Competency Training

(PFTC Accredited)(One week Full Time plus qualification)

EXECUTIVE & LIFE Coaching

(iALA Educate)

SSi Openwater SCUBA

SCUBA Qualification & Dive Masters Training (Stilbaai SCUBA)

FISH River Canyon Hike

(May- June every year)

Learn to SURF
MOUNTAIN Biking

Skills development

CAREER Counseling

(University of Stellenbosch)

PURPOSE Driven Life

(Big 5 leadership qualities & Talents, gifts & personal style)

Learn to HUNT
feel the excitement

Why choose
extreme sports

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Helping increase mental focus

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Get different body muscles work

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Burn upto 500 Calories per hour

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Overcome fear and manage skills

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feel the excitement

Meet Club Team

Mark Thomas
Mark Thomas
CEO Founder
Simon Jolta
Simon Jolta
Senior Trainer
Bill Kennedy
Bill Kennedy
Senior Trainer
Tina Luyben
Tina Luyben
Senior Trainer
share the passion

What Students Are Saying

This changed my life. There is no price worthy of this experience.

Jean-Martin Le Roux

iALA showed me I am capable of more than I ever imagined.

Rowan Poortier

The iALA experience made me realize who I am truly meant to be, what I want for myself and opened my eyes to the joy that can be found in the simple things in life.

Olivia Strydom (Du Preez)