The adventure seeker - becoming a snowboard, ski and surfing instructor - image courtesy of the Ticket to Ride GroupThe adventure seeker - becoming a snowboard, ski and surfing instructor - image courtesy of the Ticket to Ride Group

Surfing, snowboarding and skiing are very popular pastimes and their pull towards mainstream careers is a natural one. OriginalSteps.com spoke with the Ticket to Ride Group about the hard work and dedication needed to become an instructor in these fields.

What are the characteristics needed to become an instructor in either field?

Our top three characteristics are:

1. Passion for the sport.
2. A driven and determined attitude - to not only put in the training hours, but to pass the exams and make it in the industry.
3. The ability to communicate with different types of people on a daily basis and gauge the best way to teach them.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 © 2016 Marvel Studios

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 © 2016 Marvel Studios

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

The Book of Joy - Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu

The Book of Joy - Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu

Two spiritual giants. Seven days. One timeless question.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships – or, as they would say, because of them – they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.

Star Wars Reads 2016 Copyright: Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™, All Rights Reserved

Star Wars Reads 2016 Copyright: Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™, All Rights Reserved

The month of October is Star Wars Reads month and international Star Wars Reads Day is the 15th October 2016.

Find out more and download activity sets on StarWars.com or connect via Facebook @StarWarsReads. Also see below for South African times/venues.

Instrumental by James Rhodes

Instrumental by James Rhodes

James Rhodes' passion for music has been his absolute lifeline. It has been the thread that has held him together through a life that has encompassed pain, conflict and turmoil. Listening to Rachmaninov on a loop as a traumatised teenager or discovering an Adagio by Bach while in a hospital ward - such exquisite miracles of musical genius have helped him survive his demons, and, along with a chance encounter with a stranger, inspired him to become the renowned concert pianist he is today.