The Circles Program

The Circles program is the next step in our multi-step educational program, intended to instill the graduates of the ‘Lighthouse’ program with more skills related to the surfing world. Skills which can benefit them in other areas of life and enable them to take a more substantial part in the different activities held at “HaGal Sheli”.

The program participants are divided into one of three tracks:

Photography and Editing Operating and Repairing Surfboards Entrepreneurship and Hi-Tech.

Over the course of the program, the participants undergo training by professional mentors in each of the disciplines together with “HaGal Sheli” surf instructors. Once qualified they volunteer as helpers in relevant activities at HaGal Sheli and this way experience taking on responsibility, giving back to the community, and acquire practical tools to serve them later on in life.

The Various Tracks of the "Circles" Program

Photography and Editing

The photo team learns the craft of filming/editing video and the principles of sea and surfing photography. One of the program’s goals is to document the educational processes and events at “HaGal Sheli”. With guidance from professional mentors, the participants of the program take charge of all “HaGal Sheli” media and video. They take photos, create video clips of all the group activities and special events, and document daily life for the students, their families and the staff.

Operating and Repairing Surfboards

The surfboard operation and repair team is responsible for the repair and upkeep of about 300 surfboards in all “HaGal Sheli” centers around the country, providing foundation’s trainees a safe and good surfing experience. Accompanied by the best mentors from the world of “shaping”, the participants learn the secrets of the trade in a yearlong program becoming responsible for this important area of the foundation’s activities.

Entrepreneurship and Hi Tech

The Entrepreneurship Program of “HaGal Sheli” was established to make the Hi-Tech world more accessible to our young participants here in “startup nation” and prove to them that anything is possible. The pedagogical model in this program is based on hands-on experience to establish and develop a new technological venture in the field of surfing. The students learn and go through all stages: planning a prototype, product development, fund-raising, building a website, and product marketing and launching. The program operates in cooperation with brothers Mateo and Aviv Shapira and the ironSource Company.