With a place secured at Newcastle Uni to study marine biology, 20 year old Denise joined Flying Fish in Vassiliki to do a Dinghy Instructor course.
Being a keen windsurfer she also took a two week windsurfing Prep and Assessment course get her up to Start Windsurfing Instructor.
Plan for gappers
Having qualified, Denise is following the classic Fish three year plan for gappers.
She spent the next season working at Club Vass, where she writes:
I made the decision to spend part of my gap year getting qualified as an instructor as I wanted to teach sailing and windsurfing during uni breaks.
Now I don't have to worry about what to do for summer holidays and how to pay for them as I'm doing something that's really good fun AND getting paid for it!
Better than a holiday
The Flying Fish course is great. It really helps you to deal with people and gives you the confidence to talk to anyone. As for working at Club Vass - being here is better than a holiday.
I'm coming back next year to get my RYA Windsurfing Intermediate Instructor ticket with Flying Fish.
(And of course she did - and passed!)