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6 Weeks
Vassiliki, Greece


Take a gap year teaching dinghy sailing in the sun, earning money and making friends for life! Becoming a Dinghy Instructor is achievable for anyone on a gap year who has a passion for being on the water and learning something new.

Our Dinghy Instructor Course will teach you all you need to know to become a competent RYA Dinghy Instructor and will prepare you for work as a professional or club Dinghy Instructor.

The Dinghy Instructor Course

For the first two weeks our programme focuses making sure all students have a good grasp of the fundamentals of sailing. We will teach or refresh the key elements of sailing, seamanship, spinnakers and theory, and before you know it you will be flying a spinnaker, surfing downwind.

The course covers all the RYA Dinghy Sailing modules, from RYA Day Sailing to the Performance Sailing module, so if you are new to sailing or have been sailing for a while and would like to refresh your skills ,then this course is for you.

Why Flying Fish?

Our mission was to create the best gap year Dinghy Instructors Course, run by seasoned professionals in the best location in the world. All Flying Fish Dinghy Instructor courses are based at Club Vass and Wildwind in Vassiliki, Greece. In such fantastic conditions, you will improve quickly and before long you will feel comfortable in performance dinghies.

Training in Greece

Our schedule has you training 6 days a week between 10am and 5pm. We also offer optional fitness training twice a week at 8am when you can enjoy mountain biking, SUP, circuits, swimming or yoga. There will be 3 hours of tuition before lunch then the same in the afternoon rounding up with a debrief at 5pm. The equipment is available to use after sessions and in your own time.  You will have Saturdays off to enjoy Vassiliki and the stunning Island of Lefkada.

Life off the water is just as exciting as life on it. When the sun goes down Vassiliki comes alive, with great dining and socialising in town. The Club Vass and Wildwind BBQs and entertainment shows are legendary and are not to be missed!


If you choose our accommodation option, you’ll be staying in the famously known Fish House in Vassiliki town, close to the bars, restaurants and supermarkets. The Fish House is in the heart of the action and only a 10 minute walk from the training centre, Club Vass.

6 weeks using our self catering accommodation costs £900.

The Flying Fish Windsurfing and Dinghy Sailing programmes are so well liked and our customers have such an amazing time that many don’t come home, instead spending the rest of the season in Greece working for one of the holiday companies in the beautiful Greek Islands.

Instructor Development

Customers who would like some work experience after qualifying choose our Instructor Development Course where you can build teaching experience and improve personal skills.

Guaranteed interview With Neilson Holidays

Flying Fish are proud to offer our windsurfing and dinghy sailing students something new for 2020, a guaranteed interview with Neilson Holidays.

To help get your dream job working on the beach, we have joined forces with Neilson’s recruitment team to offer you an interview and the potential to work in one of their water sport centres throughout Europe.

No hidden conditions or contract period. Just the opportunity for an interview with a leading UK active holiday operator.


  • Flying Fish team branded rash vest
  • RYA Level 1,2 and 3
  • RYA Seamanship Skills
  • RYA Start Racing certificate plus race coaching
  • RYA Sailing with Spinnakers
  • RYA Day Sailing
  • RYA Performance Sailing*
  • RYA Level 2 Multihull
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 plus Rescue Training.
  • RYA First Aid Course with scenarios.
  • RYA Safe and Fun Course.
  • Use of high-performance sailing boats and catamarans.
  • Fitness options including SUP, swim, yoga and mountain bikes.

* Subject to personal ability

Dates & pricing

Sorry, there are currently no dates scheduled for this course.

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

There are no formal pre-course requirements, just a desire to be on the water!

  • You need to be 18 years of age or older (if you are 17 we require a parent or guardian in resort)
  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all customers booked on our programmes in Greece
  • Before the final week of your course you will need to join the RYA

Full itinerary

Dinghy Instructor Course schedule:

Weeks 1 and 2: Learning the Basics

  • RYA Level 1, 2 and 3 Sailing Skills
  • Theory, weather, tides, rules of sailing, equipment
  • 5 essentials of sailing
  • Seamanship Skills
  • Day Sailing
  • RYA Sailing with Spinnakers
  • High performance dinghy sailing
  • Rigging and de-rigging and that all important boat maintenance

By the end of the two weeks, you will be at RYA Level 3 standard.

Weeks 3 and 4: Instructor Skills Development 

  • RYA Powerboat level 2 and Rescue Training
  • RYA First Aid course with scenario
  • Personal sailing tuition working towards the advanced modules
  • Sail away trips
  • Video Coaching
  • High Wind sailing
  • RYA race endorsement
  • Racing and Race Coaching

Week 5: Instructor Preparation Week 

  • RYA Safe and Fun Course.
  • Learning styles and teaching skills.
  • Instructor Demo Skills.
  • Practice presentations, questionnaires and feedback.
  • Close quarters sailing and boat handling.
  • Pre-entry Sailing Assessment.

Week 6: Instructor Week

During this week, an RYA-appointed Dinghy Coach/Assessor will develop your on water teaching ability and evaluate your skills and teaching techniques.  All students will be given the opportunity to deliver presentations and practical sessions with feedback. After this week, students will be competent in delivering all components of the RYA Dinghy syllabus.

Related courses

If you are confident sailing a dinghy to RYA Level 3 standard, have experience with skippers and good seamanship skills then you may like to consider our 4-week Dinghy Instructor Fast-Track Course.

We also offer a combined Dinghy and Windsurf Instructor Course which develops your skills as both a sailor and a windsurfer. At our base in Vassiliki, Flying Fish will take you from beginner or early intermediate to dual-qualified Windsurf and Dinghy Instructor in just 12 weeks.