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£6,030
12 Weeks
Vassiliki, Greece
£1,800
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Overview

Spending your summers working abroad on the beach is a dream job for any gap year or university student. We’ll help you achieve this dream with our 12 week Water Sports Instructor Course.

Our combined Dinghy and Windsurf Instructor Course gives you plenty of time on the water to develop your skills as both a sailor and 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.

About this course

Being a dual-qualified Instructor will open up more employment opportunities and provide a more varied career path. The course is split into two six-week sections. Phase 1 covers the Dinghy Instructors Course, and Phase 2 covers the Windsurfing Instructors Course.

Why Flying Fish?

What makes training with Flying Fish unique is the location. All our Water Sports Instructor Courses are run at Club Vass in the beautiful Vassiliki Bay, Greece. You will benefit from the brand new Windsurfing kit that Club Vass buys each year. The equipment is rigged and ready to go so you choose the sail and board you would like and off you go. Club Vass has over 300 boards, sails, paddleboards to choose from, you will get to experience different sail and board combinations to see what works best.

For Dinghy sailing, you will have a choice of Laser boats plus some high-performance dinghies from our partners at Wildwind.

Training in Greece

Our schedule has you training 6 days a week between 10 am and 5 pm. We also offer optional fitness training twice a week at 8 am 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 5 pm. 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!

Accommodation

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.

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 of spending the rest of the season in Greece working for one of the holiday companies in the beautiful Greek Islands.


Inclusions

  • RYA Start Windsurf Instructor Course
  • RYA Dinghy Instructor Course
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 and rescue training
  • RYA First Aid Training with scenarios
  • RYA Safe and Fun Course
  • All RYA Publications and Certificates
  • Flying Fish team branded rash vest
  • Full tuition to advanced level from our highly experienced Instructors
  • Unlimited kit usage in your own time
  • Fitness training including SUP, swim, yoga, and mountain bike options
  • Mentored job hunting and online recruitment service

Dates & pricing

Starts Ends Location(s) Availability
16/05/2021 08/08/2021 Vassiliki, Greece 4 Spaces Left
Course + Accommodation
£7,830
Self Catering Accommodation (Shared Room)
Required deposit £242
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Course + Accommodation
£8,730
Self Catering Accommodation (Own Room)
Required deposit £242
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Course only
£6,030
Accommodation is not included
Required deposit £242
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional addons:
£600Return Flight from London (includes overseas transfers)
£580Return Flight from Manchester (includes overseas transfers)
23/05/2021 15/08/2021 Vassiliki, Greece 4 Spaces Left
Course + Accommodation
£7,830
Self Catering Accommodation (Shared Room)
Required deposit £242
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Course + Accommodation
£8,730
Self Catering Accommodation (Own Room)
Required deposit £242
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Course only
£6,030
Accommodation is not included
Required deposit £242
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional addons:
£600Return Flight from London (includes overseas transfers)
£580Return Flight from Manchester (includes overseas transfers)
27/06/2021 19/09/2021 Vassiliki, Greece 3 Spaces Left
Course + Accommodation
£7,830
Self Catering Accommodation (Shared Room)
Required deposit £242
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Course + Accommodation
£8,730
Self Catering Accommodation (Own Room)
Required deposit £242
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Course only
£6,030
Accommodation is not included
Required deposit £242
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional addons:
£600Return Flight from London (includes overseas transfers)
£580Return Flight from Manchester (includes overseas transfers)
04/07/2021 26/09/2021 Vassiliki, Greece 4 Spaces Left
Course + Accommodation
£7,830
Self Catering Accommodation (Shared Room)
Required deposit £242
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Course + Accommodation
£8,730
Self Catering Accommodation (Own Room)
Required deposit £242
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Course only
£6,030
Accommodation is not included
Required deposit £242
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional addons:
£600Return Flight from London (includes overseas transfers)
£580Return Flight from Manchester (includes overseas transfers)

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

Phase one: Dinghy Instructor Training 

Weeks 1 and 2: Skills Training 

  • Learn to sail – we teach you how to sail a dinghy on your own or as part of a crew. You will learn how to sail effectively and develop seamanship and racing skills.
  • Theory, weather, tides, rules of sailing, equipment, rigging, and de-rigging, plus that all-important – boat maintenance.
  • Each afternoon when the wind increases, you will get to experience sailing on high-performance dinghies using spinnakers with one of our expert instructors.
  • 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 Training with scenarios
  • Personal sailing tuition working towards the advanced modules
  • Sail away trips
  • Video coaching
  • High wind blasting
  • 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.

Phase two: Windsurfing Instructor Course

Weeks 1 and 2: Learning the Basics

  • All the skills and required to get you to RYA intermediate standard
  • Beach starts, using the foot straps
  • Theory: weather, tides, 7 common senses, rules of the road
  • Windsurfing upwind and downwind
  • Rigging sails, types of boards, fins, and harnesses
  • Using the harnessing in strong winds
  • Shortboard blasting
  • Video Coaching to help improve techniques
  • Morning SUP skills, races, and trips.
  • Optional fitness sessions: Yoga, Circuits, MTB, Swim, and Stretch

Weeks 3 and 4: Skills Development 

  • Powerboat Rescue training (how to rescue a windsurfer)
  • Personal windsurf tuition from intermediate to advanced level
  • Sailing upwind on shortboard using a harness and the fast tack
  • Water start and carve gybe training
  • Sail away trips
  • High wind blasting
  • Morning SUP skills, races, and trips.
  • Optional fitness sessions: Yoga, Circuits, MTB, Swim, and Stretch
  • Advanced theory knowledge, fin design, rigging, and tuning

Week 5: Instructor Preparation

  • Theory & practical presentations
  • Learning styles, feedback, and teaching techniques
  • Practice presentations pre-course questionnaires and feedback
  • Afternoon high wind coaching
  • Close quarters board handling and instructor skills
  • Morning SUP skills, races, and trips.
  • Optional fitness sessions: Yoga, Circuits, MTB, Swim, and Stretch

Week 6: Start Windsurfing Instructor 

The Windsurf Instructor Course runs Sunday – Wednesday with moderation on Thursday. There are a maximum of 8 students on the course. All students will be given the opportunity to deliver presentations and practical sessions. You will be assessed on your personal sailing skills, presentation techniques, and how you give feedback. After this week you will be competent in delivering all components of the RYA teaching syllabus.


Related courses

After this course we recommend that you join our Instructor Development Programme – two weeks of organised work experience in a Water Sports Centre in Vassiliki which will start after your Dinghy & Windsurf Instructor Course.