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6 Weeks
Vassiliki, Greece


Combine windsurfing, travelling and gaining a professional qualification for an unforgettable gap year. Our Windsurfing Instructor Course is perfect for anyone who has never windsurfed before, which takes you through from how to windsurf to becoming a qualified RYA Windsurfing Instructor, in just 6 weeks.

Many of our gap year students who graduate from this course go onto teach windsurfing in many exotic places around the world. What could be better than travelling, making great friends and earning some money at the same time.

About this course

Our six week Windsurfing Instructor course is suitable for people of all ages who share a desire to work outside in the sunshine on the beach teaching something you enjoy doing. The 6-week Windsurfing Instructors Course is aimed at beginners. The course includes all the training needed to become a great Instructor, including Powerboat Level 2 and RYA First Aid. Due to the fantastic location, equipment and instructors we have in Greece your personal sailing will be well above what’s required at the end.

You will qualify as an RYA Start Windsurfing Instructor, allowing you to teach the RYA Start Windsurfing Scheme at any RYA centre around the world.

Why Flying Fish?

The training location is unique. All our Windsurfing courses are run at Club Vass in the beautiful Vassiliki Bay, Greece. You will benefit from the brand new 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.

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 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.

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.


  • RYA Start Windsurf Instructor Course
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 and rescue training
  • RYA First Aid training with scenarios
  • RYA Safe and Fun Course
  • RYA publications W33 training manual and certificates
  • BSUPA Training manual
  • Full tuition up to advanced level from our highly experienced team
  • Unlimited kit usage at Club Vass using the latest boards and sails
  • Fitness training including SUP, swim, yoga, and mountain bike options

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
  • 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

Windsurfing Instructor course schedule:

Weeks 1 and 2: Learning the Basics

  • All the skills 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
  • Short board 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 

  • RYA Powerboat Level 2, rescue training and boat setup
  • RYA First Aid training
  • Personal windsurf tuition from intermediate to Advanced level
  • Sailing upwind on short board using 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

  • RYA Safety and Fun course
  • 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.

Week 6: Start Windsurfing Instructor and SUP Instructor Course

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, presentations techniques, and how you give feedback. After this week you will be competent in delivering all components of the RYA teaching syllabus.

Related courses

We recommend all Flying Fish graduates join our Instructor Development Programme; two weeks of organised work experience with a Water Sports Centre in Vassiliki.