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Get paid to spend your gap year on the beach

17 June 2015

Get paid to spend your gap year on the beach

Beach Life

25 July 2014

Finished your A levels and suddenly realised you’ve got nothing planned for the future? Keep calm and don’t worry – it’s not too late to make plans. Flying Fish has plenty of options that will give you the chance to learn a new skill and earn good money throughout your gap year – while being out of doors, soaking up plenty of sun, sea and social life. Sounds too good to be true? 

See if you like the look of Club Vassiliki on the Greek island of Lefkas in this short video >>

The village of Vassiliki is one of the best windsurfing locations in the world, and it’s where Flying Fish runs courses where you can train as an instructor not just in windsurfing but also in dinghy sailing and diving. You could spend the start of your gap year at ‘Vass’ on a course getting qualified and the rest of the year working as an instructor. If you then go on to university, you will have the opportunity to make better money each summer vacation than just the minimum wage doing unskilled bar or factory work – while having a lot more fun. 

Vassiliki crew

Courses last from two weeks to 12 weeks and run from now until September. Absolute beginners can take the introductory Learn to Windsurf/Intermediate Skills course, an intensive two-week programme on which you will learn to control the board and sail, how to steer, specialist techniques including harness work and beach starts, tacking and gybing, planing and stronger wind techniques – and will have the opportunity to attend theory classes >> 

Completion of this course will equip you to progress to the four-week Flying Fish Windsurf Instructor Fast-track >> 

or six-week Windsurf Instructor Traineeship >> 

Check out this two and a half minute video about becoming a windsurfing instructor >> 

Perhaps you are already a confident intermediate sailor with good boat handling ability? Then you may want to consider the four–week Dinghy Sail Instructor Fast-track course, which leads to the RYA Dinghy Instructor qualification, enabling you to work as a professional or club instructor. The course provides intensive foundation training, including personal performance coaching, first aid and rescue boat driving, instructor training and assessment, focusing on the coaching skills needed to train beginners and improvers in single and two-handed dinghies. You will learn how to teach safely and efficiently and will be given ample time to learn and practise the necessary teaching techniques before being examined >>


If diving is more your thing, you might want to consider the Divemaster Internship which in eight weeks will take you from novice to PADI Divemaster, the basic qualification you need for professional work in the recreational dive industry.


This intensive programme covers the basic essentials that you need to qualify, from Open Water to Rescue Diver. It’s hard work and at the same time you are being assessed as a potential staff member. To enter the second part of the programme you must have qualified as a Rescue Diver and have demonstrated a professional attitude to your work.

The third week gives you supervised work experience, helping with all aspects of running the dive shop and school, while acquiring the skills required to qualify as a PADI Divemaster.

Search all our dinghy, windsurfing and dive instructor courses in Greece >> 

For sailors looking to get their Yachtmaster qualification, there are still places left on the UK based 11 week Yachtmaster Basic course, which starts on 11 August >> and the 15 week Yachtmaster Pro Traineeship, which combines training in the UK with Australia and starts on 1 September >>

Still short of ideas? Then check out our courses for super-yacht deck crew and stewards/stewardesses, which will qualify you in as little as two weeks to work on super-yachts earning super-salaries >> 

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