Work as a Windsurf Instructor
Qualified windsurf instructors are in demand, particularly in the Mediterranean summer season from April to October.
The instructor lifestyle is second to none.
You go to work and spend time on the water every day. There are plenty of opportunities to improve your own windsurfing.
Getting your first paid job
After training with Flying Fish in Greece or Australia, you should aim to spend your first season in the Mediterranean.
Work here starts in April or May, which is perfect timing if you have trained with Flying Fish in Sydney during the Australian summer.
Summer season jobs
Major employers need sailing and windsurfing instructors throughout the season. The first group starts work in April, then more are needed for peak season in July and August. In September and October, more vacancies arise as some staff leave early to return to university.
You can apply for work and realistically hope to get a job, no matter when you qualify with Flying Fish.
Even before you start your course, get to work on your CV (resume).
List the qualifications you expect to achieve. Apply for the instructor vacancies advertised on this site – and start networking as soon as you begin training. There can be more jobs going than applicants for them. We expect you to get hired!
As soon as you have paid your deposit for a Flying Fish instructor course, you are entitled to full access to our Jobs and Recruitment section.
What’s the pay?
Your first job will not be highly paid. You can expect a weekly wage of £100 or $170 in your first European instructor job.
However – your living costs are extremely low, your employer usually provides housing and meals are often supplied too.
If you begin work in Australia you will start on $20 an hour.
As you become more experienced and better qualified your pay will increase. A Senior Instructor at an established UK sailing school can expect a salary of £18,000-£22,000.
Next steps in your career
The Mediterranean season runs until October or November.
Now it’s time to look for winter work in the Caribbean or the Middle East – or maybe go down to Australia for that endless summer.
There are sailing schools, clubs and training centres in great locations worldwide.
Top tips for a newly qualified instructor
- To view full details of instructor job vacancies on this site you must have paid a deposit to confirm your Flying Fish training.
- Approach employers no later than January for Mediterranean jobs starting in April.
- If you don’t have the right to work in Europe as an instructor, explore the options in Turkey, which is outside the EU.
- Think about upgrading your instructor qualifications in time for your second season.