The Dinghy Instructor Fast Track is a four-week course for confident Dinghy sailors looking for an all inclusive route to Dinghy Instructor. Qualifying will open a world of opportunity to do what you love and get paid for it in the sunshine.
Flying Fish training will allow you to demonstrate competence on the water having good communication skills, an understanding of the training scheme, in-depth theory knowledge, group management ability, safety awareness and an effective coaching style. All to gain the RYA instructor qualification you need.
The Selling Point
All Flying Fish Dinghy Instructor courses are based at Club Vass and Wildwind in Vassiliki, Greece one of the best watersports locations in Europe. With such fantastic conditions, you will improve quickly and find yourself feeling comfortable in performance dinghies.
We fly you to Greece, check you into our accommodation, the Fish House, introduce you to the lovely town of Vassiliki and allow you to settle in before training begins the following day.
Life off the water is just as exciting as life on. When the sun goes down Vasiliki then comes alive: the Club Vass and Wildwind BBQs and entertainment shows are legendary. The whole of Vassiliki is in holiday mode during the summer months and with so many bars and tavernas to choose from you will have fantastic nights out with like-minded people.
Our instructors are all professional Windsurfers and Dinghy Instructors who are extremely experienced, and passionate about their sport.
Flying Fish graduates have such a fantastic time that many choose not to come home, instead spend the season in Greece working for one of the holiday companies who provide holidays in the beautiful Greek Islands.
A Typical Training Day in Greece
You start at 07:00 with fitness training (optional and only in Vassiliki). This can be either swimming, mountain biking or yoga. Your training day starts after breakfast at 10:00. There will be 3 hours of tuition before lunch then the same in the afternoon rounding up with a debrief at approximately 17:00. You train six days a week in Greece, with Saturdays free to enjoy time on the beach. The social scene comes alive in the evenings with live music and Barbecues along the beach, as well as fantastic restaurants and bars in Vassiliki town for some nights out to remember!
For anybody who is looking to work as a Watersports Instructor after your Flying Fish course in Greece, then we strongly recommend you join our Instructor Development programme. Two weeks of organised work experience with a Watersports Centre in Vassiliki, boosting your CV and giving you the best chance possible of getting a job straight away.
- Flying Fish team branded rash vest.
- RYA Powerboat Level 2 and Rescue Training.
- RYA First Aid Training with scenarios.
- RYA Safe and Fun Course.
- Racing and Race coaching.
- RYA Pre-assessment and Dinghy Instructor.
- All RYA Publications and Certificates.
- Full tuition up to advanced level from our highly experienced team.
- Use of high-performance sailing boats and catamaran.
- Optional fitness options including; SUP, swim, yoga and mountain bikes.
- Mentored job hunting and access to our online recruitment service.
Dates & pricing
£600Self-catering accommodation (shared room)
£900Self-catering accommodation (own room)
£600Return flights from London (includes overseas transfers)
£580Return flights from Manchester (includes overseas transfers)
Pre-requisite experience and qualifications
- You will need to be a confident sailor, competent to RYA level 3 standard.
- You need to be 18 years of age (if you are 17 we require a parent or guardian in resort).
- Before the final week of your course you will need to join the RYA.
- The main pre-course requirement is a desire to be on the water!
Week 1 and 2 : Instructor Skill Development
You start off with personal tuition, working on your skills and practicing new ones, aiming towards the advanced dinghy modules. RYA Powerboat Level 2 plus rescue training to familiarise yourself with techniques used in high wind training centres. RYA First Aid Course, video coaching techniques, sail away trips, racing and coaching skills and high wind blasting on performance dinghies.
Weeks 3 : Instructor Preparation Week
RYA Safety and Fun Course. Learning and teaching styles, demonstration skills (learn the power of demo), Pre-Instructor course questionnaire sessions, practice presentations and how to give feedback. Close quarter sailing skills and boat handling, rudderless sailing and final coaching session before pre-course assessment.
Week 4 : Dinghy Instructor Course
Pre-assessment. An RYA Dinghy Coach/Assessor will evaluate your skills and teaching techniques in preparation for the Instructors Course. The following four days is your Dinghy Instructors Course allowing you the opportunity to showcase your sailing ability and teaching style ashore and afloat.
We recommend all Flying Fish graduates to join our Instructor Development programme, two weeks of organised work experience with a Watersports Centre in Vassiliki, to further boost your CV and increase your employability.
If you are NOT confident sailing to RYA Level 3 standard you may want to consider the Dinghy Instructors Course in Greece.
If you are looking to qualify over the UK winter, head to Australia and get a job at the start of the Med season: Dinghy Instructors course (Australia).
Or stay in Vassiliki, make yourself twice as employable and complete the Dinghy and Windsurf Instructor Course.