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All our Beach Clubs offer excellent conditions for windsurfing, with all the kit and tuition you’ll ever need! Whether complete beginner or seasoned expert, you’ll love the predictability of the thermal winds. We pick our centres carefully - with water sports in mind - this way we can be sure you’ll get more enjoyable sailing and that you'll come back every year!
Our windsurfing is suitable for all abilities and windsurf tuition is included on your holiday. Whatever your level, whatever your fitness, whatever your goal - whether it’s learning to tack to mastering the infamous carve gybe - we’ve got you covered! Our top-notch RYA instructors love teaching everyone from beginners to Intermediates and expert sailors - whether you're looking to gain a qualification or you're just windsurfing for fun.
We provide a daily programme of free-and-inclusive lessons for beginners and Intermediates with some advanced techniques like beach starts, blasting control and carve gybe clinics. They’re run by our own RYA instructors and available for five days a week. Each session lasts up to 1.5 hours and we’ll teach techniques for every skill: from windsurfing gently along to your first tacks, gybes and even performance modules and planing techniques.
If you’re a complete beginner then make use of our comprehensive ‘Start Windsurfing’ & ‘Start Sailing’ booster lesson at the start of the week, which is also free. These complimentary sessions are lots of fun and designed to equip you with the necessary skills to free-sail our dinghies and boards all week, in calm conditions.
As well as our free daily lessons, you can top-up with an RYA course (Level 1-4) to get even more focussed tuition and work towards a level of the RYA syllabus. From only £69 for 10-12 hours tuition.
If you’ve done a little windsurfing before, there's no need to join a lesson (unless you want to), simply choose a board from our racks, let the beach team know and head out into our sailing area. Our water sports centre is open each day from 9.30am until the last guest comes off the water and it’ll remain open over lunch, so you can windsurf non-stop if you want to!
You will be able to 'free sail' any of our boards and even try the latest performance boards for no extra charge. Our instructors are on always hand to help and advise whether you’re in a lesson or not. They’re always on the beach and on hand to help you rig-up and get launched.
You’ll find all the kit you could ever need in our well-stocked centres. All our Beach Clubs have a full range of kit, for all levels up to advanced and it has been selected to suit the local conditions.
We use leading brands like Starboard, Tushingham and Severne and have all types of board from super-stable beginner boards, easy going free-ride boards, to high-performance race, freestyle and wave boards, which are very current. Just bring your board shorts and a rash vest. We’ll supply the rest.
We love teaching our guests to windsurf and sail, it’s what we do best and probably why 98% of clients rate our tuition as ‘Excellent’*. It’s a lot of fun to learn in a group with other guests and you can even go home with a new RYA qualification at the end of your stay.
We use our own British RYA instructors and they’re a lot of fun! They will make each session enjoyable and safe, using the latest kit and teaching practices which follow the Ocean Elements Fast Forward coaching technique.
*Source: 2017 and 2018 customer feedback surveys. 3256 customers in 2018
We offer a FREE ‘Intro to Foiling’ taster session for intermediate windsurfers in Vassiliki & Kos. It’s run by our own RYA foiling instructors, designed to help you understand the basics and give you a go on one of our special foiling boards (by Starboard). It’s an experience you won’t forget, and we’ll make it easy and safe for you to learn.
We also offer the RYA ‘First Flight’ course and the RYA ‘Sustained Flight’ course for more in-depth foiling. A must-do course for any aspiring foilers.
Join in with our fun and light-hearted races which are held most days during the week. We’ll give a short introduction to the world of windsurf racing so that you can take part in our events with tips on starting, finishing and the basic rules of racing.
Windsurf racing is aimed at all levels (improver and up) and is always light hearted with the emphasis on taking part and enjoyment. You will learn more about your windsurfing skills when racing, but it’s more about having fun, (with prizes too!), and a great chance to show us your competitive side!
All our Beach Clubs offer warm waters and reliable thermal winds for windsurfing and every day in each club starts the same; expect a gentle morning breeze, (great for beginners and families), before the thermal wind steadily builds after lunch - like clockwork each day - to offer exciting sailing for intermediates and experts.
Our guests return every year for our more personal ‘small-centre approach’: our fun staff and the fact we have all the latest gear and all the tuition you’ll ever need.
Beginners and Intermediates (up to Level 2 standard) will enjoy all our centres. If you’re an Intermediate Level 3 or Advanced then you might prefer our Specialist Windsurf Centre: the Surf Hotel in Vassiliki; or Akti Beach in Kos; and the Hotel Leda in Horto-Pelion for great wind conditions.
If you would like some more focussed tuition during your week, (to add to our daily programme of free tuition), and work towards a level of the RYA syllabus, then we’ll have the course for you! Our RYA courses run in smaller group sizes and follow the Ocean Elements Fast Forward coaching principles for faster learning. Afterwards, you’ll have earned a new, internationally recognised, RYA sailing qualification and made some great sailing friends along the way.
You can book yourself onto a course either before you depart (recommended) or when you arrive.
RYA Course Level
Duration & Price
|Level 1 'Start Windsurfing' Beginner||8-10 hrs (£69)||A great, practical course and almost all of it is enjoyed on-the-water with lots of sailing in fair conditions. By the end of it, you’ll have learned how to sail confidently to a chosen point and back in light winds. We'll also cover rigging, launching and recovery and a little bit of theory to bring it all together.||
|Level 2 'Intermediate Non-Planing' Improver||10-12 hrs (£79)||A great course, mostly enjoyed on-the-water. We’ll cover all the essential skills to a greater level. By the end of it you'll be a competent windsurfer and be able to sail on all points in stronger winds, using beachstarts and faster tacking and gybing if time allows.||
|Level 3 'Intermediate Planing' Intermediate||10-12 hrs (£79)||This is when Windsurfing starts to get really exciting! As we get you ready for blast control and getting the board planing! By the end of it you'll be able to sail on all points in stronger winds using beachstarts, faster tacks and the harness||
|Level 4 'Advanced' Expert||10-12 hrs (£99)||We deliver advanced tuition either as separate, more focussed clinics or as part of a ‘Complete Level 4 course’ which aims to combine all the advanced modules together, like: planing techniques, the waterstart and planing gybe. Other skills are taught such as bump and jump and we also take requests||
|SailFoiling 'First Flight' Inter to Expert||3-4 hrs (£99)||Following the RYA SailFoil scheme, and providing you with a basic introduction to foiling, seeing you take your first take offs, as well as providing you with basic foiling knowledge. This 3-4 hour session is a lot of fun and for good intermediates and up.|
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