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All our Beach Clubs offer excellent conditions for windsurfing, so whether you’re a total beginner looking to step onto a board for the first time or a seasoned expert looking for blasting conditions, then rest assured we have all the kit and tuition you’ll ever need! We pick our centres carefully - with reliable thermal winds and water sports in mind - so that we can be sure you’ll get the most out of your windsurfing and sailing.
Our top-notch instructors are a lot of fun to be around and they love teaching people to windsurf; whether you’re a tentative beginner getting to grips with your first tacks, or an expert learning to carve gybe. So even if you’re just windsurfing for fun or looking to return home with a new RYA qualification, we’ve got you covered.
Windsurfing tuition and our excellent RYA courses* are included in the cost of your holiday. You can dip in and out during your week (depending on your energy levels!) and there's no need to pre-book tuition or courses. Just sign up to the sessions when you arrive at our clubs.
Our expert team of Royal Yachting Association (RYA) instructors will be on hand all week to help you in any way they can. You can just sail for fun or join one of our complimentary RYA courses and go home with a new Internationally recognised qualification at the end of your stay.
*We don’t include complimentary RYA courses in Kos, but we do still offer free daily 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 always on 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 to join our complimentary windsurf or sailing courses and work towards a level of the RYA syllabus, then there’s no need to book before you travel. Just let the beach team know on arrival and the fun will start on your first day. Our courses are very sociable and lots of fun with other guests. The Ocean Elements Fast Forward coaching principles will enable faster learning and you’ll be on the water for 2-3 hours each day for 4 days of your week. Total complimentary tuition time 8-10 hours.
RYA Course Level
& More Info
|Level 1 'Start Windsurfing' Beginner||8-10 hrs, 4 days||You’ll start with a short, shore-based introduction on a simulator and very soon after you’ll be on a windsurf board, setting off in warm waters and a light morning breeze. By the end of it, you’ll have learned how to sail confidently to a chosen point and back. We'll also cover rigging, launching and recovery and a little bit of theory.|
|Level 2 'Intermediate Non-Planing' Improver course||8-10 hrs, 4 days||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||8-10 hrs, 4 days||Free: Vassiliki, Pelion
Kos (Paid for)
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 3 will only run in Pelion with enough participant numbers.
|Level 4 'Advanced' course||2 hrs, 2 days||Free: Vassiliki
Kos (Paid for)
|Our Level 4 course is a shorter but more focussed Ocean Elements course, which fast tracks to the gritty detail of skills like: advanced planing techniques, the waterstart and the infamous planing gybe. Other skills are taught such as bump and jump, if time allows.|
|SailFoiling 'First Flight' Inter to Expert||3-4 hrs (£99)||Free Taster Session: Vassiliki & Kos||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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