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Windsurfing Advanced

If you’re a high-level intermediate with the ability to plane in foot straps, or a seasoned expert looking for tips on tricks and more advanced moves - then our five half-day advanced course (free in Vassiliki) will help you push your limits. 

With the very best instructors and the highest level of kit, plus the most reliable winds in Europe – our guests enjoy solid progression through this level and you’ll get to go home with an RYA Level 4 certificate at the end of your stay. The best of the best in terms of windsurfing credentials!

Our Advanced Course

Our Specialist Windsurf centre in Vassiliki is ideal for taking part in this course and we offer it as a free and inclusive five half-day course to high-level intermediate guests, which follows the RYA syllabus. So, you should finish your week with an internationally recognised ‘Advanced-level’ qualification. 

Want to try another resort? Then don’t worry, Horto-Pelion promises strong F5-6 winds most afternoons and advanced modules can also be delivered through private lessons from £41/hr. 

  • RYA Intermediate Planing course: Free in Vassiliki (paid for elsewhere)
  • Duration: 5 days, 2.5 to 3 hrs/day
  • Free for guests: age 14+ (all levels of fitness!)
  • Group Size: Normally 8-12 persons and a 6:1 student/instructor ratio
  • Course content: Advanced planing techniques and waterstarts, carve gybing and other advanced skills like fast carving and ‘bump and jump’.
  • Ability after course: You’ll be able to sail on all points in stronger winds, using beachstarts and faster tacking and gybing.
  • Extra: We use video analysis and RIB boats to support our coaching

About the Course

Led by our best instructors and generally as a series of clinics to deal with different skills, we run focused group sessions of up to 8 or 12 max with a 1 to 6 instructor pupil ratio. Our instructors will sit down and plan your week around the groups’ needs whilst dealing with personal requests and packing as much in; from carve gybes to jumps and advanced planing techniques. 

We use video analysis and RIB boats to support our coaching with on-shore training simulators and the very latest boards and sails from this season.

Ability After the Course

You should end the course with improved blasting control to aid early planing, tacking on a variety of boards in stronger conditions. Additional clinics will help you master the waterstart and the infamous planing gybe. You’ll also go home with a new internationally recognised RYA Level 4 qualification to hang on your wall!

Who Can Join In?

You should be able to join this course as a competent Intermediate with the ability to sail in footstraps and a harness in planing conditions. As a general guide, you will have done about four weeks of windsurfing, previously.

Where can I do My Advanced Course?

You’ll need to visit our Specialist Windsurf Centre in Vassiliki to join our free five day course. Horto-Pelion also offers more advanced planing conditions with winds building to Force 5 or 6 (most days). But you’ll need private tuition (£25/hr) if you want a lesson at this level.

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What to Wear and Bring

  • Wear shorts you can get wet 
  • Wear a quick dry T-shirt or Rash Vest (can buy these locally from us)
  • Do wear sunglasses (can buy an elasticated band, locally from us)
  • Do wear plenty of sun cream
  • Some sailors wear a sun hat or cap for extra protection.
  • No need for wetsuits - the water is very warm - even in May!
  • We supply buoyancy aids and helmets for kids.

Top tip:
We sell sailing gloves, rash vests, quick dry T-Shirts, sunglasses bands at all our centres

Learn to Foil This Summer

We’re proud to be one of the first centres to be offering foiling windsurf courses for 2018, so join us in our Specialist Windsurf Centre in Vassiliki and learn to foil on our new Starboard foiling boards. Our courses are run by our own foiling instructors.

RYA COURSES AVAILABLE

Start Windsurfing:
Beginner
2.5-3hrs/5 days

Teaching the basics of windsurfing using the right equipment.

Intermediate
(non-planing)

2.5-3hrs/5 days 

We'll introduce new equipment and techniques such as beach starts, fast tacks and the harness. All in preparation for high wind blasting!

Intermediate
(planing)
2.5-3hrs/5 days

This course builds on all your skills to get the board planing and emphasises technique for blasting control; getting your feet in the foot straps and an introduction to the carve gybe. Beach starts may be taught in this course or as a separate clinic.

Advanced
2.5-3hrs/5 days

Focus on planing techniques, water starts, carve gybes, bump and jump, basic freestyle and more. Help, tips and advice is on hand from our resident advanced-level and pro-am instructors. 

Age 13+ yrs 

A Great Team of RYA Instructors

Our very own team of British instructors are fully qualified by the RYA (Royal Yachting Association). Many of them return a second or third year… and some have done more, so they know many guests well. 

We pick them for their friendly and outgoing natures, and they’re always on hand to help you rig up and get launched, and teach you some tips, either inside or out of a lesson. They love to share knowledge and talk about their favourite subject - that’s windsurfing or sailing we hope – so do tap them for advice… after all its what we’re there for. 

Our instructors love teaching because it’s their chosen profession and they’re pretty-darn good at it – just look at our 5* reviews! They basically play an active role both on and off the beach, in all parts of your holiday, and always in an unobtrusive way.

Private Tuition

Our holidays include more than enough tuition to get you up and started on a windsurf board or boat. However, you may prefer some private tuition to top-up your free lessons or to help focus on a specific technique or skill.

Our instructors can tailor a lesson or a course of lessons to suit your requirements. We can offer discounted rates for one-on-two.

  • • One hour Private Lesson 1 to 1 (Beginner to Advanced) £41/hr 
  • • One hour Private Lesson 1 to 1 (Beginner to Advanced) £40/2hrs
  • • One hour Private Lesson 1 to 2 (Beginner to Advanced) £64/hr 
  • • One hour Private Lesson 1 to 2 (Beginner to Advanced) £86/2hrs

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