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Windsurf tuition

Whether you’re a tentative beginner or an intermediate with your sights set on planing or an expert sailor looking to master the infamous carve gybe then rest assured we have all the kit and tuition you’ll ever need, using our own excellent team of British Royal Yachting Association (RYA) instructors.

We provide a free ‘Start Windsurfing’ lesson for complete beginners and a free Refresher lesson to help intermediates to get back on the water. After your lesson, you should be more than equipped with the skills to sail our great windsurf kit all week, in the right conditions. All our kit is free for you to use, all week.

If you’d like more coaching our popular RYA courses (Level 1-4) use the Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ coaching technique and start at only £69. They’re taught over 2-4 days with 8-10 hours of tuition. Pretty good value at only £6.90 an hour!

The essentials

  • Free ‘Start Windsurfing’ lesson (3hrs) all centres
  • Available: All Centres
  • Level 1-4 Courses: (8-10hrs tuition) from £69 
  • Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ learning groups
  • Small groups: 6:1 instructor ratio
  • Under 13’s: join our free Kids Club 
  • 8-13’s: Try our RYA Youth Squad
  • The finest RYA teaching & safety standards
  • Free-sail our great kit all week
  • Free to use: our great windsurf kit

Windsurfing Tuition & Courses

Free ‘Start’ Windsurf Sailing lesson (3hrs)

Level 1 ‘Start’ Windsurfing (8-10 hrs): Learn how to windsurf in all directions, in light winds: (£69)

Level 2 ‘Non-Planing’ Windsurfing (8-10 hrs): sailing in all directions using beachstarts and faster tacking and gybing

Level 3 ‘Planing’ Windsurfing (8-10 hrs): Sailing on all points in stronger winds using faster tacks, the harness and foot straps for PLANING!  (£79)

Advanced Windsurfing (8-10 hrs): Modules like: Carve Gybe, Waterstarts, Advanced Carving and Bump & Jump: (£99)

Foiling ‘First Flight’ course: Windsurfing (3-4 hrs): (£99)

Private Lessons (all levels): (60 mins) 1-on-1 (£49) or 1-on-2 (£69)

Your free ‘Start Windsurfing’ lesson

  • A free 3 hr beginner sailing lesson
  • A free 3 hr beginner windsurfing lesson
  • Available at all centres
  • 3 hours tuition* 
What to expect

We’ll start with a short, shore-based introduction on a windsurfing simulator and very soon after you’ll be on a windsurf board, setting off in warm waters and a light morning breeze under your own sail power. 

It’s an exciting time and after this first ‘Starter’ lesson, you should be equipped with the skills to ‘free-sail’ our beginner windsurf boards (on your own) for the rest of your week, in light conditions. Our beach team will still be on hand to help you rig and get launched throughout the week, and our safety-support boats will always be on hand when you sail. 

Our ‘Start Windsurfing’ and ‘Start Sailing’ lessons are free, but please pre-book them before you travel, which is easy to do. They will run on day one or two of your holiday and are for ages 14+. Under 13’s can join our free kid's club (5 days) with sailing and windsurf tasters. If you’d like more tuition, then try our Level 1 RYA course for a special price from £69 for 8-10 hours tuition.

New to Watersports

RYA Level 1 ‘Start Windsurfing’ course

  • RYA Level 1 course – £69
  • Available at all centres
  • 8-10 hours tuition over 2-4 days
  • That’s equivalent to £6.90 per hr!
  • Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ learning
  • Small group sizes: (6 students max)
  • Ability after the course: Able to sail in light winds
What you’ll learn

After taking part in our free ‘Start Windsurfing’ lesson, it’s a great time to move up a gear and get some focussed tuition from our team. The Level 1 RYA course is very practical and almost all of it is enjoyed on-the-water with lots of windsurfing in fair conditions. 

This course teaches you the basics of windsurfing using the right equipment and by the end of the course, you’ll have learned how to windsurf to a chosen point on the water and return to where you started from in light winds. You’ll also have shared some great times on the water with other guests! We'll cover rigging of kit, launching and landing and a little bit of theory to bring it all nicely together. You could also come away with your RYA Level 1 Start Windsurfing certificate. 

Courses are for ages 14+. Under 13’s can join our free kid's club (5 days) with sailing and windsurf tasters; 8-12’s can join our Youth Squad for dedicated tuition.

*The paid-for element of this course is 6-8 hours and will follow on from our (free) 3-hour ‘Start Sailing’ lesson which you’ll need to attend.

Book before you depart (recommended) or on arrival.

RYA Level 2 ‘Non-Planing’ course

  • RYA Level 2 course – £79
  • Available at all centres
  • 8-10 hours tuition over 2-4 days
  • Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ learning groups
  • Small group sizes: (6 students max)
  • Ability after the course: Able to sail on all points of sailing in stronger winds, using beachstarts and faster tacking and gybing
  • Book before you depart (recommended) or on arrival
What you’ll learn

Like all our courses, Level 2 is run by our own expert team of British RYA instructors and follows our ‘Fast Forward’ coaching techniques. 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.

Level 2 is spread over 2 to 4 days (8-10 hours tuition) with lots of opportunities to free-sail and practice in between. You should easily come away with your RYA Level 2 Non-Planing certificate. Courses are for ages 14+. Under 13’s can join our free kid's club (5 days) with sailing and windsurf tasters; 8-12’s can join our Youth Squad for dedicated tuition.

More on Intermediate Non-Planing

RYA Level 3 ‘Planing’ course

  • RYA Level 3 course – £79
  • Available: Kos, Vassiliki & Horto-Pelion
  • 8-10 hours tuition over 2-4 days
  • Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ learning groups
  • Small group sizes: (6 students max)
  • Ability after the course: Be able to sail on all points in stronger winds using faster tacks, the harness and foot straps for PLANING!
  • Book before you depart (recommended) or on arrival
What you’ll learn

This is when Windsurfing starts to get really exciting; the ultimate feeling of when we get the board PLANING! Level 3 is run by our own British team of RYA instructors and by the end of it you'll be able to sail on all points in stronger winds using beachstarts, faster tacks and the harness, giving you a true feeling of just how exhilarating this sport can be. As you progress through this level, you will also be able to use the foot straps and understand the beginnings of a carve gybe.

This great course follows our ‘Fast Forward’ learning principles and is spread over 2 to 4 days (total 8-10 hours tuition) with lots of opportunities to free-sail and practice in between.

You should easily come away with your RYA Level 3 ‘Planing’ certificate. Courses are for ages 14+. Under 13’s can join our free kid's club (5 days) with sailing and windsurf tasters; 8-12’s can join our Youth Squad for dedicated tuition.

*In Horto, Level 3 courses are only bookable on arrival as they require a minimum of 4 participants. If take-up is low, you can take Level 3 skills as private lessons. We will always do the best we can to accommodate.

More on Intermediate Planing

RYA Level 4 ‘Advanced Windsurfing’ 

  • RYA Level 4 Modules - £99
  • 8-10 hours tuition over 2-4 days
  • Available: Vassiliki & Kos
  • Carve Gybe
  • Advanced Carving
  • Waterstarts
  • Bump & Jump & more
  • Book before you depart (recommended) or on arrival

Our Level 4 course is made up of clinics. Our clinics can be taken separately (in private lessons) or as part of a full-blown RYA Level 4 advanced course. We use our Ocean Elements’ ‘Fast Forward’ coaching principles and operate 4 to 6 students per group. 

You will be taught skills like: advanced planing techniques, the waterstart and infamous planing gybe. Other skills are taught such as bump and jump, (if time allows), and we will also take requests. This course, (or any of the individual clinics), will suit a competent intermediate who has the ability to sail in footstraps and harness, in planing conditions. 

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

*In Kos, Level 4 courses are only bookable on arrival as they require a minimum of 4 participants. If take-up is low, you can take Level 4 skills as private lessons. We will always do the best we can to accommodate.

More on Advanced

RYA ‘First Flight’ Foiling

  • Windsurf Foiling (£99 - 3-4 hrs)
  • Free ‘Intro to Foiling’ course
  • Available: Vassiliki and Kos
  • For ages 14+ good intermediate
  • How to Book: Register interest before you depart

We can offer you the exciting chance to learn to foil at our Akti Beach and Akti Palace Beach Clubs in Kos and our Surf Hotel in Vassiliki. If you’re a competent intermediate and you want to experience this incredible ‘new-wave’ of windsurfing then join our very experienced RYA foiling instructors – it’s an experience you won’t forget and our guys will make it easy and safe for you to learn.

We offer a free ‘Intro to Foiling’ course which is a shore-based course run by our own RYA foiling instructor, to help you understand the basics and learn to rig and set up the kit.

Private tuition

  • Beginner to Advanced
  • 60 min focused lessons
  • Available: All resorts
  • For ages 6+
  • From £49 per hour 1-on-1
  • From £69 per hour 1-on-2
  • Book in resort, register interest before you depart

Our holidays include enough tuition to get started. However, you may prefer some extra, more focused tuition to take alongside (or instead of) a full RYA course. ‘Privates’, as we call them, will help you focus on a specific technique or skill – from nailing your first turn as a beginner, or more progressive skills like waterstarts or carve gybes. Privates are focused and very valuable when coupled with lots of time on the water to practice what you’ve learnt.

Top notch instructors

Over the last ten years, we’ve taught thousands of guests to learn to windsurf and sail. It’s our energetic, top-notch team of British RYA instructors that make it all so great! They run sociable group learning sessions with a priority on fast progression and fun, using the Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ learning principles. All our centres have the right conditions and kit to enable fast progression and we love teaching people to windsurf. After all, it’s what we do best and perhaps why we scored 98% ‘Excellent’ from our client surveys from 2018.

Our friendly team of British instructors are all fully qualified RYA (Royal Yachting Association) professionals. We pick our staff for their friendly and outgoing natures and they’re always on hand to help you rig up, get launched and teach you some tips - whether you’re in, or outside of a lesson. They love to share knowledge and talk about their favourite subject.

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