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Windsurfing Intermediate Non-Planing

If you’ve done a little windsurfing before, you’ll really enjoy this course. It’s the perfect follow-on from our excellent five day Start Windsurfing course or for those of you who’ve done a little windsurfing before and want a little ‘brushing up’ to get back in the game again.

Warm, waist-deep waters, reliable winds and our “Fast-Forward” coaching technique help to make progression fast and fun. So join in at your own pace and enjoy our sociable teaching groups and return home a fully-fledged-and-qualified RYA Level 2 windsurfer at the end of your stay; or why not complete two levels if you’re staying for two weeks!

Our Intermediate Non-Planing Course

All our centres are ideal for taking part in this course and we offer a free and inclusive five half-day intermediate non-planing course which follows the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) syllabus. So, you’ll get an internationally recognised qualification at the end of your stay. 

  • RYA Intermediate non-planing course: Free in all Beach Clubs
  • Duration: 5 days, 2.5 to 3 hrs/day
  • Free for guests: age 14+ (all levels of fitness!)
  • Under 13’s: can join our free Kids Club with water sports tasters. 
  • 8-13 year olds: Can join Youth Squad for dedicated RYA coaching (paid for)
  • Group Size: Normally 8-12 persons and a 6:1 student/instructor ratio
  • Course content: Teaches you new techniques, harness work and an intro to beach starts 
  • Ability after course: You’ll be able to sail on all points in stronger winds, using faster tacking and gybing and beach starts if time allows.

About the Course

Led by our highly experienced team of RYA instructors and run in sociable group sessions, this great course runs for five days a week (in all centres) and aims at moving you up a gear with our “Fast-Forward” coaching technique. We’ll focus on perfecting your tacks and gybes, introducing you to the harness, and if time allows, we’ll look at more expert techniques like beach starts.

You’ll start with some shore-based theory but most of it’s on the water and having fun from first thing on a Monday morning! You’ll start off in warm, waist-deep water with an instructor and support boat nearby and enjoy the reliable winds that make windsurfing so much fun in Greece. 

Ability After the Course

You should be able to sail on all points of sailing in stronger winds, using beach starts and faster tacking and even gybing. You’ll also go home with a new internationally recognised RYA Level 2 qualification to prove your new skill.

Who Can Join in?

Our free courses are available to all guests 14+. Younger sailors (4-13) can join our free Kids Club which include water sports tasters. The 8-13 year olds can join our excellent Youth Squad for dedicated RYA coaching 

We encourage all fitness levels to join the fun, and we’ve taught a few 70 year olds before, so there’s no excuse! Group sessions are always very sociable and range in size from 8-12 persons, with a maximum 6:1 student/instructor ratio.

Where Can I Do My Intermediate Course?

All our resorts offer perfect conditions for intermediate windsurfers, where reliable winds and warm, waist deep waters (along with free tuition!) help to quicken the learning curve.

Learning has never been easier with our latest generation of wide and stable intermediate boards with the latest generation of sails and lightweight rigs. The Intermediate non-planing course takes place during late morning when the breeze starts to fill and the sea is still flat. All our resorts generally follow this same weather pattern. 

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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 

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.

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

“Fantastic Holiday!”

“The hotel is right on the beach and has its own sunbeds for guest use. The main reason for going was the sailing and we have nothing but praise for the Ocean Elements staff, right from airport pickup they were friendly and helpful. The watersports on offer were varied and whilst there was always someone there to assist - we never felt we pushed into anything. 

The intention was for my husband to attend the RYA Level 1 course and for me to sunbathe and read books. Once I saw the setup and felt the genuine enthusiasm of all the staff, I decided to have a go as well. I am a large lady with no previous experience but the staff never made me feel uncomfortable and were always encouraging and full of praise. 

Thanks in particular to Tom and Josh for getting me through my Level 1. We’ll definitely be back next year for level 2 !!”

Jan Pope, May 2015, travelled as a couple

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