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Windsurfing Intermediate ‘Planing’

This is when windsurfing really gets exciting! If you’re comfortable with windsurfing in light-to-medium winds and you’re looking to develop and feel the ultimate thrill of PLANING on your board - then you’re going to get a lot out of an Ocean Elements holiday!

Try our (free) RYA Level 3 course for some really focussed tuition. It’s a ‘follow-on’ from ‘Intermediate Non Planing’ and aims to progress your skills and prepare you for the thrill of ‘blast control’. Using our ‘Fast Forward’ coaching techniques, this course is a guaranteed smile-maker!

You can dip in and out of lessons at your leisure and you’ll be able to ‘free-sail’ our top-notch windsurf kit whenever you want. Simply choose a board, let the beach team know and head out into our sailing area.

 

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The essentials

  • Free: RYA Level 3 Planing’ Windsurf Course (4 days)
  • Where: Vassiliki; Pelion & Kos
  • Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ learning
  • Windsurf racing/fun races and events
  • Under 13’s: join our free Kids Clubs 
  • 8-13’s: Try our RYA Youth Squad
  • The finest RYA teaching standards
  • The latest windsurf kit for you to try

Inclusive tuition

Windsurfing lessons and our excellent RYA courses* are included in our holidays and they’re run by our own team of RYA instructors. You can just windsurf for fun or join a (free) RYA course to give you a nice focus for the week. We’ll teach you lots of new skills and help develop your use of footstraps, the harness, faster tacks and gybes and even your first carve gybes.

We know we’ve got the formula just right: perfect planing windsurfing conditions at all our centres, coupled with a brilliant team of instructors - that’s why we keep our guests coming back every year!

You can dip in and out of lessons 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. If you do all 4 days of our Level 3 course - which is very achievable and lots of fun - you’ll get to go home with a new qualification.

RYA Level 3 ‘Planing’ course

  • Free and Inclusive: Vassiliki; Pelion* & Kos
  • Porto Heli: this course is not available
  • RYA ‘Planing’ Windsurfing course: Runs over 4 half-days
  • Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ Learning groups
  • Small group sizes: (6 pupils)
  • Ability after the course: A confident stronger wind sailor, using faster tacks, the harness and foot straps for PLANING!

Level 3 is where the real fun begins! You’ve experienced Level 2 and getting used to the footstraps so now it’s time to start building on your skills to get the board PLANING! You’ll be sailing on all points in stronger winds and working on beachstarts, faster tacks, using the harness and getting into the footstraps for planing. As you progress through this level, you’ll also have a session carve gybes

By the end of the week, you'll also have earned yourself a new and Internationally recognised RYA sailing qualification. For ages 14+. Under 13's can join our free kid's club (5 days) with sailing and windsurfing tasters. The 8-13's can join our Youth Squad.

*Level 3 is included in Kos and Pelion, but subject to participant numbers.

What’s the course like?

Our Level 3 course introduces windsurfing at one of the sports’ most exciting times. It’s when we get you PLANING your board: the ultimate goal for any self-confessed windsurfer! With the right kit, expert tuition, and the right conditions, (which we see every afternoon at most centres), it’s not as hard as you might think to get planing. 

Our instructors make it fun and enjoyable and we use our ‘Fast Forward’ coaching techniques with small group sizes (6 students) to quicken the learning. You’ll progress at your own pace and enjoy the satisfaction of learning more advanced techniques, early on.

We run the course in the afternoons when the breeze builds, often after our free daily sessions have ended,so you can make use of both sessions. Most of the course is out on the water and your instructor and a support boat is always close by. After your course, you’ll have earned your RYA Level 3 ‘Planing Windsurfing’ certificate and be grinning happily from ear to ear!

SEE OUR LEVEL 4 COURSE

Where’s best for Intermediates?

You’ll need a bit of breeze to plane your board, so although all our Beach Clubs offer ‘planing conditions’ it’s best to visit  Surf hotel in Vassiliki and Akti Beach in Kos.

Getting ready for blasting control and learning to plane your board has never been easier with the latest generation of kit and the RIGHT tuition with reliable wind conditions; which is why we are so successful in teaching our guests and developing their PLANING skills! We know that you'll absolutely love the experience, and you’ll be grinning from ear to ear!

Try Wind Foiling

Experience this new-wave in windsurfing as you fly your board over the surface of the water. We offer a free ‘Intro to Foiling’ taster session for intermediate + sailors in Vassiliki and Kos. It’s run by our own foiling instructors and designed to help you understand the basics and have a taster session on one of our flying machines.

If you’re a competent intermediate sailor, comfortable with blasting in footstraps - you will be ready to foil this summer. We also offer the RYA ‘First Flight’ course and ‘Sustained Flight’ course, a more in-depth course which is generally run over two days.

The Best Equipment

You’ll find all the kit and tuition 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 specially 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 and easy going free-ride boards, to high-performance race, freestyle and wave boards, which are all very current. Just bring your board shorts and a rash vest. We’ll supply the rest.

The very best RYA Instructors

Over the last ten years, we’ve taught thousands of guests to learn and progress their windsurfing and sailing. It’s our energetic, top-notch team of British RYA instructors that make it all so great! They run sociable learning groups using the Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ learning principles. All our centres have the right conditions and kit to help you progress and we love teaching people to sail. Perhaps that’s why our instructors scored 98% ‘Excellent’ from our client surveys from 2018.

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 a lesson or not!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 a lesson or not!

 

Fantastic watersports holiday with Ocean Elements

“We were parents with 3 teenage boys. Ocean Elements gave us a great vacation. Mainly good training in windsurfing and sailing, plus some of the group did paddleboarding, canoeing etc. too. Staff were fantastically helpful - whoever does the OE hiring is doing a good job. We generally don't go to same places twice, but this was a great find and would consider it again.”

There is a wide range of wind strength throughout the day, so you can take it easy or stretch yourself.

Trip Advisor, 2 September 2018

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