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Windsurfing Intermediate ‘Planing’

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

Intermediate windsurf tuition is included on all our holidays, for those that want it. And of course, 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.

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



The essentials

  • Free daily Windsurfing lessons - Intermediate
  • Where: All Centres 
  • RYA Level 3 Course: (8-10hrs tuition) £79 
  • The ultimate thrill of PLANING your board!
  • A guaranteed smile-maker! 
  • Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ learning groups
  • 8-13’s: Try our RYA Youth Squad
  • The finest RYA teaching standards
  • Use our top-notch windsurf kit (all week)

Inclusive tuition

Windsurf tuition for Intermediates is included on our holidays. You’ll be enjoying expert tuition from our Royal Yachting Association (RYA) instructors in warm, waist-deep waters and reliable winds. As an Intermediate windsurfer, our daily programme of free-and-inclusive lessons will take place in the middle of the morning or the early afternoon.

Lessons run for five days a week for 1 to 1.5 hours a session and they will teach you lots of great tips to help you with Level 3 techniques and free-sailing our great boards with confidence. By the end of a week with us, then as an Intermediate - you should be using the foot straps and harness to plane your board in stronger winds

As well as our free daily lessons - you can top-up with an RYA course (Levels 1-4) to get even more focussed tuition, and to work towards a level of the RYA syllabus. From only £69 for 8-10 hours of tuition we reckon they’re pretty good value at only £6.90 an hour!

RYA Level 3 ‘Intermediate Planing’ course

  • RYA Level 3 course – £79
  • 8-10 hours tuition* over 2-4 days
  • That's equivalent to £7.90 per hr!
  • Available: at all centres
  • Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ Learning groups
  • Small group sizes: (6 students max)
  • Book before you depart or on arrival
  • Ability after the course: Able to sail on all points in stronger winds using faster tacks, the harness and foot straps for PLANING!

If you’ve done about two weeks of windsurfing before and you would like some more focussed tuition during your week, (to add to our daily programme of free tuition), then our Level 3 ‘Planing’ course could be for you. These courses run in smaller group sizes and follow the Ocean Elements Fast Forward coaching technique. Afterwards, you’ll have earned a new RYA qualification and we’ll have you grinning from ear to ear as you master techniques for getting your board to plane!

it’s a very practical course 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. A memory you will never forget! For ages 14+. The 8-13’s can try our excellent Youth Squad for the same level of tuition.

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!


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, Akti Beach in Kos or Hotel Leda in Horto-Pelion.

Learning to plane has never been easier with the latest generation of kit and the right tuition and wind conditions which is why we are so successful in teaching guests this ultimate of windsurfing skills and why we know you'll absolutely LOVE the experience.

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!

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

Fantastic Holiday!

“The hotel is right on the beach and has its own sunbeds. 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 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". 

Jan Pope,  travelled as a couple

Nautica Bay Beach Club

Porto Heli
  • Sat 22 Jun 2019
  • 7 Nights
  • Return Flights
  • Half Board
Average £794.98 pp
Self Travel  £644.98 pp

Surf Hotel Beach Club

  • Sun 23 Jun 2019
  • 7 Nights
  • Return Flights
  • Bed and Breakfast
Average £811.85 pp

Akti Beach Club Hotel

  • Sat 31 Aug 2019
  • 7 Nights
  • Return Flights
  • All Inclusive
Average £970.54 pp
Self Travel  £728.08 pp

Leda Beach Club

Horto, Pelion
  • Sat 31 Aug 2019
  • 7 Nights
  • Return Flights
  • Bed and Breakfast
Average £1,024.36 pp

Akti Palace Hotel

  • Sat 31 Aug 2019
  • 7 Nights
  • Return Flights
  • All Inclusive
Average £1,160.79 pp
Self Travel  £918.33 pp

Akti Beach Club

  • Thu 01 Aug 2019
  • 7 Nights
  • Return Flights
  • All Inclusive
Average £1,463.56 pp
Self Travel  £992.88 pp
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