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Windsurfing Intermediate-Planing

This is when windsurfing starts to really get exciting! If you’re comfortable with windsurfing in light airs and you’re looking for some more exciting conditions, to sample the latest generation of boards and perhaps get some progressive tuition, then you’re going to get a lot out of an Ocean Elements Beach Club.

Try our RYA Level 3 course which is a follow on from ‘Intermediate Non Planing’, aiming to progress your skills further and give you the ultimate feeling that windsurfers get when the board starts PLANING! Our RYA Level 3 course uses our ‘Fast Forward’ coaching techniques and is a guaranteed smile-maker! We offer it for a guest-special price of £79, (8-10 hours tuition), so it’s great value at only £7.90 an hour.


The essentials

  • Free use of all our great Windsurf kit
  • Where’s best: Vassiliki, Horto-Pelion & Kos
  • RYA Level 3 Course: (8-10hrs tuition) £79 
  • Ocean Elements ‘Fast Forward’ learning groups
  • Small groups: 6:1 instructor ratio
  • Under 13’s: join our free Kids Clubs 
  • 8-13’s: Try our RYA Youth Squad
  • The finest RYA teaching standards

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.

What’s the course like?

Level 3 Windsurfing 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 and tuition, and in the right conditions, (which we see every afternoon at most centres), it’s not as hard as you might think to get planing. 

We’ve given a great many guests this amazing experience using our ‘Fast Forward’ coaching technique in small group sessions with 6 students (max). If you can sail on all points in light winds (equivalent ability to Level 2) then you should be ready for Level 3. And if you’re staying for two weeks, then it’s a great follow-on from our Level 2 course. Zero to hero in just two weeks!

We generally run the course in the early afternoons when the breeze builds. It’s almost all on the water with your instructor and by the end of the course, you’ll be grinning from ear to ear!

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 the knowledge and talk about their favourite subject.

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Where’s best for Planing 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 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 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, easy going free-ride boards, to high-performance race, freestyle and wave boards, which are very current. Just bring your board shorts and a rash vest. We’ll supply the rest.

Private tuition

Our holidays include enough tuition to get you started. However, you may prefer some extra, more focused, private tuition to take alongside (or instead of) a full RYA course. ‘Privates’, as we call them, will help you focus on a specific technique – from nailing your first turn as a beginner, or more progressive skills like beachstarts or carve gybes. Privates start at £34 per hour with support boat cover.

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

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