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Your journey to progression

Windsurfing pathways for all stages & ages

Our friendly team is here to help you learn to windsurf, with courses on offer for all ages and abilities. All of our locations are RYA (Royal Yachting Association) recognised training centres, which means that we also help you to work towards your RYA qualifications.

Youth windsurfing pathways

Following the RYA windsurfing scheme, the youth pathway provides a guide for your children to take them from complete beginners through to seasoned pros. The first step in the scheme is to complete your “Stage” courses, you can then move on to the more advanced courses to hone your skill set.

Adult windsurfing pathways

The courses and qualifications in the adult windsurfing pathway follow the RYA sailing scheme. You will complete the courses before adding in any additional clinics you may want to apply further training to.

Windsurfing clubs for regular access

Our regular-participation clubs were created to provide a continuous and affordable opportunity for you to continue windsurfing in between taking your qualifications. Participants of all abilities and ages are welcome to join our community clubs to enjoy informal tuition, fun and games.

WindFoiling pathways

Foiling is a method of windsurfing which uses a hydrofoil instead of a fin. This allows your windsurf board to rise out of the water. As one of the first training centres to offer the RYA foiling scheme, we are experts in helping you to take your first flight!

Windsurfing instructor pathways

Gaining your instructor qualification opens up doors into a lifelong maritime career. From 14 you can become an RYA Assistant Instructor. This will give you the foundation skills to becoming an instructor and allow you to volunteer and gain experience at your local centre

Pathways & progression

Youth windsurfing courses & pathways

Following the RYA windsurfing scheme, the youth pathway provides a guide for your children to take them from complete beginners through to seasoned pros. The first step in the scheme is to complete your “Stage” courses, you can then move on to the more advanced courses to hone your skill set.

Beginner

Start your sailing journey on one of our RYA Stage 1 & 2 courses, beginner windsurfing weeks or taster sessions. These will teach you the basics of windsurfing.

Youth Windsurfing Taster

Ages 8+

Your introduction to the exhilarating world of windsurfing. Start with the basic steps using beginner kit.

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Beginner Windsurfing Week

Ages 8+

Make a splash with Windsurfing on our action-packed learn-to-windsurf week. No experience needed.

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Intermediate

With the basics established, you can work through the RYA stages before honing your skill set.

Improver Windsurfing Week

Ages 8+

Progress your windsurfing skills through beach starting, harness technique and improved control of the rig.

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Intermediate Windsurfing Week

Ages 8+

Practice your rig control through training activities in harnessing and footstrap technique.

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Advanced

Whether you want to learn to beach start, master your carve gybes or discover the world of foiling, our advanced courses are where you can master your skills.

Advanced Windsurfing Week

Ages 8+

Joins us for a series of advanced Windsurf Clinics with our high level windsurf coaches.

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Beach Start Clinic

Ages 16+

A clinic focused on learning and improving your beach starting technique.

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Non-planing Carve Gybe Clinic

Ages 16+

A clinic focused on learning to Carve Gybe in non-planing conditions.

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Planing Carve Gybe Clinic

Ages 16+

A clinic focused on refining and enhancing your carve gybing technique in planning conditions.

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Performance pathway

Looking to take the next step into the racing world? Our Performance Academy offers high quality training for class specific programmes. We help sailors transition into the world of competitive youth and junior sailing alongside providing performance coaching at all levels within the pathway. To find out more, get in touch with our team on [email protected]

Pathways & progression

Adult windsurfing courses & pathways

RYA Start Windsurfing is the first step in learning to windsurf. You can then progress onto the other RYA windsurfing modules.

Beginner

Our introductory courses help you build confidence in windsurfing.

RYA Start Windsurfing

Adults only

Spend a weekend experiencing a gentle introduction into the sport. No experience needed.

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Intermediate

Build on your windsurfing skills and learn the core techniques.

RYA Intermediate Non-Planing

Adults only

Build on your skills, make manoeuvres quicker, smoother and more accurate.

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Non-planing Carve Gybe Clinic

Adults only

A clinic focused on learning to Carve Gybe in non-planing conditions.

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Beach Start Clinic

Adults only

A clinic focused on learning and improving your beach starting technique.

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RYA Intermediate Planing

Adults only

Build your skills and confidence in stronger winds, to be able to confidently use foot straps and a harness.

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Advanced

Learn the advanced techniques to take your windsurfing to the next level.

RYA Advanced Windsurfing

Adults only

Help you master dynamic transitions, advanced planning techniques, the water start and planing gybe.

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Waterstart Clinic

Adults only

A clinic focused on learning and improving your water starting technique.

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Planing Carve Gybe Clinic

Adults only

A clinic focused on refining and enhancing your carve gybing technique in planning conditions.

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Regular windsurfing for all

Regular Participation Clubs

Our weekly community clubs were developed to increase the opportunities available to access the water regularly! Participate in these clubs, alongside taking your RYA qualifications, to maintain your windsurfing activity!

Youth windsurfing clubs

For ages 8 – 18, these informal clubs provide the opportunity to get on the water weekly.

BYS Windsurfing Club

Ages 8+

Complete beginners and novices are welcome to join our British Youth Sailing Windsurfing Club! The aim of the club is to have fun and practice.

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BYS Windsurfing Club – Improver

Ages 8+

For windsurfers RYA stage 2 and above. A chance to work on intermediate, advanced, and racing skills as well as take part in BYS Windsurfing inter-club events.

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Adult windsurfing clubs

For ages 18+, our instructors will help you to improve your skills on a weekly-basis.

Adult Windsurfing Club

Adults only

The aim of the club is to have fun and practice – it’s the perfect opportunity for windsurfers to put their skills into practice on a regular basis. You are welcome to bring your own kit if you have it or use ours.

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For children & adults aged 12+

WindFoiling

Foiling is a method of windsurfing which uses a hydrofoil instead of a fin. This allows your windsurf board to rise out of the water. As one of the first training centres to offer the RYA foiling scheme, we are experts in helping you to take your first flight!

RYA First Flights

Ages 12+

A basic introduction to foiling, seeing you take your first flights as well as providing you with basic foiling knowledge.

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RYA Sustained Flights

Ages 12+

This course builds on techniques and theory required to maintain and sustain foiling effectively.

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RYA Performance Flights

Ages 12+

This course advances your skills, looking at increased control and building sailing confidence for foiling transitions

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For adults or those aged 16+

Windsurfing Instructor Pathway

Gaining your instructor qualification opens up doors into a lifelong maritime career. From 14 you can become an RYA Assistant Instructor. This will give you the foundation skills to becoming an instructor and allow you to volunteer and gain experience at your local centre. When you are 16 you can take your RYA Start Windsurf Instructor qualification. After this you can continue with further RYA Windsurf Instructor tickets to allow you to teach more of the RYA Windsurfing Scheme syllabus.

Before attending an RYA Windsurf Instructor course you will need the pre-requisite courses of First Aid, RYA Powerboat Level 2, and RYA Safe and Fun.

RYA Assistant Windsurf Instructor

Ages 14+

The Assistant Instructor is trained to assist qualified instructors to teach beginners up to the standard of the National Windsurfing Scheme Level 2 and the Youth Windsurfing Scheme Stage 3.

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RYA Start Windsurf Instructor

Ages 16+

Become an RYA Start Windsurf Instructor (WI) and start a career inspiring and teaching the next generation.

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RYA Intermediate Windsurf Instructor

Ages 16+

Attend a four day RYA Intermediate Instructor Course to learn the skills of how to deliver the FastFwd Formula to students and the skills of beach starting, non-planing carve gybes and more.

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RYA Advanced Windsurf Instructor

Ages 16+

A five day course where you will learn the skills necessary to teach all levels of the RYA National and Youth Windsurfing scheme under the supervision of an RYA Senior Instructor.

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RYA Senior Windsurf Instructor

Adults only

Step up to the next level of instructing. The Senior Instructor (SI) is an experienced RYA Start Windsurf Instructor (or higher) with evidence of at least 2 seasons of full time instructing.

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Need help finding the right activity?

Speak to our Centre team or send them a message, outlining what you might be interested in and they will be able to recommend some courses or activities, or help create something bespoke.

Call our central team

Call us on +44 (0)300 124 0449, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. Outside of these hours you’re welcome to leave a message.

Send us an email

Drop us an email with your details at [email protected] and let us know how we can help. We aim to respond to emails the next working day.

Visit our Centres

You can pop in to your local Centre and speak to someone in person. To find your nearest Centre, please click here.