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VDWS International

Level 1 Sailing Instructor

You´re passionate about Sailing, open minded and love working with other people? You are rather outside on the beach than inside an office and flexibility is one of your great strengths? 

Well than, becoming a Sailing Instructor might just be the right thing for you!  Joining one of our Sailing  Instructor courses will be your chance to turn your passion for Sailing into a profession! If you´re in doubt if your knowledge and sailing level is sufficient, take a minute and test yourself. 

Test your Knowledge

Is your theoretical basic knowledge sufficient to join an ITC?

Test your Sailing

Are your sailing skills sufficient to pass the practical exam?

Safe handling of a dinghy and / or Catamaran at 4-5 bft. Candidates who are not sure can register for a practice training taking place before the proper course. No teaching background is required. However, the candidate should be familiar with contents of the VDWS E-Learning System for Sailing Instructors.

To complete the VDWS Sailing Instructor Level 1 licence:

  • complete Instructor course
  • pass practical exam
  • pass teaching exam
  • VDWS Membership
  • Minimum age: 18 years

Theoretical Basics
Lesson planning, methods of teaching, school and lesson organisation based on teaching with only ONE boat, safety, sailing theory and manoeuvres.
Teaching/learning with exercises, seeing mistakes, knowing and recognising causes, correcting,
Function/action, theoretical preparation of basic topics, aero- and hydrodynamic basics.

Practical Basics
Running in, demonstration of manoeuvres, weight trim, boat trim, model of a basic course in both sports and possible alternatives,
Improvement of sailing skills.
Teaching implementation of the sailing beginner programme:
Rigging up/down, tacking, steering, sail position, courses to wind, tacking, jibing, capsize and righting, tacking, buoy overboard, theory lessons.

Introduction to the practical course
Job description water sports instructor
VDWS - an association introduces itself
Service to water sports schools.

Duration: 4 days

Price: 310€

Extra costs: getting there, accommodation, equipment

Practical Exam in up 8-20 knots:
Tacking upwind, Tacks, Jibing Downwind, Jibes, stopping the Boat, Drifting on the Bow, Man-over-Board, Orientation on the water.

  •  Demovideo for the practiacal Exam

  • Teaching Exam with real students:
    Test of your abilities to structur, organise and run lessons with real students



For all already professionally active sailing instructors we offer a special promotion in 2022!  In only two days of online seminar you have the possibility to get an international VDWS sailing instructor licence LEVEL 2 and to work worldwide immediately! Also the otherwise necessary internship is not necessary for you!


Dates VDWS Sailing Instructor Seminar

bookable bookable few places few places fully booked fully booked
Date: 04/23 - 04/30/2023
Sailing Instructor Seminar Mallorca
Sailing / Level 1 Seminar
Date: 08/25 - 08/30/2023
*Uni* Sailing Instructor Seminar Dranske
Sailing / Level 1 Seminar Kooperationen
Dranske, Rügen
Date: 09/25 - 10/02/2023
Sailing Instructor Seminar Altefähr
Sailing / Level 1 Seminar
Altefähr, Rügen

A strong partner worldwide

There are more then 540 watersportcenters in more then 35 countrys in the world. The VDWS consists of more then 4500 members, watersports instructors, school owners and center managers. Since the foundation in 1974 we were able to spread the fascination in windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing and Stand up Paddling to more then 3 million watersports beginners!


Do you have any questions?

Our headoffice team is happy to help you!

Call us under + 49 (0)881 - 9311-0

or send us an 

We are looking forward to hear from you!

VDWS Sailing Academy

To successfully take part in the Level 1 Sailing Instructor training we recommend you to deal with the theoretical and practical requirements of the course. That will help you to have a good time during your instructor training. Take a look at our sailing tutorial series and test your knowledge.

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