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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.

Teaching experience is not necessary, but the theory from the VDWS e-learning system is.s.

To complete the VDWS Sailing Instructor Level 1 licence:

  • Completion of the instructor course
  • Passing the practical and theoretical exams as well as teaching exam.
  • VDWS Membership
  • Minimum age: 16 years

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

Practical contents
Running in, demonstration of manoeuvres, weight trim, boat trim, model of a beginner course on both boats and possible alternatives,
Improvement of sailing skills.
Teaching implementation of the sailing beginner program:
Rigging up/down, starting and landing, steering, sail position, courses to wind, tacking, jibing, capsize and righting, man-over-board, theory lessons.

Introduction to the internship
Job description watersports instructor
VDWS - an association introduces itself
Service to watersports schools.

Duration: 8 days

Price: €695.00

Extra costs: travel expenses, accommodation, equipment.

Practical Exam by 8-20 knots:

Tacking upwind, tacks, downwind, jibes, mooring to a boat, drifting on the bow/reverse sailing, man-over-board, orientation on the water.
Here the Demo video for the practical exam

Teaching exam

Teaching ability in combination with specialised theoretical knowledge and real students.


Theoretical exam

The written exam with questions on theoretical, practical and methodical training lasts 90 minutes.

Dates VDWS Sailing Instructor Seminar

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Date: 04/18 - 09/24/2024
UNI AUSBILDUNG Sailing Instructor Seminar Berlin
Sailing / Level 1 Seminar Kooperationen
Berlin, FU Wassersportzentrum Wannsee
Date: 08/23 - 08/28/2024
UNI AUSBILDUNG Sailing Instructor Seminar Dranske
Sailing / Level 1 Seminar Kooperationen
Dranske, Rügen
Date: 09/30 - 10/07/2024
Sailing Instructor Seminar Tegernsee
Sailing / Level 1 Seminar
Bad Wiessee, Tegernsee
Date: 10/07 - 10/12/2024
UNI AUSBILDUNG Sailing Instructor Seminar Konstanz
Sailing / Level 1 Seminar Kooperationen
Konstanz, Bodensee

A strong partner worldwide

There are more then 500 watersportcenters in more then 30 countrys in the world. The VDWS consists of more then 5700 members, watersports instructors, school owners and center managers. Since the foundation in 1974 we were able to spread the fascination in windsurfing, kitesurfing, wingfoiling, 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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