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VDWS International

Sailing Instructor X-Over Course

A novelty for all trained VDWS watersport instructors!

You already have a VDWS license and would like to use your experience and motivation as a VDWS instructor in another sport? Then you can easily qualify for a second, third or fourth instructor license in another sport with our X-Over courses from 2024.

In short: X-Over courses enable VDWS instructors to continue their training and "broaden their horizons" by qualifying for additional VDWS licenses - at a lower price and less time-consuming.


For the course:

  • Safe sailing on a catamaran as well as a dinghy at 4-5 Bft (see practice video).
  • Teaching experience is not necessary, but the theory from the VDWS e-learning system is.

For the license certificate:

  •     Completion of the training course
  •     Passing the practical and theoretical exams as well as the teaching test
  •     VDWS membership
  •     Passport photo
  •     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: 6 days

Price: 600€

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.

The license completion after an X-Over course is identical to that of a regular course: If you pass all parts of the Level 1 exam, all you need for your Level 2 license is an internship at a VDWS school.

Note: If you are already a Level 2 instructor and can prove that you have at least 6 months of practical experience at a VDWS school, an additional internship is not necessary.

X-Over Dates

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Do you have any questions?

Our headoffice team is happy to help you!

Call us under + 49 (0)881 - 9311-0

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VDWS Sailing Academy

To successfully take part in the X-Over 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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