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VDWS International

Level 1 Windsurf Instructor Seminar

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

Test your Knowledge

Is your basic theoretical knowledge sufficient to join an ITC?

Test your Windsurfing

Are your riding skills sufficient to pass the exam?

For the course:

The exam-relevant 40 m skills (see practice video) as well as the basic manoeuvres (get on going, tacking, jibing, safety sailing, tacking) on the longboard, must be mastered safely up to a wind speed of 25 knots (approx. 6 Bft.) as PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS.

Teaching experience is not necessary, but thorough study of the theory on the VDWS E-Learning platform, as well as answering the working questions there.


To complete the VDWS Windsurf Instructor Level 1 licence:

  • Completion of the instructor course
  • Passing the practical and theoretical exams as well as the teaching exam.
  • VDWS Membership
  • Passport photo
  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Theoretical contents:

    Lesson planning, methods of teaching, school/lesson organisation,

    emergency situations, safety, physical basics, meteorology, job description of water sports instructors, services

    Practical contents:

    Training for teaching practice, training exercises with beginners, practical theory training, school organisation.

Duration: 8 days

Price: 595 €

Extra Costs: travel expenses, accomodation, equipment

Practice I (8-25 Knots)

Board control skills, 40 m half wind. 4 out of 5 must be passed (snake line, clew first, leeride, fin first, helicopter/sail-360°).

Here is a demo video of the exam.


Practice II

The test covers the demonstration of the beginner techniques from up sail through get on going, steering, tacking to the jibe.


Teaching exam

Teaching ability in connection with theoretical knowledge.


Theoretical exam

The written examination with questions on theoretical, practical and methodical training will take 90 minutes.

Dates VDWS Windsurf Instructor Seminar

bookable bookable few places few places fully booked fully booked
Date: 06/02 - 06/09/2023
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Date: 06/17 - 07/09/2023
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Hulshorst, NL
Date: 08/26 - 09/02/2023
Windsurf Instructor Seminar Norddeich
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Date: 09/16 - 09/23/2023
Windsurf Instructor Seminar Dranske
Windsurfing / Level 1 Seminar
Dranske, Rügen
Date: 09/16 - 09/23/2023
Windsurf Istruttori Seminar Torbole
Windsurfing / Level 1 Seminar
Torbole, Lago di Garda
Date: 10/02 - 10/09/2023
Windsurf Instructor Seminar Torbole
Windsurfing / Level 1 Seminar
Torbole, Gardasee
Date: 10/22 - 10/29/2023
Windsurfing Instructor Training Athens
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Athens, Greece
Date: 11/10 - 11/17/2023
Windsurfing Instructor Training Soma Bay
Windsurfing / Level 1 Seminar
Soma Bay, Egypt

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!


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VDWS Windsurf Academy

To successfully take part in the Level 1 Windsurf 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 windsurf tutorial series and test your knowledge.

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