Germany Time 06:40

VDWS International

Level 2 Windsurf Instructor Training


You have successfully completed your training as a VDWS Level 1 Windsurf Instructor and now want to take the next step on the career ladder?  As a Level 2 Instructor, you are capable of teaching independently at any of our VDWS centers, as well as issuing and registering basic licenses for your students under your name.

To meet the high training standards of VDWS worldwide, Level 2 instructors must undergo an internship at a specially qualified VDWS training center. Here, you will learn the essentials for practical work on the beach from experienced windsurf instructors!

Before the internship:

  • VDWS Level 1 Windsurf Instructor License
  • Proper registration and documentation of the upcoming internship at the VDWS office (registration form!)

Important! An internship can only be completed at a VDWS center authorized for internships!

For the Level 2 license completion:

  • Successful completion of the internship
  • Submission of all remaining documents to the VDWS office (internship documents, first aid, DLRG Bronze or VDWS Rescue)

The internship should focus on teaching experience and teaching activities. These are to be done under the supervision of the internship instructor. The complexity of a job as a watersports instructor should be experienced. For this purpose, the trainee completes the VDWS internship booklet.


  • at least 100 hours / 21 days


  • at an VDWS center authorized for internships


  • Analysing lessons and their specifics regarding the training area, environment, local conditions, wind conditions, climate, waters, area characteristics/shore conditions, equipment and facilities of the school during the observation.
  • Planning, carrying out and reflecting on own teaching experiments and their characteristics (see above) in consultation with the teacher.
  • Taking on other tasks e.g., office work, repairs,
  • Rescue activities, rental activities,
  • Looking after guests at events organised by the internship school (travel event, test week)
  • Handling with the VDWS licence system (exam preparation, evaluation of the basic licence exams as well as the issuing of licences and their registration in the VDWS Checkpoint).
  • First aid - at least 8 hours or 9 teaching units of seminar and not less valid then 2 years
  • DLRG Lifeguard bronze or participation in the VDWS Resucue seminar 

Please note:


Interns independently choose the internship center. It is advisable to contact the center and the responsible instructor early on. The agreement on working hours, remuneration, and other benefits is negotiated with the water sports center. Interns should be provided with appropriate remuneration during the internship.

When obtaining a second training license, another internship is waived if a minimum of 6 months of professional experience with the initial license can be demonstrated.

VDWS Watersports Assistants who complete the internship at the same training school can have the internship reduced by up to 50% (to 50 hours). If the internship is done at a different school, it can be reduced by 20% (to 80 hours).

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 Academy Tutorials

In our windsurf acadamy you will find a few ideas and tricks for your time beeing a windsurf instructor. Have a look and get inspired to make your lessons safe and attractive. 

Recommended external content

Here you can find external content from YouTube that complements the article and is recommended by the editorial team.
You can load the content by clicking on "Show content".

You thereby consent to the data transfer to the USA in accordance with Art. 49, section 1, letter a, GDPR in the knowledge of the risks described under "Data transfer to third countries outside the EU". More information on this is available in the section "Third-party services" of the Data Privacy Statement.

Show content