RYA Windsurf Instructor

About the course

During this five-day RYA Start Windsurfing Instructor course, you’ll develop an understanding of instructional techniques both ashore and afloat, learn how to teach the RYA syllabus, and build on the skills required by instructors. The syllabus is taught with a ratio of (8:1) students to instructor.

As a Start Windsurfing Instructor, you’ll be qualified to teach the RYA adult course, as well as youth stages 1 and 2.

What’s included

This course is all-inclusive. The cost covers your food and accommodation for the duration of the training, as well as the kit and equipment needed.


To complete this course, you’ll need:

  • To be at least 16 years old
  • A valid first aid certificate – click here for a list of acceptable first aid certificates.
  • An intermediate non-planing certificate with beach starting and non-planing gybe clinics
  • An RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate
  • An RYA Safe and Fun certificate – attainable by completing the RYA Interactive online course. This can be booked through UKSA for an additional £10.00 admin fee.


Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll be awarded the RYA Start Windsurfing Instructor qualification.

Becoming a Windsurf Instructor FAQs in the UK

How much does a windsurf instructor earn?

Windsurf instructors in the UK usually make between £15 and £25 per hour, depending on their location and level of experience. During the busiest times of the year, popular coastal locations frequently have greater earning possibilities. Private instruction can also help increase income.

What qualifications do you need to be a windsurf instructor?

In the UK, accreditation from reputable organisations such as the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is mandatory for becoming a windsurf instructor. These courses address instruction techniques, safety precautions, and useful windsurfing abilities. Effective communication and a strong foundation in windsurfing are also essential for success in this fast-paced industry.

Are there age restrictions for becoming a windsurf instructor?

Although certification bodies may have minimum age criteria, windsurfing fans of all ages are welcome to apply for teacher certification in the UK. Your enthusiasm and abilities are valuable assets on the route to becoming a certified windsurf instructor, regardless of your experience level.

How long does it take to become a certified windsurf instructor?

The time required to become a qualified windsurf teacher varies in the UK. The necessary training takes a few weeks to a few months to finish on average. Taking intensive classes could speed up the procedure and enable you to begin teaching sooner. A rewarding career in windsurf instruction requires continual practise, keeping up with industry standards, and accumulating teaching experience.

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