Loch Insh Water Sports and Outdoor Activity Centre, near Aviemore, Scotland
The National Windsurfing Scheme is split into two schemes: the Youth scheme and the Adult scheme, and all courses last two days.
Our Youth scheme is an easy and accessible way to progress in this exciting sport. The four stages are individual certificated courses for you to log your progression and recognise your achievements from beginner to expert.
Stage 1 gets you on the water, sailing the board across the wind and back. From this first taster, you'll be hooked and in no time will be blasting across the water.
Once you've got to Stage 4, why stop there? You have all the skills to move on to the advanced course and clinics in the National Windsurfing Scheme. Details of those courses are listed on the left, and in the National Windsurfing Scheme logbook and syllabus.
If you would like to join a club and meet the coolest windsurfers aged 15 and under, then Team15 is for you! You'll get together every week, have a great time and learn new skills. Team15 is a nationwide network of youth windsurfing clubs, offering weekly sessions at affordable prices, with an emphasis on fun. See the link above to find out more. Loch Insh has a club that meets Saturday afternoons from 2-4pm between April and October, and are current Scottish Champions and were 5th in the UK this year.
The RYA Youth Racing Scheme has three levels - Start, Intermediate and Advanced. Completion of the Stage 1 course will put you at the right level to begin the Start Racing course.
As you improve you can progress until you have done the Advanced racing course. By that time, you'll be giving the Olympic team a run for their money!
This course will take you from complete beginner, teaching you the basics of windsurfing using the right equipment, enabling you to sail to where you want to go and sail back to where you started.
|Course content||Teaches you the basics of windsurfing using the right equipment, enabling you to sail to where you want to go and sail back to where you started.|
|Ability after course||Able to sail to a chosen point on the water and return to where you started from in light winds|
|Minimum duration||2 days|
This course introduces you to our Fastfwd coaching technique, helping you fine tune your basic skills and make your windsurfing faster and more fluid.
|Intermediate Windsurfing (non-planeing)|
|Pre-course experience||Should be able to sail on all points of sailing in light winds|
|Assumed Knowledge||The Start Windsurfing course|
|Course content||New techniques such as the beachstart and harness work will get you ready for the excitement of blasting control|
|Ability after course||Able to sail on all points of sailing in stronger winds, using beachstarts and faster tacking and gybing|
|Minimum duration||1 day|
This is the second part of the Intermediate course, building on your skills to get the board planing.
|Intermediate Windsurfing (Planeing)|
|Pre-course experience||Competent Intermediate non-planeing sailor|
|Assumed Knowledge||Skills and knowledge to the standard of the Intermediate non-planing course|
|Course content||Harness and footstrap techniques combined with our Fastfwd coaching improve your stance and get the board planing, giving you the exhilaration of speed and improved theory knowledge.|
|Ability after course||Comfortable blasting control in footstraps and harness in planeing conditions|
|Minimum duration||1 day|
Dynamic transitions, advanced planing techniques and waterstarts are all broken down and simplified by our Fastfwd coaching, backed up with relevant theory. Additional clinics help you master the waterstart and infamous planeing gybe.
|Pre-course experience||Ability to sail in footstraps and harness in planeing conditions|
|Assumed Knowledge||Competent Intermediate level|
|Course content||Dynamic transitions, advanced planing techniques and waterstarts are all broken down and simplified by our Fastfwd coaching, backed up with relevant theory|
|Ability after course||Improved blasting control to aid early planeing, tacking on a variety of boards in varying conditions. Additional clinics help you master the waterstart and infamous planing gybe|
|Minimum duration||Usually delivered as a series of clinics|
These additional Modules tend to be done in one day. Beachstarts, both types of gybes, waterstarts etc… are run on an add hock basis as and when people require them. But you can book on a course provided there are two or more requesting the course we will take the booking.
Our coaching doesn’t stop there. Call to find out about our instructor training courses. We will run Instructor training at the Start Windsurfing instructor level at the beginning and end of the year. Look at the Instructor qualifications page for details of dates and availability.