ENGLISH AND WINDSURFING

Learn English and windsurfing on this special course for international teenagers

English lessons

How many lessons are there on the English and Windsurfing course?

There are 15 full hours of English lessons (which includes the written and oral test, needs analysis and induction on the first day) plus 12 hours of windsurfing tuition each week.

The English lessons are from 09.00 to 12.30 with a total break time of 30 minutes.

The windsurfing tuition is for 3 hours on 4 afternoons from Tuesday to Friday each week.

You can find information about the different levels (stages) of the course at the bottom of this page.

Can I do any other activities?

Yes, there is 1 other afternoon activity and 4 evening activities each week plus a full day trip on Saturdays (not on your departure Saturday).

Open the English & Activities page to see what sort of activities we offer.

English and windsurfing course
Learning the basics on the English and windsurfing course

Where do the windsurfing lessons take place?

Our windsurfing lessons take place at the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre in Portland Harbour which was the venue for the sailing events in the 2012 Olympics.

Can I do the English and Windsurfing course if I can't swim?

No, to go on this course, you must be able to swim at least 25 metres and you must wear a buoyancy aid at all times when on the water.
Windsurfing instruction
Preparing the sail for windsurfing

Can I book the English and Windsurfing course if I have never done windsurfing before?

Yes, whether you are a complete beginner or have had a little or a lot of previous experience, there is a suitable class for you. If you are a complete beginner, you will start with the basics of getting on the water and sailing the board across the wind and back. You will then go on to sail around a course practising tacking and gybing, enabling you to make progression towards and away from the wind.

By the end of the course you will be able to sail to a chosen point on the water and return to where you started in light winds.

For students with previous experience the lessons will be more advanced.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need to bring swimming things, a beach towel and beach shoes with you but all the other equipment needed is provided by the sailing school, including wetsuits and buoyancy aids.
Windsurfing on Portland
Students on the English and windsurfing course

Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?

Yes, at the end of the course you will receive a Royal Yachting Association Certificate of at least stage one in the Youth Windsurfing Scheme.

Can I book this course just for one week?

This course can be booked as an optional extra for any number of weeks during your language course.

There is an extra weekly charge for this course - please see the dates and prices page for more information.
Windsurfing on Portland
English and windsurfing on Portland

Can I combine this course with English and Activities, Sailing or Outdoor Adventure?

Yes, you can. You could book one week of Windsurfing and one week of Sailing, Outdoor Adventure or Activities ... whatever combination you would like!

Windsurfing Syllabus

Stage 1

The basics of getting on the water and sailing the board across the wind and back.

Stage 2

Practical skills to get you sailing around a course practising tacking and gybing, enabling you to make progression towards and away from the wind.

Stage 3

A mixture of theory and practical, introducing beachstarting and harness technique with time spent improving tacking and gybing in stronger winds.

Stage 4

This stage builds on a confident ability to tack, gybe and sail in the harness with an introduction to basic footstrap technique.

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Netherhampton
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England