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BeyondBeach Academy

Location
Kefalonia, Greece
Lixouri Bay Beach Club
Accommodation type
Shared Hotel Rooms
Travel info
3hr flight / 60 min transfer
Prices from
£1,050pp
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RYA Instructor Training Courses

Join one of our instructor training courses and enjoy an amazing and rewarding time in Greece. You’ll be learning new skills, boosting your CV, growing your confidence, gaining industry skills and making friendships that last a lifetime!

All of our training takes place in Lixouri, on the idyllic island of Kefalonia, Greece. Kefalonia is a small island with the perfect balance of water sports, culture and entertainment.

Once your training is over you will have the qualifications and experience to seek work in the water sports industry all over the world!

A career in water sports is a fantastic way to meet new people, see the world, experience new cultures and continually develop new skills.

BeyondBeach academy offers a range of instructor training courses at highly competitive prices. Flights, transfers, hotel accommodation and all meals are included in the advertised course price.

What’s included?

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Windsurfing Courses
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Dinghy Sailing Courses
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Full Board Meals
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Dedicated Instructor
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Powerboat and first Aid courses
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  • RYA dinghy sailing and windsurfing instructor courses availble
  • All courses take place and our amazing Lixouri Bay Beach Club
  • RYA Accredited Training Centre
  • No previous sailing or dinghy sailing experience for our 4 week courses
  • All equipment use included
  • Dedicated Course Instructor
  • Full board meals throughout your course
  • First hand experience working as instructor with actual guests on 4 week courses
  • Subsidised places available (conditions apply)
  • Courses take place at Lixouri Bay Beach Club, Kefalonia
  • Shared hotel room accommodation local to Lixouri Bay Beach Club
  • Flight costs included

Lixouri Bay Gallery

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Black and white image - People cheering near the sea
People in a race run up the beach from the sea
Alfresco restaurant overlooking the sea
View across a beach with sailing dinghies moored in the sea
Children at a breakfast buffet
Sun loungers by the pool with hillside backdrop
Woman relaxes on a day bed on a beach
Sailing dinghies on a beach in Greece
Two woman having a windsurfing lesson on a beach
Girl serving a beer at the beach bar
Fresh fruit salad at a restaurant
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Group of women enjoying a beach bar
Yoga session at the beach
Man wingsurf foiling in shorts
Group of people having a windsurfing lesson on the beach
Bottles on a bar with a view of a beach and the sea behind
Blue sign which reads 'Beach Hut'
Taverna tables with sea view
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Course Options

  • RYA Windsurf Instructor
    (4 Weeks)
  • RYA Dinghy Instructor
    (4 Weeks)
  • RYA Advanced Dinghy Instructor
    (1 Week)
  • RYA Intermediate Windsurf Instructor
    (1 Week)
  • Multi-Sport & CV Booster

About Our Courses

Our aim is to enable people to pursue employment in watersports with little or no previous experience. That said we also offer shorter courses for those that can already sail or windsurf.

All of our training takes place in Greece. BeyondBeach is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training centre, which is the UK National Governing Body for sailing and windsurfing. This means you can be assured that our standards of tuition and safety are always exceptionally high.

Living and working in a close-knit team for several weeks at a time brings both rewards and challenges. The positive way in which we encourage these challenges to be dealt with leads to individuals improving both their social awareness and their independence. Students will enjoy being part of a team, a team which succeeds due to each individual’s positive influence within the team.

At the end of their training, students will have the confidence to take on workplace responsibilities and to manage their own work ethic to achieve results to be proud of. Their general confidence will grow as they learn all the skills associated with being responsible for teaching a group of people something new.

After finishing training with us, students will have gained a long list of nationally recognised Watersports Qualifications. These qualifications, coupled with time overseas and some industry experience, can lead to employment in watersports centres all over the world. The HR team at BeyondBeach will actively help with this process. BeyondBeach always reserves some staff vacancies for newly qualified instructors from our courses.

Training takes place 6 days a week, with one day off each week. On days off you can study, sail, windsurf, paddle, relax, sleep or explore!! It’s entirely up to you. Kefalonia Island is beautiful and well worth exploring at some point during your time there. The staff in resort will be able to recommend places to visit and many will share days off with you.

Course Options Available

We have a number of courses available. For our 4 week instructor courses, no previous experience is required in the sport.

RYA Windsurf Instructor Course

4 Week Training Course

This course is open to all over 18’s and involves 3 weeks of skills training prior to the final instructor moderation week. No prior windsurf skills are required, but a commitment to learning is essential. During this 4 week training course students will have 1 day off a week. Training will include some home study.

Our experienced trainers will ensure that the balance of on-land and on-water tuition is just right. They will make all learning an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Throughout the course, students will learn windsurf skills, instructor skills, safety awareness, radio use, powerboat driving, first aid, safeguarding policies, customer care skills and CV writing. At the end of this training course students will be qualified RYA Start Windsurf Instructors.

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Summary of Course Content

  • RYA Powerboat – Level 1
  • RYA Powerboat – Level 2
  • RYA First Aid Certificate
  • RYA Windsurfing – Start Windsurfing
  • RYA Windsurfing – Non-Planing Intermediate
  • RYA Windsurfing – Beach Start Clinic
  • RYA Windsurfing – Non Planing Gybe Clinic
  • Safeguarding Module
  • RYA Instructor Course
  • Understanding Safety Systems Module
  • Professional Use of a VHF Radio
  • Customer Care Skills
  • Presentation and Public Speaking Skills
  • Working as a Team
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Careers Advice and Support
  • CV Writing

RYA Dinghy Instructor Course

4 Week Training Course

This course is open to over 18’s with some previous experience of sailing.

The course involves 3 weeks of skills training prior to a final instructor moderation week. An enthusiasm for sailing and a commitment to learning is essential. During this 4 week training course students will have 1 day off a week. Training will include some home study.

Our experienced trainers will ensure that the balance of on-land and on-water tuition is just right. They will make all learning an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Throughout the course, students will learn sailing skills, instructor skills, safety awareness, radio use, powerboat driving, first aid, safeguarding policies, customer care skills and CV writing. At the end of this training course students will be qualified RYA Dinghy Sailing Instructors. To join this course students need to have their RYA Adult Level 1 Sailing certificate, or be able to sail to that ability. This means that before joining this course students need to have a basic confidence in rigging, launching, sailing to a goal point and returning to the shore, unaided. It also means that students will have a foundation knowledge of wind and weather forecasting.

An RYA Adult Level 1 course is just a 2 day course. It is available at many RYA centres in the UK and overseas. Please note this is not the same as the RYA Youth Stage 1 certificate.

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Summary of Course Content

  • RYA Powerboat – Level 1
  • RYA Powerboat – Level 2
  • RYA First Aid Certificate
  • RYA Dinghy Sailing – Level 1
  • RYA Dinghy Sailing – Level 2
  • RYA Dinghy Sailing – Level 3
  • RYA Dinghy Sailing – Sailing With Spinnakers
  • RYA Dinghy Sailing – Seamanship Skills
  • Safeguarding Module
  • RYA Instructor Course
  • Understanding Safety Systems Module
  • Professional Use of a VHF Radio
  • Customer Care Skills
  • Presentation and Public Speaking Skills
  • Working as a Team
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Careers Advice and Support
  • CV Writing

RYA Advanced Dinghy Instructor Course

1 Week Training Course

This course caters for over 18’s that can already sail to a high intermediate level and already have their RYA Sailing Instructor Certificate. The outcome of this course will be an RYA Advanced Dinghy Instructor qualification.

This course includes 2 days of course prep followed by a 4 day instructor moderation.

Course Prerequisites

  • RYA Dinghy Instructor

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Summary of Course Content

  • RYA Instructor Course
  • Presentation and Public Speaking Skills
  • Working as a Team
  • Independent Living Skills
  • One-to-one coaching clinics (pre-course)
  • Group coaching sessions (pre-course)

RYA Intermediate Windsurf Instructor Course

1 Week Training Course

This course caters for over 18’s that can already windsurf to an intermediate level and already have their RYA Start Windsurf Instructor Certificate. Depending on personal ability, the outcome of this course will either be RYA Intermediate Non-planing Instructor or RYA Intermediate Planing Instructor.

This course includes 2 days of course prep followed by a 4 day instructor moderation.

Course Prerequisites

  • RYA Start Windsurf Instructor
  • 50 hours of teaching logged

Sailing dinghies on a beach in Greece

Summary of Course Content

  • RYA Instructor Course
  • Presentation and Public Speaking Skills
  • Working as a Team
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Careers Advice and Support
  • CV Writing

Multi-Sport and CV Booster

2 Week Training Course

This course caters for over 18’s looking to seek new skills and new experiences in watersports. This course provides students with a strong watersports CV
to enable them to seek work or further training opportunities in the outdoor industry. There are no pre-requisites to this course, other than a basic swimming ability, an eagerness to learn and an interest in a sporting lifestyle.

During the 2 weeks of training, all students will have 1 day off a week and will receive RYA qualifications in Windsurfing, Dinghy Sailing and Powerboating. They will also learn how to kayak, wing-surf and paddle board. In addition to gaining these skills and qualifications, all students will be inducted as staff members and trained in how to work in an overseas watersports centre. This training will include such things as the use of VHF radios, dealing with first aid incidents, customer care, health and safety issues, monitoring craft afloat, CV writing and policies for safeguarding.

Students on this 2 week course are not working as staff. They will work alongside our experienced and friendly staff, for a day or two, in order to gain a thorough understanding of what a career in watersports can offer.


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Summary of Course Content

  • RYA Powerboat – Level 1
  • RYA Powerboat – Level 2
  • RYA First Aid Certificate
  • RYA Windsurfing – Start Windsurfing
  • Intro to Wing Surfing
  • Intro to Stand up Paddleboarding
  • Safeguarding Module
  • Understanding Safety Systems Module
  • Professional Use of a VHF Radio
  • Customer Care Skills
  • Presentation and Public Speaking Skills
  • Working as a Team
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Careers Advice and Support
  • CV Writing

Dates & Prices

Dates

Courses run throughout our summer season (May until October)

What’s included

  • Flight costs
  • Return airport transfers in Kefalonia
  • Shared hotel room accommodation
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • RYA Course delivered by a dedicated trainer
  • RYA certified qualifications (check course option for exact details)
  • Use of all equipment during your course
  • Use of hotel and beach facilities during your stay

What’s not included

  • RYA Membership (applicable to 4 week courses only)
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • RYA Safe and Fun Safeguarding Course (applicable to 4 week courses only)
  • Sailing safety knife
  • Personal expenditure during your course
  • Transfers or excursions to the local town
  • Room Deposit (paid for locally at the hotel)

Can We Guarantee Instructor Qualifications?

Our 4 week training courses aim to get a 100% pass rate. We carefully structure and plan each step of the journey to suit every individual’s learning style and progression rate. However, we of course cannot guarantee that every student will pass their instructor course first time.

This is not a problem as the RYA system is designed to pro-actively encourage trainee instructors, who struggle during their first moderation week, to develop their skills and become fully qualified at a later date. This means that at the time of moderation the assessor will issue an RYA Action Plan. The action plan is given with specific goals for the student to achieve in order to finalise their instructor qualification.

The Action Plan is designed to help build confidence and skills, in order to regulate standards within the RYA system. Most employers still offer work placements to instructors with an action plan, and then assist the instructor in fulfilling their action plan. The action plan is created as a support for trainee instructors and should be viewed as an aid to development, not as a critique or a fail.

Who are the courses for?

Our instructor training is designed to encourage young adults to seek new opportunities in life. We do this by not only keeping our standard course prices highly competitive but also by offering subsidised placements for disadvantaged 18 – 24 year olds who cannot afford the standard course price.

We liaise with various welfare groups working with 18 – 24 year olds in order to invite suitable candidates to interview. Of these candidates, those that display a friendly and honest social etiquette, an eagerness to learn, a passion to find employment and an interest in the leisure industry will be selected for our subsidised placements.

For more information about our subsidised place options Please Click Here.

If you would like to look at other financial assistance options to fund your course check out our Grant Funding information

The use of Outdoor Education and Training is proven to be an excellent tool for personal development. Amongst other things, Outdoor Training teaches strong team-building skills, encourages acceptance of responsibility and it intrinsically improves communication abilities. All of which are key life skills which can be transferred to many other workplaces.