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Wassersport Assistant Sailing

Sailing is more than just a hobby for your, it´s your passion. You´re open minded and a commuincative person? You love to be outside and flexibility is your second nature? In this case, becoming a VDWS Watersports Assistant might be your oportunity to use your summer vacations to take a first step towards a watersports career on the beach. 

This first education step is for all of you who like to work during your summer vacation on the beach. During your Watersport Assistant training, you will not only be a helping hand, but will learn the basics of the job and sniff the air of working in the sailing industry. Afteryour education, your VDWS Training School, will issue you the license "Watersport Assistant".

Minimum age: 16 years. It is the supervising school that registers by means of the registration form. The qualification will be documented by the school on the same form and be sent back to VDWS after completion.

With the qualification starting, the watersport assistant becomes VDWS member for free for two years and is entitled to make use of all the related advantages. After these two years or after the completion of an instructor course he/she becomes full member, annual fee 51 €.

If the watersportassistant participates in an instructor course within two years from the qualification, a discount of 10% on the instructor course fee will be granted. If the internship of the instructor course is completed at the same school than the watersport assistant qualification, it can be reduced by 50% (50 hrs instead of 100 hrs). In case the internship of the instructor course is completed at another school, it can be reduced by 20% (80 hrs instead of 100 hrs).

The duration is 2-8 weeks and covers the following contents:

  • School organization and rental 10 hrs
  • The school's safety concept 2 hrs
  • Customer contact and tales talk, service 8 hrs
  • Basic knowledge of equipment 5 hrs
  • Maintenance and repair 5 hrs
  • Assistance during a beginner course 10 hrs

In addition, the candidate has to pass the basic licence of the respective discipline at the end of the qualification at the latest. Candidate and/or VDWS school receive a manual with a detailed course content. This manual acts as support and can be completed by the schools entitled to host internships. After the successful completion of the qualification, the participant receives the " VDWS Member Card Watersportassistant ".

To receive the assistant licence the theoretical and practical VDWS Sail basic licence has to be passed safely and confidently.

A strong partner worldwide

There are more then 540 watersportcenters in more then 35 countrys in the world. The VDWS consists of more then 4500 members, watersports instructors, school owners and center managers. Since the foundation in 1974 we were able to spread the fascination in windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing and Stand up Paddling to more then 3 million watersports beginners!


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VDWS Sailing Academy

We recommend you to watch our tutorial series to prepare yourself a little bit for your time as a prospective kitesurf instructor. If you have any questins, your supervisor can help you or sure! Enjoy!