Windsurfing lessons


Why windsurf?

Anyone can learn to windsurf. Benefits of windsurfing include improved balance, a strong core, and a happy soul. Get ready to get wet, swim, carry, launch and maneuver equipment in the water. You will have fun learning how the sail works with the wind to move you and your board across the water!

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Beginner Lessons ($65)

Prerequisites: None

Windsurfers are the ones waiting on the beach at 6am for the sun to rise so that they can get a quick session on the water before work. We often have salt in our hair and a big smile on our faces. If this sounds like the life you want to embody, here is where you start.

The aim of this class is to get you out on the water with the gear ASAP. Skills taught in the class focus on basic handling of equipment, self-rescue and the mechanics of moving across the water on a board.

  • Things covered in this class:
  • How to read conditions
  • Safety precautions and obstacles.
  • Launch and land safely
  • Safe storage, selection, management and care of equipment.
  • Uphauling and getting going
  • Steering, points of sail, right of way
  • Turning (Tacking)
  • Self-Rescue

For you to pass the course, your instructor must feel confident in your ability to do the following:

  • Take proper care of the equipment in a safe manner
  • Know club procedures and policies including beginner windsurfing zone, maximum wind speeds for beginner windsurfing, and signing out and returning gear at Jericho.
  • How to read the wind and currents and be able to self-rescue back to shore at any point.
  • Safely launch and showing awareness of your surroundings on the water, avoiding obstacles and staying within the 5kt zone at all times.


Intermediate Lessons ($60)

Prerequisites: Beginner Windsurfing (L1)

Intermediate windsurfing lessons aim to help you sail faster, more efficiently, and to maneuver and turn confidently on the water.

Things covered in this course:

  • Gybe and (review of) tack
  • Selecting appropriate windsurfing boards and sails for the conditions..
  • Club procedures and policies including intermediate windsurfing zone, maximum wind speeds for intermediate windsurfing, signing out, managing, and returning gear at Jericho.
  • Using the harness (saves your arms).
  • Beach start (helps prepare you to learn water starts).

To pass the course, your instructor must feel confident in your ability to do the following:

  • Take proper care of the intermediate (lighter and more delicate) equipment in a safe manner
  • Know right of way, show awareness of your surroundings on the water avoiding obstacles and staying within the intermediate area (orange buoys).
  • Know how to select appropriate gear for the conditions.
  • Be able to self-rescue back to shore at any point.

For you to pass this course, your instructor must see that you can demonstrate all of the above and they must feel confident that you can safely launch and return to shore at Jericho.


High Wind Lessons

Prerequisites: Intermediate Windsurfing (L2)

These classes provide the unique opportunity to learn windsurfing techniques in wind conditions above 12-15 knots or ‘high wind’. Planing is when you feel like you’re riding a motorcycle without a noisy engine across the water. It is an incredible feeling!

Advanced skills covered in this course:

  • Planing
  • Water starts
  • Detailed rigging and fine tuning of the windsurfing kit
  • Getting into the footstraps

For you to pass this course, you must have mastered all the skills in beginner, intermediate and high wind courses. Due to the lower wind conditions at Jericho, high wind classes usually involve a day trip to Squamish to make use of the area's high wind conditions in the spring and summer.

The high wind class is organized depending on demand and is not scheduled into our lessons calendar. If interested, contact headinstructor@ubcsailing.org. If there are enough L2 certified members who are interested in organizing a high wind class there will be one organized.

After passing this course, with the payment to the club of an additional $100 high wind work deposit, members may borrow windsurfing gear to windsurf at other windsurfing beach destinations.


UBC SAILING CLUB

Sailing - Windsurfing - Kayaking - Paddle boarding

Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery St., Vancouver BC V6R 4K5

hello@ubcsailing.org


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