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Australia Windsurf Instructor Traineeship

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Whether you are a beginner or an experienced windsurfer, push your skills to the next level with this incredibly well designed instructor traineeship. Spend your days on the crystal clear waters of one of the most stunning locations in Australia, being taught by some of the world’s best windsurfing instructors. Take away more than just memories from the course as you gain recognised RYA qualifications and surf your way into your next career move.

Sydney offers a wealth of opportunity, from the lively Bondi beaches, to the historic streets of The Rocks and the stunning Blue Mountains. This spectacular location is the perfect place to improve existing expertise and to learn new skills, all set against the backdrop of the modern, inspiring and ever changing Sydney metropolis. Set yourself up for a new career in the water sports industry, and you may find you never want to leave. 


  • Gain a recognised Windsurfing Instructor qualification
  • Make lifelong friends and unforgettable memories
  • Explore Sydney & its iconic landmarks
Beach Emergency Physical Qualification Free Time Beach Family
Location Middle Harbour, Australia
Activities Windsurfing Instructor Course
Windsurfing Theory Classes
First Aid and Powerboat Rescue

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
In-country Tuition and instructor training
Recognised RYA qualifications and examinations:
  • First Aid certificate
  • Powerboat Level 2
  • Start Windsurfing
  • Intermediate, Advanced and Advanced-Plus
  • Start Windsurfing Instructor
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


This intensive six week traineeship is perfect for both beginners and anyone with a bit of previous windsurfing experience who is looking to improve their skills and to teach this exciting water sport to others. This course has been specially designed to allow you the maximum time to develop your own personal windsurfing skills, as well as learning the correct techniques on how to instruct others. You will also gain an internationally recognised instructorship qualification, which means you can teach windsurfing almost anywhere in the world! 

You will be taught alongside beginners so you can be sure of picking up top tips from the professionals on teaching technique. You’ll also attend theory classes where you’ll learn about good teaching practice and the safety issues which every instructor will need to know.  

This is a whole lot more than just a windsurfing experience; it is an opportunity to expand your own skill set in a sport which you will undoubtedly develop a passion for, as well as being able to train others throughout the world.


Your first four weeks will provide you with intensive foundation training, including personal performance coaching and essential courses in first aid and rescue boat driving. You will be in the water practising your windsurfing everyday under the guidance of expert coaches, and will likely be amazed at your progress in this short time.   

Your final two weeks will be devoted to instructor training and assessment, focusing on the coaching techniques you will need to inspire other beginners. You will develop an imaginative approach to teaching safe and efficient windsurfing, as well as the underlying theory. You will have enough time to learn and practice all the necessary skills before you demonstrate your capability in the final examination, when you will then be awarded with your RYA qualification. 


The sailing centre is located in the Middle Harbour, Sydney and you will need to make your own way to the accommodation in Manly from Sydney airport, by train and ferry. We will provide you with easy to follow instructions prior to your departure to enable you to plan your journey. You will be met by a friendly Frontier representative on arrival and have plenty of time to rest and get to know your housemates.


You will be responsible for booking your own accommodation for the duration of your training programme, and the Manly Beach area offers a wide range of hostels and hotels close to the sea front. The surf school you will be attending has its own affiliated self-catering student accommodation, which is available for an additional fee. 

If you opt to upgrade to the surf school accommodation you will receive daily transport to the training centre. The house has twin-bedded rooms and simple, shared kitchens with all the basic facilities you’ll need to cook up a feast. There are also laundry facilities for you to use when needed.


Food is not provided as part of this programme and so it will be your responsibility to source your own meals. Catering for yourself is a really fun element of travelling away from home; it provides a great opportunity to bond with your fellow travellers and allows you to explore the local cuisine in local restaurants and street food stalls.

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During your time off from training, there will be ample opportunity to relax with a book on the white sandy beaches and soak up the sun, snorkel in the crystal clear waters, and experience the colourful culture of Australia! Sydney has a fantastic multicultural vibe and you will never be short of things to do! After the 6 week course, why not travel more around the country with our Oz Experience and see the beautiful Blue Mountains or head up to Byron Bay for a party on the beach!

After completion of the traineeship, you will have gained a qualification as an RYA Start Windsurfing Instructor. You could develop your skills further and attend an add-on course as a pro, or maybe even get your first job as an instructor! 


6 weeks € 3.745

Accommodation upgrade € 2.645


Please check for dates before booking.


6 weeks


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support 
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)


  • Tuition and instructor training
  • Recognised RYA qualifications and examinations:
    • First Aid certificate
    • Powerboat Level 2
    • Start Windsurfing
    • Intermediate, Advanced and Advanced-Plus
    • Start Windsurfing Instructor
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Sydney (NS) (SYD)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email


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Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

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We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.