Windsurfing Levels 1, 2, 3

Experience required prior training: None

Certification required prior training: None

Who can run the training: ISSA Windsurfing Instructor

Who can do the examination: ISSA Windsurfing Instructor

How to submit the application: Only through authorized ISSA school


Skills and knowledge required for a Windsurf Level 1

  1. Can windsurf in light winds, respecting the Collision Regulations.
  2. Wears a wetsuit and buoyancy aid.
  3. Can rig and launch a windsurfer.
  4. Can hold the rig clear of the water, board at right angles to mast.
  5. Can turn the board 360 degrees in both directions.
  6. Can reach, tack, and return to starting point
  7. Can sail upwind
  8. Can sail downwind and gybe
  9. Can self-rescue.
  10. Knows about weather forecasts and tides.


Skills and knowledge required for a Windsurf Level 2

  1. Can windsurf in moderate wind and wave conditions.
  2. Can use a harness
  3. On a run, is aware of wind shifts and adjusts direction and fore-and-aft trim to maintain optimal speed.
  4. Can stop reverse and re-start with the sail out of the water.
  5. Can reach, foot steering, (rig angle constant)
  6. Can beach start
  7. Can flare gybe
  8. Can interpret weather forecasts and assess wind & waves.
  9. Knows about equipment, safety, and sail aerodynamics.
  10. Plus level 1 criteria


Skills and knowledge required for a Windsurf Level 3

  1. Can windsurf in strong wind conditions.
  2. Can use trim, and balance, to reach optimal speed.
  3. Can tack and gybe maintaining speed
  4. Can water start
  5. Can detect and use wind shifts.
  6. Can mark round accurately.
  7. Is able to start at the correct end of the line
  8. Can determine local weather conditions and wind strategy
  9. Knows Sailing Instructions and the Racing Rules of Sailing
  10. Plus levels 1 & 2 criteria

NOTE: The ISSA standards are written in the form of competences, they are generic, and for guidance only. They exist in order to provide a simple method by which sailing certificates can be compared, to give guidance to organisations developing new certification schemes, and to establish standards for teaching and safety in sailing schools.