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
- Can windsurf in light winds, respecting the Collision Regulations.
- Wears a wetsuit and buoyancy aid.
- Can rig and launch a windsurfer.
- Can hold the rig clear of the water, board at right angles to mast.
- Can turn the board 360 degrees in both directions.
- Can reach, tack, and return to starting point
- Can sail upwind
- Can sail downwind and gybe
- Can self-rescue.
- Knows about weather forecasts and tides.
Skills and knowledge required for a Windsurf Level 2
- Can windsurf in moderate wind and wave conditions.
- Can use a harness
- On a run, is aware of wind shifts and adjusts direction and fore-and-aft trim to maintain optimal speed.
- Can stop reverse and re-start with the sail out of the water.
- Can reach, foot steering, (rig angle constant)
- Can beach start
- Can flare gybe
- Can interpret weather forecasts and assess wind & waves.
- Knows about equipment, safety, and sail aerodynamics.
- Plus level 1 criteria
Skills and knowledge required for a Windsurf Level 3
- Can windsurf in strong wind conditions.
- Can use trim, and balance, to reach optimal speed.
- Can tack and gybe maintaining speed
- Can water start
- Can detect and use wind shifts.
- Can mark round accurately.
- Is able to start at the correct end of the line
- Can determine local weather conditions and wind strategy
- Knows Sailing Instructions and the Racing Rules of Sailing
- 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.