Pathways Kids & Teens






Dinghy Sailing & Windsurfing Pathways

Use these Pathways to determine your current level so you can decide which program we will deliver.

Be aware that you can’t participate in any water sport activity if you can’t swim.










































































Windsurfing Levels










Level 1


Level 2


Level 3


Level 4


Level 4


Basic Skills

Improving Techniques

Stronger Winds

Advanced Longboard

Advanced Shortboard

Launching, Starting, Landing

Carrying the board and the rig. Launching and uphauling. The neutral position

Launching and landing by the stern. Introduction to beach starts

Carrying the board and rig assembled. The beach start. Uphauling in stronger winds

The waterstart. Launching through small waves. Carrying techniques

Launching shorter boards. Beach starts in waves. Uphauling and water starting

Sailing Techniques, Stance

Sailing across the wind, upwind, downwind and around a triangle course

Improved stance on all points of sail. Sail trim and centreboard adjustment

Use of harness, footstraps and mast track. Sailing the triangle course in stronger winds

Refined stance and improved steering. Closing the slot and optimising speed

Stance, Speed and control. Wave riding and jumping.


 Turning the board by leaning the rig. Basic tacking and gybing

Improved tachking and gybing.Stopping and turning in restricted areas

Tacking in stronger winds. Gybing variations. Holding a stationary position.

 Tacking in stronger winds. Sailing backwards. The carve and non-planing gybes

 Different gybes for shorter boards. Tacking for the short board


 Names and uses for all parts. Rigging, correct tensions and adjustments

 Choosing the correct sail.Parts of the sail. Tuning for different windstrengths

 Types of sails and rigging. Adjustment of harness lines and footstraps

  Rigging of high performance sails. The latest in sail design and materials

  Rig selection. Tuning and rigging for wave and slalom sailing

Rescue Techniques, Safety

Safety, rules and regulations. Completing a full self rescue

More about self-rescue. Towing and being towed. Carrying spares

 Self rescue in stronger winds. Rescuing another sailor and towing upwind

 Rescue techniques for extreme situations. Jury rigging

Short board rescue techniquesSurf survival and right of way in waves

 Sailing Theory

 Points of sail, the no-go zone and how to steer. The triangle course

 All the points of sail plus centre-board and sail position.  How a sail works

 Apparent wind, railing the board and use of mast track. Racing tactics and rules

 Sail twist and spin out. The theory of speed. Advanced rules and tactics

   Sail twist and spin out. Types of jumps and landings. Waves and slalom events

Sailing Conditions

 On and offshore winds, weather reports and choosing a good spot

 Weather awareness. Tides, currents and sea breezes. Legal restrictions.

   Interpreting the weather map and predicting change. Ideal locations.

  The effects of highs and lows. Reading the wind. Finding the best conditions.

 Waves, rips and currents. Best wind directions and local hotspots.


Learner boards. PFDs and wetsuits. Transport and care of equipment.

  Board types and their uses. Protective clothing. The harness

 Fully battened sails, care and repair. An introduction to shorter boards.

  Board and fin designs. High tech sails, care and repair. Best combinations

 Boards and sails for wave and slalom. Custom boards and special fins

Other Aspects and Options

Local associations and clubs. Basic freestyle for improving techniques

Freestyle, different competition formats. About the instructor courses

National classes and associations. YA and state bodies. More freestyle.

International classes and organisations. The best choice. Advanced freestyle

 The wave and slalom circuits. Shortboard freestyle and the latest wave manoeuvres.