One of our wonderful instructors, Jake, started his journey with us when he joined our 5 week 'zero to hero' windsurf instructor course in May 2016. At the end of the course we decided that we simply couldn't let him leave, and offered him a job as a watersports instructor! Jake has been working at Horizon Watersports since June, gaining valuable skills and experience to begin his journey in this industry. Here's what he has to say about his summer...
"So the other day, I was laying on the beach in the blistering sunshine on the beautiful Greek island of Lefkas and I found myself wondering… how did I get here?
Hello! My name’s Jake, I’m 23 years old, and I’m a windsurf instructor. 8 months ago I was working in a pub in the town I grew up in with no idea what I should do this summer, or for that matter, my life in general. A friend of mine told me about windsurf and sailing instructor courses she had seen at Horizon Watersports out in Greece. I’ve always enjoyed helping others learn, but becoming a school teacher has never appealed to me, so becoming a watersports instructor seemed like a great idea.
I’ve sailed dinghies for quite a while but I’d never set foot on a windsurf board before. As the courses are tailored to suit people with no previous experience, I decided to opt for the windsurf course. The course itself was amazing. 5 weeks living and learning with great people that became great friends. The course was hard work with long hours, but the progress I saw was very rewarding and the instruction was terrific so within no time at all it felt as if I’d been windsurfing for years.
Horizon Watersports fundraise all year to keep the prices as low as possible and for some people - including me - the course is free! I’ll always love sailing, but windsurfing is now my true passion. When I was offered a position here at Horizon I was ecstatic. Here I am teaching the sport I love with awesome people, in a beautiful location, and I couldn’t be happier."
We are now taking bookings for our 2017 sailing and windsurfing instructor courses. Email email@example.com for a full information pack.