How to get started?

In order to access the Windsurf fleet you must:

  1. Be a Member of Club Locarno (more information found here),
  2. Subscribed to the Windsurf Fleet (or All Fleets) AND
  3. Either take Club Beginner Windsurfing Lessons or, if experienced, pass a 'Checkout'.

The fleet is divided into three levels: 1 - Beginner, 2 - Intermediate and 3 - Advanced. Members must complete a checkout for each corresponding level to be granted access that level.

After level 2, an additional checkout is required access the wind-foil equipment.

Windsurfing Skills Checkout - Levels 1, 2 and 3

Checkouts are for:

    • New Locarno members with some Windsurf experience and require a checkout of their skills in order to be granted access to the fleet,
    • Returning members who just want a refresher of basic windsurfing techniques and Locarno practices, and 
    • Existing members who are ready to move up to the next level of fleet access.

The session will be both on land and on water, and will cover:

  • Fleet overview and facilities
  • Using the craft signout system
  • Safely transporting gear to the beach and launching
  • Sailing out, performing a basic tack and returning safely to the beach
  • Self-rescue technique
  • Landing, washing and storing the equipment
  • Policies and practices for use of the fleet including how to report damage

Experienced windsurfers will be expected to demonstrate skills indicating that they have the competency to safely take out club equipment.

There are 3 different checklists that represent the skills we expect to see for the different levels of access to club equipment.

Attending Skills Checkout

Checkouts are regularly scheduled in the spring and summer. To attend a checkout, signup for one of the sessions listed below.

Alternatively, if no checkout is currently scheduled, contact the Windsurf Director via the Contact Us page.

Upcoming Checkouts

    • 30 May 2024
    • 18:00 - 19:30
    • Locarno Windsurf Container
    • 98
    Windsurfing Checkout

    For level 2, 3 or foil board checkouts: contact a fleet captain or director. Foil checkouts must be scheduled separately.

    This checkout is mandatory for ALL members wishing to use our windsurfing fleet. This is not a windsurfing lesson. To attend this checkout you are expected to have at least 15 hours of windsurfing experience or completed our Beginner Windsurfing Lessons. Successful completion of the checkout will qualify you to use our Level 1 windsurfing gear.

    We will show you where our windsurfing equipment is stored and go over the windsurfing craft sign out procedure as well as how to properly transport the gear to and from the beach and how to report damage. If you have not already completed our Beginner WIndsurfing Lessons then you will also be asked to demonstrate your ability to launch, sail out, tack and sail your windsurfing board safely back to the beach. You will also be asked to demonstrate a self rescue technique.

    Meet at the Windsurfing Container. If you haven't taken our Beginner Windsurfing Lessons please wear your wetsuit (mandatory for windsurfing) to be ready to demonstrate your on water skills. At the discretion of the checkout leader the on-water test may be waived.

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