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With the end of the BSA season for another year, the OTC have once again combined with NWF to host a monthly get together through the winter months. The newly rebranded ‘Winter Windsurfing Camps’ are open to anyone looking to windsurf with like-minded people, try the latest equipment, hone their technique on the water or even develop new skills … and have a good social at the end of the day! There will be something for everyone during the weekend – for those that want to practice slalom racing there will be Ross Williams on hand to lead the training; for those that would like to focus on their core skills, the OTC’s qualified instructors will structure the groups and specific sessions. The first meet is this coming weekend – Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November and will start at 10.00am at the OTC centre. Costs are £20.00 for one day or £30.00 for both days and includes tuition, use of WPNSA facilities, launch fees and free kit hire. To book your place or answer any queries, get in touch with the OTC on 07817 717904 or email Winter Windsurfing Camps

NWF Winter Windsurfing Camps – 14-15th November

Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 14.47.38The NWF Winter Windsurfing Camps are about to commence again, the first weekend being 14-15th November. Ross Williams will be on hand to take the slalom group sessions, whilst there will be core skills tuition provided for those that just want to get out and have a blast with others. Included in the cost (£30.00 for the weekend or £20.00 per day) is free use of the demo kit in the OTC centre, tuition (including video coaching where possible) all launch fees including Harbour Dues and use of WPNSA facilities. More details to follow soon, but any queries and to book your place, call 07817 717904 or email

Instructor Courses in November

Two instructor courses coming up in November – an Intermediate Instructor course withe Sam Ross Windsurfing and Start Instructor course spread over two consecutive weekends, to make it as accessible as possible. For more information, email us at info@otc-windsurf.comScreen Shot 2015-09-23 at 09.23.34

£15 Tasters for Bart’s Bash – 20/09/15

ASSCL LogoBart’s Bash will celebrate its second year this coming Sunday and to support the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation we will be providing £15.00 taster sessions all day. The 1.5hour tasters will run from 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm on Sunday 20th. To book yourself a place, call us on 07817 717904 or email us.

We will also be running a SUP challenge on the day using our RED Paddle XL SUP, which will cost just £2.00 to enter per person, with prizes for the winners. For more information, get in touch.

Instructor Course Open Day – 8th August

Together with the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre (ASSC) and Business by Business with the DNN .net CMS software and WebDesign499 as web developer, we will be hosting an Open Day on Saturday 8th August to meet and greet all the prospective students. For more information get in touch with us. 

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Becoming an Instructor on Portland

The Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre and The Official Test Centre are coming together to deliver a Professional Instructor Training course at The Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy. The eventual aim of the course is to create multi qualified instructors, who will be ready to step straight into work, with all the physical skills of an instructor along with the soft skills required to become a great instructor.



The Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre (ASSC) was started by the Trustees of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation in May 2014 and operates as a not-for-profit centre. As well as the usual sailing courses, the Foundation use the Centre to develop specific sailing programs in line with the Charity’s objectives. For full details on the Foundation and its charitable activities visit

Due to a vast diverse sailing fleet and an experienced and enthusiastic team of RYA Coach Assessors and instructors partnered with fantastic sailing conditions, the sailing centre is fast becoming recognized as one of the top sailing centres in the country.

The Official Test Centre (OTC) is a purpose-built centre with the clear goal to showcase the modern sport of windsurfing, and provide access to windsurfing for everyone. Housing the major windsurfing brands under one roof, the concept of the centre is to enable its clients to test and compare the latest designs for themselves in favorable conditions.

With its affiliated RYA-accredited, the OTC can also teach windsurfing at every level, from the complete beginner to those wishing to hone their advanced techniques. They have a vast stock of new and used kit in their on-site shop, plus any spares that are required. As such, the OTC puts windsurfing firmly on the map in one of the most prominent water-sports arenas in the marine leisure industry today.

In addition to windsurfing, The OTC are also the WPNSA’s on-site stand-up paddling (SUP) partner. With over 30 boards in their fleet, they have everything from inflatable SUPs, to racing hard-boards and wave-specialist SUPs. The centre can provide tuition at every level, demo kit and sales.



Being a new centre the ASSC has taken great pride in selecting the boats it uses to deliver all the courses they run. The extensive range of boats the centre has available meets the needs of everyone from the complete beginner to the potential future Olympians.

The OTC has all the latest kit within its centre from most of the top brands as the senior members of the team are test editors for Windsurf Magazine. The kit is all regularly updated and the old kit sold on, so learning to windsurf there is ideal as you can gradually advance through the board and sail range and really get an idea of what kit is good for you and the different conditions.

Whether you are just starting out, learning to blast, going for that infamous carve gybe, chasing speed records or throwing yourself into the latest freestyle move the OTC will have you covered with the latest kit.


Both The ASSC and The OTC are nestled within the grounds of the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), host of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events. The harbour itself is one of the largest in the world, with Chesil bank on one side complimented by the four breakwaters of the harbour’s Victorian wall, creating an area of over 500 hectares of protected idyllic sailing waters. Add to this the fact that the harbour boasts the best wind statistics of the whole south coast, thanks to the prevailing wind being funnelled over the Chesil bank between Portland and the mainland, and you begin to realise just what a watersports Mecca the harbour really is.

Both centres are based a stone’s throw from the water’s edge and with 2 huge slipways this makes launching any of the kit in any wind direction a hassle-free experience. Once out on the water, the conditions are often described as “glamour” as there is always somewhere to hone yours skills or just go for a blast. And with the faces of Team GBR and other Olympic teams often gracing the water with you, there is always someone to ask, mimic and aspire to.

The WPNSA itself has been developed extensively over its 10 years, and has a very open, all-encompassing policy to ensure its shore-based facilities compliment its on-water credentials. With the whole site being fully wheelchair accessible, the classrooms, changing rooms and event spaces give plenty of space for shore-based coaching and development. The site hosts many different events in the sailing world but also caters for corporate events and weddings, with several meeting rooms and a large function hall. There is a bar and a café to keep those who are not out on the water entertained and is one of the few places that you can often rub shoulder to shoulder with past, present and future Olympians.


Professional Instructor Training

With the biggest overseas active holiday companies (Neilson, Mark Warner etc) crying out for staff each year, becoming an instructor is a great way to get into working abroad. And with many UK-based centres now offering work all-year round, the watersports instructor role is becoming a realistic choice for an active career.

The aim of the Instructor Training provided by The ASSC & OTC is to train people to be instructors but also to give them all the necessary tools to become a high-class instructor that would work well within whatever team they work with.

With centres, across the world looking for RYA instructors and expecting their staff to be able to deliver a whole host of RYA courses to any age range, the Instructor training course will not just look at the on water skills and theory of the RYA syllabus but will also cover how to be an instructor with a bag of tools to be a true asset within any team. With sections of the course covering things like creating session plans for courses from scratch taking into account; aims of the group, contingency plans, weather and much more.

As part of the course there will be regular individual assessments with each student to ensure they are moving in the right direction in terms of passing the course. This assessment has been designed to not only look at the practical skills but to also look at the transferrable skills that will be usable in whatever career they choose in the future. It will also act as a log to show how the student has developed over the course and will be a useful tool when it comes to applying and interviewing for jobs.

Another part of the course will see the students having classroom and practical sessions looking at skills that will help them develop a marketing mind … not just for self-promotion, but crucially of the business they will be working for. A CV and covering letter is obviously part of getting a job, but social media is now playing a huge part in marketing, both for business and the individual. As a student of the course you will be guided through a practical course in business and marketing. These skills are highly sought after by any potential employer today, and this training will put our Instructor Training graduates in good stead for the future, no matter what industry they progress into in the future.

The Teams

There is occasionally some criticism levelled at package instructor-training courses, such as the one created here. The thought is that by ‘fast-tracking’ students, the level and competence of the graduate is lowered. This course aims to dispel this though, raising the bar and providing more rounded relevant and real-world training that will be invaluable when the student enters a working environment. Both the ASSC and OTC are guided by very highly experienced and qualified managers, both of whom started their careers on similar fast-track style courses. Alex Porter at the ASSC has been an RYA Dinghy Coach Assessor for over nine years, whilst Tris Best at the OTC has been an RYA Windsurf Trainer for four years. Both have built teams around them to help the daily management and they have been selected to bring their knowledge and experience to the centres.

Dan Hallam, who is heading up the Instructor training course, also did a similar fast-track instructor training course when he left school at 16. Fifteen years on, he has worked at many centres across the UK and Europe, and has come to the ASSC with the hopes that he can find and train the next generation of watersports instructors.

Business by Business is a training company which focuses on the delivery of business training for businesses and individuals who are studying for a specific professional qualification. The training is provided by business people who are actually working in businesses across a wide range of sectors, rather than a traditional training provider. The company was co-founded by Julie Cleaver of Popcorn Marketing and Anna-Maria Geare of Geare Business Consultancy who collectively have over 50 years’ experience in business in both private and public sectors. The programme will start with some pre course tasks around social media and the course content will include, Branding & Business, Business planning, Visits to marine based businesses, transferable skills, CV writing and mock Interviews, event planning and practical experience in presentation skills. It is the perfect additional module to the instructor training course, providing stand out skills for increased employment opportunities.


For more information about the course or dinghy sailing please contact Phone the centre on 01305 457400 or visit the website,

For more information about windsurfing or SUP please contact or telephone 07817717904.



OTC_Event_Shields_Layered_a2_UPDATE_SUP4LIFEWe’re very pleased to be part of this large national event and join forces with Rich Fabbri at Weymouth Watersports to promote such a worthy cause. For more information, click here.

Professional Instructor Training Course

The Official Test Centre (OTC) are proud to partner the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre (ASSC) and Business by Business Consulting to present a new standard in professional instructor training, based at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA).

The course starts on the 21st September and there are limited spaces, so get in touch … or for more information, click here to be redirected to the course page.


MORE £5.00 Taster Sessions THIS WEEKEND!

Following the success of the Push the Boat Out taster sessions, we will once again be offering 1.5hr windsurfing and stand up paddling tasters this weekend for just £5.00 per person. They will take place on both Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May and are scheduled in at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Spaces are limited so to book yourself a windsurf or SUP taster, call the OTC on 07817 717904 or email


£5.00 Windsurfing and SUP Tasters This Weekend

As part of this year’s promo, boat rental in newport beach are offering 1.5hr windsurfing and stand up paddling tasters sessions this weekend for just £5.00 per person. Originally scheduled for this Saturday 9th May, the open day has been set back to Sunday 10th to account for the lighter winds and warmer temperatures forecast for Sunday. To book yourself a windsurf or SUP taster, call the OTC on 07817 717904 or email