Europa Holidays RYA catamaran sailing courses

Catamaran sailing courses in Topper catamarans

Europa Holidays RYA catamaran courses on Lake Garda

Catamaran sailing courses

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catamaran sailing courses at the ESS location
RYA and VDWS catamaran sailing courses

RYA catamaran sailing courses

– for beginners, improvers and experts

We offer formal RYA catamaran courses from beginner to expert, wind conditions permitting, either intensive – over two full days – or holiday-oriented spread over 4 or 5 days. Our ESS Intro 6-hour course is based upon two three or three sessions and is aimed at introducing you to sailing safely but does not offer a certificate.

We can provide courses over longer periods for regular visitors or those on longer holidays. For customers who prefer a VDWS certificate we run similar courses to the RYA syllabus but the reduced theory element means that these typically take 12 – 14 hours.

We aim to fit our training to your holiday – not your holiday to our training!


RYA catamaran sailing school

– instructor-led, small groups

You will be able to learn in a wide variety of catamarans and can develop skills ranging from single-handed sailing to trapeze and gennaker use and racing techniques. Most of our instruction is personal with one instructor teaching a family or small group who have booked together. When we have large numbers of clients we sometimes group together sailors of similar standards and requirements but group sizes do not exceed 6 people per instructor.

Whether you pre-book or book when you get here, everything you need is included in the price and is at the beach. For RYA courses there is an RYA logbook (a separate RYA publication “Start Sailing” can be purchased for €10). Buoyancy aids, wetsuits (shorty wetsuits are advised in all but the hottest weather), boots and gloves come with the package, along with a friendly smile.

Short catamaran courses for adults and juniors

Funsail 1

Sail with an instructor
£45/person
  • One hour sailing with an instructor experiencing a fast, modern catamaran or a relaxing cruise
  • all equipment included
  • no experience necessary

Funsail 2

Sail with an instructor
£60/person
  • Two hours sailing with an instructor experiencing a fast, modern catamaran or a relaxing cruise
  • all equipment included
  • no experience necessary

ESS Intro

Learn the basics
£145/person
  • Two 3-hour or three 2-hour sessions which will show you how to steer and tack a catamaran
  • all equipment is provided
  • no experience necessary
  • !  students should be confident in and around water

Catamaran courses for adults and juniors (age 14 and above)

RYA Level 1

Start Sailing
£245/person
  • Two-day course in a catamaran with an instructor on-board
  • Course duration: 2 days
  • all equipment included
  • no experience necessary
  • ! Students must be confident in water

RYA Level 2

Basic Skills
£245/person
  • Two-day course in a catamaran with an instructor on-board
  • Course duration: 2 days
  • all equipment included
  • RYA Level 1 or similar experience
  • ! Students must be confident in water

RYA Level 3

Better Sailing
£245/person
  • Two-day course in a catamaran improving the skills learned at Level 2. Some of the time may be in a single-hander.
  • Course duration: 2 days
  • all equipment included
  • RYA Level 2 or similar
  • ! Students must be confident in water We can also offer:  Seamanship and Day Sailing

Specialized catamaran courses

RYA L1 & L2

Combined courses
£365/person
  • Two 2-day courses combined over a total of 3 days. This removes the overlapping elements and relies on continuous learning to reduce total time but is intensive.
  • Course duration: 3 days all equipment included
  • no experience necessary
  • ! Students must be confident in water

RYA Cat

Endorsement
£245/person
  • 2-day course to achieve an RYA Level 2 Catamaran certificate. the course is based on knowledge and skills learned in a dinghy.
  • Course duration: 2 days
  • all equipment included
  • ! RYA dinghy Level 1 or Stage 2 required
  • ! Students must be confident in water

VDWS Basic

'Grundschein'
£320/person
  • 12 hour course in catamaran with an instructor on-board
  • Course duration: 12-14 hours
  • all equipment included
  • no experience necessary
  • ! Students must be confident in water

Our wide range of equipment means that we have catamarans with booms and without,  to suit the young, old, fit, not-so-fit, brave and not-so-brave, ensuring that everyone can progress at their own speed. some of our catamarans  are available with  trapezes and gennakers and can be changed from school to race configuration to suit different courses or rental requirements.

catamaran course instructors and assistants

Our instructors are English, German or Italian but all speak excellent English. They are trained by the RYA (Royal Yachting Association), the Italian FIV (Federazione Italiana Vela) or the German VDWS.


Our fleet for catamaran sailing courses

If you want to mix windsurfing and dinghy sailing with your catamaran sailing, we can arrange that. Talk to Alison or Charles on +39 338 6053096 or email info@europaholidays.com to discuss your requirements. Visit kayak and bike pages to see the full range of activities and options available at the beach.


Course packages

– for you and your family

We can tailor courses to suit your needs, providing all of the required syllabus activities are completed (if you want a certificate). We can also offer discounts to families or groups booking together and for combinations of courses not shown here e.g. RYA Level 1 Dinghy combined with a Level 1 Catamaran endorsement.


Our advice to all potential sailors interested in keelboats, single-handers and catamarans is to first complete a dinghy sailing course in double-handers before embarking on a different type of boat. Our experience is that the boat handling and sail setting in a dinghy gives you a better understanding of “why” and better skills in handling a boat. The transition to a catamaran or to a single hander is then much easier and your skill level will be much higher.