Europa Holidays RYA catamaran courses on Lake Garda

Students in Topaz 16 catamaran
Catamaran teaching on Lake Garda

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 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.

RYA courses

We are an RYA training centre and follow the RYA syllabuses and course structure, full details of these can be viewed by clicking on Adult courses or Junior courses.

Our advice to those 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 good boat handling and sail setting in a dinghy gives you a better understanding of “why” and “how” of sailing, making it easier to achieve high skill levels, quickly, in a different vessel.

RYA Adult courses
RYA Youth courses

Popular courses

2-hour funsail

Experience catamaran sailing
£ 80
00
  • 2-hours
  • All equipment provided
  • No experience necessary
  • Should be confident around water
Fun

6-hour ESS

Learn to sail and tack a catamaran
£ 200
00
  • Two 3-hour sessions
  • All equipment provided
  • No experience necessary
  • Should be confident around water
Learning

2-day RYA

Junior stages 1 to 4
£ 300
00
  • Two days or 4 half-days
  • All equipment provided
  • Certificate or skills to previous stage
  • Should be confident around water
Certificate

2-day RYA

Adult levels 1 to 3
£ 300
00
  • Two days or 4 half-days
  • All equipment provided
  • Certificate or skills to previous level
  • Should be confident around water
Certificate

Specialized courses

Cat conversion

from dinghy to catamaran
£ 200
00
  • Full day
  • All equipment provided
  • Requires RYA Level 2 Dinghy
  • Should be confident around water
Certificate

RYA Modules

Advanced sailing courses
£ 300
00
  • Two days or 4 half-days
  • All equipment provided
  • Requires RYA Level 3
  • Should be confident around water
Certificate

3-day RYA

Adult levels 1&2
£ 440
00
  • Three days or 6 half-days
  • All equipment provided
  • No experience necessary
  • Should be confident around water
Certificate

2-day VDWS

Grundschein
£ 300
00
  • 12 hours
  • All equipment provided
  • No experience necessary
  • Should be confident around water
Certificate

Catamarans for beginners, improvers and advanced sailors

Whether you pre-book or book when you get here, everything you need is included in the price and is at the beach. 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 and help to launch. 

Boats are rigged for you and we’ll launch you and usually catch you when you return. We only ask that you read our safety and launch and return notes before you set out for the first time.

Wide range of instructor skills

– German, Italian and English

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.

 Wide range of catamarans

– Beginner, improver and expert

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.

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 2 Dinghy combined with a Level 2 Catamaran endorsement.

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.

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