Europa Holidays RYA keelboat courses on Lake Garda

Keelboat sailing
RYA keelboat course on Lake Garda

Beginners, improvers and experts

We offer formal RYA keelboat courses from beginner to expert, wind conditions permitting, either intensive – over two full days – or holiday-oriented, spread over 4 or 5 days.

SB20 keelboat course

The RYA keelboat courses are suited to those wishing to learn sport boat sailing (18′ to 30′ boats with keel and small or no cabin) and those wanting a sailing experience with no possibility of capsize.

Our ESS Intro 6-hour course is based upon two 3-hour  sessions and is aimed at introducing you to sailing a keelboat safely but does not offer a certificate.

RYA keelboat sailing school

Instructor-led, small groups

You will be able to learn in a  SB20 (formely Laser SB3) and can develop helming and crewing skills. Our instruction is personal with one instructor teaching a family or small group who have booked together . There is a maximum of 3 students for our RYA keelboat courses.

We use an SB20 keelboat which is small and manoeuvrable but fast and challenging in a strong wind. Everything you learn in this boat is good preparation for sailing in larger boats or taking the RYA Competent Crew and Day Skipper courses at a coastal venue. 

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. While Junior sailors are welcome on the SB20, with responsible adults, formal courses are normally only available to those age 16 or over as the work and discipline involved may be too onerous for smaller and younger sailors.

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

Popular courses

The prices below are those available to Europa Holidays clients only. For those managing their own accommodation, please check the prices at Europa Surf and Sail

3-hour funsail

Experience sportboat sailing
£ 150
  • 3-hours
  • Basic equipment provided
  • No experience necessary
  • Should be confident around water

6-hour ESS

Learn to sail and tack a sportboat
£ 250
  • Two 3-hour sessions
  • Basic equipment provided
  • No experience necessary
  • Should be confident around water

2-day RYA

Adult level 1,2 or 3
£ 340
  • Two days or 4 half-days
  • Basic equipment provided
  • Certificate or skills to previous level
  • Should be confident around water

3-day RYA

Adult levels 1&2
£ 500
  • Three days or 6 half-days
  • Basic equipment provided
  • No experience necessary
  • Should be confident around water

Sportboat sailing for beginners, improvers and advanced sailors

Whether you pre-book or book when you get here, everything you need is at the beach. Buoyancy aids are supplied and spray-tops and wet-boots available. For your comfort, you should bring suitable sailing clothes and jacket / over-trousers / deck shoes if you have them. A spare set of clothes for when you return is recommended as the sailing can be exciting and a bit wetter when it is windy.

Our instructors are RYA trained and we use boats inspected annually by the RYA. Our SB20 is 20ft long and maintained throughout the season. An electric outboard (Torqeedo) makes berth exit and entry simple and the harbour mooring gives plently of opportunity to practice manoeuvring a keelboat

The SB20 is rigged for each days sailiung and we will appreciate your help in carrying the sails, outboard and other equyipoment to the port. Part of the training is likely to include hoisting and lowering sails and there is an opportunity also to drive the boat under motor.

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 RYA Level 2 Keelboat.

If you want to mix windsurfing and dinghy sailing with your keelboat sailing, we can arrange that. Talk to Alison or Charles on +393386053096 or email to discuss your requirements.

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