Europa Holidays RYA windsurfing courses

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Europa Holidays RYA windsurf courses on Lake Garda

Windsurfing courses

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RYA windsurfing courses

– for beginners, improvers and experts

We can offer formal RYA windsurfing courses from beginner to expert, wind conditions permitting, over a period of days or weeks. Our 8-hour rapid course is based upon two hours a day at a time agreed with your instructor and includes a free hour’s rental upon completion. 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.

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

RYA windsurfing school

– instructor-led, small groups

We have boards and rigs suitable to all sizes, ages, weights and abilities as well as beginner and advanced simulator rigs. The location is perfect for your first venture onto a board or for perfecting your waterstarts, carve-gybe or freestyle skills. 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 windsurfers of similar standards and requirements but group sizes do not exceed 6 people per instructor.


Try lessons, RYA and ESS courses

Try lesson 1

Windsurf taster
£45/person
  • The chance to experience windsurf with the focus on practice, not theory. An instructor will demonstrate the basics and allow you to try the on the simulator and then for a short time, on the water.
  • All equipment included
  • Suits those nervous of the water
  • no experience necessary

ESS Intro

Learn the basics
£150/person
  • Four 2-hour sessions and an hour’s free rental, this course is ideal for those wanting to learn but not requiring a certificate.
  • all equipment is provided
  • no experience necessary
  • students should be confident in and around water

RYA Intermediate

Non-planing
£200/person
  • Sail on all points of sailing in stronger winds, use beach starts and learn faster tacking and gybing. Basics of harness use.
  • Six 2-hour sessions over an agreed period. Some very active windsurfers will be able to manage two sessions in a day, most will only want one!
  • all equipment is provided
  • Requires RYA Start Windsurfing certificate
  • students should be confident in and around water

RYA Intermediate

Planing
£200/person
  • This is the second part of the intermediate course. Now this is where windsurfing gets really exciting, it’s all about using your non-planning skills whilst planning.
  • You will learn skills such as: Carve Gybing, foot straps and faster tacks on much smaller boards.
  • Six 2-hour sessions over an agreed period.
  • Some very active windsurfers will be able to manage two sessions in a day, most will only want one!
  • all equipment is provided
  • Requires RYA Intermediate Non-planing certificate
  • students should be confident in and around water

Junior, advanced and VDWS courses

ESS Advanced

Non-planing
£200/person
  • A two day course to master advanced planning techniques, such as; water starts, bump and jump and the infamous Carve Gybe
  • all equipment is provided
  • students must be at an intermediate level
  • no certificate

VDWS

German Windsurf Federation
£200/person
  • A twelve hour course which will teach you how to windsurf and provide you with a VDWS certificate of competence
  • Four 3-hour sessions over an agreed period.
  • All equipment is provided
  • No experience necessary
  • students should be confident in and around water
windsurf course instructors

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 wide range of equipment means that we have boards and sails (which can be dacron school sails or mylar race sails) to suit the young, old, fit, not-so-fit, brave and not-so-brave, ensuring that everyone can progress at their own speed. Our larger boards have dagger boards and some have cut-down fins to reduce grounding.
windsurf course equipment
If you want to mix catamaran sailing or dinghy sailing with your windsurfing, 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 Start Windsurfing followed by Intermediate Non-planing.