Dinghy sailing school on Lake Garda

RYA Dinghy sailing courses for all in a great range of modern dinghies at Malcesine on Lake Garda

Learn to sail in a modern sailing dinghy with our RYA sailing courses. We have safe and stable Topper Topaz dinghies for one, two, three or four people all the way up to high performance race dinghies like the ISO and RS800. We teach mainly with one instructor per boat and usually only two or three clients at a time, so you spend your time doing, not watching! Our dinghy sailing courses can be run over as many days as you want, typically 4 or 5 afternoons or mornings (you can usually choose which) as we have reliable morning and afternoon winds.

Holiday makers and those with less time can learn the basics without a formal certificate with our 6-hour sailing course over 1, 2 or 3 days while the fit and keen can go for a high-intensity 2-day course where you sail from 9am until 6pm each day, with breaks for theory and lunch.

Learn to sail 
Sailing courses in modern dinghies

At our fabulous sailing school and watersports centre we have perfect sailing, mornings and afternoons with a great range of boats for all levels from beginner to racer. Find us here.

Dinghy sailing courses use our range of Topaz dinghies as well as ISOs and the RS800

Our dinghy fleet

RYA Dinghy sailing courses 
For all levels

RYA dinghy sailing courses on Lake Garda for beginner, intermediate and advanced

We offer formal RYA courses with certificates at Level 1 2 and 3 which will to enable you to learn and to enjoy the sport of sailing at one of the world's best venues We use a wide variety of boats suited for individuals, families and larger groups, sporty or not-so-sporty.

We can also offer a holiday experience with our 'funsail' options.

Our instructors are RYA, VDWS and FIV trained and we offer individual tuition and coaching in using gennakers, high-wind sailing, competing in regattas.

RYA recognized 
Dinghy sailing courses

Europa Surf and Sail - our sailing centre

At our sailing centre, you will find perfect sailing location for your dinghy sailing course  with many other family activities including kayaking, SUP and swimming; making us the family-friendly choice for your watersports day or holiday.

We use a range of single-hander boats such as the Topper Topaz Uno and the Topper original and larger Topper Topaz boats such as the Vibe, Argo and Omega to provide great sailing for everyone. For racers and thrill-seekers we have ISOs and an RS800.

All of our boats can be used with asymmetric spinnakers (also known as gennakers) for high speed thrills.

Dinghy sailing courses 
for beginners

Funsail

  • 1 hour 'Funsail' with an instructor read more ...One hour on the water in a stable, large dinghy
  • Instructor-led one-hour experience with the opportunity to control the boat yourself, if you wishread more ...You will be encouraged to do as much, or as little, as you want
  • An opportunity to taste the fun of sailing, managed by an experienced instructor. You may get wet, so bring a change of clothes read more ...Guests should be confident around water
  • € 601 person, all equipment provided. Time is on-the-water
  • € 801 person, all equipment provided. Time is on-the-water
  • Prices are per person and include wetsuits, boots, gloves, harness (if required) and buoyancy aid
    We use market-leading Gul clothing and equipment

Introduction

  • Six-hour introduction to the sport of sailing, enabling you to sail a boat.Normally run as 3x 2 hour sessions in suitable boats
  • A syllabus will be agreed with you which covers safety, launching, returning and sailing upwind and downwind. May include single-handed sailing.The specific content will be agreed with you
  • An informal course which will allow you to develop sailing skills in a fun environment. A total of six hours, minimum of 2 hours per dayThe instructor will select a suitable boat for each element of your course
  • € 200All equipment provided. Time includes land-based practice and tuition.
  • Prices are per person and include wetsuits, boots, gloves, harness (if required) and buoyancy aid
    We use market-leading Gul clothing and equipment

RYA Level 1

  • A Level One RYA course enabling you to sail a boat and understand how it works.Normally run as 2 day-long or 4 half-day sessions and likely to involve at least two types of boat
  • Follows a syllabus set by the RYA which covers safety, launching, returning and sailing upwind and downwind. May include capsize and recovery.On successful completion of this certificate, you will have the option to progress to level 2.
  • A formal course with a set of key skills enabling you to sail a dinghy safely in suitable conditions.The instructor will select a suitable boat for each element of your course.
  • € 340All equipment provided. Time includes land-based practice and tuition.
  • Prices are per person and include wetsuits, boots, gloves, harness (if required) and buoyancy aid
    We use market-leading Gul clothing and equipment

RYA Stage 1

  • A Stage One RYA course enabling you to sail a boat under supervision and understand how it works.Normally run as 2 day-long or 4 half-day sessions and likely to involve at least two types of boat
  • Follows a syllabus set by the RYA which covers safety, launching, returning and sailing upwind and downwind. May include capsize and recovery.On successful completion of this certificate, you will have the option to progress to stage 2.
  • A formal course with a set of key skills enabling you enjoy sailing in a dinghy safely, in suitable conditions.The instructor will select a suitable boat for each element of your course.
  • € askAll equipment provided. Time includes land-based practice and tuition.
  • Prices are per person and include wetsuits, boots, gloves, harness (if required) and buoyancy aid
    We use market-leading Gul clothing and equipment

VDWS Basic

  • A twelve hour course which will teach you how to sail a dinghy and provide you with a VDWS certificate of competencemore details ...Normally run as 2 day-long or 4 half-day sessions and likely to involve at least two types of boat
  • Follows a syllabus set by the German VDWS with excellent course materials in English, German, Italian, Russian and 10 other languages. Covers safety, launching, returning and sailing upwind and downwind. Our course will also include basic knowledge and experience of capsize and recovery more details ...On successful completion of this course, you will have the VDWS Grundschein which enables you to rent a catamaran at most sailing centres in Europe and is a platform for taking more advanced modules
  • A formal course with a set of key skills enabling you enjoy sailing in a dinghy safely, in suitable conditions.The instructor will select a suitable boat for each element of your course.
  • € 380All equipment is provided. The price includes VDWS registration and a certificate. Time includes land-based practice and tuition.
  • The course has fewer theory elements than the RYA Level 1 but covers similar topics. The advanced modules together are equivalent to RYA levels 2 and 3
  • Prices are per person and include wetsuits, boots, gloves, harness (if required) and buoyancy aid
    We use market-leading Gul clothing and equipment

Dinghy sailing courses
for improvers and experts

Private lesson

  • 1 or 2 hours coaching with an instructor, targeting your chosen area of improvementread more ...One or two hours on land and on water in a suitable dinghy - family, intermediate or high performance
  • For individual bookings in two-person boats, the instructor will accompany youread more ...You will be encouraged to 'push the envelope'
  • An opportunity to refine an area of your skills with an expert sailorread more ...If you wish, the instructor will just act as an experienced crew
  • using your own boat€ 601 person, all equipment provided. Time is on-the-water
  • boat hire included€ 801 person, all equipment provided. Time is on-the-water
  • Prices are per person and include wetsuits, boots, gloves, harness (if required) and buoyancy aid
    We use market-leading Gul clothing and equipment

RYA Improver

  • A Level Two or Level Three RYA course enabling you to sail a boat better and in more difficult conditionsread more ...Normally run as 2 day-long or 4 half-day sessions and likely to involve at least two types of boat
  • Follows a syllabus set by the RYA which covers safety, launching, returning and sailing upwind and downwind. Will include capsize and recovery.read more ...On successful completion of this certificate, you will have the option to progress to level 2.
  • A formal course with a set of key skills enabling you to sail a dinghy safely in suitable conditionsread more ...The instructor will select a suitable boat for each element of your course.
  •  € 340All equipment provided. Time includes land-based practice and tuition.
  • Prices are per person and include wetsuits, boots, gloves, harness (if required) and buoyancy aid
    We use market-leading Gul clothing and equipment

RYA Improver

  • Stage Two, Three or Four RYA courses enabling junior sailors to develop skills and confidence for sailing alone or with a friend or parentread more ...Normally run as 2 day-long or 4 half-day sessions and likely to involve at least two types of boat
  • Follows a syllabus set by the RYA which covers safety, launching, returning and sailing upwind and downwind. Will include capsize and recoveryread more ...On successful completion of this certificate, you will have the option to progress to stage 2.
  • A formal course with a set of key skills enabling you enjoy sailing in a dinghy safely, in suitable conditionsread more ...The instructor will select a suitable boat for each element of your course.
  •  € 340All equipment provided. Time includes land-based practice and tuition.
  • Prices are per person and include wetsuits, boots, gloves, harness (if required) and buoyancy aid
    We use market-leading Gul clothing and equipment

RYA advanced

  • Advanced modules for seamanship, day sailing, sailing with gennakers, performance sailing, keel boat sailing, start racingread more ...Normally run in half-day sessions, may require stronger winds.
  • Following on from Level 3 (or after demonstrating Level 3 skills). Can include single-handed sailingread more ...The specific content will be agreed with you
  • A formal course which will allow you to develop specific, advanced sailing skills in a perfect environment. A total of 2 days, either as whole or half-daysread more ...The instructor will select a suitable boat for each element of your course
  •  € 340All equipment provided. Time includes land-based practice and tuition.
  • Prices are per person and include wetsuits, boots, gloves, harness (if required) and buoyancy aid
    We use market-leading Gul clothing and equipment

VDWS advanced

  • Available after successfully completing your basic licence ('Grundschein'), each module covers a separate skill: downwind flyers, using a gennaker, high performance tuning and sailing, regatta basics.read more ...Normally the four hours is taken as 2x 2 hour sessions with students expected to read the relevant parts of the manual before each session. May require a day with strong winds
  • The objective of the modules is to impart key skills using advanced equipment and catamarans and to pass onto students tips and techniques for them to use in self-improvement
  • A formal course which will introduce you to specific, advanced sailing skills in a perfect environment. A total of 4 hours, either in one session or 2 of 2 hours eachThe instructor will select a suitable boat for each element of your course
  • prices from€ 140Price includes all equipment and any VDWS certificate updates
  • Discounts may be available for groupsGroups booking together for a single course can receive discounts - contact us for more information
  • Prices are per person and include wetsuits, boots, gloves, harness (if required) and buoyancy aid
    We use market-leading Gul clothing and equipment
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