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  • RYA stages being sailed by Lily and Libby at Europa Surf and Sail
  • sailing courses for single handers
  • sailing courses for juniors
  • sailing courses for holiday makers
  • Garda  2770
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  • Fleet sailing
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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.

Prices from
1 hour funsail with an instructor  €70,00
2 hour funsail with an instructor€100,00
6 hour ESS First Steps course€250,00
2 day RYA course€380,00

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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.

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

Our certificate courses follow either the RYA or VDWS (German sailing federation) system.

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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 run RYA certificate courses (usually over 2 full days or four or five half-day sessions. We can also offer a holiday experience with our one and two-hour '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 regatta

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Dinghy sailing centre

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.

Dinghy courses use our range of Topaz dinghies

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

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Beginner and improver dinghy sailing courses

Prices are per person and include wetsuits, boots, gloves, harness (if required) and buoyancy aid. Discounts may be available for groups making a single booking.

Funsail

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  • 'Funsail' with an instructor for 1 or 2 hours
    Funsail or try-lesson in a stable, large dinghy
  • Instructor-led one-hour experience with the opportunity to control the boat yourself, if you wish
    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
    Guests should be confident around water
  •   €70 €100
    1 person, all equipment provided. Time is on-the-water
  • 2 people: €100 for 1 hr, €150 for 2 hrs 3+ people: €140 for 1 hr, €200 for 2 hrs
    All equipment provided. Time is on-the-water, under 13's can go for free

ESS First Steps

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  • 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 day
    The instructor will select a suitable boat for each element of your course
  • € 250
    All equipment provided. Time includes land-based practice and tuition.

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.
  • € 380
    All equipment provided. Time includes land-based practice and tuition.

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.
  • € 380
    All equipment provided. Time includes land-based practice and tuition.

RYA Improver

  • A Level Two or Level Three RYA course enabling you to sail a boat better and in more difficult conditions
    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
    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.
  •  € 380
    All equipment provided. Time includes land-based practice and tuition.

RYA 1&2 Combined

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  • A 3-day RYA course combining Level One and Level Two, enabling you to sail a boat in more suitable conditions, starting from no knowledge. Shorter timescales as duplicate skills learning and theory is eliminated.
    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
    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.
  •  €520
    All equipment provided. Time includes land-based practice and tuition.

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 parent
    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
    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.
  •  € 380
    All equipment provided. Time includes land-based practice and tuition.

RYA advanced

  • Advanced modules for seamanship, day sailing, sailing with gennakers, performance sailing, keel boat sailing, start racing
    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 sailing
    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-days
    The instructor will select a suitable boat for each element of your course
  •  € 380
    All equipment provided. Time includes land-based practice and tuition.

VDWS Basic

  • A twelve hour course which will teach you how to sail a dinghy and provide you with a VDWS certificate of competence
    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 available from the VDWS). Covers safety, launching, returning and sailing upwind and downwind. Our course will also include basic knowledge and experience of capsize and recovery
    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.
  • € 410
    All 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

VDWS advanced

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  • 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
    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 each
    The instructor will select a suitable boat for each element of your course
  • prices from€ 200
    Price includes all equipment and any VDWS certificate updates
  • The price is only valid for students who completed their Grundschein with us.

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