Catamaran sailing school on Lake Garda

Catamaran courses on Garda Lake - a world-famous venue for sailors, recently featured in Yachts & Yachting (September 2016). Lake Garda is the best place to learn sailing and we are the best place to take your RYA course!

Catamaran courses for all in a great range of modern catamarans

Learn to sail
Catamaran courses on Lake Garda

Learn to sail a catamaran on Lake Garda

Catamaran courses on Lake Garda - some of our catamaran fleet

Topper Topaz catamarans in a group (16, 14, 12)

Learn to sail a catamaran at our fabulous sailing centre within the Malcesine Sailing Centre "Fraglia Vela Malcesine (FVM)" at Navene on beautiful North Lake Garda (Lago di Garda nord). You'll receive the best in training from our VWDS and RYA- trained instructors, using a variety of catamarans.

Certificated catamaran courses follow either the RYA syllabus, in English, which is best suited to sailors wanting to progress through the RYA system or the VDWS syllabus for those wanting to learn and sail in continental Europe. We can run VDWS courses in English, German or Italian

RYA Catamaran courses 
for all levels

VDWS & RYA catamaran courses for beginners, for improvers and for experts

Our catamaran courses follow the RYA syllabus and are suitable for people who have never sailed before or for dinghy sailors wishing to learn the different skills of catamaran sailing.

We can also provide conversion courses for dinghy sailors who already have a level 2 certificate wishing to gain a catamaran sailing certificate.

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

RYA & VDWS recognized
Catamaran Sailing School

Europa Surf and Sail - our catamaran centre

At our catamaran sailing centre, you will find perfect sailing and many other family activities including kayaking, SUP and swimming; making us the family-friendly choice for your watersports day or holiday. There are toilets, showers, parking, restaurant, terrace and sunbathing areas on site.

Our catamarans are Hobie 15 and 18 and Topper Topaz 12, 14, 16 and are available for fun sailing with an instructor (RYA and VDWS trained) as well as for catamaran sailing courses or for rental. Many of these can be sailed with asymmetric spinnakers (gennakers) for advanced sailors.

Beginner catamaran courses

Funsail

  • 'Funsail' with an instructor more details ...One or two hours on the water in a stable catamaran
  • Instructor-led experience with the opportunity to control the boat yourself, if you wish more details ...You will be encouraged to do as much, or as little, as you want
  • € 60per person1 person, all equipment provided. Discounts available for groups booking together. Time is on-the-water
  • € 80per person1 person, all equipment provided. Discounts available for groups booking together. Time is on-the-water

ESS first step

  • Six-hour introduction to the sport of catamaran sailing, enabling you to sail a catamaran in light conditions more details ...Normally run as 3 x 2 hour sessions in a suitable catamaran
  • A syllabus will be agreed with you which covers safety, launching, returning and sailing upwind and downwind. May include single-handed sailing more details ...The specific content will be agreed with you
  • € 200All equipment provided. Time includes land-based practice and tuition.

RYA Level 1

  • A Level One RYA course enabling you to sail a catamaran and understand how it works more details ...Normally run as two full or four half-day sessions and likely to involve at least two types of catamaran
  • Follows a syllabus set by the RYA which covers safety, launching, returning and sailing upwind and downwind. Will include capsize and recovery more details ...On successful completion of this certificate, you will have the option to progress to level 2.
  • € 340All equipment provided. Time includes land-based practice and tuition.
  • Can be combined with a Level 2 course over a total of three days of tuition for € 490

Cat conversion

  • A one day course for sailors holding a Level 2 dinghy certificate enabling you to sail a catamaran and understand how it works more details ...Normally run as a single day or two half-day sessions and involving a capsize and recovery.
  • Follows a syllabus set by the RYA which covers safety, launching, returning and sailing upwind and downwind. Will include capsize and recovery more details ...On successful completion of this course, you will have the RYA catamaran level 2 certificate.
  • € 200All equipment provided. Time includes land-based practice and tuition.

VDWS Basic

  • A twelve hour course which will teach you how to sail a catamaran and provide you with a VDWS certificate of competencemore details ...Normally run as four 3-hour sessions and including capsize and recovery
  • 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
  • € 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

Advanced catamaran courses

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