Sailing school Ascona

Welcome at lake Maggiore

We gladly offer lessons of all kind: from the beginner’s course to regatta coaching, all is available.

For over 35 years, Scuola Vela Ascona—Asconautica have been offering professional schooling for driving sail- and motorboats.

For the most effective training and for responding at best to the requirements and skills of our customers, but also to be as flexible as possible on the agenda, our school is mainly based on private lessons. Week long courses are possible on request.

Welcome at the sailing school Ascona!

Choose a course:

Basic course

Course content

  • Theoretical introduction.
  • Rig the sailboat, points of sails, trimm the sails, to tack and jibe, reef the sails.
  • Nautical terms and knots.

Details

  • Participants: depending on the request from 1 to 4 people (minimum age 14 years).
  • Dates: sailing lessons can be booked throughout the week including Sundays. Best wind conditions are from 8:00 to 11:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00.
  • Pricing: 1 student CHF 100 / h, 2 students CHF 50 / h / person, 3 students CHF 35 / h / person, 4 students CHF 30 / h / person.
  • Equipment: Clothes suitable for weather conditions, sneakers possibly with white soles, water.

The school boat

  • Archambault Surprise: ideal for beginners and advanced. 7.65m long, large cockpit, simple, certified for 6 people.

Course for sailing license

In general

In order to obtain a Swiss boat driving license, one first needs to pass a theoretical examination followed by a practical exam. The minimum age required is 14 years.

The theory can be studied autonomously. Alternatively to the official booklet (which also includes a online login key to access all the official questions), we suggest to download a app such as the products of “Boatdriver” from a app store.

In order to prepare for the practical examination, just get in touch with our office and we will fix the appointments for the on the water lessons for the D course as we go. We wish you a lot of fun and success.

Candidates domiciled in Ticino or abroad

Fill out the following form. Warning! On page 2, a visual test must be performed by a Swiss optician. In addition, you can order the official study book (see section 4.) which includes an online access code for all questions. As an alternative to official booklets, we recommend purchasing an app directly on your smartphone.

Attaching 2 photos and a copy of a document, send the form to the Sezione della circolazione di Camorino.

Then you will get an information sheet with the dates for the theoretical exams.

After passing the theory exam, you can present yourself, in agreement with asconautica, to the practical exam at the port of Brissago every Monday at 14:00 without the need for an appointment.

Candidates domiciled in other Cantons

Request the registration form for the authorities of your Canton. Study the theory and do the theoretical exam in your Canton. Apply for an authorization to perform the practical exam in Ticino.

Course content

  • Theoretical introduction.
  • Rig the sailboat, points of sails, trimm the sails, to tack and jibe, reef the sails, dock at a buoy, mooring up, man overboard.
  • Nautical terms and knots.
  • Preparation for interrogation at the exam.

Details

  • Participants: depending on the request from 1 to 4 people (minimum age 14 years).
  • Dates: sailing lessons can be booked throughout the week including Sundays. Best wind conditions are from 8:00 to 11:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00.
  • Pricing: 1 student CHF 100 / h, 2 students CHF 50 / h / person, 3 students CHF 35 / h / person, 4 students CHF 30 / h / person.
  • Equipment: Clothes suitable for weather conditions, sneakers possibly with white soles, water.

The school boat

  • Archambault Surprise: ideal for beginners and advanced. 7.65m long, large cockpit, simple, certified for 6 people.

Spinnaker and regata coaching

Why not use the spinnaker or gennaker? Most sailors are too lazy, some feel insecure and others simply have never learned to use the big colored sail. Yet it is one of the greatest pleasures, a great slack with the spi!

Course content

  • Theoretical introduction.
  • Finetrimm of sails.
  • Improvement of maneuvers.
  • Preparation for spinnaker, hoist and lowering, trimm spi on various points of sailing, jibes.
  • Regata departures.

Details

  • Participants: depending on the request from 1 to 4 people (minimum age 14 years).
  • Dates: sailing lessons can be booked throughout the week including Sundays. Best wind conditions are from 8:00 to 11:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00.
  • Pricing: 1 student CHF 100 / h, 2 students CHF 50 / h / person, 3 students CHF 35 / h / person, 4 students CHF 30 / h / person.
  • Equipment: Clothes suitable for weather conditions, sneakers possibly with white soles, water.

The school boat

  • Archambault Surprise: ideal for beginners and advanced. 7.65m long, large cockpit, simple, certified for 6 people. Uses a spinnaker.
  • J80: ideal for beginners and advanced, 8m long, super large cockpit, easy to use, certified for 8 people. Uses a gennaker. 
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