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Learn In The Sun

1: Facilities

Beach club holidays are one of the most popular ways to start sailing, or improve on your existing skills, and it’s easy to see why. Some degree of dinghy sailing and windsurfing tuition is usually included in the price of the holiday and many operators offer a wide range of RYA courses.

The association has around 250 centres overseas that run courses including dinghy, keelboat and multihull schemes. ‘The big overseas centres account for a lot of learn to sail activity,’ says John Thorn, the RYA’s national sailing coach.

‘On the whole they tend to run versions of our basic beginners courses and at the end of the week there’s a presentation and people get their certificates and so on, which is a good confidence boost.’ A growing number of overseas centres now offer the full range of RYA dinghy sailing courses, with Sunsail following smaller operators such as Wildwind and Minorca Sailing in doing this for first time in 2008.

Families are well catered for throughout this sector of the holiday market, particularly in school holiday time, with most companies offering a range of child care and activity clubs for children from four months to teenage. Except for the very youngest, where a high ratio of care is needed, these are usually free. The range of activities on offer means even families with diverse interests will find plenty to do.

Equally, it’s possible to choose adult-only resorts, or others with child-free zones for singles, couples and groups Those who are not of an energetic disposition, or just want a break from activity, are also well catered for. For instance, you can relax with a book by the pool, get pampered in a health and beauty salon, or play a couple of games of tennis. In many cases you can also choose a variety of excursions and sightseeing opportunities to explore the local area.

It’s a fun, laid-back atmosphere, with lots of opportunity to make new friends, sample local culture and try new things such as water skiing.

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