Sailing courses and rates

Learn to master a sailboat with Les Corsaires in Geneva!

Les Corsaires - boat rental and sailing courses - GenevaLes Corsaires school offers group sailing courses or a la carte. From the age of 18beginners or those more advanced prepare for their A or D permit on different craft. The first topics to be tackled involve the preparation of the boat, i.e. how to rig and de-rig. On this occasion, the nautical terminology and words are taught to enable good  communication on board. The section on safety on board is tackled immediately, followed by mastering the navigation at full speed,  setting a course, and tacking and gybing. This is a daily offer, both in summer and winter.

Advanced courses aim to ensure that the trimming of the sails is improved so as to optimise performance. Procedures such as reefing, safety on board, picking up mooring buoys and man-overboard manoeuvres (such as mooring/anchoring and seamanship), weather assessment, as well as all the manoeuvres for obtaining the category D permit, are all taught.

Le Surprise is a perfect boat for solo or team learning, whether we are talking about beginners courses, advanced courses, preparation for permit D and/or navigation with a spinnaker.

These courses are held in groups of 2 persons for 4 classes of 2 hours, Mondays and Wednesdays, 16.00 to 18.00, at 440 CHF per person. Our instructors, Daria Zerial & Neree Cornuz, are "old salts" and know the lake and its nautical features perfectly.

The sailboats

Surprise sailboat, 6-seater

6-seater, 4-berth
Category D Permit or equivalent
Sail area 25 m2
Fixed ladder 
Mainsail 16.5 m2
Genoa 17.00, Solent 11 m2
Rigging 7/8, Mast 10.05 metres
7.65 metres x 2.48 metres
Waterline length 6.60 metres
Empty weight 1,250 kg
Air draught 1.60 metres
Keel type
Ballast weight 500 kg
Auxiliary motor
Gasoline, 3.3 kilowatts (4.5 hp)
"HONDA" Japan
Tank 12 litres
Running time 7 hours
Les Corsaires - Sailboats - Geneva

Rates for courses


Introductory course to group sailing  - 340 CHF / person

Every Monday and Wednesday, from 18.15 to 20.15


  • Preparation of the boat, rigging and de-rigging
  • Nautical nomenclature and terms
  • Safety on board 
  • Navigation at top speed 
  • Setting a course
  • Tacking and gybing 

Experience required: none

Equipment needed: non-markingtrainers (sneakers).

Depending on the weather: warm clothing, rainwear, hat and sunglasses...


Advanced courses in group sailing - 440 CHF / person


Sail trip and performance optimisation,
Safety on board,
Picking up mooring buoys,
Man-overboard manoeuvre,
Mooring/anchoring and seamanship,
Weather assessment
Manoeuvre for obtaining the Category D Permit.

Experience required:

Having taken our introductory course in sailing (or equivalent)

Equipment needed:

Non-marking trainers (sneakers),
Depending on the weather: warm clothing, rainwear, hat and sunglasses...


Private sailing lessons - 90 CHF /hour

"à la carte" lessons

  • 1 person  - Frs 90 / hour
  • 2 persons (or more) - Frs 110 / hour

1 class = 2 hours

Programmes for all levels:

  • Beginners
  • Advanced
  • Permit D preparation 
  • Navigation with spinnaker

April to October - By appointment only - 7/7


Daria Zerial & Neree Cornuz

Boat: "SURPRISE" -7.65 m x 2.48 m - 1 250 kg - sail area 26 m²