Who are our Governing Bodies ?
RYA stands for the ROYAL YACHTING ASSOCIATION which is the internationally recognised body that oversees the sport of sailing in the UK. It sets standards for safety and qualifications and inspects annually organisations that it recognises. We are fully recognised.
BC stand for the BRITISH CANOE whom we are working to develop paddlesports in Baltic Wharf. All our instructors are BCU qualified.
BRA stands for BRITISH ROWING ASSOCIATION. This is the national governing body to regulate all forms of rowing within the United Kingdom.
Who are the instructors?
Our instructors are all qualified to the standards demanded by the National Governing Bodies. They have first aid, safeguarding, disability awareness training and are DBS checked. Many of them are ex teachers. Their qualifications are kept on record and regularly updated. All sessions are supervised by a senior instructor/coach in accordance with their requirements.
What should I wear?
Casual clothing and non slip footwear that doesn’t mind getting wet (preferably not open-toe sandals).
We supply wetsuits in a variety of sizes. Participants may bring their own. It is always colder on the water than it seems on the land so a fleece or similar second layer is recommended even if it seems quite warm.
We can supply some waterproofs but youngsters are encouraged to bring their own.
A change of clothes, a dry pair of shoes and a towel is always a good idea.
Do I need a life jacket?
We supply buoyancy aids free of charge and all sailors are required to wear them. We have true lifejackets available for disabled sailors where they are appropriate. If you bring your own buoyancy aid it must conform to EEC standards.
Should I bring a hat?
All beginners to sailing and canoeing are required to wear a helmet. Sailors above level 2 may ask their senior instructor if they may sail without one. It will be at the senior instructor’s discretion.
A cap or hat may be wise for power boating in sunny weather or a woolly hat in cold weather.
Food and drink?
If youngsters are coming for a day it is a good idea to bring a packed lunch and a drink. Water is available on the premises. Lunches, evening meals and drinks are available from the Cottage Pub next door for adults but we do not allow youngsters to visit the pub. We have a galley upstairs where it is possible to get a hot drink and heat up food.
Please look at individual session details to find out the cost.
Costs to schools groups can be obtained by contacting the office on 0117 929 0801.
How do I pay?
For our after-school clubs the instructor allocated will take the money on the night. Prepayment is possible if the individual intends to attend a series of sessions.
We have not got the facility to accept card payments, BACS, cash and cheques should be made payable to All-Aboard! Watersports.
Schools and Groups will be invoiced directly.
Please note that sessions may be cancelled at short notice at the discretion of the Senior Instructor only as watersports are weather dependent. In this instance we will endeavour to rebook you at a different day. Cancellation later than 48 hours before the session by the participants will still result in full payment being required.
How much money should the participants bring?
Only the cost of the session. There is currently nowhere for young people to spend money on site. We are investigating a vending machine for next season.
What if I have a medical condition?
Please make sure you enter it on the form and notify the senior instructor in charge. We have a lot of experience within the organisation in dealing with different conditions and disabilities and will always attempt to accommodate individuals and get them on the water.
What are the age limits?
The limits for Sportunlimited sessions is 8 to 16. Other clubs will take young people up to 18. We will discuss with parents and primary school staff the case of children under 8 who are keen to sail. We will try and accommodate those who we think can cope.
Is the water quality safe?
Water quality in the harbour has improved a great deal in recent years as is shown by the thriving fish population and the cormorants. A water quality statement is posted on the notice board in front of the Cottage Inn.
Click here to view information on Bristol Harbours water quality published by Bristol City Council.
Where can we find you?
Click here for location.
Valuables and security?
We have a safe for small valuables such as mobile phones and there are lockers for participants use. We discourage the young sailors from bringing money, jewellery and unnecessary valuables with them. Their clothes and school bags will be locked inside the building. All external doors are locked when sessions are in progress but we cannot guarantee absolute security. Please note that all items brought to the Centre are their owners responsibility.
Where can parents go while their children are on the water?
Many parents watch the proceedings by siting outside the pub, on the steps or on ‘Jims Bench’ which is in memory of Jim Bull who helped to set up the charity. Sometimes it is possible for parents to wait inside the building but we do not offer this as a matter of routine.
Where can we park?
There is a public car park adjacent to the school but it can get busy in the summer and at weekends.