OK How do I get on the water?
There are different ways we can enable individuals to go on the water, please look through the following options.
Please be aware that sailing, canoeing and rowing are weather dependent and we reserve the right to cancel at any time if we consider the conditions are unsuitable.
Saturday Sailability, Paddleability and Rowability Sessions
These sessions are open to anyone with any form of disability or additional support need, as well as their friends, family and carers. We find the activities are particularly enjoyable if you come along with a friend or two!
Sessions are £6 per participant (concessions available), carers go free, anyone else – feel free to make a donation!
For those who want to sail, but are nervous of sailing on their own, we can offer an instructor or experienced sailor to accompany them. We use the access dinghies (left of picture) for independent sailing and have dinghies which are fitted with electric hand controls for those who have little strength or mobility in their upper limbs.
If you want to sail as part of a group we also have the drascombe lugger (right of picture), which is a traditional wooden sailing boat and gives an opportunity to sail up the harbour past the SS Great Britain.
The pioner safety boats are on hand, but our Aiming High powerboat will be used to take people on trips around the harbour. Aiming High is wheelchair accessible so there is no necessity to transfer from your wheelchair. There may only be 1 trip per session, so please arrive by 10.30am to ensure your space on the boat.
Canoeing and/or Kayaking will be available every other week for those of you that wish to try some paddlesports! We have open Canadian Canoes, Sit-on-top kayaks, sit inside kayaks, KataKanus and a Bell Boat available for use. Boats can take from 1 – 12 people in them so are great if you come with a couple of friends!
Rowing will be available every other week in our fixed seat gig or St Isle’s Skiff. We also have 2 sliding seat rowing boats with stabilisers which can be used if you let us know in advance.
Please download the Participants Details – Sailability and bring it with you for the first time, so that we know if there are any specific requirements or concerns you might have. Please be aware that if there are large numbers attending this may shorten the amount of time you are able to sail as we will give everyone time on the water.
“I feel free on the water”
“It’s really nice to do something as a family”
“Very empowering and a good opportunity meet new people”
January February and March, every first and third Saturday powerboat only, please let the office know. 10am to 12pm.
- January 7th , 21st
- February 4th , 18th (cancelled)
- March 4th
Drop in Sailability Sessions (NB sessions not on Bank holiday weekends)
- 1st and 22nd April – N.B. 8th has been cancelled
- 6th 13th and 20th May
- 3rd 10th 17th June
- 1st 8th 15th 28th July
- 5th 12th 19th August
- 9th 16th 23rd 30th September
- 7th 14th 21st 28th October
Every first and third weekend of November, December ( powerboating only), please let the office know. 10am to 12pm.
- November 4th , 18th
- December 2nd, 16th
These sessions are on Tuesday evenings during term time from 4.00pm to 6.00pm from Easter to October. It is for any junior sailor who wishes to sail in a more supported environment. There are also sessions on Saturday mornings at 10am – 12pm during the winter. Please contact the office for more information.
Evening Clubs ( ages 8-16)
We firmly believe that the most fun can be had sailing with your own age group and making new friends. With this in mind we will try to provide our disabled young sailors the opportunity to sail in one of the after school clubs with additional support from volunteers. Please contact us to discuss.
We are delighted to be working with some of our young sailors in developing their sailing and racing skills. We work in close collaboration with the Paralympic Coaches, supporting them along their paralympic pathway. We have integrated sailing training with the Bristol Sailing Squad and hope shortly to be able to support sailing racing on Saturdays with Baltic Wharf Sailing Club. If you are interested in developing your skills and are dreaming of competitive sailing nationally and internationally, please get in touch.