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.
Sailability and Paddleability 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 accessible powerboats will be used to take people on trips around the harbour. Our powerboats are wheelchair accessible so there is no necessity to transfer from your wheelchair. There may only be 1 trip per session, so please arrive by 10.15 am to ensure your space on the boat.
Canoeing and/or Kayaking will be available when we have volunteer suppoprt, 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!
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”
Dates for 2018
February 10th, 24th
April 14th, 21st, 28th
May 5th 19th 26th
June 16th (cancelled), 30th
July 14th, 21st, 28th
August 4th, 11, 18, 25
September 8th, 15th, 22nd 29th
October 6th 13th 20th 27th
November – 10th 24th
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.
Sessions with sailing available on term time evenings from Easter. Powerboating sessions will be available on holiday evenings.
This is a drop in session, no need to book.
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.