Updated 10th September 2020
We are open and operating, although things are slightly different to how they were before. You may have lots of questions… don’t worry, that’s understandable! We’re always available on [email protected] if your question is not answered below.
Our thanks to everyone with bookings affected by our closure period for your patience – we really appreciate your understanding. You have all now been contacted via email so please do check your inboxes 🙂
Our Tuesday afternoon & Saturday morning Sailability sessions have also now re-started! To ensure that we can run these sessions safely you’ll need to book a place before attending. Please contact [email protected] and we will get back to you!
Sailability Powerboat Trips are currently limited to one hour in order to cope with demand during the new restrictions. We will have trips at 10am and at 11am. Sailing remains a two hour session.
For a full version of our Covid-19 Operation Procedures please click here.
We have created this short video for our volunteers to outline the protocols we’ve put in place (applicable to our customers and staff too) AAW Covid Safe
For now, here’s an overview of what you should know….
Safety is our priority! Here are some key changes we’ve made:
Increased hand washing facilities, sanitisation points and the centre is being thoroughly cleaned by our wonderful AAW cleaner.
Each session is limited to maximum of 5 participants
All kit, including Buoyancy Aids, boats and paddles cleaned and sanitised after each session
We’re maximising time spent outdoors in the fresh air and limiting use of the indoor centre
The main things to know before booking are:
On arrival please make your way around towards the back of the Centre and enter through the boat yard where you will be greeted by one of our lovely instructors. Bags or kit can be stored in the boat yard under a shelter.
Use of the toilet is only for emergencies – so please use facilities at home before coming to the centre. Please wear a face covering inside where possible.
Our meeting rooms and kitchen are unavailable so do please bring some food/drinks if needed.
Our changing rooms, lockers and wetsuits/watershoes aren’t available at the moment, so please arrive ready and eager to have some fun on the water! If you have your own Buoyancy Aid feel free to bring this along, alternatively these will be provided.
We hope that everyone stays safe, but if any minor accidents do happen we’ll encourage the participant (or a responsible adult within their group) to apply their own first aid in order to maintain social distancing.
We’re not able to offer our full activity program yet and have adapted our sessions where necessary. We hope to be back up to a full program as soon as possible.
We’re working on our 2021 program so if something you’d like to do is not currently available, it’s worth keeping an eye on our website for when new dates go live and securing your place early!
Things we ask of you when attending your booking:
Anyone who has either experienced COVID-19 symptoms themselves, or lives with someone who has, either 7 days before attending the Centre, or within 7 days after attending the Centre, should please let us know immediately.
We’ll let you know if your session is cancelled and re-arranging is simple!
Sessions are now available to book! We’re hoping for these to go ahead however if we do need to cancel your session due to extended restrictions we will contact you via email and you’ll be given some options:
1) an e-gift voucher for the monetary value of your activity. This voucher is valid for 12 months and can be redeemed online when booking on to a new session. This gives you the freedom to browse our activities and choose another day and time that suits you! We’re working hard behind the scenes to prepare our calendar for next season, and we’ll keep you updated when this goes live.
2) full or partial refund (if you’d like to make a donation to our little charity to support our charitable aims). Unfortunately we aren’t able to refund sessions paid for using childcare vouchers.
A huge THANK YOU for all of your patience and we look forward to seeing you out on the water with us soon!
The All-Aboard Team
Providing water-based activities in Bristol since 1974
All-Aboard is a Watersports Charity. Our aim is to break down barriers and make it possible for everyone in our community to participate in a range of watersports such as sailing, kayaking, canoeing, rowing, paddleboarding, powerboating and other water related activities in the beautiful and historic Bristol City Docks. Our centre and activities are fully accessible and delivered by a highly trained team of instructors, staff and volunteers.
We receive no support from central or local government, nor do we have any other form of guaranteed funding. Donations from supporters are a vitally important part of the charity’s finances, allowing us to continue to provide watersports sessions at reasonable cost to those facing challenging circumstances.