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Disability Awareness 

RYA Sailability's Awareness training programme is to a national recognised standard. It is designed to change attitudes and awareness throughout the sailing community.

Attitudes to the inclusion of disabled people in sport are forever changing, but the biggest barrier of all is still the concerns that non-disabled people have. The barriers that these concerns create are often born of ignorance and apprehension, but most significantly from a lack of awareness.

This one day course provides the opportunity to give helpers practical advice and understanding of what is involved in working alongside disabled sailors.

It provides the ideal opportunity to learn and ask questions in a safe environment before being pitched in at the deep end. By alleviating fear of disability and imparting knowledge, the course aims to encourage helpers to become involved and to enjoy their involvement to the full. Importantly, training also improves the quality of that very first experience for both sailor and helper alike.  

Course Syllabus

Course aims

  • Rationalise and alleviate fear of working with people with disabilities
  • Train students to facilitate activities for people with disabilities
  • Provide practical advice & knowledge of working alongside disabled people 

Course objectives - To be aware of and able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  • The needs of disabled children and adults
  • Improve essential communication skills
  • The use of current terminology used to explain disability
  • Understanding of disability and its challenges in the sporting environment  
 Disability Awareness Club Training Courses for Volunteers
 Date Venue Region  Contact Details & Application Form 
29th January 2017  All Aboard Watersports Centre  SW 

Brian Hall 

11th February 2017  Notts County SC - TBC  MI  Connie Lebrun 
25th February 2017  Langstone Sailability  SO 

Leon Ward

25th February 2017  Sussex Sailability   LSE

Jay Forsyth
T: 01273 464868

8th March 2017  Whitefriars Sailing Club  SW 

Pete Bone

M:  07785 368591


10th March 2017  Army Sailing Centre - FULL SO 

Leon Ward
T: 07917 193742

25th March 2017  All Aboard Watersports SW

Blair Hannon

25th March 2017  Pembrokeshire Performance Sailing Academy  West Wales 

Hester Walker

27th March 2017 Conway Centre  WA

Rosie Hearn 

8th April 2017 Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre   LS

Sally Jones

16th May 2017  Stanborough Lakes  EA 

Jane Ellison

9th July 2017  All Aboard Watersports   SW Blair Hannon
3rd September 2017  Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre    LS Sally Jones
10th November 2017 Welton Waters Adventure Centre   NE

Peter Blaney


Does your club want to become an authorised RYA Sailability Disability Awareness Training Centre?
See the download to the right of this page to find out more on how your club can run the course described above.

Current Sailability Disability Authorised Training Centres
Offering Sailabiltiy Disability Awareness Course:
 All Aboard Watersports Centre 0117 929 0801

Belfast Lough Sailability  07599689280  NI
Blackwell Sailing 01539 445333

Carsington Sailability  01629 540609  MI
Cowes Sailability 07850 090244  SO
Dart Sailability  07968 952402


East Anglian Sailing Trust 0333 088 3278 EA
Edgbaston Watersports 0121 454 1997

Green Withens Watersports YC 01484 425524 NE 
Greenwich Yacht Club  08447 365846


Hebe Haven Sailability Trust  00 852 2719 9682  INT.
Hillingdon Outdoor Education Centre 0189 5824171 LS
Horizons (Plymouth)  01752 605800  SW 
New Forest & District Sailability 01425 483692   SO
Northampton Sailability  07710 262102  MI 
Otley Sailing Club 01943 850391  NE
Prospects Services  01285 860388  SW 
Rudyard Sailability 01782 551956 MI 
Rutland Sailability  01780 720292  MI
Sailing for the Disabled  01624 622839


Sussex Sailability  01273 464868


The Ahoy Centre  0208 86917502  LS
Waveney Sailability 01502 475228

Welton Waters Adventure Centre  01482 668277



Interested in being a Sailability Disability Awareness Instructor?
Ensure you have received the Disability Awareness Training described above at one of our authorised centres then download the application form and guidelines to the right.  

Disability Awareness Instructor Training Course
Date Venue  Contact Details
8th February 2017  Prospect Services South Cerney Outdoor  - COURSE FULL

T: 023 8060 4247 

15th March 2017  Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre - COURSE FULL

T: 023 8060 4247

18th March 2017  Tees & Hartlepool Yacht Club

T: 023 8060 4247

17th May 2017  All Aboard - Bristol
(1 place remaining)

T: 023 8060 4247 

Cost of Instructor Course:
£100     -     RYA members
£130     -     Non members 

Please send a cheque payment with your application form made payable to RYA. You can download the application form using the link to the right of the page.

Duration One day
0900 – 1700 hours  

All course materials, refreshments and lunch are included  
To apply please complete the instructor application form

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