RYA Scotland works with a number of partners including RYA Sailability to help make our sport accessible to all.
Scotland's Sailability centre of excellence is Castle Semple Centre in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire. Castle Semple is the education hub to help any club or centre in Scotland that wants to find out more about how to offer boating to people of any ability along with offering training for club members or instructors who may be volunteering to help a sailability group.
There will also be open race training on offer at the centre for sailors of access, challenger, Hansa 303 and 2.4mr class boats.
A centre of excellence is about a lot more than just having the right equipment; it is about the community around the centre. This community of professionals, participants and volunteers are who help the centre truly excel. Castle Semple is happy to have volunteers and instructors who want to improve their skills come along and work with them during their normal work, contact David at the centre for more information.
The Sailability Regional Organiser in Scotland is David Hill, who can be emailed on firstname.lastname@example.org David is the RYA Principal at Castle Semple Centre so you can also contact him at the centre on 01505 842882 ext 21
RYA Sailability has a well-established national programme of activity to develop disability sailing. In Scotland they support a Regional Organiser who works with RYA Scotland and a variety of clubs and centres to deliver a programme of activity around the country.
We also work with Scottish Disability Sport to keep up to date with emerging best practice and changes to legislation.
RYA Scotland’s focus in the coming year is to increase active participation among disabled sailors, support existing sailors who want to improve their performance and support new groups to help create sustainable sailing activity.
Updates on events, regattas, training opportunities and last minute news will be listed on the Disability Sailing Scotland Facebook page so keep an eye on that if you want the most up to date information.
David Hill the regional organiser would love to hear from clubs and other organisations about any events that they are organising to put on the Facebook page to help boost interest.
Scotland already has Sailability Accredited clubs and centres around the country, helping hundreds of people to access our sport. to find out which site is closest to you use the "wheres my nearest" feature at the top of the page. you can filter results to only show Sailability sites
We will continue to work with and support these sites and hope to see new ones popping up around the country in due course. If you wish to expand your clubs programme and give disabled sailors access to your waters or if you want to get Sailability Accreditation Status then RYA Sailability can help you. Your first contact should be with your RYA Sailability Regional Organiser who can offer advice and training opportunities for your club and club members and run through the process for getting your club or centre accreditation status.
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