Disability awareness

Gain the knowledge and confidence to enable disabled people to take part in boating, feel welcome and to share in a passion for getting on the water

Around 1 in 5 people have a disability so understanding the barriers that prevent people taking part is really important. Based on the social model of disability and using a number of scenarios, the course will give you:

  • a set of frameworks, principles and models to engage people so that can be active and take part in boating
  • ideas on identifying and removing barriers to participation
  • the confidence and skills to adopt a person centred approach based on asking not assuming, listening and adapting, and delivering opportunities to get on the water and learning from them

Delivery of the course

An RYA Disability Awareness Instructor delivers the course at a venue near you. The course fee may vary due to venues recovering their costs. Course completion certificates are available.

Become an RYA Disability Awareness Instructor

To be an instructor you must:

  • have attended the Disability Awareness Course
  • be an RYA Instructor for practical or theory courses, or have the experience and ability to deliver training to groups of participants, face to face or online
  • be a member of the RYA

Instructor qualifications are valid for 5 years, during which time an instructor must demonstrate regular engagement with the Sailability programme, ongoing learning and experience around the topic, and delivery of courses. An Instructor must also continue to be an RYA member during this period. RYA Accredited Membership is design for RYA Instructors.

Want to attend a course?

If you or volunteers at your club would like to attend an RYA Disability Awareness course please complete this form

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Become an instructor

If you are interested in becoming and instructor, please complete this form and we will be in touch to discuss the next steps

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