There really is something for everyone as you and your friends and family, are invited to ‘Push The Boat Out’ and try sailing or windsurfing for free or low cost across Northern Ireland this May.  

Around twenty venues are hosting Push The Boat Out (PTBO) open days and taster sessions throughout the month. Find the dates and full details of your nearest event at www.rya.org.uk/ptbo and get on board for a new adventure!  

Getting active outdoors has been proven to positively impact physical and mental health. An escape from modern day life, getting out on-the-water is something the whole family can benefit from.   

Enjoy the freedom of being afloat, the challenge and achievement of learning a new skill and the many new friends you will meet. Meanwhile, youngsters can develop heaps of positive life skills, like confidence, independence and teamwork, which they will take into all other areas of their lives.  

RYANI Active Clubs Co-ordinator, Lisa McCaffrey, said: “We are delighted that for the second year running, Push the Boat Out will be returning for the whole of May. This is an exciting initiative where people right across Northern Ireland are being given a unique opportunity to visit many clubs and centres to give sailing a go. There are so many benefits to getting out on the water and it can really help to improve both our physical and mental health.  

She added: "If you're interested in trying something completely different with your family, a workout in the fresh air or perhaps to get back out on the water after having a break then pop down to your local sailing club or centre during May."   

The national participation campaign run by the RYA aims to make the water more accessible, whatever your age, background or ability - getting more people sailing, windsurfing, having fun and getting active outdoors.     

All kit and safety equipment is provided so just bring a pair of old trainers you don’t mind getting wet and your sense of fun. Refreshments will be also be available at many venues, with a host of shore-side activities and entertainment to enjoy too.  

Last year, more than 39,000 people across the UK attended a PTBO open day, inspiring thousands of new sailors to join their local club.  

Find out more about the Push the Boat Out campaign and events near you at www.rya.org.uk/ptbo.