Salcombe Dinghy Sailing (SDS) has
welcomed a landmark
study by the Institute of Education at University
College London (UCL) which has clearly shown that being part of RYA
OnBoard (OB) has a positive impact on young people’s lives.
Ross and Zoe Crook who own Salcombe
Dinghy Sailing (SDS), have been running covid-safe OnBoard youth development sessions
since August with six teenagers who are progressing their sailing skills in
preparation for training as instructors next year. According to Zoe, the five
boys and one girl are already increasing in confidence and improving their
technique, using different areas of the estuary to explore and expand their
experience of sailing: “The OnBoard sessions are getting them to think
differently about their sailing skills, testing them a bit, and they’re
realising how much they’re improving. These sessions work on all the attributes
identified in the research, including creativity, teamwork, determination, communication, independence and
confidence, all of which are important life skills, and will help to make sure the youngsters become excellent instructors
when the time comes, as well as well-rounded young adults. The sessions will
continue from next April, so by June, more of them will have the prospect of
employment as AIs with us next year.”
the video about the OnBoard Impact Study here
Covid-compliance has been an
important consideration in getting the youngsters on the water safely this
year, allowing Ross and Zoe to plan confidently for further OnBoard activity
from next April. This will include getting eight local schools involved in teaching
children to sail, using the OB programme, which links to the school curriculum,
and also starting an OB weekend club from April to October, for which 14 local
children are already signed up.
Run by the RYA, OnBoard is a grass
roots programme which introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people aged 8
to 18, connecting schools and youth groups with RYA clubs and training
centres. The low-cost sessions are designed to promote equal access to
sailing for young people from all social and economic backgrounds, whilst
encouraging their character development.
Sailing: A research evaluation for the Royal Yachting Association and the
Andrew Simpson Foundation* was conducted by UCL researchers to examine the
consequences of participation in the OnBoard programme.
The results have
helped to identify how the programme contributes to the development of the RYA
OB character attributes: creativity, teamwork, determination, communication,
independence and confidence.
highlights how sailing and windsurfing correlate with benefits identified for
physical activity generally and identifies how RYA OnBoard plays an important
role in tackling social injustice by providing unique experiences which can
help to develop self-confidence and open up further opportunities.
Find out how to
get involved in sailing and OnBoard
*371 young people (aged 8-17), from 19 schools and 14
sailing clubs or commercial sailing centres, completed before (baseline) and
after (follow-up) questionnaires to assess the impact of being part of RYA
OnBoard. Additionally, 11 instructors, teachers and parents/carers were also
interviewed by qualitative researchers.