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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 
3rd February 2018 East Anglian Sailing Trust EA Alistair Renton
15th February 2018 Testwood Sailability SO Sandra Barton         
15th February 2018 Colwyn Bay Watersports WA

Rosie Hearn 

3rd March 2018 Chesil Sailbility SW

Mike Clarkson

7th March 2018 Whitefriars Sailing Club  SW 

Pete Bone

M:  07785 368591


10th March 2018 Frampton on Severn Sailing Club SW

David Greenfield

17th March 2018 Nottinghamshire County Sailing Club MI

Neil Wilkinson

19th March 2018  Grafham Water Sailability  EA

Jane Ellison

28th March 2018 Peterborough Sailability EA  Jane Ellison
7th April 2018 Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre LS

Sally Jones

10th April 2018 Queen Mary Sailing Club  LS

Leon Ward

12th April 2018 Conway Centre & Shotwick Lake SC  WA Rosie Hearn 
12th April 2018   Rutland Sailing Club  MI

Trish McNair

17th May 2018  Stanborough Lakes  EA

Jane Ellison

16th June 2018

Ripon Sailing Club

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James Wheeldon
M: 07786 693388


23rd June 2018

Bolton Sailing Club

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NW  James Wheeldon
M: 07786 693388


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
Chesil Sailability 07543 656390 SW 
Cowes Sailability 07850 090244  SO
Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre 0151 966 6860  NW
Dart Sailability  07968 952402

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

Frensham Pond Sailability  01252 792859  LS
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

Whitefriars Sailing Club 01285 861670   SW

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 UPDATE

Date Venue  Contact Details
18th February 2018 INSTRUCTOR UPDATE - Wyboston Lakes Conference Centre
T: 023 8060 4247 

31st May 

Rutland Sailing Club
Course - FULL
T: 023 8060 4247
7th June 

Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club
Course - FULL

James Wheeldon

T: 023 8060 4247 

T: 023 8060 4247

Cost of Instructor Course:

The cost of this course is currently under review and will published once it has been confirmed.

Payment would need to be sent with your application form and 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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