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RYA Sailability's Disability Awareness Training course is designed for both volunteers at sailing clubs and Instructors at commercial centres. It uses the latest teaching methods, based on the social model of disability.

Around 1 in 5 people in Great Britain have a disability, so understanding the barriers that prevent people taking part in our sport is really important. These can be physical barriers, but they can also be psychological barriers.

The course uses scenario based teaching to help participants recognise these barriers and how to overcome them. The course also looks at improving communications skills, the Equality Act and its implications for our sport, the social model of disability and now includes a section on mental health.

This one day course provides the opportunity for participants to improve their knowledge of a range of disabilities and how to empower people to take part in boating.
Aims of the Course
To give participants the knowledge and confidence to enable disabled people to:
• Feel welcomed, included and engaged
• Be able to take part
• To share in a passion for sailing and boating

Objectives of the Course
By the end of the course, participants will have:
• A set of frameworks, principles and models to engage people to be active and take part
• Considered some of the barriers that may exist and how to remove them
• Explored a variety of common scenarios

Participants will also have the confidence and skills to adopt an approach based on:
• Direct and active engagement
• Effective communication
• Asking, not assuming
• Working with individuals
• Creating an open, safe and fun environment

How to access the club course
The course fee may vary depending on the delivery venue recovering their cost. An RYA Disability Awareness Instructor will deliver the course to a maximum of 20 participants for a duration of 7hrs.  There will be a course handbook available from RYA Sailability free of charge upon attending the course and a completion certificate.

If you or your club members or volunteers are interested in attending a club course please
register your interest and a member of our team will be touch with you to discuss the next steps.

Delivery of the course
You can apply to become an RYA Disability Awareness Instructor. The Instructor course is free to RYA Members and to non-member the fee is £45 which includes one year’s RYA Membership subscription.

To become an RYA Disability Awareness Instructor you must:
have attended an RYA Disability Awareness Course
be an RYA Member
be an RYA Instructor for practical or theory course OR have the experience and ability to deliver training to groups of participants face to face, experience is desirable.

Qualification Expectations:
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.

If you or someone at your venue is interested in becoming an Instructor please complete this applicationform and a member of our team will be touch with you to discuss the next steps.

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