The OnBoard programme is carefully designed to further develop life skills and has learning at its core.
Sessions give children the opportunity to gain an extensive range of skills and benefits through learning to sail or windsurf. The programme compliments the National Curriculum and provides a variety of valuable life skills that help to build confidence and shape personal development through water activities.
OnBoard is open to anyone aged 8-18 and, whether it’s a small group or a large class, we can help you get started.
Learn to sail or windsurf with us.
Children's sailing and windsurfing provide invaluable skills that can have a positive impact on an individual’s personal development. RYA OnBoard has worked closely with the University of Winchester, the Centre for Real World Learning and Professor Bill Lucas to develop this part of the programme.
As well as learning the core skills to get afloat, participants will be developing six key character attributes; Teamwork, Creativity, Communication, Independence, Determination and Confidence.
RYA OnBoard have also worked alongside the University College London to conduct research that evidences the positive learning outcomes that watersports and outdoor pursuits can have on young people taking part in a series of OnBoard sessions.
Learning to sail has taught many of our children so many new skills. Over the course they learn the technical aspects of sailing, STEM, they work as a team as well as independently. They gain resilience and grow in confidence.
At Tollgate School we want to provide disadvantaged children with learning opportunities beyond the classroom that will give them the skills to compete globally
Learn to sail sessions usually take place between spring and autumn and sessions can be from 30 minutes to a few hours. All watersports sessions are run at RYA accredited training centres so it’s completely safe!
The venue will be able to provide all the equipment needed to get afloat, it’s a good idea for the group to bring some spare shoes, a change of cloths and a towel.
Sailing and windsurfing cover many areas of the National Curriculum, delivering practical application of academic subjects including geography, maths, and science.
Watersports and outdoor pursuits engage children in key areas of personal and social development as well as character education, including building personal identities, improving communication, and learning to form good relationships.
Specific National Curriculum links are included within the session cards used by OnBoard instructors, but the children's sailing can be tailored to your specific educational needs.