I love the physical aspects of sailing, I like the social side. I would say give it a go.

Emma Dakin

Your first visit

Whether you have never sailed before or are well on your way to learning the ropes, you will feel welcome and have fun from the very first time you go sailing.

Before your first visit…

  1. Find out what support you can expect
  2. Plan what you might need to bring
  3. Think about what the volunteers need to know to help you get on the water


You don’t have to go on the water the first time

Find your way around the facilities, talk to other sailors and volunteers or just watch to see how it all works. There is always plenty of support to show you the ropes both ashore and on the water. 


The support you need

You know yourself better than anyone. To get the most out of the experience takes an open conversation about what sailing involves, your aspirations and concerns, and any needs specific needs you have.

  • What is important to you and for you?
  • What support do you need? 


It all helps to get afloat.


Bring the right clothes and equipment

Being on the water brings great freedom, but you are on the water! That means you may get wet from the spray or rain so be prepared. 


Things to bring...

  • Footwear you don't mind getting wet
  • Clothes that allow a bit of movement and keep you warm
  • A spare change of clothes for once you are off the water 


Before you go, check to see if the venue…

  • Has waterproof jackets and / or trousers you can borrow
  • Provides lifejackets or buoyancy aids


Think about food and drink

Sailing is active and, with all the fresh air, can be a real workout, so what food and drink might you need before or after the session to keep your energy levels up? Ask if the venue has food and drink on site or bring your own. 


It is always your choice

Sailing depends on the weather - it can be very windy or a flat calm. There will be a responsible person who will make the decision whether conditions are right for sailing. But it is always your choice whether you go afloat.


Go at your pace

Learning something new is exciting! But try to progress too fast and you could end up frustrated and not enjoying your sailing. To realise your ambitions and develop a lifetime passion for sailing, take things a step at a time and stay safe. 


Know your limits and share them 

So many factors determine what you can enjoy safely on any given day. Be aware of your limits and make sure everyone supporting you is working within them. 


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Any questions

Everyone's different, so contact us if you have questions or want to find out more about how boating can be made to work for you.

Find the best fit for you

With over 200 Sailability venues, there is somewhere on the water near you. Finding the best fit for your values, needs and budget is key to your enjoyment.

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Everyone can go sailing. Rule the waves with activities for young people, adults and groups at your pace, adapted to your abilities.