Sailing is a hugely rewarding activity, allowing participants to develop self-confidence, learn team-building skills, gain a sense of autonomy, and connect with their community. Sailing 2 Cohesion aims to bring young people with disabilities together with their able-bodied peers from different social, economic, and racial backgrounds. By helping them work together as equals, Sailing 2 Cohesion will let participants break down stereotypes, build bridges, and form friendships.
Participants will learn how to sail using equipment specifically designed around disabilities, aided by coaches with a huge amount of experience in accomodating people of any ability to get out on the water. All participants will get a chance to sail and compete, as well as to help teach others.
- Develop Skills
- Sailing allows participants to develop a huge range of important skills. By learning how to sail, participants will gain self-confidence, learn self-reliance, and become able to bravely tackle new challenges.
- Build Communities
- By connecting young disabled people with abled peers, the project will help to foster social cohesion, build friendships, and dispel stereotypes.
- Help Tackle Social Problems
- By reaching out to marginalised communities in Southwark, Lewisham, and other areas of South London where members of the community may be disadvantaged, Sailing 2 Cohesion will help to tackle problems which result from poverty and marginalisation, such as isolation, loneliness, and low self-esteem.
Sailing on the dock – At Tideway Sailability, participants will learn to sail, and will have access to boats, equipment, and expert coaching. Sailing will take place at Greenland Dock and occasionally up the river.
Solo sailing – Tideway Sailability aim to allow participants with disabilities to sail solo as and when they feel able, giving participants total autonomy on the water.
Competition – Tideway Sailability will allow participants to compete with each other in regattas, alongside helping each other to learn and develop skills.
RYA Certification – Participants will have the ability to progress through the RYA stages, giving them recognition of their achievements.
The programme is on hold due to the current regulations regarding gatherings
Surrey Docks Watersports Centre