welcome to sailability

We are a registered charity offering accessible sailing and waterborne activities and experiences for children or adults with any form of disability or difficulties, older sailors and specialist organisations. We encourage families to actively take part to enjoy the experience together. We are a completely voluntary not for profit charity and rely on public donations.

We also offer the opportunity for less mobile sailors to continue sailing when a conventional dinghy may be a little too much for them to handle or for those who maybe a little less confident in a conventional dinghy.

There is no lower or upper age limit and no requirement to be able to swim. However, we reserve the right to restrict or limit access or activities in the interests of safety.

If you or your organisation would like to get involved as a user of our facilities, or you would like to sponsor or support our work, please email us. sailability@shst.org.uk

We have been providing sailing and accessible waterborne opportunities for children and adults with disabilities, lack of confidence on the water or for those sailors finding conventional dinghy sailing a bit too much from our region for many years. We are fully equipped and can accommodate adults or children on all sessions or with independent sailing opportunities. Please check our events page for full details of organised sessions, events or sailability membership contact us direct to discuss any other requirements you may have.

We provide a safe environment where participants can experience sailing in special dinghies, either sailing alone or with an instructor or other participants. We offer sensory experiences for those who wish to experience being on the water. Each session will build upon skills at a rate dictated by each participant.

We ask for a small donation of £5 for each session when you make your booking, if you need assistance with funding then the Trust may be able to help you please get in touch. We aim to encourage participants to become members of the sailing club and take advantage of the trust's equipment as part of their Sailability membership. The Trust will look at providing grants to participants to subsidise membership in cases of hardship.

We encourage siblings and parents to join in. Our activities fall into three main categories: sailing, powerboats, Katakanus and onshore activities.

We focus on sailing, Katakanus and onshore activities, but powerboats play a part in allowing sensory experiences for those who might prefer not to sail, or be unable to sail.