Saturday, 16 August 2014

Ahoy matey....Adaptive Sailing

We recently had 2 of our children try out "Adaptive Sailing"  and they had a blast.  They went out in "Martin 16 sailboats", these sailboats apparently cannot capsize or sink and are supposed to be safe in any wind or sea condition which made me more confident encouraging them too "set sail".  In each sailboat there was a volunteer instructor with each "sailor" and then there was also a powered "support" boat with an instructor that was giving direction to the entire group.  

Sailing, for people with disabilities, gives them sense of freedom and independence.  With the use of adaptive technology, people with significant physical limitations or cognitive limitations can compete equally with able-bodies persons.  This program was open to adults and children with visible or non-visible disabilities at a very low cost of $15 per 2 hour lesson.  This was the first time experiencing sailing for my children but with this program they can participate just to experience sailing, to become independent sailors or refine skills for competitive sailing.  

The weather for today's sailing was not ideal as there wasn't much wind but they were able to get out in the boats and the power boat towed them around the bay.  They also met some new people and experienced something different.  

We have tried out a few "adaptive sports" and I highly recommend them.  A lot of these programs are supported by very knowledgeable volunteers and I am thankful that they take the time to support individuals in these programs.  My children have been able to try new sports that we wouldn't be confident teaching them.  

Another benefit of participating in these types of programs is that it gives the family a small, often well needed, break.  We were able to sit on the beach and relax as they participated in this fun program, a win for all.



  1. That's sounds like a wonderful program! CA seems very progressive in regards to services for the special needs population! I wish I could get Bethany to participate in more activities like this. Do any of your kids prefer to just stay home? Do you let them and if not how do you make them go?

  2. My biggest challenge has been trying to locate the supports available my recommendation would be too google Adaptive Sailing and your city, hopefully you locate something. We do have children that would prefer to stay home but it's not an option. We do a lot of visuals, schedules and planning around the events to help with transitions.