The Sailability program has activities that cover a broad spectrum, ranging from recreation, therapeutic and competitive activities, from grass-root entry level through to elite World Championships and Paralympic training.
At DOSC Sailability, we offer a structured program that includes a rotation of activities which includes sailing theory, wind awareness, knot tying, tacking and gybing skills, kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) and of course, learning how to sail – out on the water!
There are three sailing sessions on each Sailability day. Each session runs in a similar fashion – when students arrive at DOSC, they sign on, change their clothes, fit their buoyancy aid and then prepare to begin sailing. At the end of each sailing session, students disembark at the pontoon area, where they are then escorted back to the main sailing area to discuss their sailing experience with fellow students and their Assistant Instructors. Buoyancy aids are rinsed off and hung to dry and all items returned to the store.
We begin the morning session, at approximately 8.30am, volunteers and sailing instructors arrive at the sailing club. After registering and signing onto relevant tasks, the team springs into action to rig boats, prepare areas for sailing and ensure drinking water and other necessary safety items are in place.
Once the Access Dinghies (AD’s) are rigged, they are moved and moored at the pontoon in preparation for the students.
Within each session, there is a weekly rotation of students on the various boats that ensures that each student will gain significant sailing experience in the Access Dinghies (AD’s), RS Venture (RSV) keel boat or on kayak or SUP.
When each group of students arrive at DOSC, they register and change in preparation for sailing, along with fitting their Buoyancy Aids prior to setting out to sail.
The safety boats and their crews prepare the (Rigid Inflatable Boats) RIB’s and move into position in preparation for the Access Dinghies and RS Venture Keel boats to set sail.
For the students sailing in the Access Dinghies and RS Venture Keel, they meet their allocated Assistant Sailing Instructor and are then escorted down the pontoon and assisted (where necessary) into the boats.
The RS Venture is rigged by the volunteers with assistance from some of the students. The experienced Assistant Instructors (AI’s) helm the RSV, then sail across to the pontoon to wait for their ‘crew’ of students.
Land based activities occur in rotation, where students cover knot tying, learning the parts of the boat, wind awareness, how to rig a boat ready to sail and the basics of tacking.
We also offer kayaking and Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) to students, which is included in the land-based schedule.
The aim is to ensure that all students cover each area on land and get time out on the water. This may mean one week on land based and one week on the water. This depends on student and volunteer numbers for each session.
During sessions, students are assessed for their Certificates of Achievement and tasks that are achieved in a consistent manner are marked off the RYA cards.
At the end of the sailing day at approximately 1700hrs all boats are taken back to the slip area where students are encouraged to help de-rig the boats, rinse them off and prepare them to be moved back into the boat yard for storage until the next week. Buoyancy aids are rinsed off and hung to dry and all items returned to the store.
The students then change back into dry clothes and after a re-cap with the instructors they head home with their families, teachers or carers.
For more information regarding the days’ activities please Contact Us for further information.