About Sailability

Sailability provides opportunities for physically disabled young people and adults to learn to sail or just experience being on a sailing boat. It is a worldwide, “not for profit”, volunteer-based organisation which, through the activity of sailing, enriches the lives of people with any type of disability.

Sailability is considered to be the most active sailing organisation for people with disabilities in the world. Their aim is to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to sail in safety and to experience adventure and freedom – building mobility, self-confidence and pride through achievement.

Sailability activities cover a broad spectrum, ranging from recreation, therapeutic and competitive activities, from grass-root, entry level through to elite World Championships and Paralympic training.

Trained instructors will be available as time permits.

We are very dependent on volunteer help to deliver this opportunity.

Please consider volunteering we really need more volunteers

Sailability New Zealand - sailing for the disabled

Sailability New Zealand a volunteer-based organisation which, through the activity of sailing, enriches the lives of people with any type of disability. Sailability is a organisation that provides opportunities for people with disabilities to try sailing.

Sailability New Zealand’s aim is to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to sail in safety and to experience adventure and freedom many regions of NZ have a local Sailability group. Sailing helps build mobility, self-confidence enjoyment as well as pride through achievement.

I have a disability- How can I go sailing?

Sailing is a sport that can be made possible for anybody. For people with a physical disability, boats can be modified to meet the individual needs of the sailor, whether that be with an electronic servo system (similar to using a power wheelchair) or just the standard accessible dinghies with centreline seats and joystick steering.

If you can’t get yourself into the boat, we have avalible lifting systems that can help you in and out. Visually Impaired and blind sailors can use buoys with sound signals to let sailors know their location on the water.

What to bring

You must bring; a hat, a drink bottle, sunscreen, suitable warm clothing and a change of clothes, click below for more

Have a Go

Advise us of any agility or communication impairments. A support person can come with you.

Sailability New Zealand

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