Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

I have a physical disability. Can I sail with Capability sailing?

Our current yacht is accessible to ambulant and partially ambulant people. If you can get on the yacht, you’ll be able to sail it in a way that meets your needs.

We will be bringing more accessible boats on to the water as funding allows, but our links with other sailing and boating organisations mean that even if our boat isn’t suitable for you, we may be able to find another that is. Please get in touch to discuss your specific needs.

I have a learning disability. Can I sail with Celtic Capability sailing?

Yes. Please get in touch to discuss your specific needs.

How safe is sailing?

Sailing is an adventure sport. As with any adventure sport there are risks, but we work very hard to manage those risks and keep you safe.

Our sailing coaches are very experienced and focused on giving you a safe and fun experience. Our boat is designed for safety and is very stable. We make sure you have the right safety gear, including personal flotation devices. We always operate to the highest safety standards.

I’m nervous, what support will I have?

It’s natural to be nervous when trying something new, especially something so exciting as sailing. We want to give you a positive, enjoyable experience so our staff are on hand to put you at ease in any way we can.

If you’d like to visit the centre before your sailing session, please let us know. If you’d like to bring a trusted friend or family member with you when you sail, get in touch and we’ll book them a space.

How accessible is your boat?

The Hawk 20 is accessible to ambulant and partially ambulant people. As a new organisation, we aim to bring other equipment online as funding allows that will make our boats accessible to more people. We have connections to other sailing groups that are accessible to people with different needs. Please get in touch and we will do our best to match you up to a sailing experience that’s right for you.

What if I can’t swim?

You don’t have to be a swimmer to be a sailor. Everyone has to wear a personal flotation device at all times when near or on the water, whether they can swim or not.

Will I need to buy special clothes or equipment
You’ll need to wear comfortable clothes that are appropriate for the weather. That could be shorts and t-shirt on a hot day, or warm trousers and a jumper on a cooler day. Ideally, you’ll have old trainers or other soft soled shoes that you can wear on the boat and that you don’t mind getting wet.

Will I need to buy special clothes or equipment?

You’ll need to wear comfortable clothes that are appropriate for the weather. That could be shorts and t-shirt on a hot day, or warm trousers and a jumper on a cooler day. Ideally, you’ll have old trainers or other soft soled shoes that you can wear on the boat and that you don’t mind getting wet.

Any other questions?

If you have a question not listed here, please get in touch with us and we’ll do our best to answer it. 

Prefer to talk? Send us your phone number and we’ll give you a ring back as soon as we can.