Sailing to Enhance Wellbeing

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £7000 from Awards for All Scotland to run 4 RYA Dinghy Level 1 courses to enhance the wellbeing of disadvantaged people in Scotland.

The primary aim of this project is to support care experienced people move towards a more positive future. This will be achieved by improving the health, education, and employment chances of participants through sailing.

Who can take part?

The majority of participants will have experience of the Care System in Scotland and the rest will be from a variety of backgrounds. The courses will be for adults and young people and will take place between now and May 2018.

Our primary focus is the development of soft skills. Skills which are portable, transferable, and valuable such as; self confidence, emotion regulation, stress management, persistence, patience and self growth.

Why Sailing?

Sailing is a sport for all ages and abilities. It develops communication, focus, team building, leadership skills and confidence. The outdoor, social, and active nature of the sport improves physical and mental fitness, and develops participants’ awareness of the natural world. It is also a sport that many people continue to participate in for their whole life and can be done all over the world.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to demonstrate a range of improved skills which will help them in other educational environments and may improve their employment prospects. They will also gain technical skills and may gain a nationally recognised qualification in the process.

What does the course involve?

RYA Dinghy Level 1 is a gentle introduction to sailing. Participants will learn how to rig a dinghy and the basics to get afloat for the first time. By the end, they will be able to sail in light winds under supervision. The course is predominately hands on with a very small element of class room based learning. On completion of the course participants may gain their RYA Dinghy Level 1 qualification. Although a qualification is available it is not the primary focus. Emphasis throughout the course will be on the long term physical and mental benefits of sailing and how to stay engaged with the sport.

Contact Us

We are looking for people to take part in these courses, which will be run between now and May 2018. If you, or a group you work with are interested is joining a sailing course please contact Caroline by emailing caroline@portedgarwatersports.com or call 0131 319 1820