When you join the Afford community, you have the chance to experience things you never thought possible. Afford works closely with the Sailability program at Rushcutters Bay in Sydney to give our clients, of all abilities, the chance to learn new skills and have fun on the water.
Learn New Skills on the Water
Clients from Afford’s Condell Park Day Program were keen to learn about sailing and gain practical know-how, so Afford Team Leaders worked with Sailability to arrange regular sessions for clients to get out onto the water to enjoy sailing experiences.
Sailability is a non-profit organisation dedicated to increasing sailing opportunities for people of all abilities. Sailability Australia now has branches in all states and caters for people with a wide range of physical and intellectual disabilities.
During the Sailability program, participants learn to sail in safety and build mobility, self-confidence and pride through achievement. They also get to enjoy a social experience and develop communication skills.
While on the water, participants need to communicate with others about how to manoeuvre the boat to get to their destination. Or they can just sit back and enjoy the ride!
Get Support to Spend Time on the Water
Before the program starts, participants first discuss safety procedures on the boat and are supported to put on life jackets.
The group is then escorted by carers down to the pontoon where they are then assisted by volunteers and carers into the boat. Hoists and slings are available if required.
Once in the boat, participants are encouraged to help steer and, most importantly, to have fun and enjoy their time on the water.
The smiles on the faces of our Condell Park clients is priceless! Everyone loves getting onto the water and enjoying the sensory experience of feeling the water rush through their hands, or listening to the sound of the water lapping along the edge of the boat.
Afford Day Programs offer every individual the chance to enjoy new life experiences and develop the confidence to let their abilities soar!
Find out more about Afford Day Programs and how you can join us on the water for Sailability!