Sailing in Southwark with Tideway Sailability
We sail three days a week from April to October, plus special days by arrangement.
A volunteer happily takes care of Guide dogs whilst you sail, taking them for a fantastic stroll through the nearby 35-acre Russia Dock Woodland.
Founded in 1982, one of the oldest RYA Sailability groups in the UK, Tideway has many years of experience in providing support to vulnerable children and adults with disabilities, so they can enjoy an out-of-doors activity in a safe, controlled environment.
Wednesdays & Thursdays 10.30 -15.30
Just turn up, although it is better to ring the clubhouse so we can expect you.
Call: 020 7237 9001
( call during sailing hours only – Wednesday/Thursday/Sunday 10.30 – 15.30 )
If you are a group (4 or more) please contact us in advance so we can be sure of giving you the proper attention.
We sail most Sundays throughout the year (except Christmas & New Year and some Bank Holidays).
Recreational sailing, brushing up on those techniques and occasional training sessions. Plus, we have some informal racing and coaching with the aim of improving skills and enjoyment, come along and learn the racing rules and prepare for more racing later in the year.
Before your first visit
1. Please email us before you plan to visit to let them know you are interested and discuss any specific needs you may have.
2. We need to have some essential information on all sailors and any carers who wish to sail before you go on the water. Click here.
3. Check the weather on the day you have planned to visit. We sail in most weathers (including rain) and only stop sailing if the wind gets too strong.
4. On the day, the best clothes are trainers and casual wear. Please do remember that it is colder out on the water; do bring an anorak, a hat and gloves.
5. Tideway is located at Surrey Docks Watersports Centre, Greenland Dock, Rope Street, London, SE16 7SX. See our Find Us page for transport info.
6. You will be welcomed by our Officer of the Day and volunteers who will help you decide which boats would best suit you. Our Boats
7. You will be kitted out with a lifejacket and, should it be necessary, we can also offer the use of some waterproofs.
8. We’ll then take you to the pontoon and onto the boat, with the use of a hoist if required.
9. Now the fun part – sailing! Sit comfortably in the boat and enjoy the experience of your first sail.
After an hour or so session it’s back to dry land for a warm drink (you may like to bring a packed lunch) and a chance to chat with other sailors and volunteers.
While we are qualified in providing sailing for the disabled, we are unable to provide personal care. Should you require personal care you should bring your carer, or assistant, with you and we would hope to be able to involve them in sailing.
Got the bug? Come along again and improve your sailing skills. Not sure whether it is for you? Come and enjoy the friendly atmosphere while you decide. Or contribute to Tideway in a supporting role. Either way, we really hope you had a great day and we look forward to seeing you again.
If you want to sail on your own or as an assisted sailor (but not as a volunteer), you will need to pay a sailing fee of £10 for every sailing session (half day) (adult) or £5 (young person).
If you want to sail regularly you may wish to pay one of the following annual fees with reduced session fees:
Adults can either pay £60 for the year plus £5 for each sailing session or £110 for the year with no further sailing fees.
Young people (young people ages 6-17) can pay £55 for the year with no further sailing fees. Parents/Guardians are asked to act as volunteers on behalf of junior members.
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