Disability Watersports

Your adventure is about to begin! At the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre we provide watersports and outdoor activities that are accessible to people with disabilities, together with their friends and families.

The benefits of watersports and outdoor activities to all people are invaluable. Our activities give people the opportunity to try something new in a safe and exciting environment. The benefits include:

  • Taking part in an exciting activity that is different from the norm
  • Gaining confidence by pushing your boundaries
  • Working both independently and as a group
  • Building self confidence
  • Meeting new people
  • Learning a new activity that you can turn into a hobby and participate in regularly

Our state of the art facility built on Salford Quays is fully accessible. All of our activities are delivered by fully qualified, experienced and professional staff. Activities that we are able to offer to people with disabilities are:

  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Open canoeing
  • Rafted canoeing
  • Bellboating
  • Indoor climbing
  • Abseiling

All specialist safety equipment is provided. If you have any specialist equipment such as seats or backrests you are more than welcome to bring it and we can see if we can adapt it to fit in our boats.

The Centre is an Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Sailability centre. Sailability is a charity that exists to promote the sport of sailing to disabled people through a network of sailability centres and clubs. 

Outdoor ability sessions for 2017

We run a series of subsidised watersports activity sessions for those with disabilities and special needs. Our experienced and fully trained staff will lead these sessions in a safe and fun manner. Places are limited on these sessions, so please call and book in advance by calling 0161 877 7252. All sessions are suitable for young people aged 8-18 years of age and cost £4.00  per person

To book please register then call the centre on 0161 877 7252.

Watersports taster sessions in Sailing or Paddlesports

Friday 2nd June2.00-4.00pm
Saturday 12th August10.00am-12.00pm
Saturday 26th August10.00am-12.00pm

Watersports course following the Sailability syllabus (6 x sessions, £4 per person)

Wednesday 26th July5.00-7.00pm
Wednesday 2nd August5.00-7.00pm
Wednesday 9th August5.00-7.00pm
Wednesday 16th August5.00-7.00pm
Wednesday 23rd August5.00-7.00pm