The All Afloat pilot programme took place at 2 locations in South Wales, each location offered different groups the opportunity to try out sailing and boating activities in the evening and then the summer holidays.
Location – Swansea
23 Young people took part in sailing taster sessions in Swansea. After a land side briefing, the young people were taken out onto the water to try their hand at sailing. Each young person took it in turns to experience a “joy ride”, with an RYA instructor on a double handed boats. We received very good feedback from those taster sessions, with 16 of the 23 expressing an interest to learn to sail! 16 of the young people attended the Friday evening learn to sail sessions, each working towards their RYA level 1 sailing certificate.
7 of the young people from the learn to sail evenings went to compete at the Acorn regatta in Llangorse!
Location – Cardiff
48 young people from youth groups and primary schools across Cardiff attended 4 trunches of taster sessions at Channel View. Each group took part in 3 evening sessions. At these sessions the young people got to experience sailing for the first time in Hansa/Access dinghies. Out of these taster sessions, 12 of the older younger people attended learn to sail sessions at Cardiff sailing centre. The 12 young people worked towards their RYA level 1 sailing certificate over the summer holidays.
In addition to the learn to sail sessions over the summer, there was also the opportunity to try out Keel boating. The 4 young people took part in 2 Keel boat sessions at Cardiff sailing centre, each one said they’d highly recommend it!