FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Blind Sailing is happy to answer any questions to make your sailing journey with us as easy as possible. Below is our frequently asked questions that may provide you with an answer.
Q- Do I have to have experience?
A - No, experience is not necessary. At Blind Sailing UK we have experienced qualified volunteers who will guide you through everything and will teach you at your own pace.
Q – What will I wear
A – For your first taster session we recommend using outdoor clothing, waterproofs, and flexible footwear that you are happy to get wet. Buoyancy aids and or life jackets can be loaned. Other sailing-specific clothing can often be borrowed.
Q – Is it safe?
A – Every sporting activity has an element of risk, and we undertake risk assessments for all our activities. All our volunteer instructors are experienced sailors, and we also have safety cover out on the water.
Q –What are the costs involved with attending sessions with Blind Sailing?
A – Blind Sailing is a charity and costs to attend our events vary however we do subsidize where possible.
Q – How will I get there?
A – Sailors are encouraged to travel independently where possible, but you may be put in contact with a fellow traveling companion if requested. You will be supported at venues and accommodation by sighted volunteers.
Q – Is food provided?
A - This is dependent on the facilities at the venues, but we also look to provide or arrange meals. But we recommend bringing any snacks you may need to keep up your energy and a water bottle is essential. Post sailing, we usually socialize. You will always be advised regarding food arrangements prior to attending.
Q – What boats do you use?
A – We use a range of boats that can include but are not limited to dinghies and keelboats.
Q – What training is available?
A – We undertake online, face to face and on-water training that may include RYA qualifications.
Q – Where do you sail?
A – We use multiple training venues throughout the UK.
Q – Do you sail competitively?
A – Yes, if you wish to learn to sail competitively, we offer fleet and match racing from club to international level, see our News page to be inspired.
Q – What about my Guide dog/cane?
A – Onshore we recommend using your normal mobility aid. Around the water, if required, a sighted volunteer will guide you. Dog sitting may be provided if arranged prior to the session but cannot be guaranteed.
Q – Can I bring a friend?
A –You’re welcome to travel with a companion at their own expense however they may not always be able to join in our on-water activities, but all are welcome and normally become part of the family and become a volunteer.
Q – Do I need insurance?
A – We recommend having travel/sporting insurance that covers you and your belongings one company many of our sailors use is www.sportscoverdirect.com
If you are a volunteer looking at finding further information please go to our volunteering page.
We are always here to support you.