Sailing into Wellness Promotes Positive Physical and Mental Health!
Sailing into Wellness is a not-for-profit social organisation which provides sailing opportunities for groups with additional needs, mental health organisations, those in addiction recovery, direct provision centres and youth at risk, that uses the unique setting of the sea to help promote inclusive programmes. Inclusive watersports programmes ran by Sailing into Wellness promote positive metal health and physical well-being, while also using the sea to inspire change in the community.
SIW offers an opportunity for people to get out of the house, get active and socialize. SIW programs use sailing as a platform to promote social and personal development. Participants first come with a parent, sibling, or carer for a taster sail. They can continue with this, or progress to sail with peers of similar age, social development or with similar goals.
The opportunity to progress in the programme allows participants the chance to take part independently, away from their carer and a pathway into certification, volunteer and career opportunities. One particular pair have achieved their ‘Level 2’ skills and their national powerboat cert, progression to volunteer at the watersports inclusion days. Other participants’ parents stated the weekly sails were the only thing that got them through the leaving cert and has given them the confidence to live independently. Participants have also stated that the sails helped their mental health and allowed them to make friends.
As SIW caters for specific needs, children who were usually unable to access typical watersport activities were able to participate here. Families came with siblings or friends. They reported that it was amazing to be able to interact with their child in new ways and to see them happy and excited and socialize better.
For more information on Sailing into Wellness contact email@example.com or for any of the other inclusive programmes, please contact Sports Inclusion Disability Officer, Cliona at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.corksportsability.ie
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