Sailors with disABILITIES

Our Sailing Programs. How we Create Optimism.

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Winds of Joy... First Steps Towards Change.

Through 'Winds of Joy' we start to create change.

It's the first step for many on the journey towards accepting their circumstances and believing they can achieve more.

We give disabled and disadvantaged kids and adults the chance to 'try sailing'.


Our participants

  • Feel the wind on their face and the power of nature.

  • Steer the boat and learn some basic sailing skills.

  • Meet and engage with mentors and role models.

  • Experience first-hand, new and practical solutions to challenges.

All in a safe, non-comparative environment.

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Winds of Change Youth Program.

SWD's Winds of Change Program opens a whole new world of challenge, skill development and discovery for young people who have disengaged from learning. 

We go beyond the traditional classroom and didactic teaching...

... instead, offering interactive and engaged learning through the medium of sailing.

The program:

  • Is designed around contemporary educational thinking.

  • Is built on sound educational theory. 

  • Provides an environment that facilitates learning.

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Northern Campaign

During July and August each year we head North, offering harbour sailing, ocean racing, coastal training programs and youth and school programs to Northern NSW.

Read more about our Northern Campaign here


Winds of Care

sailors with disabilities carers day Our Winds of Care, Carers' Days are days out on the water for the fabulous people who commit their lives to caring for others who are disabled or disavantaged.

They might be mums, dads, grandparents, guardians, brothers, sisters or friends.

Read more about our Winds of Care here



SWD also competes in many races. 

If your aspiration is elite sailing, Wot Eva is SWD’s high performance racing boat. 

Should you want a more relaxed, informal sailing experience, Kayle is able to cater for this. Kayle has been specially adapted to take up to four wheelchairs. 


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