Sailors with disABILITIES

About SWD

SWD is a not-for-profit organisation. We are Creators of Optimism.

We encourage people with a disability or those in difficult circumstances to see things in a new way.

By showing what's possible, we challenge society’s perception of those facing disability or disadvantage.

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How to Get Involved

How to Get Involved (Day out on the water)

Join SWD and become a Creator of Optimism.

If you want to come sailing read about our sailing programs. For those affected by disadvantage or disability, sailing is free.

You can create optimism by volunteering or by simply donating.

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Reaching Out in Hobart

We LOVED having Southern Support School in our Winds of Joy sailing program in Hobart. The photos say it all. Winds of Joy is a sailing program in which young people with disabilities experience sailing for 3 hours in a safe space. Students gain skills—knot tying, tacking, and steering the boat—and work as a team to sail and take responsibility. This gives students a chance to show their abilities and grow with their peers, creating increased confidence and self belief even after they get back home and school.