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Disability Water Sports: News and Information

Updated/Revised Date: 2022-04-10

Synopsis: Water sports for persons with disabilities including swimming, sailing, water-skiing, and scuba diving. Disability sailing classification is the method of allowing sailors with different disabilities to compete, with classification being based on vision, mobility, stability, and hand function. Participation in water sports like kayaking and sailing builds confidence and self-esteem, while it challenges the whole person. The Disabled World water sports category provides listings and articles on water sport opportunities regardless of disability.

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Disabled water sports, also known as Adaptive Water Sports, programs provide accessible water sports and recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Specially designed equipment makes water-skiing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, rowing, surfing, and kayaking possible for people with various levels of mobility and ability.

Disability Water Sports Publications (9)

Participation in water sports like kayaking and sailing builds confidence and self-esteem, while it challenges the whole person. The Disabled World water sports category provides listings and articles on water sport opportunities regardless of disability.

Water Sports for Persons with Disabilities Include:

Eight pictograph watersports icons.
Eight pictograph watersports icons.

Disability Sailing

Disability sailing is for people with physical disabilities and vision impairments. Classification is based on vision, mobility, stability, and hand function. Disability sailing classification is the method of allowing sailors with different disabilities to compete, with classification being based on vision, mobility, stability, and hand function. Classification is handled by the International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS).

Sailing for athletes with a disability began in the 1980s and was introduced as a Paralympic sport in at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games as a demonstration sport before being given full medal status at the Sydney Paralympics in 2000. In 1988, the International Handicap Sailing Committee (IHSC), which organized regattas and promoted sailing for people with a disability, was created and in 1990 sailing was accepted as a demonstration sport into the World Games for people with a disability.

Today, the sport offers persons with disabilities the opportunity to experience the freedom of sailing. Many standard boats are suitable for people with disabilities, which can be made more accessible by adaptations. Furthermore, you will find more and more boats and yachts are being designed with disabled people in mind and used regularly around the world by people with disabilities.

Sailability

Sailability is a worldwide organization, which supports and facilitates sailing activities for everybody, regardless of ability. In 1991 Sailability was introduced to Australia, where there are currently over fifty groups covering every State and Territory.

Sailability World Inc. also operates in numerous countries throughout the world, through activities at local Sailability clubs including France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Greece, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Japan, Malaysia, Timor-Leste, and USA with new national Sailability organizations currently being established in all parts of the world. Sailability is a "not for profit", volunteer-based organization which, through the activity of sailing, enriches the lives of people with any type of disability, the elderly, the financially and socially disadvantaged.

Water Sport Safety

Safety is a major concern with disabled sailors - as it is for all other seafarers. For instance:

There are many things you should be aware of if you intend to take up sailing and have a disability. Luckily, your local disability sailing group can supply you with answers to your concerns, as highly qualified instructors have experience within all aspects of the water sports' industry.

There are also many adaptations made to the boats to make them safe, for example special boat seats allow the sailors to position themselves, so they can control the tiller and sheet without fear of falling. These seats can be as simple as a lawn chair modified to fit a cockpit or as complex as a translating seat, which allows a sailor to switch sides.

Contact your nearest boat club or yacht club for details of boating opportunities provided for people with disabilities.

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