Leaving dependence on the dock
The Adaptive Watersports Program removes traditional barriers to outdoor education faced by many people with disabilities. AWP supports individuals with cognitive or physical disabilities to realize their goals using adaptive teaching methods and a full array of specialized equipment. AWP promotes participation at all levels, from supervised recreational sailing to independent racing competition. This provides an invaluable point of access to Lake Champlain and facilitates positive change in a participants’ self-confidence, leadership, and teamwork.
AWP participants learn the skills of sailing in our fleet of especially designed sailboats, including a 23-foot keelboat and Martin 16. In partnership with Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, this program has served thousands of people with disabilities since its inception in 1997.
Reservations or questions can be directed to Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport Program Coordinator Heather Timmins at 802-353-3178 or by contacting the Community Sailing Center’s office.
Group Recreational Sailing
Students will be encouraged to take the helm, trim the sails and learn about sailing on our adaptive Sonar. This boat has been adapted so that the skipper sits facing forward without the need to switch sides as the boat changes direction. Encircling this gimbaled seat is a horizontal steering wheel, a concept designed by Community Sailing Center founding director and architect. The sonar sails with up to six people and has a heavy keel under the bottom which makes for excellent stability. 3 hour sails are offered daily. Please call the Vermont Adaptive Program Coordinator to schedule a time.
Private and Competitive Sailing Lessons
The goal of these lessons is to enable the students with disabilities to sail independently. The Martin 16, a single or double-handed keelboat (ballasted so as to be unable to tip over) was designed to level the playing field for people with physical disabilities to race in open fleets without a time or distance handicap. Please call to arrange a private lesson.
Dates and Times: June-August, times vary
Sailboat, Kayak and Canoe Rentals
AWP offers sailboat rentals in our Adaptive Sonar and Martin 16.
Kayak and Canoe instructional lessons are also available. Reservations or questions can be directed to Vermont Adaptive Sport and Ski Program Coordinator, Heather Timmins at 802-353-3178 or firstname.lastname@example.org