Adaptive Sailing2022-03-28T08:48:40-05:00

Adaptive Sailing Clinics

Student Capacity: 3-4 per course

Your community sailing center is built on the foundation of inclusiveness. The entire sailing center and fleet have been purposely designed and actively modified so that we may accommodate a wide range of abilities. There are opportunities to help all youth and adults overcome adversity through therapeutic sailing. Students will have fun while learning how to sail and also experience increased self-confidence, the camaraderie of teamwork, and improved leadership skills. The Adaptive Sailing Program is conducted in partnership with organizations and institutions of the New Orleans community. Partner groups can schedule individual dates or reserve multiple sessions.

Course Dates

Call 504-233-3292 to schedule or email [email protected] to schedule.

Special Olympic Sailing

Special Olympic Sailing is a unified sport in which athletes practice and compete in a variety of sailboats. Athletes learn basic nomenclature, boat handling, and the art of sailboat racing. Community Sailing New Orleans is the proud home of South East Louisiana’s first Special Olympic Sailing Team. If you know of an Athlete who is interested in participating please call our office at 504-233-3292 or email us at [email protected]

There are no cost for S.O Athletes but space is limited.

Oscar J. Tolmas Veteran Sailing

The Oscar J Tolmas Veteran Sailing Program is provided free of charge to our veterans who served in our armed forces.

Learn the fundamentals of sailing in the Independence 20s, a fixed keelboat that makes for a stable platform to learn. This course will teach you basic nomenclature, safety, knots, rigging, steering, how sails work, and the rules of the road. This 10-hour course will be divided into 5 courses meeting on consecutive Saturdays and Sundays.

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As to adaptive sailing specifically, what are the benefits and how do we know it will really work?2020-06-22T19:02:22-05:00

Adaptive sailing (also referred to as universal access) provides meaningful therapeutic value in a safe, exciting and enjoyable manner, accommodating a broad range of physical and cognitive disabilities. It includes family involvement and is time tested and delivered in accordance with national standards.

“Instead of acting as the passive beneficiaries of sailing activities, people with disabilities can be direct participants where social interaction and teamwork are promoted in an environment of a sailboat’s cockpit. The integration of these fundamentals reinforces the goals of rehabilitation: independence, communication, identity formation, comprehension, concentration, focus and problem-solving in a demanding environment.” Therapy on the Water, Universal Access Sailing at Boston’s Community Boating, Zechel, Du Moulin and Kunicki, Palaestra, Forum of Sport, Physical Education and Recreation for Those With Disabilities (2013).

What is adaptive sailing?2020-07-28T15:33:04-05:00

People in our community with disabilities – cognitive and physical, old and young – and their families are provided the opportunity to sail through the use of specialized accessible boats, specialized transfer equipment and trained staff.

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