ACCESSIBLE BOAT CLUB – BELL BOATING
The Accessible Boat Club is an inclusive club which provides on-the-water opportunities to people with physical, sensory and or learning difficulties. The Club is a part of the Rivertime Boat Trust who provide a range of experiences on the water from small group river trips on its river cruiser operating on reaches around Henley, to large multi-sport events.
At MTRF2017, the Club provided the opportunity for people with physical, sensory and or learning difficulties to go Bell Boating during the Marlow Dragon Boat Festival in the afternoon between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. Participants could be accompanied by carers on the boat if needed and needed to pre-register on the day
Bell Boats are giant Canadian Canoes which are configured as a catamaran with up to 10 participants onboard. This very stable platform enables participants to learn to paddle and then move onto bigger adventures.
The Club also offers the opportunity to learn to sail boats and drive powerboats in specially builtcraft which are all chair accessible and are available on an ongoing basis to Club Members.
Who was it for?
Children and adults with additional physical and learning needs over the age of 8. Participants needed to be able to get in and out of a Bell Boat. Participants under the age of 12 needed to be accompanied by an adult.
Could be accompanied by carers/guardians on the Bellboats if required.
Needed to wear soft-soled shoes and practical clothing and have adequate sun protection – no jeans. A spare set of clothes was advised because there might be some light splashing.
Paddling was for about 20-30 minutes.
A full Risk assessment was available on the day if required.
You can contact the Accessible Boat Club on 01628 474960 or email Boating@AccessibleBoat.Club. You can also contact them on Twitter and Facebook @AccessBoatClub.