All activities and programmes are focused on teaching transferable and employable life skills whilst offering opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged people to participate on an equal level. We bring people together from many walks of life, working as a community to help others build life skills and self-confidence.

Shipmates

What our beneficiaries have to say

” It’s been like a second family ’’ AHOY has become a second family for apprentice, Keon Ste-Croix. The 24 year-old hasn’t looked back since

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” The staff, everyone has been really fantastic. It has been amazing. ” Life’s been a blast for Akorede Adesina since he walked through the

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One of the Ahoy beneficiaries now aged ten came to the UK with her mum some 15 years ago and they have since coped with

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Shipmates

Shipmates is open to anyone from the ages of 8 to 18 of all abilities. but AHOY aim to support disadvantaged children and young adults. The programme is committed to empowering youth in today’s society, teaching them how to sail, row and carry out a diverse range of tasks to broaden horizons.

This programme engages young people offering support and training to develop essential life skills. Our qualified and committed team of instructors will give participants a newly found confidence, whilst having the opportunity to gain RYA (Royal Yachting Association) and BR (British Rowing) national qualifications.

Suitable for: Young people aged 8 to 18 of all abilities

When: Every Saturday 9:30 to 12:30 for ages 8 to 11 

 13:30 to 16:00 for ages 12 to 18.

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Sailability

A weekly activity designed to inspire and encourage those participants who require extra support because of their disabilities. Using the medium of rowing and sailing to improve independent living, skills, self-confidence and social engagement.

These weekly activity sessions welcome people aged 18+ who have physical and learning difficulties and/or mental health issues. 

Sailability is a special and proven way of combatting loneliness and social isolation; increasing physical activity; forming friendships and developing coping mechanisms for a better, more balanced independent life and future.

Suitable for: Young adults 18+

When: Every Wednesday 10–12:30 on water activities 13:30–15:30 land based activities.

Boats Afloat

The Boats Afloat project is for students who have difficulties in mainstream education and have been referred to Pupil Referral Units. Groups attend once a week during term time and have the opportunity to try a number of activities that they would normally never have the chance to try. The objective is to show them that there are different ways to learn life skills and to discover a new path to follow.

Over the year, they try a wide variety of activities: rowing, sailing, powerboating, boat maintenance, helming, map reading, mudlarking, archery, gym. They learn about the weather and winds, tides, knot tying, the history of the Thames and its famous landmarks. Participants can gain RYA qualifications in sailing and powerboating.

Here are some of the things that this year’s students have said about their time here:


“It’s so therapeutic being on a boat away from life and all the noise.”

“I’ve always wanted to fly and being on a powerboat is the closest I’ve come to having wings.”

“I love doing knots, it calms me.”

Sailing For All

A 2-day course designed for young people 10-16 to be introduced to and experience the enjoyment and challenge of sailing. A popular extracurricular activity for schools and youth groups.

On completion of this introductory course, participants will have a basic understanding of how a boat sails and some experience in steering a boat with confidence.

Successful students will receive the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Start Sailing Stage 1 certificate on completion.

Suitable for: Schools and youth groups aged 10-16

When: Multiple dates throughout the year–please contact us to find out more

Apprenticeships

The AHOY apprenticeship programme offers a structured pathway to employment for young people who may not have benefitted from mainstream educational routes. We offer a range of activities leading to employable and transferable skills.

Our apprenticeship programme, in partnership with Core Coach, leads to a Level 2 Activity Leadership qualification.

The programme is aimed at young people Not In Education, Employment or Training (NEET) and offers a diverse and exciting range of activities in sailing, rowing, and powerboating leading to skills and qualifications.

Functional skills, such as Maths and English, plus a range of tasks to broaden horizons and build communication help to develop a clear pathway to employment.

Suitable for: Young people aged 16+

When: 15-month, full-time programme.