scosa raises its sails

Sailability is a program where scosa participants sail in specially designed vessels for South Australians living with disabilities. The activity runs through the summer months on the Port River and then culminates in a grand finale along the Port River in April.

Sailability originated in Great Britain and was introduced to Australia in 1991. In delivering this very popular activity to its participants, scosa works in close cooperation with the Port Adelaide Sailing Club and Sailability SA.

scosa General Manager of Services Delivery, Karen McMahon commented, “Sailability is an important component of a broad range of sporting and other activities provided throughout the year for our participants. The program offers a great opportunity for people living with disabilities to participate in an exciting and challenging activity and just like anyone else, our participants love feeling the wind in their hair and the sense of freedom that it brings.

From a therapeutic perspective, it is a fantastic way for participants to strengthen their muscles and improve motor skills, which is of great importance to a significant proportion of our participants who are living with cerebral palsy. It is also a great exercise in building confidence and self-esteem.”

Some of our participants have been lucky enough to see pods of dolphins swimming alongside them this summer on the Port River – a truly amazing experience!

Thank you to our corporate partner Fine Concepts for your support of this very important initiative.

Check out this video to learn more about our Sailability program.