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Thousands of students learn to sail with Rod Shipley Sail for a Fiver

This year ASC Portland will welcome 1,300 participants to take part in the Rod Shipley Sail for a Fiver programme. Thanks to funding from Chesil Trust, we are able to introduce local primary school students from years 5 and 6 to sailing for just £5!  

Each group takes to the water for a 3-hour instructor led learn to sail session, in which they’re taught how to rig, launch and sail their boats in groups. Being out on the water provides a unique learning environment, enhancing group decisions as they work together to steer the boat, control speed and watch out for other water users.

Being able to offer this opportunity to so many young people in Dorset enables us to reach out to those who may otherwise not have the opportunity to get on the water.

We are proud to continue to offer the Rod Shipley’s Sail for a Fiver programme at the Andrew Simpson Centre Portland to students within Dorset. Using sailing as a tool to succeed in a new environment is vital to improving the wellbeing and overall development for young people.

Nathan Bloss, ASC Portland’s Centre Manager

Each session is finished with a Swim Safe demonstration. This shows the students how to enter and exit the water safety, how to call of help if needs be and what to do if they get into trouble whilst in the water. With most of the students coming from coastal towns it’s key that we express the importance of water safety. Our aim is for every student to leave the session as considerate and safe water users.  

I can’t recommend this experience enough, the instructors are really personable and patient with our children, who have all had a great great time.

Miss Draper, Holy Trinity Primary School

We’re very grateful to be able to continue to offer this opportunity. We look forward to welcoming many more schools over the coming months and years.  

by Jacob Tyson, Social Media & PR Coordinator for the Andrew Simpson Foundation and Andrew Simpson Centres 

In 2024, 1300 children from Dorset in years 5 & 6 will access the water through the Sail for a Fiver scheme.