Communication and Decision Making - Skills for LifeA great platform to build teamwork and communication skills

Keelboats bridge the gap between dinghies and yachts. They afford all the stability of a yacht, but are small enough to be handled by sailors of all ages. We have a fleet of J80s and Colgate 26-foot keelboats, the ideal craft for groups of up to six children to give them a go at sailing. 

Keelboats are perfect for the development of soft skills. Each young person is assigned a task and learns about the importance of their role in the sailing of their boat.

A group being taught Keelboating

During the course of the session, crew members swap roles so they understand everyone else’s purpose on the boat – and the importance of working together.

Keelboating can be incorporated into your multi-activity programme, or schools and youth groups can focus specifi cally on sailing, with students working towards their RYA keelboating qualifications. UKSA offers youth stages 1 to 4. Sailing on the big boats teaches young people how to really work together as a close-knit team.

A group experiencing Keelboating

For many of our students, yachting is an exhilarating experience of a lifetime and the ideal vehicle for improving interpersonal skills, confidence, independence and practical seamanship. Our fleet of purpose-built 33- and 65-foot training yachts are designed to inspire, engage and broaden young minds about what’s possible. The minimum age for our yachting programmes is 12 years.