Bisham's Peter May and Rivertime Trust's Simon Davis at the Boatability launch


A new scheme to enable disabled people to take to boating has been launched on the Thames.

Boatability is a joint venture between Bisham Abbey Sailing and Navigation School and the Rivertime Boat Trust charity which already provides river trips aboard its specially adapted passenger vessel.

The venture will offer introductory sessions aboard easy-to-handle Bellboats at Bisham.near Marlow, as a first step to opportunities for dinghy sailing, kayaking and powerboating.

Announcing the new venture at the London Boat Show, Boatability Operations Manager Peter May said: "We are delighted to be working with the Rivertime trust to offer these new activities which will enable a new audience to learn various boating and sailing skills as well as learn team work, leadership and a respect for the environment."

The sessions will be offered to special needs schools and charities for disabled people.

The long-term aim is to develop into a National Centre for Accessible Boating.

Simon Davis, who founded Rivertime with his wife Pat in 2006,said:"We are very excited about the venture. Rivertime has been a great success and this greatly extends the opportunities for people to enjoy the water at a new level of involvement."

"The Paralympics have been inspirational and this is a great example of legacy."

The new venture is being supported by Sport England.

Link to Bisham Abbey Sailing School

Link to Rivertime Boat Trust

Story dated Jan 18th 2014

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