First aid funds sail in

HELPING HANDS: Goolwa Neighbourhood Watch Area 272 is currently covering costs of the triannual first aid certification for volunteers in the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club's Sailability program. Photo: Supplied.
HELPING HANDS: Goolwa Neighbourhood Watch Area 272 is currently covering costs of the triannual first aid certification for volunteers in the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club's Sailability program. Photo: Supplied.

Goolwa Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Area 272 is currently covering the costs of the triannual first aid certification for volunteers in the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club (GRYC) Sailability program.

Held once a month from 9am to 3pm on a Saturday, Sailability encourages people with a disability to enjoy sailing under the guidance of experienced volunteer sailors.

Goolwa NHW Area 272 coordinator Pat Salter said the branch was proud to cover the costs for the positive program.

"We don't actively sell NHW to the people who are able to enjoy the sailing facilities, but we do take pride and considerable satisfaction in supporting a program which helps people with disabilities to lead full and active lives in our local community," Pat said.

"However, we are always on the lookout for new NHW volunteers and are inclusive of everyone, so we strongly encourage people with a disability to come along to one of our meetings and have a voice in their community."

Sailability Committee chairperson Ian Barker said the program offered a range of sailing opportunities, including two-person 303 Access dinghies, where a skilled instructor assists the person with the disability.

GRYC Sailability also has a single-seat Liberty with joystick control for those with greater dexterity.

"We have an electrically-operated lifting crane and sling to safely manage the process of getting people with disabilities into and out of the dinghies," he said.

"Dedicated support boats are used to ensure everyone returns to dry land safely. Safety is our priority so we are strongly committed to ensuring we have a team who are able to provide first aid in the very unlikely event we need to do so."

He said the committee was "extremely grateful" for Goolwa NHW Area 272's financial support.

People with a disability or partners/carers for a person with a disability can find out more about Sailability by contacting Ian at GRYC on 8555 0541 or 0411 207 446.

More information about the Sailability program is available at www.gryc.com.au

Any Goolwa residents interested in Goolwa Neighbourhood Watch can contact Pat on 0414 923 961 or m_psalter@bigpond.com