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At Scaling Dam Sailing and Watersports Club our volunteers have for many years welcomed the opportunity to share the joys and rewards of sailing with both children and adults with disabilities.

We operate as part of the Royal Yachting Association´s Sailability initiative bringing the exhilaration, self reliance and freedom that sailing brings to all people. We also work closely with the North Yorks Moors National Park's Sustainable Development programme whose advice and financial assistance has allowed us to enhance the sailing opportunities for people with learning difficulty or disability.

We can mix & match gentle cruising, hands on sailing or formal training to suit individual needs and welcome groups or single participants. Parents and/or carers are welcome to share the experience.

We supply essential safety equipment but visitors need to wear clothing suitable for a cool and rainy day. We have a dedicated changing/shower/toilet facility for our disabled participants.

We like to recognise achievement with award of certificates, particularly with youngsters and, as a recognised RYA Training Centre, can deliver training to internationally recognised standards.

We are qualified to transfer sailors with our certified hoists and set high standards in safety and protection of vulnerable persons.

Our active season is April to September inclusive.

Our regular sailing times are Wednesday afternoons and Sunday mornings but other times are possible with prior arrangement.

We welcome those who seek a single ´taster´ session but are delighted to help those who wish to sail regularly and improve their skills and confidence. Sailability prides itself in its inclusive policy with disabled sailors able to sail alongside able-bodied sailors on equal terms. Scaling Dam welcomes a growing membership of disabled sailors.

Oceans of Hope

Scaling will be hosting an Oceans of Hope Accessible Challenges on Wednesday 31 July 2024.

More information about the event is available at Oceans of Hope Day Sailing and Accessible Challenges page and you can book online here

Parking, Access and Facilities

  • Disabled badge holders may park on the hardstanding area near the clubhouse. This parking area is located to your left hand side as you go through the barrier.
  • Toilets and changing and shower facilities are accessed via the doors beneath the front balcony, or through the stairwell at the rear of the clubhouse.
  • There is an accessible toilet located in the top level of the clubhouse - access via the elevated rampway to the left of the drive/slipway.


Sailing is one of the few sports where competitors can compete successfully on a level basis.. We encourage Sailability sailors to join in with main club races, which are held on Wednesday nights and Sundays.

Challenger Class English Open Championship 2024

Scaling will be hosting the English Open Championship 1/2 June 2024.

More details will be available from the Challenger Class Association website

NoR, Sailing Instructions and Entry Form are now available on our SDSWC 2024 Club Events Noticeboard and the Online booking is now LIVE. Click this link to open the Online Booking page

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