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RYA OnBoard launched in 2005 with the intention to get more young people on the water through sailing and windsurfing. Since then the programme has helped well over three quarters of a million young people try sailing and windsurfing and learn an activity that in many cases stays with them for life.

The programmes emphasis is on enjoyment and fun for all those involved but sailing and windsurfing compliment the school curriculum in important subject’s areas too, including Science, Technology, Maths and even English.

As well as the clear physical benefits from sailing and windsurfing the OnBoard programme is carefully designed to further develop life skills and has learning development at its core.

The broader learning benefits can teach young people about teamwork, independence, communication and creativity as well as giving them confidence and determination which they can take with them off the water and into many other aspects of their lives.

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The RYA OnBoard programme is carefully designed to further develop life skills and has learning at its core.

For many years now we have known that sport and physical activity can have a beneficial effect on our health and mental well being. Recent major studies have shown an ever increasing amount of additional benefits in social and personal development. These positive effects are amplified in challenging sports such as sailing and windsurfing.


RYA OnBoard have been working with Professor Bill Lucas from the Real World Learning Centre to explore and identify the broader learning benefits that getting out on the water can bring.

Being on the water creates multiple situations where young people are challenged and tested as they learn a new sport or activity. The OnBoard programme provides a safe and proven structure for this to happen and a great environment to help young sailors to develop the character attributes and capabilities that are so important for success in later life.

Here are the six character attributes that sailing and windsurfing can help develop...

For more information or to book your school / group into our Onboard programme; please contact us