Sailing & Rowing forms part of the school curriculum and we offer RYA courses and rowing courses to fit in with local schools’ syllabuses – including primary and secondary schools and colleges.
Is The AHOY Centre right for our school/group?
We have been working with schools and groups for over 14 years and we get great feedback and results! Have a read through our Programme Menu click here for link and see what the various activities can offer your students – not only the obvious skills like learning to sail and row – but subliminal skills: teamwork, problem solving, improved communication and self-confidence.
Our Outreach Officer can also arrange to visit you at a time and place that suits you to discuss in more detail the outcomes of our programmes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8691 7502 option 2 for details.
This is just one testimonial from a local school:
“Our experience of working with AHOY has been outstanding. The commitment of their team is evident at all stages. All the children thoroughly enjoyed their time and many said it was the best thing they have ever done. There were so many children who “shone” and many of these were vulnerable children. There is something very special going on at the Ahoy and I would recommend to everyone to pop down and have a look. The quality of the staff and volunteers combined with the excitement of sailing on the Thames leads to life-changing experiences. You really do see your most vulnerable children redefining themselves as learners and achievers” Headmaster of St John the Baptist school in Lewisham
We’re sure there’s something for your group at The AHOY Centre!
Is financial assistance available?
For certain groups, schools and organisations we are able to help with the costs of your activities. To find out more, email email@example.com
How safe are the activities at The AHOY Centre?
We are a RYA (Royal Yachting Association), BR (British Rowing) and an Open Awards accredited centre and are inspected regularly to ensure our safety procedures, including risk-assessments, remain at a high level. All our instructors are fully qualified and we have safety boats afloat for every activity. We supply all the required safety equipment. Buoyancy aids are worn at all times when on the slipway and on the water. Everyone over the age of 18 who works or volunteers at AHOY completes a full disclosure DBS (CRB) check.
We have full Public Liability & Third Party Insurance through the RYA nominated Insurer.
We have a great safety record which we’re very proud of.
What are your Fire procedures?
On arrival, each school group is met by their lead instructor and given a thorough fire and safety briefing and a full explanation on all emergency exits, meeting points and procedures for evacuating the buildings.
What about First Aid cover?
All our watersports instructors are fully qualified First Aiders.
Are your staff DBS (CRB) checked?
Yes – this is vital for us to work with children and vulnerable adults so everyone over the age of 18 who works or volunteers at AHOY completes a full disclosure.
Some of my pupils can’t swim – is this a problem?
No – provided they are “water confident” i.e. will be happy to go afloat it doesn’t matter. Everyone wears a buoyancy aid and our safety boat team are on hand at all times in the unlikely event that anyone goes overboard.
What if my group are disabled or have Special Needs?
The whole ethos of our charity is inclusivity and have a full programme of activities click here for link for both learning and physical disabilities. All our staff and instructors have disability awareness training. Our buildings and amenities have wheelchair access together with a range of adaptive equipment to enable people with a varying degree of disabilities access to both sailing and rowing. To discuss your group’s requirements please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 020 8691 7502 option 2.
Do I have to provide lunch for my group?
Yes. We do have a water dispenser which is freely available. Please note that due to allergy control we do not allow any nuts to be eaten/brought on-site.
Do students require special clothing?
We provide dry suits and buoyancy aids for all water activities. We’ll send you a full kit list before your visit and participants need to bring a change of clothes and shoes as they will get wet! They need to bring footwear i.e. old trainers that they don’t mind getting wet.
What is the largest class size for a School on the River?
We can accommodate a class of 36 pupils plus support staff on one of our activities dependent on their abilities. Group sizes will be less if your group is disabled or has Special Educational Needs (SEN)