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You can make a difference as a volunteer with us at Sailability Shorncliffe..

Sailability provides an outlet for on-water activities, particularly sailing, for people with disability of all ages. Our reward can be seen in the smiles on our sailors while they enjoy their sail or cruise with us.

Volunteering takes on many roles. You could be involved with,

  • administration, things like record keeping, booking registrations and coordinating the sailing program

  • assisting on the dock, also in launching and retrieving dinghies

  • skippering our dinghies or support boat or as crew

  • acting as officer in charge of activities on a sailing day, and

  • helping out with maintenance of boats and equipment

You do not need experience as training will be provided. You will need to have a blue card before you start with us. (we'll help you with this). And, if you are to skipper our support boat or pontoon boat, a recreational marine driver's licence.

If you think you'd like to join our team, providing special things for special people, then Sailability might be for you. So, contact us and we'll be in touch.



Sailability Shorncliffe was established in 2007 in Brisbane Australia. We are  affiliated with Sailability Queensland Inc. and work closely with other Sailability clubs across the State.

Australia is one of some 23 countries world-wide to host Sailabilty operations. As part of this wonderful heritage we are proud to  provide special on-water experiences for people with disability.

We sail specially designed Access 303 dinghies and a pontoon boat from  the protected waters of Cabbage Tree Creek , all watched over by an expertly crewed support boat.

A great setting and a great team.


About your day

You, our sailors with disability are what Sailability is about. You will begin your sailing day by registering to sail.

Safety and the sun

While you are waiting for your turn to sail you will put on a life jacket. We will have sunscreen for you. We'd also encourage you to wear sunglasses, a hat and sun protective clothing (reflection from the water can cause sunburn if you are not prepared). Also, it is a good idea to wear sensible shoes and socks. Occasionally you might get a little bit wet but your skipper will do his or her best to keep you dry.

Your sail or cruise

At the dock our volunteers will help you in and out of your dinghy or the pontoon boat. For about 30 minutes we'll then sail or cruise in the creek and basin.


We want you to have a great time. You might see birds, fish or dolphins and many other things such as yachts or anglers. You might also like to listen to the sounds your boat makes through the water or, of the wind.

You might even help sail your dinghy.

We'll ask your support worker or parent about things we can do to help make your day more comfortable.

After your sail

Your carer will escort you from the dock. You may wish  to have a drink, try something from our barbeque or just take in the lovely views from a shaded spot.


We look forward to seeing you.

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We  take great care in looking after our sailors and our volunteers. We have a risk management plan in place and welcome your comments.

From time to time our 'Officer of the Day' or an appointed official may ask you to do something with safety in mind. Please follow any directions you are given.

All who participate at Sailability Shorncliffe are insured for public liability. But, please take care.

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