Improving the lives of young people by delivering inclusive sailing and watersports to all

Our Charity

We are the charity that creates accessible and affordable watersports and sailing opportunities for young people in Cornwall. 

Formerly the Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust, the charity supports children through their schools or home education groups, helping them grow in confidence, competence and resilience – personal skills that last a lifetime.

We also run commercial courses and sessions for groups, individuals and families on the Helford River and at Trevassack Lake, called CST Experiences. With every swim, sail and SUP session you purchase, you’ll be helping Children’s Sailing Trust’s work to create opportunities for kids to get out on the water who wouldn’t otherwise get the chance.

It has been a wonderful experience for our students, improving their mental and physical heath, learning about themselves and each other and achieving more than they thought they could, improving self esteem and confidence.

Local Teacher, 2022
Children sailing with confidence

Supporting Us

Children’s Sailing Trust is a charity founded on the Helford River, Cornwall in 1997 with an ambition to make sailing accessible to all. Through sailing young people develop attributes that are helpful in life and learning: how to be resilient and work with others; solve problems and make decisions independently. They find out about the natural world and how to keep themselves safe on the water. Starting out in sailing requires equipment and expertise. Support us in our ambition to become the leading teachers of inclusive sailing for 8-16 year olds and create the next generation of sailors.

Support Us

The Children’s Sailing Trust is a charity founded on the Helford River, Cornwall in 1997 with an ambition to make sailing accessible to all. Through sailing young people develop attributes that are helpful in life and learning: how to be resilient and work with others; solve problems and make decisions independently. They find out about the natural world and how to keep themselves safe on the water. Starting out in sailing requires equipment and expertise. Support us in our ambition to become the leading teachers of inclusive sailing for 8-16-year olds and create the next generation of sailors.

Get Involved

Visiting Us

You can choose activities at our two fantastic venues

Helford River

The scenic Helford River is a beautiful place to learn the ropes of sailing, and with many different beaches and creeks to use, we have plenty of places to find the perfect conditions!

Trevassack Lake

Located on the scenic Lizard Peninsula, Trevassack Lake is an accessible 26-acre site dedicated to watersports and sailing activities, all on a freshwater lake that is the perfect place to practice your skills.

Trevassack Holidays

26-acre Trevassack Lake is located on Cornwall’s remote and rugged Lizard Peninsula; the sheltered and tranquil lake is in a Cornish Area of Natural Beauty and offers a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Whether you’re staying at one of our accessible holiday cottages or just visiting, the whole family can experience the best that Cornwall has to offer through enjoying watersports, exploring the breathtaking countryside, tasting the culinary delights of nearby towns and more.

Trevassack Holidays

26-acre Trevassack Lake is located on Cornwall’s remote and rugged Lizard Peninsula; the sheltered and tranquil lake is in a Cornish Area of Natural Beauty and offers a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Whether you’re staying at one of our accessible holiday cottages or just visiting, the whole family can experience the best that Cornwall has to offer through enjoying watersports, exploring the breathtaking countryside, tasting the culinary delights of nearby towns and more.