The Helford River


We teach over 800 children how to sail each year, and with your help, we can teach even more.

Sailing is a transformative experience that builds confidence, competence and resilience in young people. Children’s Sailing Trust lessons are provided at generously subsidised rates or free-of-charge, so this opportunity is available to all. 

Over 600 children learn to sail with the Children’s Sailing Trust each year, and over 200 learn on our commercial holiday courses. The Trust provides RYA-qualified Instructors, training dinghies and safety equipment for learners from our base on the Helford River.

“The life skills young people learn from sailing go far beyond the practical skills of controlling a boat” ~ Professor Bill Lucas, Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning, University of Winchester

From 2021, the Trust’s new inclusive watersports centre at Trevassack Lake will provide accessible watersports and activity holidays for children and young people with severe physical and learning disabilities and their families, as well as providing a year-round watersports programme for schools and our local community. 

We need your help to fund our education programme, so that we can offer sailing lessons and inclusive watersports classes to children from all backgrounds and of all abilities.

The Children’s Sailing Trust is a training organisation. Your donation will primarily be spent on the teaching staff, keeping children safe and the equipment needed for lessons – 87p in every £1 donated to the Children’s Sailing Trust is spent on delivering our activities.

“This has been a life changing experience for some of my students. Students that have extremely high levels of anxiety, and would normally not try a new activity, would be out on a kayak or sailing boat within the first term. We are very grateful for the amazing opportunity to go sailing with our students and may it continue for years to come” ~ Chriselle Bishop, Post-16 Lead & Sailing Co-ordinator, Curnow Special School