Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario

About DSAO

Our Vision

Health, Wellness and Freedom on Ontario's Waterways

Our Mission

  • To enable Ontarians with disabilities to experience therapeutic, recreational and social rehabilitation through the freedom of independent sailing

Our Goals

  • To provide sailing opportunities to people with disabilities of all ages throughout Ontario
  • To enable high-level quadriplegics and others with severe mobility impairments to sail independently
  • To facilitate the rehabilitation and social integration of disabled children and adults
  • To build confidence, independence and increased self-esteem in participants
  • To develop the skills of sailors with disabilities through SailCanada certified training and regattas
  • To promote the integration of sailors, regardless of experience and ability, through regattas and volunteering
  • To build partnerships with other community organizations serving people with disabilities through Outreach Sailing programs

 The success of sailing as a recreational and rehabilitation program for the disabled is evident in both the growing numbers of people that participate in these programs, and in the enthusiastic support that the DSAO has already received from disabled communities, along with other organizations and funding agencies. Supporters are inspired by the fact that the lakes and oceans of Canada serve as great healers and equalizers: people with mobility impairments can leave their wheelchairs (and their disabilities) behind, and enjoy the independence and freedom that one experiences when wind, sun and spray join forces to make a perfect sailing day.

Canadian Charitable Registration No: 869006429 RR0001

DSAO - Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario DSAO is a family of organizations that promote and enable Ontarians with disabilities to experience therapeutic, recreational and social rehabilitation through the freedom of independent sailing. DSAO's objective is to build the sport of disabled sailing, assist with athlete development and sustain international competitive excellence. DSAO - Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario
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