Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario

Voyageur Lift Campaign

Toronto has over 400,000 disabled people and limited sources of physical activity, Queens Quay Disabled Sailing Program can bridge that gap. With capacity to accommodate 1500 sailing excursions, you can help make this happen.


DSAO needs a new lift system to get sailors in/out of the sailboats

Many of our sailors are able to get in and out of the boat with minimal assistance. However, if this is not possible, sailors can be transferred using a sling and hoist.


A sling is placed under the person, the straps attached to a battery-powered lift which raises the person out of the wheelchair. The lift is attached to a pivoting davit which allows us to move the sailor above the seat in the boat and safely lower him or her into position. The same procedure is done in reverse for getting back into the wheelchair. This is a very safe transfer method which requires no manual lifting. We have worked through the statistics of capacity and have found that with the current loading system we are maxed out at 65% capacity, plus the current system is very heavy and restricts who can manage it, and it keeps breaking down – it’s time to retire it.


This type of lift is a newer design, compact, safe and much more comfortable for the disabled sailors. It is becoming a new standard in many disabled sailing programs. Obtaining this type of lift and three of them will increase our capacity handling, will enable DSAO to be able to offer sailing for sailors and will make the systems easier to use, more time efficient, comfortable and more accessible.

For as little as $20, you can contribute towards a new Voyageur lift. It takes $3750 to equip the dock with one new Voyageur lift. DSAO would like to obtain three battery powered lifts at $3750 each.

Here is how to help

  1. Donate.
  2. Personally contact 10 friends or family, provide them with the link to this page and ask them to donate.
  3. Invite friends on Facebook, provide them with the link to this page and ask them to donate.

Click here to donate via CanadaHelps. A tax receipt will be issued automatically.

DSAO's Canadian Charitable Registration Number is: 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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