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Wetwheels Solent Charters

Building disabled people's confidence

Wetwheels builds disabled people's confidence by providing the opportunity to access the sea in a fun, safe, stimulating and rewarding way using specially modified, fully accessible powerboats.

With the support of our donors and partner organisations we provide water-based activity experiences for disabled people on board our specially designed boats, from centres within local communities.

Our adventurous trips afloat are staffed by specialists who ensure each person can share experiences, challenge their self-perceptions, extend their horizons, and discover new opportunities.

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Beneficiaries are active participants, rather than simply passengers, with the opportunity to steer the vessel and learn seamanship, alongside their peers, friends, and families. The experience is truly inclusive helping to improve aspirations and increase confidence.

Our own research tells us more than 80% of Wetwheels' participants have never previously been on the sea. When asked why, the reason given is that the opportunity had not existed before. Disabled people can face particular challenges developing confidence, self-belief, self-worth and independence and many do not reach their potential in life. Most are very able but are restricted by low aspiration and lack of opportunity, which often impacts on wellbeing, the ability to live a full life and make a valuable contribution to society.

Wetwheels is an inspiring organisation where perceived barriers are reassessed, new skills are learned and new-found independence is discovered. Participants are able to have a single experience or return over time to develop new skills..

About us

Wetwheels is a Community Interest Company (CIC). We are a registered not-for-profit organisation limited by guarantee serving our local community. Using fully accesible boats, we can provide boating opportunities for people of all ages and of all abilities. We offer a range of options; from educational and mentoring programmes to sport and experiential trips, there is something for most people. For more information, click Our Activities in the menu bar.

Where appropriate, we ask participants to contribute towards the costs of their trip. We may be able to access funds to cover some programme funding but we are adamant that lack of finance should not exclude anyone from enjoying our boating opportunities.

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Members Information

Name of vesselWetwheels Solent
Type of vesselPowered Catamaran
Power/sailPower
Home portGunwharf Quays Marina
OperatingPortsmouth, South Coast of England
Licence typeCat 2
Capacity10
No of crew2
ServicesThe provision of power boating experiences predominately aimed at building the confidence of disabled people. Wetwheels is fully adapted to take people with disabilities including wheelchair users and for them to have the opportunity to drive under instruction.
Contact nameMr Geoff Holt
AddressWest Bay, United KingdomBox 15, The Old Guard House, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3TZ, United Kingdom
Office phone023 92 819366
Fax023 92 819366
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