Sailability is a program at the Canberra Yacht Club offering an additional level of support, an established network of volunteers, and equipment to assist people of all-abilities to get into sailing. It is an international program first introduced by the CYC during 2017.
This facility was majority outdoors, sharing a common space with the Southern Cross Club Restaurant and Snapper Fish and Chip shop. As such, it can be assumed that this facility may be busier during peak sailing seasons, however the use of the space allows for movement throughout the facility. Ramps were used throughout to gain access to the docks and into the administrative areas of the facility. As the services offered take place outdoors, the areas accessibility is subjective and dependent on natural factors such as weather. The docks are structurally sound as they are comprised of sturdy materials. Additionally, the paving throughout this area allows for an unobstructed pathway. There is a wooden decking area which may pose difficulty for mobility as there are variations in the levelling of the surface. Tactile paving was seen throughout the facility to indicate changes in leveling or approaching to ramps. This was a single storey facility and the disabled restroom facilities were situated in the Southern Cross Club Restaurant which can be accessed via a ramp.
• Shared facility
• Mainly outdoors
• Small reception building
• Wooden deck
• Pavement pathway
• Bathroom shared with southern cross club (upper level)
As previously stated, this facility relied on the circumstances of the outside environment, inclusive of lighting. There is overhead lighting used throughout the administrative site and boating shed. There was no braille seen throughout this facility – as it once more is situated outside. Staff are attentive and may provide explanation to guests upon request. Yellow indicators are used to emphasize changes in surfacing.
• Inside area lit with overhead lighting – consistant throughout
Located in a separate facility the disabled toileting facility were disclosed as not ideal. Regular female and male toilets were seen outside the boating shed; these may not be accessible to persons with disabilities. To access the required space, there is a wheelchair ramp or alternate stairs upon approach to the restaurant (approximately 80m from sailing club). A lightweight door with braille and clear signage indicated the room as multipurpose for children’s changing and persons with disabilities. This facility met standards; however, the doorway was narrow and the space itself smaller than usual. Despite this, an 18inch wheelchair could comfortably manoeuvre once entered (adequate circulation space).
• Located in southern cross club
o Access via ramp
• Accessible for 18” wheelchair
• Childrens change table
• Clear signage
There were two large and clearly signed disabled carparks located at the front of the space. Staff can assist with public transport however no taxi/bus stops were within walking distance.
Assistive animals are welcome however they are the responsibility of the owner.
Staff were friendly and had knowledge on the accessibility gaps throughout facility. They are all well trained in evacuation proceedings however there is no specific training in accessibility.
When required, outside companies may assist with training for special events. On Sunday’s there is an inclusive program in which people with disabilities sail with able bodied people. This event is dependent on volunteers. There is some training available throughout the year in the correct use of the hoist available however there is an Endeavor to obtain a greater lever of specific training for all staff.
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