Our free All On Board club promotes an accessible and welcoming environment for people with additional needs to meet new people, try something different and keep active via watersports and outdoor activities.
The All On Board club offers a programme of beginner friendly, safe and supervised water sports and outdoor activities for people with additional needs. This can include people with physical disabilities, learning difficulties and mental health issues.
After school club
Weekly after school club which runs on Thursday evenings (4.30 - 7pm) for people with additional needs.
Booked group sessions
On request, we work with local schools, colleges and additional needs centres to offer a six week program for people with additional needs to try a variety of activities.
Water based activities you can try include:
Other outdoor activities you can try include:
Beginners are welcome and no prior experience is needed. Friendly staff are on hand to teach and answer any questions.
Pick-up and drop-off service provided if required (with a small charge), please email firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability.
The All On Board Club after-school club is not a drop-in session so please contact the Islington Boat Club if you’re interested in bringing somebody along. Email email@example.com. You will need to register.
Our weekly after school club runs on Thursday evenings (4.30 - 7pm) for people with additional needs.
Booked group sessions
On request - please contact us for further information.
Facilities and access
People with additional needs have a variety of accessible equipment to try, dedicated staff assistance to get in and out of the equipment and staff instructors on hand at all times.
Access is across flat ground with no steps or ramps. The pontoons are flat and stable.
We have a disabled toilet, but no lifting facilities.
Please feel free to contact us with any queries or drop in and have a look for yourself.
What to bring
A full change of clothes (appropriate for the weather) including soft-soled shoes and a towel. We will provide everything else including buoyancy aids.
Full shower and changing facilities are available. A full change of clothing including shoes is required for those heading onto the water.
Where is Islington Boat Club?
Our address is 16-34 Graham Street, London, N1 8JX. Have a look at the map too.
How do I contact you?
How do schools or other institutions with young people who have additional needs get to book in for the AOB six week programme?
They can arrange to come in to The Club to talk to us, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 020 7253 0778.
What sort of activities are on offer at the All On Board after school club?
We cover a multitude of activities at the after-school club - not confined just to watersports. In addition to kayaking, canoeing, narrowboating and powerboating we have been ice-skating, swimming and rock-climbing - which the kids have really enjoyed and which has really helped to bring them out of themselves and give them physical confidence. young people’s parents.
When does the the All On Board after school club take place?
It is on Thursday evenings in term time from 4-7pm.
Do the young people need to be able to swim?
We recommend that they are able to swim 25m in light clothing and be comfortable in the water. They are required to wear buoyancy aids at all times when near the water.
Can young people with additional needs just turn up at the All On Board after school club?
No. We need to book you in so that we can be sure we can cater for your individual requirements.
How much does it cost?
It is fully funded so there is no charge for the All on Board programme.
Are the staff qualified?
All instructors are qualified by Canoe England (British Canoeing), Royal Yachting Association and Mountain Bike Instructor Award schemes. All staff are DBS checked and first aid trained. All youth workers have attended Islington’s mandatory training in child protection.
Is it safe?
All staff are trained to national governing body standards in their chosen disciplines as well as being first aid trained. All equipment is modern, high quality and inspected regularly. Buoyancy aids must be worn at all time when near the water. All activities are risk assessed. A safety boat is left ready on all sessions.
What sort of boats do you have?
We have a comprehensive fleet of boats including kayaks (river racers, slalom, play boats, polo, general purpose), canoes, bell boats, sailing boats, powerboats and a narrowboat. We also have mountain bikes and ergo machines