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Sailaday OK – Life changing therapy at sea

Sailaday OK supports marine based adventure therapy to help adults, their families and young persons recover from the consequences of addictions, abuse and other trauma .

Our unique evidence based therapeutic model promotes positive personal change through practical expereince. To reduce disadvantage and social exclusion  by provision of therapeutic sailing  & Educate therapists and skippers in the benefits of therapeutic sailing.


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Home Testimonials

Samples of testimonials from Agencies, Benficiaries, and Volunteers.

Examples of testimonials from different groups; read more

in each section

Beneficery 2012. “What the Sailaday Experience achieved for me in 4 days, 4 years of psychologists and psychiatrists failed to achieve" AC 2012

Agency Care Team. “The participants of sailaday ok are most likely to complete treatment.”

Quote from a Plymouth Residential. “Childhood abuse and neglect can induce a wide range of debilitating symptoms that can result in multiple and complex problems, impacting on all areas of life. The Sailaday OK session/s play an important role in the healing process and integrates well into our treatment plan.  It gives a very concrete experience to draw on and from which to recognise resilience, existing strengths and the ability to make positive changes in their lives.”


 “When I contacted Sailaday I was up front about my motivations for volunteering and explained what I wanted to achieve. After so many rejections I wasn’t expecting to be welcomed aboard so warmly. And not just in the metaphorical sense, I’d also have a chance to get out on the boat and go sailing which was a bonus.


Manages a unique programme which meets the needs of their particpants.

In brief (quotes taken from Residential and Care Managers reports.)



  • develop and increase resilience and a sense of WellBeing.
  • develop negotiation skills and an increase in self awareness.
  • develop a positive and practical experience of interdependency
  • come to understand the need for teamwork and co-operation with one another
  • always return with a sense of achievement
  • get a feeling of hope
  • experiencing being part of a team and learn to resolve issues, and manage conflict
  • have transformative experiences which enhances their development of  the spiritual aspects of their recovery
  • are allowed to simply “be”.
  • describe having transpersonal experiences
  • learnt new skills
  • get a very concrete experience to draw on and from which to recognise resilience, existing strengths and the ability to make positive changes in their lives
  • report having had a positive experience of themselves, increased confidence, self-awareness, improved communication skills, and a lot of gratitude, and having had a lot of fun.
  • have a greatly increased sense of their own potential to have a productive and useful life when they leave residential treatment
  • who have this unique experience dramatically increases their chances of remaining drug/alcohol free.
  • Each sessions’ limited numbers encourage openness, and enhances the above changes due to being in smaller more intimate and sometimes challenging groups.
  • This is a unique and excellent therapeutic intervention given the short and intense time period of the sessions the achievements and outcomes reported are remarkable.

Feedback september 2013

September 2013 quotes extracted from evaluation feedback forms

“Thank you it was such a great session, and to be honest I got more out of  these sessions on the boat than the 6 months I did in treatment  , thank you so much .” Ch 2013 

September 2013 quotes

September 2013 quotes extracted from evaluation sheets

“I believe that sailaday ok is such a great way for people with little or no hope to discover hope “This was a life changing experience for me, emotional, mentally and spiritually.” D

“This was someting I never thought I could do and I learnt so much and sitting on the front of the boat I could let go of so much” BC

“I can move on now ‘the war is over’ first time I have felt excited about the future, I never thought I had a future”  F.

“Blind helming was such a great experience I learnt to trust my body and instincts could turn my head off” T

“I learnt so much about control and how life gets easier when I don’t try and control it and let go, helming the boat and Richard taught me this” C

insights from July group

" Thank you. I Learned and experienced so much, letting my body take control, feel the force and trust all my senses,and i came to understand especially from the night sail expereince that if im patient and plan my steps one at time i will get my goal, night sailing and life in recovery seem so similar."
Thanks RC july 2013

" I really came to understand from the sailaday experince that there is more than way to get to final destination." PP 2013

RATs group 2013

Dear Richard thank you for an amazing time and feel since leaving the boat I have entered into a new chapter in my life and thank you for helping me turn the page and can't thank you enough for the last couple of days

Many thanks james 

Female 35

Female 35. London. History of alcoholism and years of multiple Substance abuse, addictions

Presenting very traumatised by childhood abuse and trauma and quite withdrawn, insular, anxious, and intelligent.

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