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About Able Sail/Handi-voile
Able Sail/Handi-Voile Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing sailing opportunities on Shediac Bay for persons of all ages with any category of disability in the Southeastern New Brunswick region. It operates from the last week of June to the end of August out of the Shediac Bay Yacht Club, located at 168 Pleasant Street, Shediac, NB. Two programs are available, Recreational Sailing Program and a Learn to Sail Program. In Recreational Sailing the person with the disability can bring up to three family of friends along for the outing. We sail 6 times per day, 7 days per week. Disability can be mental, emotional, intellectual or physical.
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meaghanl506 wrote a review Aug. 2019
Riverview, Canada4 contributions
Sailing this summer with the crew at able sail was absolutely amazing! It was definitely hard on my anxiety as someone with ptsd but it was a challenge I was up for trying and I even came back for more! It seemed that whenever I went out on the water the wind picked up substantially and it was a little scary but the crew was very knowledgeable and knew how to steady the boat and even let me try steering! I even got to tack the boat which was a little scary but also fun. So mainly everything that I thought would be scary ended up being just as fun as well! I highly recommend trying out Able sail as it was a huge highlight to my summer as well as a highlight to my sister in law's summer who has spina bifida and had never been sailing before. It was truly an awesome experience for the both of us as well as the rest of the family we brought! Able sail is too good of a program for what it costs and I highly recommend trying it out!I'll be back next year for more and I might even try the learn to sail program if I'm daring enough.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Hen_34 wrote a review Aug. 2019
Truro, NS2 contributions3 helpful votes
On August 13 & 14 2019, My 14 year old son, Kaelan and I got the opportunity to sail not once but twice with Able Sails on a 24ft sailboat on the Shediac Bay. Many thanks to the wonderful staff for making it an awesome experience for us! Lucy, Conor and Dawson you guys rock!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Jet434696 wrote a review Jul. 2019
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My son went sailing twice.The crew made him feel comfortable and safe.It's a great opportunity to experience "a kind of freedom".He can't wait for his next session,where he will sail the boat with the latest technology available. He enjoyed every minute out on the water. Thank you Able Sail
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from MBSailor, Manager at Able Sail/Handi-voile
Responded Aug. 13, 2019
Thanks Jet! We love getting the feedback on our new assistive technology equipment. We have had an incredible number of new sailors for whom sailing was not possible before join us to begin their sailing journey. Fair winds!
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Up with Downs wrote a review Jul. 2019
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Great morning with the crew. Everyone there was very welcoming and helpful making for a fun and very enjoyable sail. Great fun! We will definitely be going again.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from MBSailor, Manager at Able Sail/Handi-voile
Responded Aug. 13, 2019
Thanks Upwithdowns! We are really pleased to have you and your family sailing with us. We love seeing the smiles on our sailors happy faces. We are so proud of the care that our staff take to ensure that sailing is accessible and fun for all of our guests. See you on the Bay!
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Karlene wrote a review Jul. 2019
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The crew at Able Sail were very helpful and made my first sailing experience a great one. It is a an awesome program that provides a grounding activity and focuses racing thoughts to a specific and rewarding task. Great experience to support living with PTSD. Thanks for the opportunity and looking forward to my next sail... I am hooked!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from MBSailor, Manager at Able Sail/Handi-voile
Responded Jul. 8, 2019
Thanks for sharing about how sailing made you feel. It is so important that others can confidently give sailing a try and knowing that they aren't the first person living with PTSD to take sailing on. We will share your journey with you and will learn more about PTSD as we go. See you on the Bay!
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