We also check the weather in the days leading up to and the day of the sail. If the weather suddenly turns before the sail and we feel it is inappropriate to sail we will contact you and try to arrange another sail date. If while on board the weather turns, it will be the responsibility of the skipper to decide if the sail can continue. If it cannot, an alternative activity can be arranged.
Should you wish to, you can enjoy Falmouth’s many restaurants in the evening, but we find most clients wish to stay together and eat as a crew on-board Fire Dancer
We can provide sleeping bags however many people prefer to bring their own. Pillows and blankets are provided.
We will spend the day with a mix of sailing and therapy, you will be welcome to try your hand at sailing or just sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery.
Lunch is usually around 12:30 followed by an hour or two of sailing allowing lunch to settle.
You can expect to be back at the marina between 4-5pm each day where you can have dinner on the yacht.
Our support worker will be on-board at the marina with you each evening from 5pm to 9pm and there is an opportunity to socialise or have a stroll around the harbour if you wish to do so.
There are additional toilets and showers at the marina, with access from the pontoon where Fire Dancer is moored.
We do ask respectfully, that you return to the yacht at a reasonable hour at night and that you remain sober. You will not be allowed to board the yacht if you are intoxicated through drink or drugs.
If you wish to do so you can smoke on the pontoon once we are alongside, however we ask that you are not wearing any Sea Sanctuary kit whilst smoking.
The use of e-cigarettes will be allowed at certain times and locations.
No alcohol is to be brought onto Fire Dancer
If you are looking for weekly support we have a writing group, art workshop, walking group and process group at our land-based facility Water’s Edge
Rest assured; we always aim to keep our costs to an absolute minimum whilst providing a fantastic experience; an experience that’s seen us nominated for a number of awards.
Can I apply for funding to help me pay to take part in the Sail into Life programme?
If you would like to seek funding to help you take part in our programme, please look at the following options:
Section 117 Aftercare funding
If you have been in hospital under the Mental Health Act you can ask your support worker about Section 117 Aftercare to help fund taking part in our programme.
Personal Budget funding
If you have not been in hospital and eligible under Section 117, but you are registered with a CPN or other support unit, please ask them about Personal Budget funding.
If any agencies require information about Sea Sanctuary services you can ask them to contact us.
Other possible funding
If you are not registered with an agency and are looking to self-fund the sail you might like to contact a local rotary club or speak to your Citizens Advice Bureau, alternatively you might also like to look at https://acts435.org.uk/ where you could apply for individual funding.
Sea Sanctuary does have some bursaries which you can apply for to help part-fund taking part in the Sail into Life programme. For more information on bursaries click here.
Alternatively, if you would like to hold an event, raffle or personally raise money for us please get in touch with our team.
We have a poster on the wall in Water’s Edge with directions.
If you are attending an art workshop please wear clothes that you do not mind getting a little marked if the session is clay or painting based.
For other items, please speak with Anita at our office on 01326 378919 first to ensure the item is safe for the session you will be attending.
Our courses, i.e. Back to Balance or Mindfulness course are chargeable, although we endeavour to keep them as affordable as possible, please contact us for details of individual course prices.
Donations can also be made via our website by following this link.
The creative writing group has a therapy dog named Alfie who attends these sessions only, Alfie is very calm and settles during the session. This is an exception and the only session where an animal attends a group.
If you are interested in attending writing group and are concerned by this at all or have allergies please contact us.
No other sessions in Water’s Edge have any animals attending and clients are unable to bring pets to the sessions in Water’s Edge.