DSAO's Mission is to enable Ontarians with disabilities to experience therapeutic, recreational and social rehabilitation through the freedom and independence of sailing.
About Our Charity
DSAO is dedicated to providing accessible sailing to people with disabilities. Located in Toronto's Harbourfront, we offer recreational sailing, Sail Canada certified learn-to-sail courses, sailing regattas, weekly race nights and social cruises. The Martin 16 sailboat enable a person with a disability to sail solo or with a sailing companion; even hi-level quadriplegics can sail safely and independently in our sailboats using electronic sip'n'puff system where the sailor can control the sailboat sails and steering with their mouth by sipping and puffing into straws. Our Sonar keelboats are ideal for those who like a recreational sail with a group. Our program relies on donations and our committed volunteers contribute thousands of hours of work a season that make it possible for us to continue to provide accessible sailing for our 100+ members.
What People Are Saying
"Sailing saved me. I found that most of my limitations were in my mind. I realized that there were some things that I couldn’t do, but there was a whole pile of things that I could still do."
— Danny McCoy, Read More
"Sailing is a sport for some and recreation for others; all agree there's nothing like the feeling of being out on the water with our wheelchairs or walking aids back at the dock and knowing that we are safe and in control. My thanks to the dedicated staff and volunteers that make this possible."
— Rick Watters, Read More
"It is as a consequence of the birth of DSAO that I was able to return to sailing. I had no idea that sailing was still a possibility for me after my accident and 10 years later there is no turning back. I have made new friends and will keep on sailing for a long time."
— Han Tacoma