The West Wiltshire Youth Sailing Association was founded in 1967 by a group of enthusiastic Volunteers keen to bring the sport of dinghy sailing to the young people in the West Wiltshire area.
Having obtained a license from the British Rail Property Board and under the auspices of the Wiltshire County Council Youth & Community Service the Association started sailing on the lake adjacent to Station Approach, Westbury.
During the intervening thirty seven years the Association has gone from strength to strength. We have grown and:
# Is still run by entirely by keen Volunteers.
# Still sail on the lake adjacent to Station Approach.
# Expanded the sailing fleet from 3 to 18 dinghies.
# Added 2 safety boats to the fleet.
# Become a registered Charitable Trust.
# Become affiliated too and recognised by the Royal Yacht Association (RYA)
# Recognised by the Sailability Foundation as a training centre for people with special needs.
The Association is self financing through paid membership, grants, donations and sponsorship.
Safety is and always has been the primary concern of the Association. High safety standards are set by:
# All Instructors must be qualified RYA Instructors.
# All Instructors and assistant instructors have First Aid qualifications.
# It is compulsory for ALL Students to wear buoyancy aids provided by the Association. Trainee Instructors, Assistant Instructors and Instructors must also wear buoyancy aids.
# One of the Association’s two safety boats is on the water at all the time that Students are sailing.
# The Association maintains all legally required third party insurances.