NDIS - High Support Programs

These high support programs for "Special Needs" persons are designed for beginners to advanced with key goals that include "one-on-one" personal instruction from an experienced coach, as well as specialized support from Volunteers. We include basic Safety equipment and suitable Boats . 

NB: Boats can be Chartered and Adapted to suit the particular sailors disability including wheelchair clients.

Goals may include Work Experience, Recreational Sailing, Independent Sailing, Competition, or becoming an important Sailing Team Member. 

Sailors are encouraged to pursue their goals, maximize their independence, and perform at their Personal Best by World Championship Coaches and staff. They will gain new knowledge and be made to feel that they are part of a Team.

The one-on-one approach encourages sailors to have improved focus, better communication and engagement, and allows for these specialized activities to further develop their physical and emotional self esteem.

You will have access to Special Olympics (AIS) experienced World Games Coaches and Racing Instructors with Yellow Cards or (Blue Cards with Yellow Card Exemption) and First Aid.

Bookings are essential through the "MyPlace" NDIS system.

After your initial approval you have three NDIS Management Choices 

(1) You can Manage your own Support Plan and Finances,

(2) You can hand over your affairs to the NDIA Agency, or

(3) Employ a 3rd party Provider. (Discuss these choices with your NDIA Local Area Coordinator)

NB: Gold Coast Sailing Club Limited is an approved Registered Provider so you may not need to pay an Agent or 3rd Party Provider. *NDIS Provider Number 4050005560 - Approved Supports include "Assist Travel/Transport, Assistive Equip-Recreation, Ex Phys Pers Training")

After approval you can make your "Service Booking" in the NDIS "MyPlace" system by searching for "Gold Coast Sailing Club Limited". NOTE: If our Club (Provider) is located outside your service area radius (Klms) you may not be able to find us listed in the NDIS "MyPlace" system. In that case the Club will email you an Invoice that you can process through your local office.

Read this entire page firstly to be sure that you are applying for the most suitable "Support funding Approval" with the "most appropriate application wording".  

My NDIS application was successful, what happens now?

The NDIA will assign a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) to work with you in developing your NDIS Plan. The NDIA will let you know when to expect to hear from the LAC when you are informed of their decision.   

Developing your NDIS Plan                Checklist for your Planning conversation

The participant and each Provider will work together to set up a Service Agreement in the NDIS "MyPlace" system that sets out how we will work together and how much the Club (Provider) will get paid. The Client sets up the first service booking on the NDIS "MyPlace" Provider Portal and the Club accepts it online before the first booking. 

Service Agreement - Example         Guide to Service Agreement

Some Sailing "Goals" that you might like to achieve are listed below....

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Sailing Crew - Work experience - Buy your own Boat

Goal  To participate, be included in, and to contribute to the operations of a sailboat, to achieve Personal and Social development, and to pursue their goals to achieve individual aspirations.  By maximizing their independence and health they can extend their social and economic life to the extent of their ability. This will build capabilities for future independence, purchase their own boat, or possibly employment at a Sailing Club.

Activities…. These can include assisting Clients to select appropriate Clothing, Water bottles, Sun Safety, Selection of  Lifejackets (PFD), Rigging Sail boats prior to use by Clients, Boat maintenance, Boat and Sail care, Sailing theory, Hull design, Weather, basic Racing Rules, Navigation marks, basic First Aid resourcing and WH&S.    

Supports ....The Club supplies the sailboat, basic safety equipment and on-board Coach to assist with the personal training of the participant. 

Cost $70 per person 2 Hr sessions (NDIS Individual skills development and training 09_009_0117_6_3 Ex Phys PersonalTraining)

NB: Boat Bailment or storage, Travel, and Race entries that are not covered in Bailment agreements are additional costs.

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Adventure Sailing Experience 

Goal…  To participate, be included in, and to contribute to mainstream Community and Recreational Sailing activities, to achieve Personal and Social development, and to pursue their goals to achieve individual aspirations.  By maximizing their independence and health they can extend their social and economic life to the extent of their ability. This will build capabilities for future independence and possibly employment in an adventure tourism area.

Activity...  This is an Adventure Sailing Experience in a Welcoming Social atmosphere which encourages persons with a disability to learn to sail whilst under training and supervision. 

The Client is accompanied by an on-board Coach who will ensure that the sailing experience is safe, fun, social, and educational. They will also identify potential Independent Solo Sailors. Participants will be given the opportunity to try different roles on the sailboat including helming.

Supports….The Club supplies the sailboat, basic safety equipment and on-board Coach to assist with the personal training of the participant. 

Cost $70 per person 2 Hr sessions (NDIS Individual skills development and training 09_009_0117_6_3 Ex Phys PersonalTraining)

NB: Boat Bailment or storage, Travel, and Race entries that are not covered in Bailment agreements are additional costs.

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Independent Sailor (Solo)  

Goal… To sail Solo, and to participate, be included in, and to contribute to Community and Recreational Sailing activities, to achieve Personal and Social development, and to pursue their goals to achieve individual aspirations.  By maximizing their independence and health they can extend their social and economic life to the extent of their ability. This will build capabilities for future independence and possibly employment.

Activity... The Sailor is accompanied by an on-board Coach.When the Sailor is considered competent they will transition to sailing Solo to experience the added thrill of helming or joining the Special Olympics Racing Team.. They can continue being Coached as necessary by a Coach in a Safety boat or another Sailing craft nearby. 

Supports…. The Club supplies the sailboat, basic safety equipment and on-board Coach to assist with the personal training of the participant. 

Cost $70 per person 2 Hr sessions (NDIS Individual skills development and training 09_009_0117_6_3 Ex Phys PersonalTraining)

NB: Boat Bailment or storage, Travel, and Race entries that are not covered in Bailment agreements are additional costs.

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Independent Sailor (Club Racing/Special Olympics/Paralympics) 

Goal… To become an important member of a Racing Team, and to participate, be included in, and to contribute to mainstream Community and Recreational Sailing Club activities, to achieve Personal and Social development, and to pursue their goals to achieve individual aspirations.  By maximizing their independence and health they can extend their social and economic life to the extent of their ability. This will build capabilities for future independence and possibly employment.

Activity.... The Sailor will follow an exciting competition pathway that may include Regional, State, National, and World Games.

They will enjoy the opportunity to be Trained by World Championship winning Coaches and more experienced team members.

Sailors are able to gain new knowledge and feel part of a Team whilst being tutored to achieve their own “Personal Best”.

Supports…. The Club supplies the sailboat, basic safety equipment and on-board Coach to assist with the personal training of the participant. The Coach may be a Unified Partner, Coaching on-board, or in a second Sailboat nearby depending on the skills transfer required. 

Cost $70 per person 2 Hr sessions (NDIS Individual skills development and training 09_009_0117_6_3 Ex Phys PersonalTraining)

NB: Boat Bailment or storage, Travel, and Race entries that are not covered in Bailment agreements are additional costs.

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Personal Trainer in your own boat

Special Olympics qualified Coach and Australian Sailing qualified Club Coach or Racing Instructor in Classroom atmosphere and/or in your own sailboat or nearby. 

Cost $70 per person 2 Hr sessions (NDIS Individual skills development and training 09_009_0117_6_3 Ex Phys PersonalTraining)  NOTE: Goals, Activity & Supports as per "Independent Sailor" (Special Olympics / Club Racing)

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Charter Boat enquiries Welcome

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Cancellation Policy – In the event that the Club needs to cancel due to bad weather your booking will be transferred to another date suitable to all parties.

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