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04/04/2019
Get on Board for a New Adventure and Push the Boat out Across the Black Country in May

There is something for everyone as you and your family are invited to Push The Boat Out and try sailing or windsurfing for free or low cost across the Black Country in May. 

At least seven venues are hosting Push The Boat Out events around the Black Country throughout the month. These are: 

  • Aldridge Sailing Club (The Swag, Aldridge)
  • Walsall Outdoor Pursuits (Sneyd Lake, Bloxwich)
  • Dudley Sailing Club (Netherton Reservoir, near Dudley)
  • Sandwell Valley Sailing Club (Swan Pool, near West Bromwich)
  • The Chase Sailing Club (Chasewater, Chasetown)
  • South Staffordshire Sailing Club (Gailey Reservoir, near Wolverhampton)
  • Greensforge Sailing Club (Calf Heath Reservoir, near Wolverhampton)

More events could be added too. Find the dates and full details of your nearest Push The Boat Out event at www.rya.org.uk/ptbo and get on board for a new adventure!

Getting active outdoors is proven to positively impact physical and mental health and getting on the water is something all the family can benefit from. Enjoy the freedom of being afloat, the challenge and achievement of learning a new skill and the many new friends you will meet. Meanwhile, youngsters can develop heaps of positive life skills, like confidence, independence and teamwork, which they will take into all other areas of their lives. 

Gareth Brookes, RYA Midlands Regional Development Officer, said:

There has never been a better time to get active afloat. With so much focus on physical and mental wellbeing, being on the water gives everyone a chance to get away from modern life, spend time with the family, have fun with friends and just enjoy the feeling of being in the fresh air and closer to nature. Push The Boat Out lets you discover that all for free or low cost."   

Push The Boat Out aims to make the water accessible to everyone of any age, background and ability. All kit and safety equipment is provided so just bring a pair of old trainers you don’t mind getting wet and your sense of fun. Refreshments will be available with a host of shoreside activities and entertainment to enjoy too. 

Almost 22,000 people regularly go along to their local sailing club every month across the Midlands, getting on the water in small sailboats or windsurfing on the region’s reservoirs, lakes and rivers. Last year a whopping 39,000 people ‘pushed the boat out’ at over 500 sailing and windsurfing ‘have a go' sessions throughout the UK. For full details visit www.rya.org.uk/ptbo 

ENDS 

Image Caption: Father and son, Dave and Finn Morgan Push The Boat Out at South Staffs SC 


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