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In this program, individuals sail freely and independently using specially adapted boats. The program is run in partnership with Baltimore’s Downtown Sailing Center (DSC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving all people the opportunity to learn to sail. Individuals start out on a virtual sailing simulator. This stationary, motorized sailboat cockpit uses software that enables patients to navigate the boat around a virtual course as they would an actual sailboat in the water. Once the participant is approved to go on the open water, they sail on one of the DSC’s handicap accessible sailboats, which are uniquely designed with a passenger seat that sits low in the water to prevent capsizing and a joystick for steering.

Participant Age: 18 years and older

Season: June through August

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