Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (BAADS)
BAADS seeks to make all aspects of sailing accessible. To fulfill this mission, we offer weekly small boat sailing, keelboat sailing, and Veterans sailing out of South Beach Marina, adjacent to AT&T Park. In addition to our weekly sailing programs, BAADS hosts and participates in a variety of regattas and informal races both locally and internationally.
Our keelboat fleet includes five keelboats, each specially rigged and equipped with adaptive features to make sailing the San Francisco Bay possible for people with disabilities. Additionally, we have 23 Access Dinghies, ranging in size from 8 to 14 feet long, all of which are specifically designed for people with disabilities. Some of these are equipped with servo motors so that people with severe physical disabilities can sail solo.
We serve approximately 50 participants each weekend. Our participants range in age and include people with mental, physical, and developmental disabilities. Some participants have never sailed before and some have been sailing all their lives. Through our sailing programs, participants learn to sail by themselves in the dinghy program and as part of a crew in the keelboat program.
Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors is an exciting all-volunteer sailing organization, with a fast yet safe fleet of colorful small boats and sleek keelboats. If you enjoy helping others while learning new and challenging skills, together we can help make sailing accessible to people with differing abilities. We are looking for dedicated volunteers eager to pitch in and help in numerous ways – from dock, sailboat and chase boat assistance to boat maintenance, organizing, fundraising and regatta preparation.
Previous experience on the water is preferred, but not required. This is a great way to learn how to sail while spending time on the water in the fresh air on Saturdays!
As a trusted part of BAADS you’ll enjoy many adventures on the world-famous San Francisco Bay. By supporting our sailing program regularly, you’ll learn valuable new skills and eventually crew and sail alongside our other members. In addition, you’ll also become a part of the vibrant South Beach Yacht Club community.