- About SWD
- Get Involved
- Come Sailing
SWD is a not-for-profit organisation. We are Creators of Optimism.
We encourage people with a disability or those in difficult circumstances to see things in a new way.
By showing what's possible, we challenge society’s perception of those facing disability or disadvantage.
Put yourself in David Pescud’s shoes in 1993. You’re 46. Thanks to your own hard work and despite profound dyslexia, you’re financially bulletproof and able to retire and cruise the oceans.
So why do take a massive u-turn, create a non-profit organisation called Sailors with disABILITIES, and volunteer the next 20+ years of your life working tirelessly for it?
Want to join SWD and become a Creator of Optimism? There are heaps of ways to get involved.
If you want to come sailing read about our programs here. For those affected by disadvantage or disability, sailing is free.
When Greg Pugh was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis six years ago, he lost his job and his marriage. Enduring some truly harrowing emotions, the 49 year-old entered a bleak period in his life, marred with uncertainty.
Having minor experience in sailing, Greg decided to join ‘Oceans of Hope’, a sailing program for people with MS. Soon after, he found himself at ‘Sailors with Disabilities’, and has since become one of our greatest volunteers.