Wetwheels builds disabled people’s confidence by providing the opportunity to access the sea in a fun, safe, stimulating and rewarding way using specially modified, fully accessible powerboats. With the support of donors and partner organisations WetWheels Solent provide water-based activity experiences for disabled people on board specially designed boats, from centres within local communities
We believe all disabled people, of all ages, but especially those with the most profound and complex disabilities should have the right to experience the sense of freedom and independence that being on the water brings.
There is something very special about being on the water and being at sea offers unparalleled freedoms. Your mind and imagination fill with things that once didn’t seem possible.
Based at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Wetwheels Solent has been custom-built by Cheetah Marine on the Isle of Wight with twin Suzuki 325hp engines and she is capable of driving at 40 knots!
She is fully accessible with specially trained crew to ensure beneficiaries are active participants, rather than simply passengers, with everyone having the opportunity to steer the vessel and participants can learn seamanship alongside their peers, friends, and families. It is a shared experience and is truly inclusive helping to improve aspirations and increase confidence.
On a Wetwheels Marine Adventure we create experiences that are both new and innovative. Portsmouth Harbour with its amazing range of iconic locations and destinations means that trips are both fun and educational. Each trip is tailored for different abilities and backgrounds and wherever possible with a personalized approach, all with the unique perspective that is only available from the water!
Since her launch in 2011, Wetwheels Solent has taken in excess of 6,000 disabled people onto the water with their family and friends.
With each day costing in excess of £500 to run 2 x 90-minute trips we couldn’t do all that we do without the help of our generous supporters.
For more information about how to support us, or how to get on the water yourself, please come and say hello to us at the festival – we’re looking forward to meeting you!