Students from Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill, Mayfield and Sholing travelled to Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth to board a specially adapted powerboat that enables everyone to enjoy a day on the water.
After a tour of the harbour to look at some of the Royal Navy’s latest ships, it was a journey across the Solent to visit Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The trip included views of Queen Victoria’s Osborne House, the exact location where Henry VIII’s Mary Rose sank, the Tudor and Napoleonic sea defences around Portsmouth such as Spitbank Fort, with an amazing perspective from the water.
Inspired by Geoff Holt MBE, Wetwheels is a world leader in water-based activities for people of all abilities. Paralysed himself in a swimming accident, Geoff has pioneered the build of the 9m Catamaran with easy access for those in wheelchairs.
For many of the students the trip was a new experience, made possible by the expert support of the Wetwheels team before, during and after the trip. Each had the opportunity to take the helm themselves and skipper the boat for part of the journey. Able to travel at 30 knots, the ride was exhilarating.
Commenting after the trip, Oasis’s Director of Ethos and Hub Paul Woodman says, “This was a very special trip. We are very grateful to Geoff and the team at Wetwheels for making this exceptional opportunity available to our students."
“At Oasis we are passionate about providing all of our young people with new, exciting experiences, and this was exactly that! We are looking forward to working with Wetwheels again in the future.”