About Us – Old


Sailing into Wellness is a not for profit social enterprise born out of our passion to utilize the unique setting of the sea to help our communities. Our vision is for Sailing into Wellness to be a healthy natural solution for our communities to look after their physical and mental well-being and it is our mission to use the sea to inspire change in our communities.

Sailing as a Solution

Our sailing program is an educational and therapeutic activity designed to inspire our communities. We support our participants to overcome both physical and mental challenges in an environment that is both exhilarating and therapeutic.

We work with those affected by substance abuse and poor mental health, to help build their recovery; sailing is proven to be a powerful tool in their development. We also provide at risk youths an opportunity to take part in an educational and therapeutic physical group activity.

We take our participants out of their normal environment and into one which inspires and challenges. This is experiential learning in its rawest form; the benefits go far beyond those of learning a new skill (Sailing), our participants not only learn about themselves they allow themselves to connect with their peers in a way which is unlikely in their everyday environment.


1 in 4 adults have tried an illegal drug


Harmful drinkers in Ireland

Around 1 in 10 children experience mental health problems

Why Sailing?

Evidence shows physical activity can help protect people against the onset of depression and anxiety.

Physical activity causes a chemical change in the brain which can help change our mood.

Physical activity brings about a sense of greater self-esteem, self-control and the ability to rise to a challenge.

Our service will complement existing supports and help relieve pressure on primary care services in Ireland.

Our Team

Colin Healy


An expert by experience after a personal battle with addiction and depression and discovering the therapeutic value of sailing.

James Lyons


With 20+ years safely teaching and guiding new sailors, James is one of Ireland’s most experienced sail training professionals.

Derek Chambers

Board Member

An expert in the mental health industry currently assisting in the development of our ongoing evaluation program.

Michelle Fogarty

Board Member

As a leader and expert in the corporate world, Michelle assists in developing our corporate events package, marketing, and more.

Jon Hynes


With a lifetime of experience in outdoor education, Jon assists us with program development and education expertise.

Mike Hines

Sailing Instructor

A ‘veteran sea dog’ having been involved in sailing since the age of 6, racing since his teenage years, and landing his first delivery job at 17!

David O’Connor

Sailing Instructor

Having completed many trans-oceanic voyages, sailed with an ex-Volvo Ocean Race watch leader, and taught in different continents, David brings a world of experience to SIW.