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Staylittle Outdoor Centre - powerboats

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Staylittle Outdoor Centre - powerboats
Clywedog Sailing Club
Llyn Clywedog
SY19 7BU
Phone: 01686 430630
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This amazing water sport takes place on Llyn Clywedog near Llanidloes in Powys with a stunning mountain landscape backdrop. Powerboating is just one of several watersports on offer through the centre who work in partnership with Clywedog Sailing Club.

Instruction for the watersports such as sailing, canoeing and powerboating is part of the Royal Yacht Club sailability programme.

Access from the bank to the powerboats is via a floating pontoon. However there is alternate access for wheelchair users via a landing craft style wheelyboat see photos 1 - 4.

Wheelchair users will need to be able to transfer with assistance from the wheelyboat to the powerboat and to be able sit unaided. The boat is operated with hand controls and if necessary the instructor can operate the throttle while the participant concentrates on steering.

As a safety precaution a second powerboat is on hand with another instructor to provide additional support and assistance if required.

Wet-suits and water proof jackets are available to loan at the sailing club but participants would be advised to bring towels and a second set of warm clothing (including trainers) to change into after finishing.

There is a steep slope down to the jetty and most wheelchair users will require assistance on the return trip back up to the sailing club.

This is an exhilerating leisure pursuit and our researchers thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

NB The postcode given above is for Staylittle outdoor centre and directions to the sailing club can be found on their website.

To check out a video clip of power boating and the other water sports on offer at the centre please click here.

More information about the canoeing and sailing at the same location.

Water Sport Facilities

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On - site facilities

  • Easy access around ground floor/area of site (see main description)
  • Assistance dogs welcome


  • Designated Disabled car parking (one space adjacent to the clubhouse)
  • Hard surfaced car park (compacted)
  • Level/ramped wheelchair access to entrance (ramped)
  • Level/ramped wheelchair access into venue (level)
  • Prebooking necessary for wheelchair users (pre-booking is required for all participants and prior discussion about individual access needs and abilities will ensure the best possible experience)


  • Level/ramped access to cafe/tearoom (no cafe but visitors have use of the self-catering facility within the kitchen area of the clubhouse)
  • Sufficient wheelchair access to tables


  • Wheelchair accessible toilet/toilets (with shower)
  • Wheelchair turning space in accessible toilet
  • Room for carer/carers in accessible toilet (two if required)
  • Space for left transfer to toilet
  • Easy access to hand dryer/towels
  • Easy access to wash basin
  • Grab rails in toilet



Power boating was very exciting and I found the controls easy to manage. It was great to be in the middle of the lake as the scenery was lovely. I found transferring to the powerboat from the jetty quite easy and the instructor was very good.by Philip McMahon on 07 August 2013

As we approached Llyn Clywedog, which is where I would be trying out the canoe I must admit to being a little nervous, but the scenery surrounding the lake helped to take my mind off all that, as it really is stunning. It was a long time since Id been on the water (in fact last time I was, I was in a canoe and this was about 30 years ago and in those days I was abled bodied and didn't get about on wheels) so I had no idea what to expect.

Once we arrived at the Clywedog Sailing Club, and got ourselves out of the car and ready for action we were warmly welcomed by the staff that would be helping me onto the water. It was then suggested that I may like to try out the "speedboat" before going into the canoe, if I felt up to it that is?

Now I had a look at what would be involved and it was explained that I could access the speedboat by being taken onto the water, initially on the wheely boat which is a small boat that can give wheelchair users rides out on the water and then if I was happy I could transfer to the speedboat, at my own speed and with as much help as I needed, on the water.

I decided this looked like fun and I am always up for fun so said I would give it a go. I started by driving down a ramp directly onto the wheely boat and then being taken out on the water and across to the pontoon. At all times the staff reassured me that if I wanted to return to the shore I just needed to say so but I myself felt safe. Once we were tied up at the pontoon, and the speedboat was safely tied up alongside the wheely boat, I took my time to transfer myself, a little bit at a time, from one boat to the other.

After a little while, I found myself sitting on the side of the speedboat whilst the instructor Matt explained to another user who was sitting in the seat on the speedboat, what he needed to do to control the boat. Matt explained I needed to hold on tight, and brace myself as the boat went around curves and before I knew what was happening - we were off!!!

The sides of the speed boat were very squishy and some less able visitors may find it difficult to keep braced and hold on if using the speed boat as one of two rather than by themselves. Once I sat on the seat I found it to be very comfortable and the boat easy to control. The wheel is like a car wheel and it is recommended that the user keep at least one hand on the wheel at all times and the other on the throttle. However as Matt is in the boat with you, if you have the same issues I did, (i.e. couldn't do both at once) he can control the speed and you can steer the boat, which results in great fun and as you may see from the photos, can be really quick to.

The speedboat ride was really exciting but quite tiring too, going over the waves and bumping down on the water was quite hard on the back muscles and I felt this isn't something that can be done for a long period. Speeding over the lake, with the trees coming down to the treeline and the buzzards overhead was an amazing feeling, not to be missed.

Getting off was the transferring on in reverse, except I was more tired? Also the slope up to the café/toilets, which I found really steep and not something I felt could be done by myself this was certainly a day that could be enjoyed by anyone and everyone, whatever their ability.by Linda Boulton on 01 July 2013