We’re riding along on the crest of wave…

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22nd May 2015
Kids wearing sailor costumes with disabled guests and carers on the docks

In the past few weeks I’ve told you all about the wild and wonderful things our guests get up to at Revitalise, from riotous Laser Tag shootouts to flying small aircraft up into the great blue yonder. Well, this week Netley Waterside House, our South Coast centre, got into the act when they took their guests water-skiing.

‘How on earth does that work?’ I hear you all chorus. Well, here’s how. We take our guests out to Ellingham Lake in the picturesque New Forest, where our good friends at Ellingham Waterski and Wakeboard Club make the magic happen. Simples.

A purpose-built accessible inflatable called a Viper enables Revitalise thrill-seekers (I can’t think of a better description for our guests than that!) to experience the high-speed adrenaline rush of being pulled across the water behind a speedboat, skimming the waves at a crazy rate of knots.

We first took our guests water-skiing last summer and they raved about it so much we knew we had to go back. This time guest David was among the happy band who took to the water for the thrill of a lifetime. You can see some pictures of the day on our facebook page. The smile on his face speaks volumes…

Well shiver my timbers, Netley really seems to have caught the bug for all things maritime recently, because we also took a group of guests down to Southampton Harbour to meet our pals at the Jubilee Sailing Trust, whose flagship the Lord Nelson was moored in all its tall ship glory. Our guests were treated to tea and cakes on the quayside in the company of the Mayor of Eastleigh, as we helped the Trust begin the countdown to their annual Pumpkin Festival in October.

You know what? So far our guests have conquered the skies and now we’ve conquered the waters. What’s left? Everest, anyone? I really wouldn’t put it past us…

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