Welcome to Wetwheels Torbay

    Based at MDL Marina in Torquay, perfectly situated to serve the whole of Devon, East Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset and beyond.

    Torbay and the English Riviera provide the most stunning coastlines with many secluded coves, is a UNESCO Geopark and has an abundance of marine life including a resident pod of dolphins, porpoise, seals and an array of sea birds.

    The Wetwheels experience is designed to enable every disabled person, including those with profound and complex disabilities, the chance to experience the excitement of power boating without boundaries. Wetwheels Torbay is fully accessible - not just giving you the chance to be a passenger, but also to take the helm as the skipper - everybody gets the chance to drive!

    We have scheduled trips and experiences from Torquay, which can be tailored to your individual group. So whether it's a wildlife spotting trip looking out for seals and dolphins or you simply want to experience the coastline from a new perspective, we can accommodate everybody.

    We occasionally offer special trips or outreach weeks at other ports such as Dartmouth and Salcombe based around special events and times of the year. So please keep an eye on our bookings page and our social media for these or sign up to our newsletter so you're kept up-to-date.

    We look forward to welcome you aboard our barrier-free boating experience.

     

    SPONSORSHIP and FUNDING

    As a non profit organisation, we depend on the goodwill of volunteers and generous donors to bring the Wetwheels service to our participants. If you would like to know more about how you can be involved in this exciting project as a volunteer, or to assist with funding, contact Michelle by email info@wetwheelstorbay.co.uk

    If you wish to make a donation to support Wetwheels Torbay please follow the link to our Just Giving page: 

    https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/wetwheelsTorbay

     

    Bookings are online, If you have an enquiry please do drop us an email.

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      Torbay Classic - Around The Bay - 1 Hour - £35pp

      60 minutes of coastal exploration and fun.  We break the trip up in short segments stopping at places of interest to allow you to enjoy the beauty of Torbay and keep an eye out for wildlife.  Our boat can take all abilities and up to 3 electric or manual wheelchairs.

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      Riviera Coastal Explorer - 2 Hours - £50pp

      Join us for our longer trip of 2 hours as we hug the coast finding coves, caves and the very best bits of Torbay to show you.  We then extend further along the coast taking in even more beautiful sights and exploring the UNESCO Geo Park.  Our boat can take all abilities and up to 3 electric or manual wheelchairs.

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      Private Charter / Group Bookings

      You can hire Wetwheels Torbay for your own private group. This Option allows you to Charter Wetwheels exclusively for you and your party (at least one member of your party must be disabled). Our boat can take all abilities and up to 3 electric or manual wheelchairs.

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      Torbay Fishing Trip

      Enjoy a spot of fishing in Torbay. First we head up the coast as we make our way to the first fishing spot. Then chill with the rods over the side as we take in the relaxation of the bay. We have a couple of spots we can try - we will keep a look ot for wildlife as we go. Everyone is given the chance to drive the boat as an active participant. We can take a maximum of 10 people - of the 10, 3 whee...

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    If you are looking for that perfect gift you can always buy a gift voucher.  Our gift vouchers are instantly available to download,  email or print and make the perfect gift of an experience. 

    All our gift vouchers can be used in full or part payment for any of our experiences.

    You can redeem your voucher here, during your checkout process or even over the phone by calling us or dropping us an email.

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    As a non profit organisation, we depend on the goodwill of generous donors to bring the Wetwheels service to our participants. If you would like to know more about how you can be involved to assist with funding, contact Michelle by email info@wetwheelstorbay.co.uk

    If you wish to make a donation to support Wetwheels Torbay please follow the link to our Just Giving page: 

    https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/wetwheelsTorbay

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    James Ashton

    Benefactor + Patron

    James has made Wetwheels Torbay a reality !! 

    Always loving the sea from a young age, James was fortunate to retire and looked forward to enjoy his time afloat from his boat in Torquay.  Unfortunately the month after retirement he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Today he needs 24-7 care from 2 carers and is permanently attached to a ventilator to keep him breathing. He can't move any muscles and can only communicate with an eye gaze computer.

    James' desire was to leave a legacy so others, not ordinarily able to access the sea by boat through illness or disability could enjoy the immense pleasure it brings. With the support of his wife, Joanna and his two teenage boys, Sam and Monty he decided to donate funds to enable a new build for Wetwheels from Cheetah Catamaran. 

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    Russell Smart

    Director

    Russell Smart is a long term friend and business partner of James Ashton.  Having known each other for over 20 years, together they have turned Wetwheels Torbay from a dream into a reality.

    Russell is a Director of Wetwheels Torbay CIC and will provide overarching governance of the company and help to ensure its long term future and success.

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    Michelle Brown

    Operations Director

    Michelle is responsible for managing the overall day to day running of Wetwheels Torbay.

    After leaving the Royal Navy, Michelle ran her own hotel business for 10 years before settling in Torquay and starting up Torquay Watersports in 2021.

    The RYA School Principal and with a wealth of marine expertise and knowledge, Michelle was thrilled to be asked to take the helm of Wetwheels Torbay as the Operations Director.

    She very much looks forward to using Wetwheels Torbay as a vehicle for "giving back" something to a sector which has been her lifelong passion.

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    Greg Kirkpatrick

    Director + Skipper

    Greg is a director of Wetwheels Torbay CIC and a commercial skipper.

    Previously working in the care sector, Greg changed careers and has been a commercial skipper in Torquay for many years. His passion for both boating and the glorious Torbay coastline shines through with every trip.

    Greg is now excited to merge both of his career strengths moving forward with Wetwheels Torbay.

     

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    Paul Brown

    Skipper

    Paul Brown is our primary skipper and boat manager.

    Paul spent 20 years in the Royal Navy and then became Harbour Master at the Port of Dover for 5 years before helping to set up Torquay Watersports with Michelle in 2021.

    Paul is responsible for writing all of the Operating Systems, Risk Assessments and Safety Management System for Wetwheels Torbay.

    Paul absolutely loves the water and I guarantee you will see him out there every day in one capacity or another.

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    Join our team?

    We are always on the look out for volunteer skippers and crew to join our small team.

    If you are interested please do get in touch by email.

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    MDL Marina Supports Wetwheels

    MDL Marina Torquay is home for the Torbay boat and MDL Marinas have stepped forward to sponsor the berth for 12 months. This incredible support eases the overheads considerably for Wetwheels Torbay ensuring its sustainability during a challenging fir...

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    Our boat arrives in Torbay

    Wetwheels Torbay is now in MDL Marina in Torquay and we are busy getting ready for running trips from 1st May. The journey from Portsmouth to Torquay was a bumpy one and took 6 hours however it made for a good opportunity for sea trials and putting t...

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    MDL Marina
    2-4 Vaughan Road
    Torquay
    Devon
    TQ2 5EQ
    01803 362144info@wetwheelstorbay.co.uk
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