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We operate the boat for just about anybody who has any form of disability. For safety reasons we cannot take anybody who is unable or willing to wear a lifejacket or children who are not old enough to be able to sit on their own.
Passengers are taken on board at the River Tees Watersports Centre. This is located on The Slipway, North Shore, Stockton-on-Tees. Postcode TS18 2NL. This is accessed on the Stockton side of the river from Portrack Lane or Maritime Road.

A map is available on our Contact Page

Our trips are usually one hour or two hours. We can be out for longer if you wish.
A one hour trip takes you from the Watersports Centre in Stockton-on-Tees upstream to Horseshoe bend which is behind Thornaby Village. A two hour trip gets you to Preston Park and back where we can stop for an icecream.
The Wheelyboat is certified to carry a maximum of ten. We always have two members of crew which allows for eight passengers. If there are wheelchair uses we will reduce the numbers. Electric wheelchairs count as two passengers due to their weight.
We do not allow mobility scooters on the boat. You can transfer to a chair on the boat but you will have to have somebody to take care of the scooter while you are on the trip.
As a charitable organisation we do not "charge" for trips, however to cover our costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance etc we do ask for a minimum donation. This currently is £5 per person per hour. With a minimum of £10. This will be payable when you arrive for the trip. A receipt is always given.
Just make a phone call to 07748 908 646 and our Operation Officer will check availability and book you in. Easy as! We do need paperwork, so this will be sent to you by email with a confirmation of the booking. You can also do this on-line.

Full details are available on our Make a Booking Page

The Wheelyboat is designed for rivers, lakes and coastal waters. It is very safe on the River Tees as there is little or low flow and usually quite smooth. We do provide life jackets, of various sizes, for all passengers and these must be worn throughout the trip.
The Skipper in charge of the boat for the trip will determine if the weather is suitable. If there are strong winds, storms or high river flow it is likely the trip will be cancelled. We do try to assess the conditions the day before and give you early notice of cancellation.
Even on the nicest days it can get colder on the water than on the land. It is advisable to wear warmer clothes than normal for trips. If any rain is expected, waterproofs are advisable, however the boat has a cover to keep the worst off.
We want everybody to enjoy the trips. If any passenger is unwell or distressed, we will turn around and return. We cannot stop anywhere and will have to return to the Watetrsports Centre to enable them to disembark. We do have contingencies in case of dire emergancys.
We are a group of volunteers who want to share the enjoyment of boating on the River Tees with folks with disabilities who would normaly not have the opportunity to get access onto the water.
Just give us a call on 07748 908 646 or email to info@tees-wheelyboats.org.uk and we will try and answer your questions.