Adventure Under Sail was set up to develop the life skills of young people.
A recent survey of young people by the Department for Education NEETS committee highlighted the prospects of many young people in the UK. The disturbing results indicated that the emotional wellbeing of young people not in education, employment or training (NEETS) was significantly affected. It reported that they felt their lives had no purpose, were meaningless or not worth living, that they suffered from depression and poor physical health, [approximately 65% surveyed] and that there was very little opportunity for them to better themselves.
Adventure Under Sail aims to provide the opportunity for young people of all backgrounds to discover themselves, promote multi-cultural experiences and encourage personal development. They will learn to solve problems, communicate ideas and information, evaluate achievements, develop self confidence and gain a sense of empowerment to enhance their job opportunities and future prospects.
The objective is to invest in young people's future and provide opportunities today to help change lives forever.
The purpose of Adventure Under Sail is the development and education of young people through the sail training experience - regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background. Its aims and activities are aligned with this purpose. The sail training experience comes in many different forms through a variety of voyages that range in length, ethos and cultural experience.
TS Pelican is an award-winning sail training ship, providing adventure activity for young people of all abilities between the ages of 15-25 years. It includes instruction in all aspects of sailing but the benefits to the individual go far beyond this. Sail training uses the experience of being at sea principally as a means to help young people learn about themselves, discover hidden strengths, talents, and develop confidence as well as understanding the value of working as a team.
Whilst principally a sail training ship offering a platform for learning and self development of young people, the challenges of life on board a square rigger are also open to groups of all ages. For those over 25 years of age, the experience can be just as thrilling and fulfilling in terms of personal development and self learning as it is for a young person. Adults form an important part of our voyage crew, creating the link between generations that is fundamental to the project's success on youth voyages, allowing a 16-year-old student to be on watch with perhaps a captain of industry. For many young people, it is often the first social experience they have had with an adult that is not their parent/guardian or teacher.