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Get on board! Get qualified!

Adventure under Sail has teamed up with national accreditation body OCNWMR and the training team at YMCA North Staffs to bring you a qualification which is exclusive to the tall ship Pelican.

Equivalent to 3 GCSEs when completed, the Programme in Development of Employability and Living Skills is specifically tailored to help young people gain practical skills which will;

  • Make you more employable
  • Enhance your CV/further education application
  • Enhance your job prospects
  • Increase your interpersonal qualities

Through joining our training ship for a voyage, young people can complete the training programme to fit in with the everyday running of the ship. Tasks such as keeping watch, helping in the galley and setting sails all encourage team work, leadership and delegation in a real environment; going aloft can help young people to face personal challenges and overcome fears; whilst taking part in night watches and time-keeping helps to encourage self discipline.

Units within this programme include:

  • Health and Safety on Board Ship
  • Teamwork and Communication on Board Ship
  • Lifeskills Development on Board Ship
  • Waste Disposal on Board Ship
  • Shipboard Project.

Learning outcomes acquired by young people, identified by the YMCA training assessors and Adventure Under Sail during a trial of this programme, include:

This programme is available at Level One or Level Two and costs just £140 per person for the materials, training, and external assessment and verification.

Living Skills

  • Time management
  • Asking questions
  • Communicating
  • Self Discipline
  • Cleaning
  • Catering and hospitality
  • Adapting to new environment
  • Adapting to new people
  • Independence


  • Leadership
  • Delegation of tasks
  • Team work
  • Motivation
  • Focus on a task
  • Sharing learned skills
  • Using initiative
  • Problem Solving

Personal Qualities

  • Self Confidence
  • Encouraging and helping one another
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Consideration for others
  • Responsibility
  • Building friendships
  • Reflection
  • Sharing Facilities

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