Our training covers all aspects of sailing but its purpose goes far beyond. Sail training uses the experience of being at sea as a means to help people learn about themselves, discover hidden strengths and talents and understand the value of working as part of a team.
Sail training must not be confused with “learning to sail”, an altogether different activity. The Sail Training experience involves a vast range of activities, including, but not limited to: keeping watch around the clock, climbing masts, communication, cooking, maintenance, navigating, pulling on ropes, scrubbing decks and setting the sails, all as part of the working crew.
Some of these tasks may require you to confront your greatest fears, but the safe and efficient operation of a sail training ship requires everyone on board to operate as a team. Individuals cannot ignore their responsibilities or avoid contributing to the overall workload. As a trainee crew member, you will be encouraged to work with your team mates,
co-operate with each other, rely on each other and have others rely you. This may be challenging, but can be fun and adventurous at the same time.
By the end of your sail training voyage, you will feel a sense of belonging, have gained experience, and a newly found confidence in your own ability. You will be motivated to demand more from life in the future and you will have gained the knowledge of where to go and how to find the fulfillment you are seeking. In addition, you will have made firm friends with your team mates as you acquired new skills together.
No previous experience is required.
Sail training has a record of considerable success in character development. Participants confront many demanding challenges, both physical and emotional. It is an activity that inspires self-confidence, acceptance of others and develops a willingness to take controlled risks. Sail training is often described as a positive, life-changing experience.
Opportunities are open to young people regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender and social background. Sail training occurs through a focus on curriculum-based education, skill acquisition and personal and social development – or a combination of all three.
Our professional crew encourage personal, social and decision making skills required for life on board. Trainees are given opportunities to practice, learn and master technical and lateral thinking skills in an inclusive and fun, encouraging environment.