The Island Trust has many year's experience of providing character-building sailing expeditions for youth groups, schools and colleges. Our highly trained professional sailing staff will ensure that your group's residential or day sail is a valuable learning experience as well as an exciting and enjoyable voyage.
We have extensive experience of working with groups of young people with special educational needs, moderate learning difficulties and challenging behaviour. We coach sailing to young people with both physical and mental disabilities, and our staff are adept in teaching those with visual and hearing impairment.
Our traditionally rigged wooden vessels enable young people to experience 'living history' and to understand something of the historic importance of our nation's maritime past. We also teach the need to conserve the marine environment.
On an Island Trust voyage young people sail as a crew, cook and eat together. Time with us is so much more than just sailing- many studies have concluded that sailing is a particularly effective and innovative platform for enhancing young lives. It encourages co -operation, a sense of responsibility, instils a sense of adventure, develops initiative, social skills, feelings of self-worth, communication skills and acts as a catalyst to engagement with education and employment.
Residential voyages include overnight sailing and two hour watches . Everyone helps to sail the boat. Those who have achieved Start Yachting certificates on previous voyages may work towards an RYA Competent Crew qualification and will be encouraged to consider undertaking more sailing for sport, leisure or professional career. The Island Trust will help to facilitate this for those who discover a passion for the sea.
We are a Duke of Edinburgh's Award Approved Activity Provider and welcome groups seeking to undertake a Silver or Gold DofE Expedition together . The group would need to be 7 participants in total.
We also run a number of residential sail training voyages exclusively for home educated students, which follow the same itinerary as our teenage weeks . Contact us for more information.
Our Ocean Discoverability programme for young people is designed for special needs schools and day centres in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall, including some children with life-limiting conditions. In 2017 The Island Trust took over the good works of Cornubia and the Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter Trust to grow this acclaimed service.
Benefits of traditional adventure sailing
Through our sailing activities, young people gain:
- Practical (Island Trust or RYA certificated) sailing skills to support CVs
- Exercise, health and wellbeing
- Improved motivation, self-esteem, independence
- Ability to cope better with new situations/environments
- Improved communication, confidence, cooperation
- Resilience and a willingness to embrace new things
- Marine conservation and maritime heritage education
- Marine careers knowledge
- Reduction in anti-social behaviour
- Wider horizons and raised aspiration
If you wish to discuss the possibility of bringing your group on an Island Trust sail training residential or day sail please get in touch by telephoning 01752 823007 .
We raise funds to support this work and offer bursaries for young people who fall into this category from The Island Trust Fund.
All voyages are operated by The Island Trust's trading subsidiary Island (Cutter) Ltd .