MARITIME CAREERS

The maritime industry is a vast and diverse world of opportunity, with very little known about it by the majority.

The Royal and Merchant Navy, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Fishing, Yachting and Sail Training are examples of a few sectors that could take you away on an exciting career at sea. If you prefer to stay land based, you could train as a sail maker, rigger, shipwright, work for the meteorological office, design and build ships or work in research and conservation.

Seas Your Future offers a means of alternative learning, providing a practical and informal education, in an exciting and inspiring environment. We will take you to sea where you can learn an array of skills through real life scenarios, leading to a rewarding career within the maritime industry. During a maritime career voyage, you will be given the opportunity to learn about life onboard, safety at sea, seamanship, helming a vessel, working aloft (up the rig), navigation, engineering, rigging and splicing, sail repair and much much more.

Onboard, you will get the opportunity to opt to complete RYA courses such as competent crew and watch leader certificates. While gathering sea time, qualifications and work experience voyage crew will be well on their way to employment in the industry. We will give advice on sea time and qualifications and the various routes. Voyage crew will leave with a letter of reference and a training record book to complement employment applications.

As part of the maritime careers voyage, we will continue to offer further development opportunities through shore-based career mentoring and networking days. Voyage crew will also be offered discounted rates on Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) courses through our partners, which will include STCW Basic Safety Training, Approved Engine Course (AEC) and VHF radio. We can also potentially offer further sea time and development through ongoing maritime career voyages and volunteering positions.

Adventure Under Sail has three employees and six trustees. Crew are recruited via Seamariner, an MCA approved Maritime and crew agency, and are employed on the ship on a rotational basis, from a cohort of experienced sailors. The charity’s office is at Sharpness Shipyard and Drydock in Gloucestershire, UK.

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 fulfilment you are seeking. In addition, you will have made firm friends with your team-mates as you acquired new skills together.
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.
Development plan

Our 2020 Development Plan outlines our aims and objectives for the next few years.

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Seas Your Future is the trading name of Adventure Under Sail, charity 1124276

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