Sailing Expeditions and Day Sails for Schools and Groups
The Island Trust has many years experience of providing challenging sailing expeditions for groups, schools and colleges. Our highly trained professional sailing staff will ensure that your group’s residential is a valuable learning experience as well as an exciting and enjoyable voyage.
Each sailing expedition is tailored specifically to the needs of your group, with consultation between the Skipper and Group Leader, to ensure that we are able to create the optimum learning environment. Most sailing weeks offer the opportunity to work towards an RYA certificate.
We specialise in working with those with disabilities and challenging behaviour.
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 have been trained in teaching those with visual and hearing impairment.
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.
Our Ocean Discoverability day sails supports young people from special needs schools and day centres in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall, some with life-limiting conditions. This work has expanded our own day-sail provision and is in addition to our residential sailing voyages.
We also run a number of voyages specifically for home educated pupils, similar in style to our teenage weeks. Contact us for more information.
If you wish to discuss the possibility of bringing your group on an Island Trust sail training expedition or day sail please get in touch by telephoning 01752 823007.
Financial assistance is available towards the cost of voyages from The Island Trust Fund.
All voyages are operated by The Island Trust’s trading subsidiary Island (Cutter) Ltd.
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Crewed by professional sailing staff, qualified at the highest level, all of our vessels have been coded by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and inspected for seaworthiness and safety.
The Island Trust and its operating company, Island (Cutter) Ltd, have robust policies and procedures in place to guarantee your safety onboard including:
- Health and Safety Policies
- Child Protection Policies
- Annual DBS Disclosure for all staff and volunteers
We are members of the Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO).
Full time and relief staff are Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Yachtmasters and Cruising Instructors or higher, and volunteers are qualified to levels appropriate to the responsibilities they carry in accordance with statutory MCA and RYA regulations and guidelines.
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