Adventures Offshore Strategic Plan
At Adventures Offshore our goal is to provide, through the medium of sail training, opportunities for young people and vulnerable adults to discover their sense of adventure, in the process developing transferable skills that will aid their educational, personal and social development.
To achieve our goal, participants will sail as trainees aboard one of our Oyster 49 yachts under the supervision of our qualified and experienced sea-staff. This experience combines the opportunity to develop of a wide set of skills, with the excitement and adventure of being in a challenging environment.
Life at sea is unfamiliar and testing, helping to build personal resilience and broaden participants’ horizons, as well as the courage to push beyond one’s comfort zone. Being in such a challenging environment breaks down boundaries, creates parity between people of different backgrounds, and enhances the sense of accomplishment at the end of any activity. This often gives participants a greater sense of self-belief and purpose as they discover what they are capable of.
Teamwork aboard ship is essential, as many activities, such as hoisting a sail, require all the crew to pull together. Other activities see crew fulfilling different roles, such as one steering and another keeping a lookout, which require trust and good communication between all involved. There is a great emphasis on personal responsibility, often through simple things like being expected to wake up and be ready on deck to take an overnight watch. A similar emphasis is placed on collective responsibility, with the crew on a rota for preparing food and cleaning. The whole ship suffers if people don’t pull their weight. These behaviours can help trainees’ employability and are equally important for social development and for day to day living.