Ocean Youth Trust Scotland Volunteer Sea Staff at Ocean Youth Trust Scotland Aberdeen/NE Support Group

Volunteer Sea Staff with Ocean Youth Trust Scotland

Dates 1 Nov 2013 - 31 Dec 2014 (168 hours)
Location Various ports throughout Scotland, advised at time of arranging a voyage

At Ocean Youth Trust Scotland* our volunteers are as diverse as the young people who sail with us, making for a great mix. Volunteers sail on our vessels as sea staff at all levels from bosuns to skippers. Although we have some paid full-time skippers and first mates, we rely heavily on volunteers to staff the boats. Without them we simply would not be able to offer adventure under sail to so many young people.
Onboard we have a Skipper, 1st Mate, 2nd Mate, 3rd Mate, Watchleader and a Bosun, plus a crew of 12 young people. Whilst our Skippers and First Mates are qualified to statutory levels, you can become part of our volunteer sea staff with little or no sailing experience, subject to in-house assessments. All you need is enthusiasm.

Our voyages are normally of 5 or 7 days duration, sailing from ports on the West Coast of Scotland. Occasionally longer voyages will head further afield to Ireland, Faeroes, Scandinavia and Spain. Experienced sailors will relish the thrill of sailing a large ocean-racing yacht whilst newcomers will appreciate learning the ropes from an experience and knowledgeable staff.

You can find out more about becoming a member of the volunteer sea staff at: www.oytscotland.org.uk

*Ocean Youth Trust Scotland is a world-leading youth work charity, delivering an annual programme of residential voyages aboard its fleet of sail training vessels (large modern yachts rather than traditional sailing ships). We sail with young people (aged 12 to 25) from a wide range of backgrounds throughout Scotland and beyond. Most of these young people will have no previous sailing experience and our voyages present honest physical, mental and emotional challenges. It is a genuinely life changing experience that develops self-confidence, responsibility and respect, learning from experience and working with others.

This opportunity will assist you in gaining the following skills:

  • Interpersonal/Confidence
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving/Creativity
  • Planning/Organising
  • Leadership/Management

Training will be provided by the organisation for this position:

We offer a full programme of training for volunteers for which we hold an Investors in Volunteers award. This is designed to allow volunteers to work their way "up the ranks" from Watchleader to Skipper. It includes bespoke weekend courses from Basic Seamanship for novices to Command Training for the most experienced. Our own instructors also deliver the full range of internationally-recognised RYA courses.

About you

The organisation has indicated the following requirements from volunteers who want to take this opportunity.

Essential: Desire to help bring about positive change in the lives of young people, Volunteer sea staff need to undergo PVG checks

Desirable: Interest in sailing


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