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Expeditionary learning is a practice and philosophy of being and growing together through shared adventures in the natural world. 

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We aim to encourage and enhance the excellent work (broadly referred to as “Blue Peter”) being done with regard to expeditionary learning in the marine environment. Our purpose and vision is outlined in The Sea School Manifesto, while our approaches are aligned with ecocentric, experiential, adventure based and expeditionary learning  frameworks. These are very relevant in our current context, and among the most meaningful for personal development and lifelong learning.

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Paying close attention to creating a safe and encouraging environment, while challenging ourselves to take personal risks and support each other on the adventure – is a part of what helps to create really powerful conversations and  learning opportunities.

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Small boats have a romantic beauty that is accentuated by the hint of trouble they offer us! Seamanship requires a continual renewal and practice of our skills, however sail training is actually less about sailing, than it is about developing our awareness and capability in a wider spectrum of problem solving situations!

We use sailing and sea kayaking, among other adventure activities simply as learning mediums and metaphors to enhance our understanding and practice of communication, decision making and other life skills “at the helm”, “in the same boat” or “weathering the storm”. We love story telling because it helps not just to share, but also to shape our personal voyages of discovery!

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Celebrating diversity is important everywhere – but is absolutely integral to a healthy expedition community, including within the crew of a boat. We always focus on our personal strengths and how these can contribute to the team. 

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Perhaps most central to our experiential approach to learning, is that success does not happen without risk taking and failure! 

Mistakes can be celebrated, and shared – not avoided. Taking acceptable risks is a vital skill – and subsequent learning can be enhanced through a supportive team approach. This is perhaps our most important work! We all have stories to share… and a need to create new ones.

Clearly it is the navigation of life’s hazards (and our inevitable mistakes) that teaches us the most relevant and important lessons – as well as creating what are often the most memorable experiences! 

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Along with the varied social experience of an expedition community, we practice solo time in nature to allow for deeper reflection. This experience is tailored for the individual experience, intent and capacity for each person on the program.

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Growing our awareness of nature and our environment, enables deep connections and understanding that of the important patterns and priorities in life. Reflecting on our actions and experiencing the natural rhythms of the earth – through the cycles of sun and moon, seasons and tides, wind and waves – along with sharing the life of an expedition family, helps us grow with each other, discover more about our strengths and feed our personal energy.  🍁

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We believe that creating connectedness is life changing. Venturing “outward bound” to new horizons, and “inward bound” to learn more about ourselves and our relationships as part of a “Rites of Passage” (being taken into new learning environments intentionally by our community elders) mentoring that occurs through our Sea School programs – we “walk with” rather than aiming to “teach” each other, since we recognise that we all have a lot to learn from each other!

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Inspiration

There are some remarkable people in this world who dedicate themselves to youth and community work in the same way they approach life – with love, passion and a spirit of adventure!

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Tragically some of these people have passed away too soon, yet they still continue to influence our work at The Sea School…

 

Helen Houghton                        042a

Helen was an exceptional educator and Duke of Edinburgh Award coordinator for Boonah State High School. Together with her husband Bob, they conducted expeditions for many years, and helped the Sea School to get established.

 

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Kate was an outdoors woman and a remarkable social worker who is a great inspiration to many people whose lives she touched. Her work and legacy continues to influence our philosophy at The Sea School.

 

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Andre was an talented educator – a Steiner School teacher and Sea School skipper who was committed to sharing his love and understanding of people, nature and the ocean.

 

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Sea School Scholarships

We offer scholarship opportunities for trainees who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to training and service.

The Helen Houghton Memorial Scholarship enables Duke of Edinburgh Award and High School students to undertake further training and extension programs towards gaining the Level 2 Sea School Certificate at reduced cost.

The Kate Haisty Memorial Scholarship enables Level 3 Sea School Certificate trainees to undertake the Sailing Instructors course and Skipper extension training at a reduced cost.

The Andre Vogel Memorial Scholarship enables Level 4 Sea School Certificate trainees to undertake advanced skipper training at a reduced cost.

Please apply here: Scholarship Application Form

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Body and Soul

In order to maintain a healthy and robust operating system and procedures that maximise safety and compliance, we need to balance human needs for creativity and and spontaneity with the discipline and structure required to ensure our consistent positive outcomes. As a new organisation we are developing from a small basis very carefully, keeping our principles close to the heart of what is happening, as we develop a range of systems and procedures to carry us forward. 

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A rainbow spectrum can be a metaphor for many things, not least how our roles and our individual choices are all a valid part of the whole team context.

In this light we have expanded the traditional watch system of crew working on a ship, to incorporate a range of roles in the boats, on expedition and within our organisation. The Sea School Watch System

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If you are reading this then it is likely that you have a lot to offer! Please get involved at any level that suits you! Begin it now…

Thank you!

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