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Our Sea School Certificate training goes beyond seamanship!

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Our main focus is on improving skills for the conduction of marine expeditions and the facilitation of effective learning environments, and we provide these Training Pathways for ongoing skill development.

We offer our training curriculum through sequenced adventures, that offer progressively more responsibility – and can develop into your own specific training plan as a volunteer and/or paid staff member with us. 

  • CREW (Level 1) involves learning the competencies to “hand, reef and steer”, operating as a capable member of both a small boat sailing crew and expedition team.

  • MATE (Level 2)  recognises our assistant skippers, who are able to lead by example, teach the crew and consistently perform a high standard of skills to support the work of skippers and the expedition leader.

  • SKIPPER (Level 3) – requires well developed skills in group facilitation, activity leadership, communication, navigation and first aid/rescues – as applied in different environments that can lead to accredited qualifications 

  • MASTER (Level 4) – expedition leader, includes the application of planning, co-ordination and training skills in a variety of disciplines, leading to accredited activity management and training qualifications

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Staff training:

We can deliver a range of tailored and specialised training programs for the human services sector:

  • Increasing the depth of involvement, co-facilitation and teamwork in program delivery

  • Enhanced group facilitation and situational leadership skills

  • Clearer practice frameworks and approaches to learning

  • Working with conflict and holding space for difficult conversations

  • Trauma informed practice and facilitating the therapeutic benefit of adventures

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Facilitating Adventure Based Learning Training Course:

This can be delivered as a 3 or 4 day intensive training, tailored for particular organisational contexts. Exploring experiential learning and group work frameworks and processes that lie at the heart of effective adventure facilitation, we focus on applying and refining our skills of conducting fun games, problem solving activities and facilitation of discussions about our learning.

This is among the most important and powerful abilities for youth workers and other people working in group settings, for educational or therapeutic outcomes.

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Sailing Instructor Training Course:

This intensive 5 day training covers the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to be a great skipper. You will need to already have had experience with us on expedition or weekend events, or have started the process of gaining sailing and group leadership skills.

The training is followed up with coaching and a requirement to build a logbook of experience in a variety of situations, with assessment provided as an RPL process once you are deemed to be fully independent.   

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Australian Canoeing Qualifications:

Conducted on a needs basis – requires a minimum of eight trainees.

  • Flatwater Canoe or Kayak Lifeguard, Guide and Instructor

  • Coastal sit on top (SOT) kayak Guide

  • 6-8 days of training and group work assessment

  • Includes Australian Canoeing 3 year registration 

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Other skill based training programs:

We conduct courses meet the needs of our current trainees and groups of interested persons, with a minimum of eight people to go ahead – contact us with your interest.

  • Learn to sail training courses – night school and overnight practical

  • Marine navigation training – night school and overnight practical

  • Recreational Boat Licence preparation training – discounted group assessments are arranged with Col at Bayside Boat Licensing

  • Scuba diving and snorkelling training  is being planned – contact us to join our crew if you are interested!

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Duke of Edinburgh Award:

  • You can complete Adventurous Journeys for Practice or Qualifying expeditions at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

  • Candidates for the Gold residential can take on assistant leadership positions on our expeditions.

  • Community service, physical recreation and skill development hours can also be undertaken through our expeditions and other events (which must be separate to your training and qualifying expeditions)

  • CREW training exceeds the Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition requirements for the Bronze award

  • MATE training exceeds the Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition requirements for the Silver and Gold awards

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Sea School Scholarships

We offer scholarship opportunities for our Sea School trainees who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to their training.

More information can be found here.

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3 Comments

  1. Lorraine Browne says:

    Great looking boat….she’s a real sweet’art !!

  2. Kaytlin Warner says:

    Hey there I’m interested in the training in April however I’ll be away. Is there any future training happening?

    Kind Regards,

    Kaytlin

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