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We offer tailored, specialised training and provide Training Pathways for your ongoing skill development – particularly in the facilitation of marine expeditions and effective learning environments. Please scroll down for more information.

Staff training programs

We can develop a course especially for your objectives for the development and in-service training for the human services sector:

  • Team work and co-facilitation skills
  • Cultural change and personal development
  • Group facilitation and situational leadership
  • Practice frameworks and approaches to learning
  • Working with conflict and challenging conversations
  • Trauma informed practice and using adventure therapy

Skill based training programs

  • Sea School Certificate training for level 1-4 – see Programs tab for the next training expedition dates
  • Learn to sail courses and marine navigation training
  • Nationally Accredited Sailing Instructor training and assessment
  • Creative Approaches to Therapeutic Group Work (Group Facilitation skills frameworks and practices)
  • Nationally Accredited Canoeing and Kayaking Instructor training and assessment
  • Recreational Boat Licence preparation training – we undertake discounted group assessments with Col at Bayside Boat Licensing

Sailing Instructor Training process

Conducted once a year, and for the first time as an accredited course 10-13 April 2017!

Creative approaches to group work training course:

Conducted twice a year

Australian Canoeing Qualifications:

Conducted once a year

  • Flatwater Canoe or Kayak 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 and insurance coverage


Sea School Certificate skills training course:

Conducted several times a year – see the programs tab for the next dates

  • Level 1 (non accredited training) can be completed through a five day expedition
  • Level 2 (accredited training) with at least two expeditions to learn and apply the Sea School curriculum for assessment
  • Both our level 1 and 2 training more than meets the Duke of Edinburgh Award training and qualifying expedition requirements
  • Level 3 – Activity Guide qualifications in at least two disciplines with application of group facilitation, situational leadership, communication and navigation skills.
  • Level 4 – Activity Instructor qualifications in at least two disciplines with application of planning, co-ordination and training skills

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

Two wonderful people in particular have influenced us founders of The Sea School:

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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.

Andre Vogel                                 Profile Pic

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

Sea School Scholarships

We offer two scholarship opportunities for trainees who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to training and wish to assist with our focus on community service.

The Helen Houghton Memorial Scholarship enables people who have completed a Sea School Certificate training expedition – to undertake the remainder of their training and assessment process at a subsidised cost.

The Andre Vogel Memorial Scholarship enables a trainee skipper to undertake the Sailing Instructors course without cost.

Please apply here: scholarship-application-form



  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,


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