The Youth Sailing Education Program 

The Youth Sailing Education Program is one of the programs of The Ocean of Dream Foundation. It has been introduced as a formation program for youth, who in the future will become yachtsmen. Our intention is to form youngsters who will carry forward into the next generation the spirit of sailing etiquette and best sailing practice.

 

The Program consists of 8 stages. Each of them has been carefully prepared as part of an apprenticeship in sailing and each is connected with the school education of the participants. Participation in the Program creates an opportunity to get to know oneself, to gain sailing experience, to visit new interesting places in the world and to meet new people. It’s an unforgettable adventure, and a chance to help others.

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Qualification

is the first phase of the Program, when each entrant takes part in a contest, in which they are called upon to perform particular tasks. Persons, who prove to be exceptionally engaged and to perform all tasks, will qualify for the summer sailing training camp.

 

Sailing trip around
the MazuryLake District

is the first phase of the Program, when each entrant takes part in a contest, in which they are called upon to perform particular tasks. Persons, who prove to be exceptionally engaged and to perform all tasks, will qualify for the summer sailing training camp.

 

After the summer sailing trip our youngsters get involved in charity work. Everyone who shows involvement and completes all tasks will be qualified for the next summer sailing trip.

 

Inland Skipper

This next step in the great adventure is a practical training camp when trainees learn how to sail a yacht and learn about life saving, meteorology, and other transferable skills and knowledge, required for the Certificate of Competence for Inland Skipper exam. During a 3 week long camp, yachts will sail across many lakes, canals and sluices. It’s an amazing sailing adventure, with evenings spent singing shanties around an open fire. (See the photos from previous training camps 2012, 2013).

 

After this camp we select a crew for the sea sailing trip.

The sea sailing trip

is a fascinating adventure and an opportunity to visit many parts of the world. During this journey the yachties will visit a number of ports, where everyone will find something interesting. At this time the crew members will be accompanied by their officers-teachers, and will be continuing their normal schoolwork and education, as well as studying the topics required for the next level of sailing proficiency, that of Yacht Skipper. (See the photos from previous sea sailing trips).

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Yacht Skipper

this part of the program takes place after returning from the sea sailing trip. During the school year the trainees get involved in charity work and develop their knowledge through e-learning courses. This qualifies them for the summer sailing camp in the Gdańsk Bay. The course ends with an exam for the Certificate of Competency as Yacht Coastal Skipper, which is simultaneously the qualification for the next stage of the Program

 

The Junior Sailing Instructor

the first step towards becoming an instructor. The Program’s participants will be able to use the knowledge acquired when sailing on lakes and at sea. This course will be held during summer school break. Through this Certificate of Competency, the trainees will become members of the cadre of Sailing Instructors.

 

Sailing Instructor

this is one of the highest levels of our Program. After two years of training during summer camps, as Junior Sailing Instructors our trainees will have a unique opportunity to join the sailing elite. The course prepares the participants for conducting sailing training courses and being a Sailing Training Supervisor With the experience and knowledge gained up to this point, they will become an example and model for their brothers and sisters, and for all the beginners just starting the great sailing adventure.

 

Yachtmaster

this is the last and the highest level of the Program. After many years of preparation our youth joins the Yachtmasters’ elite.

 

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