Brest to Gran Canaria
Boat type: Tayana 58
Sail training vessels take a variety of trainees to sea, including the young, disabled and disadvantaged. The aims are personal development and adventure. The vessels range from 30' yachts to 180' square riggers.
Manning of these vessels is usually a mix of full-time, temporary and volunteer staff. Typical staffing would be a skipper, mate and bosun, although this does vary widely around the fleet, with some vessels carrying cooks and engineers.
Paid posts exist for holders of Coastal Skipper and above. Coastal Skippers usually sail as a mate, with skippers being required to hold a Yachtmaster™ Offshore Certificate of Competence or above. On larger vessels, 20m to 24m, mates may be required to hold a Yachtmaster™ Offshore Certificate of Competence. Vessels over 24m usually require STCW 95 OOW (Yachts), Chief Mate (Yachts) or Master (Yachts), depending on the position in which you sail onboard.
Short-term, seasonal and full-time posts exist within this industry. Due to the vulnerable nature of some of the trainees taken to sea, many organisations give preference to applicants with prior sail training experience when applying for senior positions. Training and funding are available for sail training staff who wish to develop and progress their qualifications all the way to Master (Yachts).
Qualifications, experience, endorsements and other aspects of this information can change on a regular basis - for the very latest information consult:
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