Youth Adventure Sailing

Youth Adventure Sailing


We offer a range of single day and multi-day adventure voyages aimed at school groups, scout groups, Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award participants or any youth based sporting or social group. 

In addition to charter trips we also run public youth trips during the warmer months which will be listed on our  Sailings and Events page when scheduled. 

Adventure trips typically offer participants a range of opportunities including:

  • Climbing the masts and yards to work the sails (with safety harnesses and to the capability level of the participant)
  • Setting, handling and managing sails
  • Helming the ship under motor and sail
  • Learning navigation and course plotting
  • Assisting in the galley 
  • Downtime to relax, swim or lay on the nets below the bowsprit 
  • Opportunities for trips onshore using the ship's dinghy  for beach and bush walks, beach swimming and games

Lady Nelson trips can also be integrated into larger school or group programs.

The Lady Nelson is fully equipped for multi-day trips with:

  • Bunk style sleeping below decks
  • Shower facilities and flushing toilets
  • Fully equiped galley kitchen for hot meals

Have a look at our ships accommodation Facebook gallery.

A comprehensive "What to Bring" will be sent out to participants well before the voyage.

Nitty Gritty for Charter Trips

We can take a total of ten people on these voyages, indicative cost is $187 per person per day - $935 for 5 days (2024).

All crew have Working with Vulnerable People.

To charter the Lady Nelson for a group based sailing adventure, contact the Lady Nelson office  

For currently scheduled opportunities to join a youth sailing trip can be found on our Sailings and Events page when scheduled.

Duke of Edinburgh International Award Voyages

These 'Adventurous Journey' trips are generally 5 day, 4 nights such as Monday morning until Friday afternoon but can be tailored for your needs.

The structure of the voyage is designed to be challenging for the participants as they rotate through  4 'stations' during the first 4 days: 

  • Navigation and ship’s command
  • Engineering
  • Catering
  • Deck Crew

In addition to these stations, the participants will be required on deck for sail handling and will also learn many of the skills that go with the key roles on the ship of Master, Engineer, Bosun (manages the deck) and Cook. 

On the eve of the last day, the participants elect a Master, Engineer, Bosun and one or two Cooks from within their group who will then take charge of the vessel (with supervision) on the last day to sail to the return destination (usually Hobart).

No sailing experience is necessary, however, as you will be working in the galley for part of your time we expect you to get the "Do Food Safely" certificate prior to joining the voyage.        

Our most recent DOE voyage photo albums HERE   HERE

Read the Testimonial of a Youth Voyager

The next Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award voyagers available:

  • January 5th - 9th 2025
    • departing Hobart to Triabunna   

There will need to be a minimum of 7 participants for these voyages to proceed.

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Contact our office if you would like to enquire about our youth adventure voyages.