Working With Schools 

Working With Schools

Quaystage Training's youth programmes for school groups include Tall Ships and Yacht Sail Camp youth adventures designed to excite and engage, stretch and challenge, and provide a platform for traditional lessons in a non-traditional environment. 

Our School and educational programmes are undertaken during the school term. Our team will work directly with parnter schools to get young people outside and active. 

  • Keystage 3 and 4 (and above) ages groups
  • Core subjects and other national curriculum subjects can be taught in a practical way
  • Sailing meets outdoor education and experincial learning outcomes


Influencing social behavior and responsibilty

Our programmes enable young people to develop new skills which will open doors in their future. They are not just amazing holidays, but developmental journeys that start long before a young person steps aboard their vessel when they join their chosen programme.

Teachers and parents tell us their pupils and children "came back as young adults" or that "they learned the true meaning of teamwork" on board.

Crewmebers on Community Projects

Support for the organiser

We know how much work is involved in organising a school expedition. At Quaystage Training, we are committed to making memories which will last for a lifetime, without placing a burden on busy teachers.  

All we ask is for is a contact teacher from your school willing to act as a focal point for the school and for booking rooms, e.g. for assemblies and parent meetings.  She/he will then be supported by our Quaystage Liaison Officer, who will provide all the support needed, including providing risk assessments, letters to parents and collecting funds.  

Beach Party

Recruitment of students

Recruitment of students will usually take place at least 2-3 months before the start of each voyage. However, we are happy to work with you for a longer period.

This allows a reasonable period for fund raising to be undertaken before the voyage, and also allows the Quaystage Liaison Officer to establish contact and start working with the young people, to develop expected outcomes for their own personalised development programme, which will reward them for their efforts.

First step is to book us for a school visit and, if possible, an assembly.  More information can be found in our "Bookings for Schools" pages.

Personal Development Programme 

This development programme will comprise a number of elements, including fund raising, seamanship, leadership and post voyage elements.

All these elements are designed to help the young person enhance their experience on board the vessel and apply their new skills to their ongoing personal development.

Packages available for school groups: Key Stages 3/4 ages 12-18, young people 15-25, and places available for school staff.

Adult staff on voyages help to create the learning experience for young people, linking generations and encouraging mutual respect between the generation gap. For many it will be the first adult they have spoken to that is not their class teacher, parent or social worker.

Adventure training for young people through the Sail Camp and Dive Camp programmes engage, stretch and challenge. They also enable young people to develop new skills which will open doors for the future. They are not just amazing holidays but developmental journeys that start long before a young person steps aboard one of our vessels.

Teachers and parents tell us their pupils and children "came back as adults" or that "they learned the true meaning of teamwork" on board.

We are committed to making memories for a lifetime without placing a burden on busy teachers.


During our courses a young person will find themselves outside their comfort zone. Learning becomes a powerful phase of their development as they overcome adversity, adapt to new environments, understand their strengths and weaknesses and manage problems successfully.

Awareness of the environment

Whilst participating on a voyage, a young person will become more aware of the natural environment - monitoring the weather, the sea and the life that lives within it.  Whilst on land they will explore new cultures, giving the young person a greater sense of perspective of their own. Young people also learn respect for the environment and their peers, thus making a positive impact on their lives.

Why go on a Quaystage Training course?

There are many reasons to choose a Quaystage Training Courses over other adventure experiences.

To begin with, the Sail Camp and Dive Camp experience is completely unique. Our expeditions and voyages offer a depth of learning, provide challenges and solutions. Our professional sea staff provide a safe, secure, but exciting and fun environment in which to begin a voyage of discovery.

Our Office team offer a high level of service and support, from the booking stage to beyond the voyage experience.

In addition, the yachts and vessels used by Quaystage Training provide the ideal base from which to lead expeditions and start adventures.

Supporting teachers

Quaystage Training aim to get rid of the usual school trip headaches. We will liaise with the parents, collect fees, and conduct the necessary risk assessments on your behalf. All we need is a list of who from your school or organisation wishes to attend and how to contact them. We will not drain school resources, including the valuable time of teachers, once introductions to your school have been made between you and our school support co-ordinator.

School staff supervision levels

On our school-organised trips we ask that at least one teacher per 10 young people participates in the voyage.

Therefore a full expedition of 40 of would be made up of 36 young people and at least four members of school staff.

Teachers and school staff are free

The good news is we will give you these staff places free.

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