Amber residents setting sail with the Ocean Youth Trust

Amber residents setting sail with the Ocean Youth Trust

At the end of April a group of residents from across Amber’s three residential centres set sail from Southampton Ocean Village Marina. They completed a five night voyage on board the 30 metre vessel “Prolific” accompanied by a trained and qualified crew who are all volunteers from the Ocean Youth Trust.

Caroline White, Business Manager at the Ocean Youth Trust said

“All participants who completed the voyage earned Royal Yachting Association Competent Crew certificates. This is the second-level qualification – more commonly, we award the more basic RYA Start Yachting certificate. It is a genuine achievement to earn the more advanced qualification on a first voyage and only occurs when people are prepared to put in the effort to get through a more demanding syllabus.

We always like to stress that these are proper recognised qualifications which young people can keep in their Record of Achievement. It shows that they mastered some basic sailing skills; but perhaps even more importantly, earning the certificate also provides evidence of transferable skills. To complete it, they had to be able to listen, concentrate, work in a team, practise things when they initially struggled, until they were able to get them right, take part in routine tasks such as cooking and cleaning as well as the more exciting jobs, cope with living in an entirely unfamiliar situation, cope with being away from home, undertake tasks which some will have found really challenging, take responsibility when asked, and much more. They should all be proud of themselves for doing so well.”

Amber residents who completed the voyage were tested to their limits and but had a very enjoyable experience. Johnathon, 29, said

“I can’t thank you all enough for your time, experience and understanding that you have given us all. Would love to come back and see you guys any time and help out. Loved the whole experience and crew. You are all amazing.”

New experiences and challenges are an important part of life at Amber. We’re so pleased to work with Ocean Youth Trust to offer sailing experiences for our residents and are already looking forward to next year!