“The Leeuwin is a reminder that all of us are better than one of us. As a former school principal, I recognise that the Leeuwin is a great tool for young people to develop a sense of self reliance and achievement.”
- Paul, 73
For students in years 10, 11, or 12, sailing on any of our Youth Explorer Voyages can count as one unit towards their studies.
The voyages are endorsed by the Curriculum Council as a Personal Development Program. Completion of a voyage and portfolio of work, once achieved, earns a student 5 points towards their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). A student must enrol in the endorsed program through their school. You can undertake a Leeuwin voyage up to 3 times to get a total of 15 WACE points.
Description of Program
The Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation offers one of the last true ocean adventures - sailing on board Australia’s largest tall ship Leeuwin II. Our Youth Explorer Voyages allow students aged 14 and up to develop the skills required to be an active member of a team and a micro-community. On board, participants experience the vastness of the natural environment, sail through the night, and have the opportunity to climb to the top of the tallest mast. Providing students with responsible risk taking and a real-life hands-on adventure, the Youth Explorer Voyage encourages all participants to build individual self-esteem, social confidence and self-reliance. This rewarding voyage helps youth identify and set personal goals and develop valuable skills which are transferable to their home, school, and work lives.
The Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation providing youth development programs. The vehicle by which these programs are delivered is through ‘adventure’ and ‘controlled risk taking’ aboard a traditional tall ship, Leeuwin II. While aboard the Leeuwin II, students (trainees) are exposed to a number of real experiences which stimulate change, growth and learning. The core elements of this experience are:
- Sailing a tall ship
- Working in unfamiliar surroundings and with unfamiliar people
- Role models
- The interruption of habits and routines
- Experiencing the wilderness of the West Australian coast
- Being ‘sea sick’
- Isolation and simplicity.
The standard length of a Youth Explorer Voyage is 7 days/6 nights and there are between 15 and 20 scheduled voyages to chose from every year. These voayges occur both during school term and in school holiday periods. It is possible for students to undertake the Youth Explorer Voyage program on multiple occasions however there are some restrictions on accreditation. Students may participate in a voyage as part of their Outdoor or Physical Education studies as the program and manual do not change from voyage to voyage. Students are unable to gain credits for a voyage undertaken as part of a course of study as well as an endorsed program.