Our youth programs are for youth between the ages of 13 and 18.
Youth groups can sail together during our summer program only if the whole group registers for one of our summer courses. During July and September, the TS Playfair is available for private charters and group sails. If interested, please inquire at [email protected]
The ship is usually at sea for two or three days, then may go to anchor or tie up at a port. During a port visit trainees will be given shore leave to explore the surrounding community, as well as participate in fun activities such as campfires, scavenger hunts, and beach visits.
Yes, the ship sails throughout the night!
No previous experience is necessary. Our skilled youth crew will teach you everything you need to know about sailing a ship.
All our trainees MUST be comfortable in and around water. Parents and guardians will be required to verify this information upon registration.
All trainees are encouraged to climb aloft to participate in furling the sails. However, it is not mandatory that all trainees participate in climbing aloft.
Our crew understands that some trainees may be uncomfortable with heights and we are prepared to accommodate those who are would prefer to not climb aloft.
Our vessel, the TS Playfair upholds the highest level of safety regulated by Transport Canada. The following is some of the safety equipment onboard:
GPS, Radar, AIS Class C, Depth sounder, High intensity running lights, up-to-date nautical publications and charts, Compass, and Sextant.
2 25W VHF radios, 5W handheld VHF radio, Cellular telephone, Signal ensigns.
3 B-pack life rafts, 30 safety harnesses, 40 keyhole life jackets, 20 Inflatable PFDs, Fire fighting equipment (firehoses, extinguishers, fire suppression system), First aid kits and equipment, Flares dye and smoke signals, Kisby rings and down buoy.
For all Voyages, participants can either be dropped at the Hamilton office at 10am on the day of departure for a shuttle to the vessel or can be dropped directly at the departure port no later than 1pm.
The captain of the ship is responsible for the safe passage of the ship and its crew. They are the final authority in all matters during an adventure.