About Sea-Change

Sea-Change provides residential opportunities for young people to learn and develop in a unique environment. By living and working together aboard a traditional sailing vessel they participate in a wide range of life skills and are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their contribution and group decisions.

They offer a graduated set of programmes from entry level tasters to extended residential periods with accreditation, providing an alternative approach to education in a unique setting.

Who is it for? Young people who are...

  • Not in employment, education or training (NEET)
  • Young offenders, or those in danger of offending
  • Experiencing social exclusion
  • With special needs
  • Challenged by traditional educational settings
  • Considering a maritime career

Sailing Barge Course

In 2013 Sea-Change intoduced a Sailing Barge Training Course for young people considering maritime careers. 

The purpose is to offer intensive sailing and seamanship experience in a
short period which would otherwise take a considerable number of standard passages made up of deliveries or charters, and is intended to supplement other experience.  It will take place over two weeks in August and September and will
include periods of study, demonstration and practice led by qualified instructors.

Sea-Change works with people afloat in one of two ways:

Groups totalling twelve including accompanying support staff usually sail for
up to five days from Maldon aboard historic sailing barge Reminder, and bring food for the whole crew. Some people complete the RYA Start Yachting and Competent Crew courses and they are encouraged to return as crew on one of the extended programmes lasting several weeks in the summer months, where food is included and numbers tend to be smaller than twelve. These
are usually aboard sailing barge Cambria (image right).


Costs are met by a combination of charter fees paid by groups and individuals, and bursaries arising from specific or general donations towards the work of the charity.

A trainee berth on an extended programme, costs the charity in the region of £100 per head per day, depending on numbers. This means they have to meet the costs of the course in a way similar to their other work. There are other sources of funding for sailing training activities for young people - the individual makes the application although payment can be made directly to the charity.  If this is not possible for you and if you are aged 25 or under and live in mid-Essex, you can apply for a training bursary from Sea-Change for up to 90% of the fee. The amount will be decided according to your situation (a covering letter should be included giving your reasons for applying).

The trustees may consider applications from people aged over 25 in some circumstances, for example, if you are unemployed, have managed to raise some but not all funding, or some other significant reason.

Further information/downloads

Course Contents
Application Form
(in Word format)
Selection of Funding Sources

Contact the Sea-Change Sailing Trust

NEWS - Good idea wins prize at ASTO Conference

The 2017 UK Sail Training Conference took place on Friday 27th January at Southampton Solent University. The conference, organised by the Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO) is supported by Southampton Solent University, and sponsored by Portmore Insurance.

Colin and Rosemary Moody gave a gift of £1000 at the conference for the most interesting idea and Sea-Change’s submission for fall arrest equipment when climbing the rig on Blue Mermaid was drawn first. Pictured are Laura Swallow from Portsmouth Sail Training, who drew the winner, with Richard Titchener, Sea-Change’s Executive Officer.

NEWS - Sail with Sea-Change In 2017

We offer a wide range of sailing opportunities. Most residentials are of five days duration and a bursary may be available so please tell us what you would like to do:

* Join us to develop your traditional sailing skills and obtain formal sailing accreditation, with opportunities for onward career progression.

* Join us to undertake your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Residential.

* Join us with your school or youth group of up to 12 people including leaders for inclusive, confidence building sea-going residentials.

* Join us with your carers on voyages specifically designed for young people or adults with learning differences.

* Join us with your organisation or family for a team building or enjoyable weekend under sail.

Please contact the Sea-Change Sailing Trust here for more information. Happy sailing!




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