Get more experience
Thinking of a Merchant Navy career? There are groups and centres across the UK that are great for building or boosting experience – and having a little fun – ahead of embarking on a job at sea. Begin your voyage of discovery here.
Jubilee Sailing Trust
Take the helm, set sail and keep watch. The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) owns the Lord Nelson and Tenacious. These tall ships give anyone, regardless of ability, the chance to experience what life is like sailing the high seas.
Back on dry land, there are over 200 UK maritime museums that paint a fascinating picture of life at sea – then and now. Book a tour, visit an exhibition or look out for maritime careers events and study days.
Ocean Youth Trust
With six regional centres across the UK, the Ocean Youth Trust gives people aged 12-24 the chance to crew a ship. Along the way you’ll pick up valuable skills that can help with personal development.
Aged 12-18 and craving adventure? In the Sea Cadets you could learn to hoist a sail, kayak down a river or dive off the British coast. Focussed on teamwork, this nationwide voluntary organisation helps young people take on nautical challenges, gain new skills and forge friendships. And there’s a designated group for under 10s.
Tall Ships Youth Trust
Start your sailor training at 14 with the Tall Ships Youth Trust. This registered charity has been helping 14-25 year-olds learn to crew vessels since 1956.
Image courtesy of Fleetwood Nautical Campus