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Youth development is at the heart of our programme at TSYT and provides voyages for both young people and adults.  As we continue to pave pathways to adulthood for over a thousand young people every year, our programme has a range of voyage types to suit different needs.

Our 3-voyage programme provides a platform for young people to develop their skills, build their confidence, establish their own strategies and approaches to goal setting, problem solving and decision making.  Each journey is unique, leading to gaining qualifications, employability skills and their own journey.

What's the best voyage for me?

You may have already experienced an Exploration voyage, daysail or weekend voyage and looking for your next steps following recommendations, or you may be looking to start your journey.

Young people can join the 3-voyage programme at the stage most appropriate to their needs and experience and can progress through each voyage over time.

Our three-voyage programme

EXPLORATION GRAPHICVoyages of Exploration are about embracing new experiences, exploring the ocean environment, building awareness and making fun memories.

Key benefits:

Our three voyage programme, exploration

Key features:

  • Five days (four nights)
  • Sailing in sheltered waters like the Solent or the Firth of Clyde
  • Short distances between ports and anchorages, mostly day sailing with some night experience
  • Time to explore ashore
  • Some evenings in marinas with facilities
  • We also cover sustainability and what this means to you while exploring the ocean environment
  • RYA Start Yatching

EMPOWERMENT GRAPHICEmpowerment voyages centre on young people embracing responsibility, decision making and understanding the impact of the maritime environment.

Key benefits:

our three voyage model programme, empowernment sailing for young people

Key features:

  • Six or seven days (five / six nights)
  • More challenging itinerary, with some longer passages/overnight sailing in a watch system
  • May finish in a different port or visit an overseas port
  • Young people are involved in decision making and less time spent in marinas and more time at sea
  • Young people are encouraged to take responsibility for their environment
  • RYA Competent Crew


Leadership Voyages empower young people to lead, plan, make change happen, and have an influence in their communities and more widely.

Key benefits:

Our three voyage model programme, leadership sailing training

Key features:

  • A minimum of seven days and nights
  • A journey planned and executed by the Youth Crew (under supervision) and usually ending in a different port
  • The opportunity for onboard environmental projects / ocean research
  • Developing the skills and knowledge to achieve accreditations and work towards careers in the maritime sector and Blue Economy

What other opportunities are out there?

Our Young Person’s Journey doesn’t stop with joining part of the 3-voyage programme, there are other opportunities to get involved in the work we do at TSYT to provide access to the water and engage in a personal journey of their own.

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During those first couple of weeks back on dry land, I would have given anything to be back onboard and I'm now just looking forward to the next time! I’ve decided that if I can cope with a voyage, I can cope with anything. Thank you for the faith you have in me and have given to me.

Khara, 19, High Wycombe

Youth volunteering

Many of young people can’t wait to get straight back onboard after their youth voyage. Some even come back and join us as volunteers.

It’s a great way to spend your free time and a fantastic addition to any CV when applying for schools, colleges, universities and future jobs!


Young people on Challenger


Royal Yachting Association (RYA)

Depending on the length of a voyage, you can work towards and achieve your RYA Start Yachting or RYA Competent Crew qualification.

This includes learning about parts of the yachts, rigging, types of sail, how to tie knots, keeping lookout, man-over-board drills and steering the yacht under sail.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE)

As an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) for the DofE Award, we enable more than 150 young people a year to achieve their DofE expeditions and Gold Award residential.

All our voyages of four nights or more qualify for the residential section of the Gold Award. You just need to find a voyage that suits you and book on! Take a look here. We can also offer specialised expeditions for the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards to groups.

You can either split this into the practice and actual expedition over two separate voyages or do both together. Our ketch is the ideal vessel to do your expedition on as it accommodates up to 10 voyage crew.

We also have our own friendly assessor who can assess your Expedition. This is chargeable.

Just give us a call on 02392 832055 to find out more.

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Youth and school groups

We can tailor voyages specifically for your group. Whether you’re a youth group, school, college, charity, social club or Government agency, we can help you find the perfect trip.

We offer everything from day sails to residential weeks and have worked with many groups over the years. These include YMCA, Scouts, Girlguides, schools, special needs schools, youth offending teams, young carers, police and The Prince’s Trust.


Special needs

Our voyages offer a supportive residential environment. One in which young people with special needs can enhance their skills for independence in preparation for adult life.

We accommodate those with differing degrees of learning difficulty, attention control, fine motor coordination problems, mild visual or hearing impairments and social interaction problems.

No prior sailing experience is necessary for our dedicated voyages for young people with special needs.

So, if you’re a parent or carer of a young person with special needs or work in a special needs school or group, please get in touch to find out more.


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Book your youth voyage today!