COVID-19

Update as at 6 May 2022

Message from the CEO

We are so fortunate to live in Western Australia, where until more recently the impact of Covid-19 beyond mid-2020 has been minimal.

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure had to cancel 9 voyages and a number of day sails in 2020 and in 2021, the lock-down periods only affected one voyage program – and that was our Ultimate Challenge voyage.  This was so very sad, as we only have one Ultimate Challenge voyage each year – but we had the good fortune to run the program this year.

We still bear the financial scars of the closure of operations in March 2020 for six months and the recent cancellation of school camps came as another significant financial blow.

But, we know how important STS Leeuwin II is to the Western Australian community. Almost 45,000 young people have sailed with us. We’ve expanded horizons, built resilience, facilitated life-long friendships and changed young peoples’ pathways.

Our focus continues to be on providing world class experiences for young people and working to secure the future of Leeuwin – to continue to do what we do so incredibly well. Our next voyage programs commence in July 2022, following a refit and maintenance period, including dry-docking in Henderson.

As a community, country and world we know there’s still a little way to go before everything in our lives returns to anything like pre-Covid days. We also know there will continue to be difficult decisions that will have to be made. Please have confidence in our approach and the decisions we make to secure STS Leeuwin II for all Western Australians, now and into the future.

It is Leeuwin Ocean Adventure policy that voyage crew, staff, volunteers and contractors be fully vaccinated.

We encourage everyone joining a Leeuwin Ocean Adventure voyage to be vaccinated. This will assist us in management of a Covid-19 patient on board the vessel and minimise disruption to voyage programs for all other voyage participants. It will also assist in keeping our staff, crew and volunteers well and disease free.

 

Carol Shannon
Chief Executive Officer