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.

While as a charity, we still bear the financial scars of the closure of operations for six months in March 2020 and the cancellation of school camps earlier in 2022, we are so pleased to be heading north to Exmouth and Dampier again this year, with voyages scheduled out of Fremantle in November and December and in 2023, back to Busselton and Albany and then to the Abrolhos.

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.

Now that Western Australia is open to the world, we are operating in very different circumstances. Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation is taking a precautionary approach to the management of the risk of Covid-19 on its voyages. This is a new world for us all and I hope you will understand 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. STS Leeuwin II sails in remote locations and scientific evidence points to vaccination being key to reducing symptoms of illness.

Leeuwin’s company policy currently requires our staff, voyage crew and volunteers to be vaccinated.

In the event of active Covid-19 on board, a management plan has been developed with the assistance of the company’s medical officer.

All voyage participants are provided with joining information reflecting Leeuwin Ocean Adventure’s pre-voyage procedures.

Carol Shannon
Chief Executive Officer