Leeuwin Ocean Adventure offers a unique opportunity for students aged 14 plus to participate in true adventure, sailing for 5 – 8 days on Australia’s largest sail-training tall ship, STS Leeuwin II.
On a Youth Explorer Voyage, students work together to learn and develop skills and are an active member of a team in a totally new, unique environment. Providing students with responsible risk-taking and an exhilarating adventure, a Leeuwin voyage is a positive learning and developmental environment. The voyage encourages participants to focus on their well-being and work on skills which will prepare them for future employment and community involvement, including problem-solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising whilst building their self-esteem and social confidence.
The voyage experience supports young people to set personal goals and develop skills which are transferable back into their homes, schools and future education and workplaces.
Your Education Pathway with Leeuwin
Leeuwin can help you achieve your higher education and career goals. Once you have participated in a Leeuwin voyage, you may be eligible for:
- Work Place Learning placement
- Acknowledgement on your WASSA and WACE
- Accreditation towards your Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
- Accumulation of seatime for Certificates III in Maritime Operations
For more information, download the Leeuwin Education Pathway document below.
Earn WACE and WASSA recognition with Leeuwin
Leeuwin Youth Explorer voyages are a School Curriculum and Standards Authority Endorsed Program (PLYEV) enabling students in years 10-12 to potentially earn the equivalent of one unit towards their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). Students are able to use three out of the four endorsed programs for WACE units from a voyage and are able to record many more on Western Australia Statement of Student Achievement (WASSA) academic transcript to provide evidence for scholarships and employment opportunities.
The WASSA is a document that every student receives when leaving school regardless of achieving their WACE. Participating on a Leeuwin voyage and volunteering may be added to your WASSA, and will demonstrate your willingness to try new things and learn a diverse new skill set.
Or to view the 2019 WACE Manual, click below (and refer page 94 to view an example WASSA).
Hear from our past and present Woodside-Leeuwin Maritime Cadets – learn about their journey with Leeuwin and the goals they have achieved.
A voyage on STS Leeuwin II will provide you with valuable skills for your resume or portfolio for tertiary entrance. It will also demonstrate a strong commitment to your chosen career.
So you are considering signing up for a voyage –or have signed up already (congratulations!!). You are now wondering:
How will I fund my Leeuwin adventure?
Thanks to our generous sponsors, Leeuwin Ocean Adventure is able to offer sponsorship support to cover full or part of the voyage fare.
Some Leeuwin Ocean Adventure activities are endorsed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA). Learn more here.
Last year alone, youth volunteers gave over 27,500 hours to Leeuwin Ocean Adventure.
Our volunteers are most often ex-voyage trainees. Most volunteering is done on the ship, during voyages and day sails.