Late in 2017, Leeuwin Ocean Adventure officially took delivery of its certified Blue Flag, acknowledging its commitment to marine environmental management.

The Blue Flag represents a serious and profound commitment to both people and the environment.

The Blue Flag Scheme was introduced by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a global organisation focused on helping communities realise the benefits of sustainable living through education and active learning.

For Leeuwin Ocean Adventure, meeting the criteria to be a Blue Flag vessel was very straight forward. For many years the ship has promoted sustainable behaviour and environmental awareness amongst young people.

Leeuwin CEO Carol Shannon talks about the recent certification.

“On board the STS Leeuwin II, young people learn respect for the natural marine environment as they are exposed to scarce resource management, waste minimisation and responsible waste disposal,” Carol Shannon said.

“More broadly, Blue Flag operating vessels agree not to throw anything overboard or release “black water” (sewage) into coastal waters and sensitive areas, harm or use objects from protected species or archaeological underwater findings at the same time as committing to report any pollution or environmental violations, protect animals and plants, and not engage in forbidden fishing.”

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure aims to enrich the lives of young people through adventure, participation and challenge and is funded through a combination of grants, corporate sponsorships and donations by organisations and the general public.

Leeuwin is an award winning provider of personal development and leadership programs providing key life skills for young people aged 14-25 to take into their studies, careers and communities.

The new Leeuwin Voyage program has now been released, with a whole new suite of voyages right up until mid-2019. Visit www.sailleeuwin.com to join the adventure today!