Sail Training Info



Head of Offshore/Offshore Commander - Marine Society & Sea Cadets

Head of Offshore, based Gosport, PO12 2AB – [to take up post Summer 2015].

Salary up to £50,000 gross per annum, depending on skills and experience

Marine Society and Sea Cadets (MSSC) is the nation’s largest maritime charity and the governing charity of the Sea Cadet Corps (SCC), a civilian voluntary youth organisation comprising some 400 or so volunteer Sea Cadet Units, throughout the UK. The SCC offers a wide range of youth opportunities with the same enduring objective – to foster good citizenship in the community.

MSSC are seeking an exceptional individual to become their new Head of Offshore/Offshore Commander with effect from summer 2015.

"This is a senior role within MSSC (based at our offshore office in Gosport), tasked with leading and developing our offshore operations, manpower and fleet - this currently consists of three 35ft yachts, two large modern power vessels and our new flagship, TS ROYALIST, a 32m sail training brig (tall ship), due to take its place in our training programme in 2015. Our vessels undertake voyages for cadets (aged 12 to 18) around the UK and near continent, from March to November. From December to February, the vessels undergo winter maintenance, including a docking, usually in the Gosport area. We employ around 20 members of full time crew and many more relief crew. We also have a small dedicated team of mostly shore-based support staff based at Gosport.

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Cooks for "Leader" and "Provident" - Trinity Sailing Foundation

Spend the summer sailing two of the last legendry Brixham Sailing Trawlers in some of the UK s most spectacular cruising grounds. Trinity Sailing Foundations require cooks for their 2 largest vessels Leader (built 1892) and Provident (built 1924).

Trinity Sailing provides adventure sailing holidays and youth development voyages aboard their fleet of traditional sailing vessels. This year they will be operating from the West Coast of Scotland and the South Coasts of Devon and Cornwall with trips to the Scilly Isles, Brittany and the Channel Islands. The boats operate a six night voyage, during this time you will visit a mixture of bustling ports and quiet and remote anchorages.

The Cook will work in a team with three or four other full time staff on board. During cruising holidays you will be responsible for all meals on board Breakfast Lunch and Dinner plus afternoon tea for up to 19 people. During Sail Training voyages you will be responsible for supervising young people in the galley. Other duties include, control of food stocks, weekly food order and ensuring the vessel is clean and tidy.

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Cook - Eda Frandsen

Employment from Mid March - Mid October
Salary-£17,000 pro rata
Location Falmouth and Mallaig on the West Coast of Scotland

"Eda Frandsen are looking for an outgoing and personable cook for the coming season. Eda has a reputation for providing excellent home cooked fayre sourced as locally as possible, they even carry their own crab pots on deck! As cook you would be cooking for 8 guests and 3 crew for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The successful applicant will have a real passion for food, but equally importantly has to be excellent at dealing with guests on a daily basis as well as being able to live and work as part of a small close knit team. Excellent organisation and planning is required as provisioning is only possible on a weekly basis.

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Trinity Sailing Foundation - Seasonal Volunteer

Trinity Sailing is looking for a seasonal volunteer to become part of their 2015 sailing crew. The role is as Bosun and will involve watch keeping, domestic duty's and will receive training to progress up the ranks.

Trinity Sailing Foundation operates three traditional sailing vessels from their base in Brixham, South Devon. The vessels have an active season from Easter until October, during which time they are used for Sail Training, Cruising Holidays, and Corporate Sailing. The vessels are gaff rigged and represent some of the finest examples of British maritime heritage.

This is a great opportunity for anyone with a passion for sailing who wants to develop a career within the sailing industry. If you like the idea of great fun, great sailing, hard work, a beautiful boat and the opportunity to learn you could be the person for Trinity Sailing Foundation!

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Maybe Sailing - Volunteer 2nd Mate

Volunteer 2nd Mate Required.

Maybe require a volunteer 2nd Mate for the 2015 season mid March - end of October.

Minimum Competent Crew, however, YachtMaster Coastal preferred.

All board, lodging and travel costs provided. You will need to be able to financially support yourself for anything else.

This is a great opportunity to gain experience if you are hoping to become a First Mate or Skipper.

Maybe Sailing will also support you through your further training and qualifications.

Volunteers are required to pay a bond of £300 which is returnable at the end of the volunteer period.

Marine Society & Sea Cadets, Seasonal Sailing and Paddlesport Instructors

Seasonal Sailing and Paddlesport Instructors, Royal Victoria Docks Boat Station, based Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 2QT

This is a seasonal fulltime position, from 1st March until 31st October 2015

Salary: £20,700 per annum pro rata (£1,725 per month for the duration of the contract)

The hours of work are variable but will average 44 hours a week over the duration of the contract.

The Marine Society & Sea Cadets are currently seeking enthusiastic water sports instructors to deliver sailing and paddlesports training at their growing facility in East London. In this role you will rbe esponsible for leading the delivery of their schools programmes as well as supporting the Chief Instructor in running and facilitation of cadet instruction.

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Marine Society & Sea Cadets, Sessional Watersports Instructors

Sessional Watersports Instructors, Royal Docks Boat Station, based Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 2QT

The Marine Society & Sea Cadets are currently looking to recruit enthusiastic water sports instructors to join a bank of sessional staff delivering sailing and paddlesport training at their growing facility in East London for the 2015 season.

Employment will be on a sessional basis (usually half-day or full-day) at a rate of £9.39 per hour plus £1.13 holiday pay per hour. Hours will vary depending on bookings and availability and may include evening and weekend working.

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Ocean Youth Trust South - Core Refit Team x 2

Ocean Youth Trust South have 2 spaces on their Core Refit Team

Due to 2 of their volunteers successfully gaining employment in the Sail Training industry, they now have 2 spaces within their Core Refit Team. These vacancies are ideal for anyone considering a career in the marine industry. Volunteers will receive food, accommodation and valuable experience in boat maintenance and repairs. Ideally volunteers must be aged 18+, there is no upper age limit. Practical skills in any aspect of boat maintenance will be an advantage but not essential. Core team volunteers should be hard-working, responsible and enthusiastic. The team all live together in a rented refit house and it is vital that volunteers are also prepared to take responsibility for a share of cooking and cleaning in the house. Refit volunteers often go on to become bosuns or watch leaders during the sailing season. If they were already members of sea staff, their refit experience can help them make progress and move on to more senior roles. Previous volunteers have also moved on to paid work in the sailing industry at first mate or skipper level, where an understanding of maintenance issues is imperative.

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Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust - Operations and Fundraising Manager - Largs

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust takes young people recovering from Cancer and Leukaemia sailing to help rebuild their confidence following treatment.

"After a successful pilot in 2013, we set up a new base in Largs in 2014. This is a key part of our strategy to double the number of young people we work with

We are now looking to recruit a Largs Operations and Fundraising Manager to play a key role in our continued expansion and become part of the Trust team as we move forward.
The successful candidate will have experience in Sail Training and/or working with young people and safety management experience, ideally as a commercially endorsed Yachtmaster.

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Refit Volunteers - Trinity Sailing Foundation

Trinity are looking for volunteers to help with their busy refit.

There's a real mix of rigging work, woodwork, engineering, electrics, painting, cleaning, organising and loads of other jobs to do between now and the start of April (when we are putting to sea again), and we would really appreciate your help with all or any of this. The work is varied, the atmosphere on board is great and there are several friendly pubs nearby!

It doesn't matter whether or not you have sailed on any of the Trinity vessels before, you will be made very welcome. You can come for a day, a few days, a week, a month or the whole refit!
We ask that all volunteers bring the following items:
• Sleeping bag
• Towel
• Sturdy footwear (rigger boots recommended)
• Practical warm clothing for maintenance work

(We have old oilskins and suchlike we can lend to volunteers for particularly messy jobs).
Trinity will be glad to provide you with food and accommodation (on board one of our vessels in Brixham) in return for your help. We are very flexible in dealing with our volunteers and appreciate all the help we can get.
If you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch with the Operations Manager Matt, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or call Matt Gilchrist on 01803 88 33 55

Refit Volunteers - Ocean Youth Trust South

2014 Refit volunteers needed. OYT South's vessel John Laing undergoes a substantial refit every year between November and March. Volunteers are needed to join the team for a minimum of a month during this time - ideally for the full four and a half months.

This is an ideal opportunity for someone planning a gap year or career break, or looking to move into the Sail Training industry: most previous OYT South core team refit volunteers have gone on to paid sailing work.

Volunteers receive food and accommodation, as well as experience in boat repairs and maintenance.

A hard-working, responsible and enthusiastic approach is essential; practical skills in any aspect of boat maintenance is an advantage.

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Medical Purser - Jubilee Sailing Trust

Are you adapatable with a cheerful, optimistic personality and organised, with good administration skills? If the answer is yes, apply to join one of Jubilee Sailing Trust's magnificent Tall Ships and sail the seas as Medical Purser on board S.T.S. Lord Nelson & S.V. Tenacious.

JST are looking for a Nurse registered with the NMC and who has ideally worked in a clinical role within the last 6 months.

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Volunteer Third Officer - Jubilee Sailing Trust

Volunteer as Third Officer

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of others? Volunteer as Third Officer on board S.T.S Lord Nelson and S.V Tenacious. UK OOW CoC or equivalent needed.

Benefits include: All travel paid, top quality food, visit exciting new ports.

No square rig sailing experience is needed.

For more information please contact Charlotte Butcher – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +44 (0)23 8044 3113