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ERIC Number: ED471727
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The High Seas Adventure Context for Young People.
McCormack, Fiona
Sailing expeditions have played an important role in adventure provision for young people in Great Britain over many years. Adventure experiences under sail can achieve social and personal development goals similar to those of land-based adventure education programs. In addition, participants can earn certification in sailing skills. Most voyages last between 7 and 21 days; anything shorter is not long enough to realize the full benefit from the experience. An analysis of program objectives offers an insight into the motive and rationale for provision that will affect the style of the project. If "training" is used in the terminology, it can be concluded that the experience stresses the benefits of discipline and order. If "development" is used, the project may have a more distinct philosophy of youth-work and personal development. Four programs are examined. Two are single-sex programs for boys that stress responsibility and teamwork. A third is a mixed-sex program that stresses equality, fairness, understanding the needs and backgrounds of others, and awareness of the environment, in addition to responsibility and teamwork. A fourth program combines sailing adventures with land-based courses for young people at risk. Recently, providers of sailing adventures have become more receptive to modern ideas of personal and social development and have adapted their programs accordingly. If used within the context of supportive youth-work programs, sailing adventures offer unique challenges and experiences for personal and social development. (TD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)