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Learn to sail: sign up now for free courses

28 Jan 2015

A limited number of fully-funded places are available for Cardiff University EARTH students to learn to sail on Challenge Wales this summer. All food, refreshments, waterproof clothing and lifejackets are provided and no experience is required. Challenge Wales sails with up to 12 passengers and 6 crew.

15 June 2015 ( 1 day trip)

16 –17 June 2015 (Two Day ‘Start Yachting’ Residential)

20 –24 June 2015 (5 Day ‘Competent Crew’ Residential, Penarth via Lundy Island to Gosport)

Book your place by contacting


 Why ?

Cardiff’s students are amongst the most intellectually gifted in the UK. However, the employment market for graduate leavers is increasingly competitive and the University attaches great importance to ensuring that Cardiff University graduates also have the personal skills demanded by employers.

To achieve this, we are offering students the opportunities that allow them to gain such skills and experiences that will set them apart from others in the future, and which will help them enter the world of work.

Challenge Wales is a volunteer-run sailing charity which aims to develop self-esteem and life-skills (e.g. teamwork and communication) through sailing on a 72ft Round the World Yacht.


What is it?

The following opportunities are available (free of charge thanks to funding from the Reardon Smith Nautical Trust) to students from the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences:


Challenge Experience Day, (5 students) 15th June 2015.

The Challenge Experience Day is an opportunity for those interested in being volunteer crew to have their skills assessed. The hope is that students will complete this experience day and wish to become more involved in volunteering work with Challenge Wales thereafter, thus increasing their time at sea and contributing to a well-rounded and volunteer-focussed CV. It would also enable our students to utilise their volunteering experience to help other less privileged groups who take part in Challenge Wales sailing trips. Duration: one day.


Start Yachting Experience, (8 students) 16th and 17th June 2015

A short introduction to sailing for complete beginners. The course will introduce Cardiff’s students to yachting and will encourage team working as well as build on individuals’ leadership skills. Duration: A residential course of 2 days.


Competent Crew Experience, Penarth to Gosport (8 students), 20th to 24th June 2015.

This course is for those who would like to become active crew members. The selected students will gain experience living on board a boat and really get to know the vessel. Virtually all the course is hands on. By the end of the course students should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day-to-day duties on board. Duration: Residential course of 5 days.


How to apply:

If you are interested in applying for any of the above opportunities or wish to find out more information, please contact:

Ian Fryett (School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University).


Office: main 1.35

You need to apply as soon as possible as places will also be opened up to other University departments if necessary.


Link: for more information about Challenge Wales: