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The Need for Self-Discovery

For many teenagers their only experience in life is with asphalt, walls, high tech entertainment and the struggle for power to control others. They develop a relationship with a man-made world that is based on materialism and greed. They learn nothing about being in harmony with the forces of nature.

Put a teenager at sea aboard a tall ship for ten days and they will discover a world that is in harmony with their natural ambitions - the desire to explore and discover their true capabilities. Nature becomes their true teacher and motivator.

Discovery - the Mission of Windjammers

At one time in history, windjammers were used for world exploration, discovery and the accumulation of wealth. Today they are used for self-discovery and developing skills for a quality lifestyle. Sailing vessels have always been an endless source of inspiration and awe, stirring images of both romantic splendor and monumental fear. Rookies are amazed at their ability to work in harmony with the forces of nature.

Sailing vessels were man's first powered vehicle that taught him how to use nature to achieve physical goals. With the invention of the sail, it became possible to sail hundreds, then thousands of miles from the homeport and return. Early long voyages were in the business of trade. The discovery of continents, ports and sea-lanes were important by-product of these early explorations.

Christopher Columbus burst through society's self-imposed beliefs that the world had limits. When he burst through these limits, he inspired in others a desire to learn more about the world we live in, which further led to missions of exploration and discovery.

As steam engines replaced sails, the age of discovery under sail became a thing of the past, but not for long.

Up until the start of the twentieth century, 98% of the world population lived on farms. Their daily lives revolved around the forces of nature and this daily contact helped people discover themselves. Man was designed to work in harmony with nature. By the end of the twentieth century, 95% of the world population lives in cities. The influence of nature on man became minimal. To replace this influence vacuum, man looked to counselors for guidance. Their success was spotty. Through lack of understanding the complexities of man's emotions, the needs of many teenagers were not addressed, they rebelled and engaged in self-destructive activities.

Today, windjammers are reconnecting man to nature. In this environment, man can discover himself and plot a course of action. Self-discovery allows one to burst through self-imposed limitations and be the person he dreamed of being. Nature is the counselor, instructor and motivator.

Windjammers are Nature's Learning Machines

Aboard sailing vessels, good leadership grows from being able to take direction, pull your share, be a team player, and be absolutely responsible. There must also be the ability to trust that others will be responsible. Learning to trust and be depended on by team members motivates one to excel.

Life aboard a tall ship offers a unique learning experience. It builds leadership skills, the qualities of stewardship, resourcefulness, pride in one's work, humility, bravery, strength, and grace. The experience also imparts a reverence for nature and an appreciation of history. All this, while developing a new romance that will change a life forever.

How Tall Ships Build Character

Do you have a dream? Do you have a goal? What inspires you to try an idea? These are the start-up tools for implementing your dream. Where does one find such tools? For most people, finding these tools is like searching for buried treasure. Not knowing where to look, most people accept life as it is handed to them; what can be done? People who have found success can help create environments where others find the tools for success. Tall ships have a proven success record for helping people find their mission in life. Ten days aboard a tall ship, as a crewmember, will change a life forever.

Most tall ships are training vessels for the purpose of building character, self-esteem, and self-confidence. In short, it changing lives. The training program requires the crew to do all the tasks necessary for a well maintained and smooth operating ship. Students first learn non-academic skills. After that, they can learn academic skills that interest them, such as navigation, oceanography, or any of hundreds of related subjects. Whatever the educational pursuit, students can develop skills that motivates them. If a student likes shipwright (carpentry), he will find opportunities in the blue-collar world. If blue-collar skills turn him off, he will be motivated to develop academic skills. Either way is a win-win. In the end, everyone learns to focus on skills that are based on their interest, natural talent, and ability. No one is labeled a failure. They develop a success work habits that works for them and meets their needs.

A tall ship gives a community instant inspiration. It attracts new business and motivates older businesses to modernize. A tall ship for training purposes helps leaders understand motivation management techniques. Attitudes acquired aboard a tall ship are the type of attitudes companies want their employees to have. When business leadership methods harmonize with tall ship training programs, the possibilities of ever-increasing efficiency are endless.

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