Windeward Bound now seeking voluntary crew applications (May - July start)

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Windeward Bound Voluntary Crew
Volunteering aboard Windeward Bound
Working aloft on the rig.

Run away to sea…Build up your seatime…Fulfil your dream…Begin a career…Reach your potential…Join STV Windeward Bound as voluntary crew!

The Windeward Bound Trust, established in 1993, uses adventure at sea under sail to develop self-confidence, life skills, and community spirit in the youth of Tasmania, with an emphasis on those in need.  To this end, the purpose built Sail Training Vessel Windeward Bound is used by the Trust to provide personal growth experiences and professional development opportunities to its youth participants and voluntary crew.

Windeward Bound is currently seeking applications for voluntary crew-members to start between now and July.  Below is a summary of the basic requirements of Windeward Bound voluntary crew.  If you are interested in applying, please find the full requirements at (About Crew, Become Crew) or email

Voluntary Crew Requirements: Voluntary crew are expected to live aboard the ship full-time, commit to a minimum of six months (longer if on a scholarship), participate in the rostered duty watch schedule, and positively represent Windeward Bound at all times. Additionally, voluntary crew must be average weight for height, reasonably fit, able to work at heights and lift own weight, and be a non-smoker and drug-free*.

*The Windeward Bound Trust holds anti-discrimination exemption number 03/069.

Voluntary Crew Benefits: Windeward Bound voluntary crew receive free room and board, get an average of two days off per week, and are eligible to apply for scholarships from the Windeward Bound Scholarship Fund for professional maritime qualifications, including Master <24m and MED 3 Certificates. Eligibility for scholarships depends upon performance and length of commitment.

Windeward Bound graduates are in strong demand and currently a number of graduates are serving in Officer positions on tall ships right across the globe.  You could be one of them!