What To Expect

Below Deck

The cabin has a large communal living area where meals are enjoyed together, with a kitchen (galley) area that is designed for use at sea.

The front and back of the boat contain the accommodation areas. There are 4 crew bunks in each section, together with a toilet (heads) and a small amount of space for your kit.

Ocean Scout and Offshore Scout are two near-identical, modern 49 foot Oyster ketches. They were purpose-built for us back in 1993 and 1997 respectively; each specifically designed and equipped with sail training in mind. Since their introduction, they have been lovingly maintained and upgraded, meaning that they are in as good condition today as they were when they were new!


Our vessels are equipped and maintained to a very high standard, with all the required safety equipment to meet and exceed the UK’s stringent commercial regulations. Each can sail with up to 13 people on board – including 2 or 3 sea-staff and a maximum of 10 crew. 

All our volunteers have enhanced DBS certificates. They all receive safeguarding and safety training, and they also hold food hygiene certificates.

Every voyage starts with a safety briefing, and throughout your adventure our sea-staff will be on hand to keep you safe.

Our adventures are about much more than just sailing. You will be a full member of the crew and that also involves helping out with cooking, cleaning, and other domestic chores.

FOOD! All food for your voyage is included. We can cater for all dietary requirements and allergies - just let us know what we need to avoid! You will get to take a turn at preparing a meal for the whole crew.
WATCHES- On explorer voyages and tall ships races, you might be at out sea continuously for a few days in a row. You’ll be divided into two teams or “watches” who will take turns on duty sailing the boat. Each of our watches is lead by one of our sea staff. When you’re on watch, you might be steering, keeping a lookout, or helping prepare a meal.


Our boats sleep up to 10, in 3 separate areas. You will get your own bunk in a cabin and some space to store your kit. You’ll be sharing the cabin with up to 3 other people - so it’s important to be tidy!

Down Time

When we’re in port, there are still some jobs to do, but otherwise your time is your own. Aboard ship, people relax in the main saloon area. Depending on where the boat is moored, you may be allowed some time ashore to explore the area.

Don't just take our word for it...! Here is some of our feedback;

Kathryn Radley

Sara Armitage

Duncan Blakeley

Alex - Explorer

Jack - Explorer

Kenny - Explorer

Eloise - Explorer

Emily - Young Sea Staff

Linden - Young Sea Staff

Please see our programme, how can you volunteer for us, or start your life at sea! Get in touch!

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Telephone: 01206 385 071
Email: sailing@offshore.org.uk

Tolken, The Lane, West Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8NT
Registered charity Number 1035015

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