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S.A.L.T.S. (Sail and Life Training Society)

Sail Training Organisation, Tall Ship Owner Operator

Training young people, by the sea, for life

Each year 1700 young people from all walks of life learn to sail a tall ship with SALTS, learning a great deal about themselves in the process. The Society provides transformative programs aboard two wooden schooners, both built by SALTS. Pacific Swift is an 81’ (LOA) top sail schooner, and Pacific Grace is a 115’ (LOA) gaff-rigged schooner. Each spring and fall, the ships conduct five-day voyages to the Gulf Islands with school groups—the program is full each year and over 100 schools are on our waiting list. Each summer, individuals age 13-25 join in ten-day voyages that collectively explore the entire west coast of Canada and circumnavigate Vancouver Island. Our ships have also taken six offshore voyages. The most recent one in 2007-08 took Pacific Grace to 15 countries in the South Pacific and Far East, travelling 18,000 nautical miles.

Though most participants pay fees, all trips are subsidized by donations—especially the donation of boats of all kinds, which are then sold through the SALTS shipyard. Each year over $100K in bursaries are available for young people with financial difficulties or challenging life situations. Future plans include the construction of another tall ship to meet the existing demand for SALTS programs.

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