New team of Springboard graduates complete Endeavor course – The Royal Gazette

Created: March 16, 2022 07:49

A group of 14 teenage school children have completed a seven-week course designed to prepare them for life on the ocean.

A group of young people taking part in the latest Springboard maritime training program organized by sailing organization Endeavor (photo provided)

The Springboard program, run by the sailing charity Endeavor with Bermuda College, was launched to equip young people aged 16 and over for sea-related careers in places such as sailing clubs, water sports or on board ships.

Elijah Samuels, 17, from the Berkeley Institute, said: “My knowledge of the maritime industry has increased dramatically through my participation in the program.

“I discovered new areas of work and different aspects of the maritime world. This experience definitely grew and cemented my desire to become a superyacht captain.

Others who have completed the course, which began five years ago, have had an interest in careers in ocean science, marine conservation, marine veterinary science and professional sports event photography.

Tre’sure Nanette, who is home-schooled, added that she was inspired by a talk by Mark Soares, of Bermuda Yacht Services.

She said: ‘I found Mr Soares’ experiences and the stories he told about being able to work on a yacht and the steps he took to travel the world and back to Bermuda very interesting.

“Loved hearing about all the opportunities available if you work with Bermuda Yacht Services or an opportunity with a superyacht.”

A total of 54 young people have completed the course since 2018.

Ruth Mello-Cann, 17, from the Berkeley Institute, said: “I have a better understanding of the different jobs and opportunities in the maritime industry.

Junior sailors from Endeavor’s Springboard program take a break (photo provided)

“I was able to learn more skills and build relationships through my participation in the program.

“This experience has given me the opportunity to gain qualifications to help me succeed in the maritime industry.”

The last course took place in January and February and also included students from CedarBridge Academy and Saltus, with six of the students already being assistant instructors at Endeavour.

The program also includes Royal Yachting Association qualifications, as well as hands-on industry experience, skills development training and the opportunity to network with maritime professionals.

Other partners include the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, the Royal Bermuda Regiment Coastguard and the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science.

James Harris, Chief Operating Officer of Endeavour, said, “We are inspired by the level of effort and commitment shown by participants throughout the program and are proud of their accomplishments.

“We congratulate everyone on successfully completing the program and wish them all the best for the future.”

Jennifer Pitcher, Endeavour’s Head of Development and Partnerships, added, “We are proud to see many young Bermudians who have completed the program in previous years return to share their successes with the new cohort and represent different maritime roles, including including water sports organizations, international sports organizations, mechanics and shipyards, rental boats and many more.

The application process for the next course, which will take place in January next year, will open in the fall.

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