School and youth excursions

By crewing the swan young people discover the excitement and reward of relying on yourself and on each other, and learn some of the most important skills in life.

We encourage young people to sail with us, and aim to keep the techniques of sailing and working a traditional vessel alive. Trips by local schools and youth groups are frequent and immensely popular; we make a special effort to accommodate you.

How long are the trips?

Trips are tailored to suit the age group. Young primary children are normally afloat for 1½ to 2 hours, and older primary children perhaps 2 to 3 hours.

Secondary classes can be anything from a few hours to a full day sail, or even a week long school trip to Norway and back.

What can the children do?

The trip is a 'hands on' outing, and under the crew’s guidance children assist with setting sails, deckwork and steering. They are introduced to the basic parts of a sailing boat, and there is usually a hot cuppa for the teachers accompanying them. The trip will also include a brief history of the swan.

How big a group can we take?

We can take a total of 12 passengers, including children and staff

What are the age limits?

There are none. Everyone from 1 to 100 plus is welcome aboard.

Is there provision for special needs groups?

Yes, we regularly do trips with special needs groups.

What do we need to take?

  • Warm clothing and sturdy footwear
  • Travel sickness pills (recommended if trip is outside harbour limits)

What does The Swan Trust provide?

  • Wet weather gear
  • Lifejackets
  • Rubber boots
  • Safety harnesses
  • Hot drink
  • Biscuits

How much does it cost?

For information on costs please contact:

Mr Peter Campbell
8 Sandyloch Drive
Lerwick
Shetland
ZE1 0SR

T: 01595 695193

E: petercampbell321@btinternet.com