SALTS – Sail and Life Training Society
Each year, 1700 young people (ages 13-25) learn to sail a tall ship with SALTS. Aboard our schooners, Pacific Swift and Pacific Grace, trainees develop strong teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving skills. During the spring and fall, we run five-day voyages to the Gulf Islands for school or youth groups. During the summer, individual young people join in ten-day summer voyages to extraordinary places on the coast of British Columbia, such as Desolation Sound, the Great Bear Rainforest, Haida Gwaii, and Vancouver Island. Periodically, SALTS conducts an offshore voyage to ports around the world. Right now we are working on plans to build a new schooner with offshore capabilities.
Young “trainees” learn all aspects of sailing the ship. They are split into three “watches” (groups) and given responsibilities as training crew. At least one watch is always on duty, working in shifts both day and night. Duties include taking the wheel of the ship, bow watch, sail handling, anchor watch, navigation, radio monitoring, small boat handling, galley chores, etc. Formal instruction is given regarding sailing theory, rules of the road, sailing terminology, knots, etc. Trainees work their way through the SALTS sail training curriculum. Shore trips to beautiful coastal islands and rousing evening mug-ups with games, stories, and singing make for an exciting and diverse experience.
SALTS was founded in 1974 and is a registered charity in Canada and the USA. The society partners with numerous organizations to provide bursaries and equal opportunities for youth experiencing adversity or challenging life situations. We value diversity and seek to create a community in which everyone feels they belong.
Rig: Topsail Schooner
Sparred Length: 33.8m (111′)
Displacement: 98 tons
Built: 1986, by SALTS
Rig: Gaff Schooner
Sparred Length: 42.2m (138’7″)
Displacement: 175 tons
Built: 1999, by SALTS