Ocean Youth Trust Ireland is a national sail training charity that believes that young people from all walks of life should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Ocean Youth Trust Ireland use ‘Adventure under Sail’ – adventure sailing and camp as a means to help young people aged ten years upwards to gain knowledge about themselves and others.
We help young people to live healthy, fulfilling lives and make a positive contribution to their community and society as a whole.
We do not simply take young people on a boat trip, we bring them on a journey of discovery about themselves, their environment and ultimately help them find their place in society.
Our greatest assets are our volunteers and our fantastic equipment.
Ocean Youth Programmes offer a unique platform for youth development, providing the perfect environment for building mutual respect, self esteem, core values and a connection with the wider world.
There is a methodology which we use when we do our work. We take working with young people very seriously and our tailor made programmes are grounded in informal education, outdoor learning and youth-work using proven models of practice.
OYTI creates an atmosphere enabling young people to learn more about themselves. Sailing a boat are reliant on team work. Our programmes are carefully designed to maximize the principles of outdoor education and nature. This creates an element of risk which underlies all of our work and makes the whole experience exciting and unique for every group. We are very fortunate, Ireland has an expansive coastline and inland waterways which we can explore, and if that is not enough, there are the two thirds of the world covered by ocean which we can access. Underlying the core elements of sailing we ultimately connect people and build relationships. We link people to themed programmes such as heritage, the arts and culture.