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Sea Trek Expedition

Sea Trek Expedition

The Year 11 Outdoor Education sea trek set off last week, sailing from East Fremantle, heading to Garden Island, Point Peron, Carnac Island and Woodman Point. The girls enjoyed excellent sailing conditions on most days and were able to explore the different Islands and coastline while developing sailing skills, power boating skills, leadership, snorkelling, camp craft and environmental awareness.

Sea trek was a fantastic expedition for the girls. The class made the most of all opportunities and took on every challenge that faced them with great determination and enthusiasm.

We asked staff member Joanne Beechey about sea trek.

How long did the girls prepare for this trip?
The class have been preparing for the Expedition for all of Term 1. The girls have been completing their Expedition Planners, including risk management, menu planning, route planning, weather forecasts, environmental awareness and the history of the region. Along with this, the girls have completed several sailing lessons at the Marine Education Boatshed, leadership activities, camp cooking and camp craft in preparation.

What is the purpose of this expedition?
The expedition has several purposes. Firstly, to provide a new experience for students in an environment which is in our backyard. Students are able to see what opportunities there are so close to home and to appreciate our local environment and what it has to offer.  Expeditions such as these provide students with the opportunity to take on and develop leadership skills as well as learning the skills of sailing. Students need to work together in groups – sailing, cooking, tent and leadership groups. They must demonstrate excellent communication and cooperation in all areas in order for the expedition to run smoothly. By participating, students are able to complete three units of competencies towards the Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation as well as completing assessment criteria for their General Outdoor Education Course.

Sea trek gives students a chance to get out of normal routine, get away from technology, take some time out of their busy schedules to enjoy the outdoors with peers where they can laugh, be themselves, and have a great time. It gives students the opportunity for personal growth and reflection and a chance to build relationships.

What did the girls learn from this expedition?

“The biggest thing that I want the girls to take away from this expedition is that they are more capable than they realise.”

That even when faced with challenges such as tough sailing conditions, they are able to find a way to keep going, to be brave and not give up. The girls also learn a lot about themselves.

Outdoor Education has given this group of girls some memories that will last forever. By showing such a willingness to learn both personally and as a group, the girls have achieved great things. They showed a genuine appreciation for the environment we were in, they were eager to take on challenges and demonstrated enthusiasm even when things were difficult. The bond they formed throughout the four days is a special one and I look forward to what this class can achieve for the remainder of the year.We also interviewed Year 11 student, Phoebe Harris, about her experience.

How did you prepare for the sea trek?

Before camp, we devoted most of our in-class lessons to preparing for sea trek. We were provided with a booklet to fill in; including our meal plans and equipment lists, details of the weather and a general overview of our plans for the week. We were given a ‘practice run’ by spending a night at the Marine Education Boatshed, where we sailed all day and practiced camp cooking at the night time. We also experienced our first night watch, safe to say we all learnt to only take our designated shift on camp!

Did you have any fears or concerns? How did you overcome these?
Something I was really scared of was over packing, considering my tendency to do so! Not to worry, I along with the rest of the group, managed to fit everything in to our provided barrels / ice boxes without sinking the boats. Another fear which I think we all shared, was that the weather was going to provide us with a few too many challenges. We were extremely lucky with the lovely weather we scored and the help we had to overcome any struggles we faced on the boats.

What was the best part of the expedition?
As awesome as it was to further my sailing skills and experience sailing in an extremely different light to what I was used to, I think my favourite part of camp was the bond I made with all the girls in my class and even our supervisors: Rod and Miss Beechey. I am so glad I was able to experience this camp with such an amazing group of girls.

What did you learn during the expedition – about sailing and/or about yourself?
My sailing skills improved majorly over the course of sea trek, and I was really proud to see the whole group improving together. I think all of us can say we learnt what it takes to work effectively in a group, and how to be patient and respectful of other’s opinions.

On behalf of the class, I would like to thank all the people who made our trip possible. It was a once in a life time opportunity for most of us and one we all really enjoyed. We would really encourage anyone considering doing Year 11 Outdoor Education to really do it, it is an amazing experience.

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