Educational Programme

ATYLA's Educational Programme is at the heart of our project. It is our mission as an organisation, and what elevates ATYLA from a hand built classic wooden vessel, to an International Training Ship.

Traditionally, ships dedicated to training sailors have used the term “Sail Training” to describe what they do. However, sailing is not the focus of our programme, it’s just the fun and exciting tool we use to teach our Trainees important life skills that are integral to their success both at sea and on land.

ATYLA’s Personal Development Programme can be broken down into 5 life skills, each of which is key to living a happy and productive life.

Intercultural Communication

ATYLA embarks with people on board from around the world, all living and working together in an environment where everyone is considered equal. By bringing individuals from a range of cultures, ages, and social backgrounds to work together at sea, our programme proves that mutual respect and communication is all that is needed to develop meaningful and lasting multicultural friendships

On board ATYLA we are all crew, and treat each other as we would wish to be treated. For ATYLA and her team, being friendly and inclusive is paramount to one's success and well-being


A classic sailing ship is a perfect environment in which to practise teamwork. On board ATYLA you will learn to pull together from the same rope because the ship needs everyone's coordination and participation to arrive in port.


The leadership learning process is simple. First Trainee’s learn-by-being-taught, then comes the stage of learning-by-doing, and finally, the process of learning-by-teaching others.

Through our Watch Leaders Programme, previous trainees return to mentor new trainees. This relationship allows effective leadership to be practised and observed in all 3 learning phases on board ATYLA.

Learn more about our Watch Leaders Programme

Environmental awareness

At ATYLA we believe that this is a crucial issue. If we want climate change to stop we not only need to raise awareness but also to change the way each one of us treats our planet.

The best way to improve how we as a society treat our environment is to get to know it better. On board ATYLA you'll be living in rhythm with the ocean, and will have the opportunity to experience its magnificence.

At the same time, our programme helps Trainees to consider creative ways that they can make positive improvements, which will benefit the environment in their daily lives back on dry land.

Global citizenship: critical thinking, social responsibility & emotional intelligence

We believe that successful and productive societies are composed of the following 3 things: Strong values, responsible members, and happy individuals.

Strong values are those that are based on solid reflection and consideration for others. Responsible members of a society are those who learn to be generous and courageous. And those who are able to understand and articulate their feelings are normally happier individuals.

The combination of the diversity of our crew and the friendly welcoming atmosphere on board ATYLA intends to promote meaningful conversations and profound moments that help the community on board to realise the importance of these 3 elements to our individual and collective development.

At ATYLA we want to make sure Trainees have the best, most educational experience possible. That's why we have a Coach on board that runs workshops, group dynamics, one-to-one conversations, and can provide theory and mentoring for anyone that requires it.

Learn more about the Crew structure

Of course, there is also a great deal of sailing related knowledge in our Sail Training Programme to be acquired during your trip if you're interested. The professional crew have many years of experience and will teach you all you will need to know in order to sail the ship. They are always on hand and happy to explain in more detail about any topic.

Don't be shy to ask!

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If you want to learn more about sailing theory or see more details about our life-skills and personal development programme, you can download our complete educational programme here.

Educational Programme