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Since 1988 over 14,000 youth from across Australia have sailed in Young Endeavour, taking part in an inspiring youth development experience. Our voyages help participants develop self-awareness, resilience and confidence through sail training and self-development activities.


With no Wi-Fi or mobile phones, participants have the opportunity to be present, focus on the program, and enhance their communication skills and relationships. The immersive nature of the program is designed to support the rapid development of interpersonal, leadership and teamwork skills, which are transferable to everyday life and career settings.

About the Scheme

About the Young Endeavour Program

The Young Endeavour Program is an internationally recognised youth development program, delivered by a professional Royal Australian Navy crew aboard the national Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour.


Scroll through the gallery for more information about our voyages, who the Young Endeavour Program is for, and what your students will gain from joining our crew for an eleven day adventure at sea.


For more information, see About the Program

An adventure at sea
Many youth who join a voyage in Young Endeavour are currently studying at school, and looking for opportunities to develop life skills concurrent to achieving their Higher School Certificate or Certificate of Education.

The Young Endeavour program provides opportunities to engage in structured real world activities that require determination, physical effort, perseverance, problem solving skills and cooperation.
For many participants it not only a positive experience, it is life-changing.

When do the voyages sail?
We aim to offer voyages that coincide with school holidays in most states, including after Year 11 and 12 exams and over the summer. We work with educators to ensure that youth can participate in our world recognised development program, developing life skills that complement their formal education, without impacting their academic studies.

Where do the voyages sail?
Young Endeavour delivers around 20 voyages each year, predominantly along the east and south coasts of Australia. Every few years the ship circumnavigates the country, visiting ports in the north and west coasts. Our current voyage program is available in Upcoming Voyages

Who is the program for?
The Young Endeavour Program is open to young Australians aged 16-23 on the day of each voyage departure. Eligibility criteria applies, and financial assistance is available to some candidates.

Youth crew travel from all around the country to join our voyages. Most people have never sailed before and won’t know other members of the crew before they start the program. Research shows that the more diverse the crew is, the better the outcomes for each participant!

What happens on board?
During each voyage Young Endeavour embarks a crew of young Australians who will learn the skills to sail a square-rigged tall ship, including how to navigate, keep watch, cook in the galley, set and furl sails, climb the 30 metre mast and take the helm. Participants live ‘between decks’ with fellow youth crew from across Australia and will be encouraged to pursue personal and team goals.

The training culminates in ‘Command Day’, when the youth crew take control of the ship for 24 hours under the watchful eye of the Royal Australian Navy staff crew.

Why should students participate?
A voyage in Young Endeavour has a long-lasting positive impact on participants. During a voyage, youth crew discover new reserves of character, commitment and confidence in themselves as they are challenged to move beyond their comfort zones.

In learning how to sail the ship they are learning how to work together as a team, and to recognise and appreciate the strengths of a diverse group of individuals. The youth development program also instils a desire to contribute back to the community.

Who delivers the program?
The Young Endeavour program is delivered by professional Royal Australian Navy personnel who have been carefully selected and trained to ensure the highest standards of safety and care.

The staff crew support and encourage each participant to identify and pursue personal and team goals and provide them with the tools to meet and negotiate the challenges they will face on board.

Youth Safety
The Young Endeavour Program is committed to providing a safe, challenging, high quality and contemporary youth development program in metropolitan and regional areas around Australia.

As a Commonwealth program supported by the Australian Government we comply, and strive to exceed, the standards required by Australian law with regards to youth safety. The ship itself is a modern sailing vessel, which is maintained by the Royal Australian Navy and certified by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

Duke of Edinburgh
The Young Endeavour Program and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme share a similar focus on developing a spirit of adventure and discovery amongst youth while they undertake a shared journey.

Completion of the Young Endeavour Youth Development Program during an eleven day voyage on board Young Endeavour meets the Award requirements for a Gold Award – Residential Project, or Expedition Practice Journey. Young Endeavour and Duke of Edinburgh

Youth Safety

Engagement with youth brings important responsibilities, including the obligation to ensure that youth safety and wellbeing is paramount. The Young Endeavour Progrma is committed to providing a safe, challenging, high quality and contemporary youth development program from metropolitan and regional ports around Australia.


For more information read our full Youth Safety Statement.

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme has partnered with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Australia National Office to enable participants to use their voyage towards their Gold Award, recognising the focus on exciting and challenging personal development outcomes.


Completion of the Young Endeavour Youth Development Program, undertaken during a ten or eleven day voayge in STS Young Endeavour, meets the Award requirements for either:

  • Gold Award – Residential Project
  • Expedition Practice Journey


For more information see our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award information.

Get involved!

We appreciate your support to promote the Young Endeavour Program as an outdoor education option for students. Please share information about our voyages in the school newsletter or let us know if you would like posters for your school information boards. 


One of our 14,000 alumni may even be one of your students or alumni!



Catch all the action from the current voyage in the Captain’s Log.

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Join Lieutenant Evan Healy – ship’s navigator – for a video tour of Young Endeavour.

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Upcoming Voyages

See the upcoming program of youth development voyages.

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