Tall Ships Adventures are pleased to announce that we now automatically include travel insurance within your booking costs.

We have arranged this specialist travel insurance for all crew members taking part on all Voyages aboard any vessel owned or managed by Tall Ships Ltd.

Full Policy terms and conditions can be found on our website www.tallships.org

This can be downloaded or if required please contact us and we will send you a full copy in the post.

Please read through this documentation carefully to ensure it meets with your requirements.

A brief Summary of this cover is set out below.

Main Sections of Cover:

Cancellation or CurtailmentUp to £5,000

Replacement & Re-joining Expenses Up to £3,000

Medical, Repatriation and Additional Expenses Up to £1,000,000

Personal Baggage & Money Up to £1,500

Personal Accident £25,000

Journey Continuation Up to £500

Travel Delay Up to £500

Hospital Benefit £50 per day up to a maximum £2,500

Personal Liability Up to £2,000,000 (excluding whilst involved in sailing activities)

Legal Expenses Up to £25,000

Delayed Baggage Up to £250

Political and Natural Disaster Evacuation Expenses Up to £15,000

An Excess of £50 applies to some Sections - see Policy for details.

General Exclusions that apply to all Sections

It is important to be aware that Trips booked or commenced contrary to Medical Advice, contrary to health and safety regulations of airlines, to obtain medical treatment or after a terminal prognosis has been made are excluded.

This insurance also excludes certain types of claim arising from any of the following conditions in respect of an insured person

    (a) who is waiting for an operation or post operative check-up, any investigation or results, or any other hospital treatment or consultation (other than regular hospital check-ups for a stable condition where the medication and dosage has not changed in the last 12 months.)

    (b) who has received treatment for any of the following during the 24 months prior to date of booking a trip:

a stroke, any form of cancer; leukaemia or tumour; a transplant; any heart problem; hypertension; dialysis; diabetes (not including diabetes II); any blood disorder; any breathing or respiratory problem (not including asthma, unless requiring inpatient treatment); any psychiatric illness or dementia; any gastro intestinal condition e.g. colitis, stomach ulcer; any neurological system related condition

    (c) who has been seen by a specialist in the last three months (other than regular hospital check-ups for a stable condition where the medication and dosage remains unchanged).

You are advised to read the full policy terms and conditions (www.tallships.org or on request) which set out the full details of all exclusions and limitations

Maximum age 80 at date of travel

This Policy is underwritten by Sagicor at Lloyd's Limited (FSA reference 204947) for Lloyd's Syndicate 1206 and is administered by Sagicor Underwriting Limited.

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We’re always looking for volunteers to join our Volunteer Support Groups – you only need to find a few hours a month to get involved – and you’ll be joining a wonderful group of enthusiastic supporters.

Volunteering on our vessels is an equally rewarding experience – and allows you to pass on your knowledge and skills to others.

There are lots of ways to get involved:-

Brig – Volunteer Third Officers

Do you hold a Deck OOW Certificate and would like to become a member of our Volunteer Crew? Please email vol.crew@tallships.org for further information.

Brig – Volunteer Assistant Engineers

Do you hold an Engineer OOW Certificate and would like to become a member of our Volunteer Crew? Please email vol.crew@tallships.org for further information.

Challengers/Cat – Volunteer Skipper/Mate

If you hold commercial qualifications that correspond with the MCA (Maritime Coastguard Agency) criteria for the positions of Skipper or Mate and would like to sail as a volunteer in that capacity please ring our Fleet Operations Manager John Farndell on 023 9283 2055 or email him at john.farndell@tallships.org

All Other Volunteer Crew Positions

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer Watch Leader, Deckhand or perhaps a Cook? Just follow these simple steps:

  1. 1. Join a voyage on the Brig for 5+ nights or on the Challengers/Cat for 4+ nights.
    2. Let the Captain/Skipper and your Watch Leader know that you are interested in becoming a member of the Volunteer Crew when you join the vessel
    3. Then demonstrate to them what you’re capable of on board!
    4. If you receive a Volunteer Crew Recommend at the end of your voyage, you’ll be notified by Head Office and sent a Volunteer Crew Application Pack
    5. Once all of the paperwork is completed you’ll be able to apply for your first voyage as Volunteer Crew!

All Vessels – Volunteer Youth Mentors

On all our youth voyages we have a Youth Mentor on board as part of our crew whose responsibility is the well being of all the young people during the voyage. This can be a very rewarding position as you are in a unique situation in supporting the Permanent Crew, Volunteer Crew and Voyage Crew as they develop during the voyage.

To be a Youth Mentor you will need the following qualifications and experience:-

  • A National or Vocational qualification in youth work, teaching, social work or other relevant qualifications in a related field
  • A minimum of 2 years front line experience working with young people
  • A current, working knowledge of the safeguarding and other relevant legislation

Youth Mentors will need the written recommendation of the Youth Development and Training Manager and will need to complete a Volunteer Crew Application Pack including enhanced CRB and references. Individuals will only be eligible after completion of the Tall Ships Induction Training Programme with a visit to the Brig or Challenger Yacht. If you have the appropriate qualifications and experience and are interested in becoming a Youth Mentor please ring our Youth Development and Training Manager Chas Cowell on 023 92832 055 or email him at chas.cowell@tallships.org

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