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Our Trainee Program

The Picton Castle training program offers paying sail trainees an opportunity to sail around the world as deckhands on a traditional square-rigged ship.

Everyone on board participates in the ship's operation: handling sails, scrubbing the deck, taking a turn at the wheel, raising anchor, hauling on lines, helping in the galley, going aloft (optional), or keeping lookout. There are training classes in seamanship and navigation, plenty of opportunity to learn square-rig sailing and to explore exotic tropical ports and islands.

No sailing experience is needed.

Picton Castle offers a global sail training program and is committed to providing healthy, respectful, deep multicultural experiences and exchanges during our port/island visits and while at home at sea. We know that diversity is a strength and we are committed to inclusion across race, age, gender, religion, identity, experience, culture and nationality. This commitment is reflected in the average make-up of our crew and in the safe and healthy environment we create on board for all our crew to learn and thrive.

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Who can be a Trainee

Photo of the Captain and the Crew Rowing the Monomy off Pitcairn Island

Qualified trainees are those who can meet the essential eligibility criteria for joining a voyage on the Picton Castle.

Trainees must be able to:

On Voyages Over Three Months In Length

Individuals age 18+ (no couples, please*). We prefer trainees under age 40, though we accept older persons who are healthy and fit. It is a strenuous life. Trainees work hard on board and live in close quarters in tropical weather, so some discomfort is to be expected.

On Voyages Under Three Months In Length

Individuals ages 15+. Couples are welcome, as are parents with teens.

* Please review the Picton Castle Couples Policy for more details.

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