What We Believe

Our mission is “to develop the spiritual, relational, and physical potential of young people through sail training, shipboard life, and associated activities in a Christian environment.”

A Christian Environment

We welcome everybody, from all walks of life, into our community. We believe that every person has intrinsic value and is worthy of love. We seek to create an environment that is caring and respectful, where young people are encouraged and inspired. We believe that love is the greatest cause in the world, and that our highest calling in our relationships is to love one another. We invest in the lives of others, young people in particular, to challenge and enable growth.

SALTS is an independent, non-denominational Christian-based charity, operating in a multi-faith community in which our Society members, donors, volunteers, and program participants come from all backgrounds, beliefs, and walks of life. Our Board members, professional crew-members, and many staff members are Christians.

How our Faith Plays Out

Our crew-members seek to find shared values with people of other faith communities and worldviews, such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Where our views differ from others, we seek to adopt a posture of learning and humility. Our goal is to have respectful dialogue about our shared values and differences without judgement. Our programs allow for friendly dialogue about many points of view. We strive to live out our beliefs in a manner that is sensitive and humble.

Our Captains say a short prayer for safety before departing the dock and end each night with a short prayer of thanks. Trainees will be present during these prayers but it is understood that not all will participate and these moments can be used for silent reflection and gratitude as each person chooses. We sing a “grace” before each meal and again, participation is optional. We hold intentional discussions at meal times where everybody is welcome to share their own personal views and beliefs, and we have no intention to push our own views on anyone else. On summer voyages (not school/group trips) we’ll hold a simple service on the seventh day of the voyage. We think that broadening the worldview of young people to include/understand some aspects of faith is a good learning opportunity. We seek to identify what we have in common. We regularly receive positive feedback about the welcoming, open, and compassionate experiences young people have on board.

We respect First Nations traditional territories in which we live, work, and sail. We explore and find joy in the beauty of the earth and believe that caring for this planet is our sacred responsibility.

What We Believe

Our Board members, professional crew-members, and many staff members are Christians who have a personal faith in:
·   the unique Divine inspiration and authority of the Bible;
·   the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ;
·   the necessity and efficacy of the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ for the redemption of the world and the historic fact of his bodily resurrection;
·   the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the work of regeneration;
·   the consummation of the Kingdom in the "glorious appearing of the Great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ."