Physical & Mental Health Requirements

There are no “passengers” aboard the SALTS ships—every person on board (other than the professional crew) is a “trainee” and actively participates in the sail training program. Previous sailing experience is not required, but trainees must be physically agile and mentally alert. Trainees are required by law to be “able bodied” so that they can participate safely in the program and respond as necessary if an emergency arises. They must also be able to hear, understand, and act on instructions given by the crew.

Situations may arise where there are erratic and heaving motions of the deck, slippery conditions on deck and moving parts of the ship’s rigging. These situations require a certain level of active involvement on the part of each participant. In addition, every person on board must have the physical strength to be able to climb the ship’s companionway ladders (8’ high) while the ship is in motion, and participate in hauling lines to set sail. It will be necessary to use footholds and arm strength to climb over the side of the ship to board or disembark at a dock or when utilizing the ship’s dories. Motion sickness may occur.

SALTS does not discriminate on the basis of physical or mental disability except as required to ensure the safety of all trainees and crew-members. The following is a list of conditions that may inhibit your participation or compromise your safety and that of your shipmates.
  1. Medical conditions possibly requiring treatment on shore or specialized treatment at sea
  2. Limited agility due to factors such as:
    a)  Use of canes or other walking aids
    b) Severe arthritis—rheumatoid or other forms
    c) Obesity
    d) Neurological disorders
    e) Pregnancy
     f) Frailty
  3. Impaired vision or hearing
  4. Psychological or mental health disorders
  5. Inability to tolerate stressful situations (physical or psychological)
  6. Chest pain
  7. Poor balance or dizziness
  8. Limited/low mental capacity
  9. Severe allergic reactions
  10. Seizures
  11. Contagious illnesses
If these or other physical or mental conditions apply to you, please discuss these with the SALTS booking manager at the time of your booking. Please also consult with your physician to confirm your ability to safely participate in a sailing voyage with SALTS. We suggest that you print this section to share with your doctor.