Boarding Policy

To board your ship, your trainee profile must be complete, including a current Medical Insurance Number (i.e. Provincial Care Card number; or travel medical insurance documentation if you are from out of the country). Most group contracts also require a completed, age appropriate waiver form be submitted by the trip organizer for every trainee, whether they are a youth, leader, teacher or volunteer chaperone.

Conduct Policy

For the safety of the ships, crew and trainees, discipline has a very high priority on board. Rules must not be treated lightly and a chain of command from Master through Watch Officers and Watch Leaders to trainees is in effect at all times. Absolutely NO MP3 players, iPods, hand-held video games, chewing gum, junk food, alcohol or illegal drugs permitted on board. A NO SMOKING policy will be in effect both on the ship and during shoreside activities. Please be aware that smoking will NOT be permitted from the time you board until the time you disembark at the end of the trip. Infractions of this policy will lead to your disembarking immediately. Thank you for your cooperation.

Physical and Mental Fitness Requirements

There are no “passengers” aboard the SALTS ships—every person on board (other than the professional crew) is a “trainee” who will actively participate 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” and capable of hearing, understanding and acting on instructions given by the crew, in order to safely participate in the program, and to respond in case of an emergency.

Situations may arise where there are erratic and heaving motions of the ship, slippery conditions on deck and moving parts of the ship’s rigging. These situations require a certain level of active awareness and involvement on the part of each trainee. Every person on board must have the physical strength 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 launching 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 participation or compromise the safety of the trainee or their shipmates:

1.    Medical conditions which may require continuing or emergency treatment while at sea such as: diabetes, epilepsy, hemophilia, high blood pressure, deep vein thrombosis, cardiac disorders, etc.
2.    Life threatening allergies or sensitivities which cannot be avoided on board our ships.
3.    Limited mobility or agility due to factors such as: incomplete recovery from physical injury; use of crutches, cane or other walking aids; severe arthritis - rheumatoid or other forms; severe obesity; neurological disorders; pregnancy; frailty, etc.
4.    Impaired vision or hearing.
5.    Psychological or mental health disorders.
6.    Inability to tolerate stressful situations (physical or psychological).
7.    Poor balance or dizziness
8.    Limited / low mental capacity
9.    Seizures
10.    Contagious illness

If these or other physical or mental conditions apply to any of your group participants, please contact our Booking Manager as soon as possible. Some conditions may require special pre-trip preparations including consultation with a medical professional and/or an additional adult to accompany the trainee.