Youth with Type 1 Diabetes Bursary

It was pretty cool how we all came together and learned from one another and that we all have strengths and weaknesses.
Preston - salts Trainee & Diabetes Bursary recipient 2016


  The SALTS Bursary for Youth with Type 1 Diabetes will provide an amazing opportunity for three young   people aged 13 – 25 who have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, to take part in a 10-day summer sail training adventure with SALTS. This trip will begin in    Victoria, B.C. on June 29th and return to Victoria on July 8, 2018 and will feature sailing and exploring Desolation Sound, the Gulf Islands and waters of  southern British Columbia. Sailing instruction is    provided and no previous experience is required.
The trip fee of $2025.00 will be fully covered and, at the discretion of the Diabetes Bursary Committee, some funds may be available if the recipient is traveling from a distant location and is in need of further financial support.

Applications will be received until December 31, 2017


To be considered for the SALTS Bursary for Youth with Type 1 Diabetes, applicants must:

  • be a Canadian resident between the ages of 13 – 25 who has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes;
  • complete the multi-part, online bursary application process and affirm their ability to self-manage their diabetes;
  • provide one letter of reference from a health care professional, teacher, employer or family friend that describes the applicant’s character and suitability for a bursary award;
  • demonstrate involvement in their community and an ambition to challenge themselves to toward personal growth and development.

The successful applicants must also be able to:

  • Actively manage their own dietary and insulin therapies including, but not limited to
    -   appropriately check blood glucose levels
    -   adjust insulin doses and food intake based on blood glucose trends, changes in physical activity, changes in
         meal content and times, and any potential illness experienced while on the trip
    -  calculate carbohydrate content, or nutritional content of meals.
  • Administer their own insulin injections and/or insert own insulin pump infusion sites.
  • Recognize and manage hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia and ketosis.
The applicant’s financial status, type of insulin therapy used (i.e. syringe, insulin pen, insulin pump) and hemoglobin A1C are NOT part of the eligibility criteria.


The 10-day voyage will take place aboard a traditional wooden tall ship and venture to remote areas where emergency access to medical facilities may be limited. All participants in the SALTS program are considered “trainees” who will be actively engaged in all aspects of sailing the ship which will require strenuous physical activity for tasks such as raising and lowering sails, climbing the ship’s rigging, launching the ship’s dories, rowing, swimming, sports, games and hikes. In addition, trainees will participate in regular watch shifts during the night, which can last several hours. 

A volunteer crew member with diabetes support experience will attend the trip as a mentor for the diabetic trainees; however, the SALTS crew and the diabetes mentor will not manage or administer diabetes treatment and SALTS will not take responsibility for any trainee’s medical care, beyond responding with standard first aid; therefore, applicants and their parents/guardians must carefully consider the applicant’s ability to self-manage their diabetes before applying for this opportunity. 


  1. Request an online application package for the Bursary for Youth with Type 1 Diabetes.
  2. application request - bursary for youth with type 1 diabetes
    Applications are now closed - please check back in September 2018 regarding next year's program

  3. Carefully review the information provided and consult your diabetes health care team if you have any questions about your readiness to self-manage your diabetes on a 10-day sail training voyage.
  4. Obtain a letter of reference from a significant person in your life, such as a teacher, member of your healthcare team, employer, youth worker or family friend, who can tell us why you should be awarded this bursary.
  5. Complete the online application and submit a letter of reference from a health care professional, teacher, employer or family friend. The reference letter may be submitted through the upload tool within the online application; emailed to, or faxed to 250-383-7781.


In January 2018, the SALTS Diabetes Bursary Committee will invite the top 5 applicants to demonstrate their diabetes management skills by completing an exercise based on common scenarios that may arise during a 10 day voyage.

The final selection of 3 bursary recipients will be made in February 2018 and all applicants will then be notified of their status.

Final award of each bursary will be contingent on:

  •  The recipient and their parent/guardian (if under 19 years of age) providing a signed affirmation of their
      ability to self-manage their diabetes
    and the statements they have provided in the application process.
  • The recipient creating a diabetes management action plan in consultation with their endocringologist or certified diabetes educator (CDE). The action plan will be developed specifically for the SALTS trip (form will be provided) and will require the signature of the applicant’s endocrinologist and/or the diabetes health care professional who assisted with developing the action plan, and must be submitted to the SALTS office by April 30, 2018.
  • Unreserved endorsement from the applicant’s endocrinologist and/or CDE in the action plan, with no
      concerns communicated to SALTS regarding the applicant’s ability to safely self-manage their diabetes in the
      setting of a SALTS 10-day voyage.
  • Completion of all registration documentation, including the SALTS Acknowledgement of Risk and Informed  
     Consent waiver, specific to trainees with diabetes, and any other documentation as requested by SALTS.

Provided these requirements are met,
SALTS will confirm the recipient’s registration aboard Trip 1 Pacific Grace!