Physical & Mental Fitness Requirements
There are no “passengers” aboard the SALTS ships—every person on board (other than the professional crew) is a “trainee” and 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 participant. 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. 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 or emergency treatment
on shore, such as: diabetes, epilepsy, hemophilia, high blood pressure, deep vein thrombosis, cardiac disorders,
* Special arrangements have been made to accommodate a limited number of trainees with Type 1 Diabetes
aboard Trip 1 on the Pacific Grace. Please contact our booking manager for more details and criteria for
trainees with T1D.
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
10. Contagious illness
If these or other physical or mental conditions apply, contact our booking manager to discuss possible accommodations and whether a SALTS sail training voyage is a suitable activity for you. You may be asked to consult with your physician to confirm your ability to safely participate.