Sailors with disABILITIES

Wright of Passage

Exciting opportunity for those 16-30 yrs


1) you're out of school, and disconnected from traditional learning or perhaps you have faced life challenges that have for some reason left you with less opportunity 

2) you enjoy hands on work

3) you want the opportunity to start a TRADE, open doors to employment and at the same time experience a trip of a life time. 


SWD is delighted to outline our new 'Wright of Passage' program. This program is targeted at those 16 to 30 years who have disconnected from school or traditional learning and are seeking an opportunity to learn in a hands on way while being supported by mentors. 

'Wright of Passage' is a unique opportunity to become involved in an inspirational, life changing project, that can allow progress into various trade apprenticeships. You will learn about tools, and gain joinery and woodworking skills.

Is this for you or do you know someone who would benefit from this life changing opportunity?

This unique project has come about due to the donation of a timber 53ft Herreshoff ketch. While this boat is principally sound, it needs some work to be seaworthy. This work entails many trade and professional skills to bring it up to a satisfactory standard.

For the next two years the boat will be refurbished at the historic Woolwich Dock, in the heart of the harbour and boating industry with teams of participants undertaking the 'Wright of Passage' Program and with the mentoring support of the trades on site and Meadowbank TAFE delivering the formal accredited training. 

The final project has a deadline of 15 November 2018 when sea trials will commence, and program participants will begin preparing their boat to sail to Hobart for entry into the Australian Wooden Boat Festival 8-11 February 2019. The boat will be crewed by the participants of the 'Wright of Passage' Project, who have worked on the program since the beginning under the supervision of a management team.

This program is FULLY funded (ie, Free!).

Register your interest now! First intake is commencing early February 2018. 

You will undertake CERTIFICATE 2 in Boating Services (equivalent to Stage 1 Trade Certificate), involving Monday and Wednesday attendance at Meadowbank TAFE and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday's onsite at Woolwich Dock and Rushcutters Bay.

For more information call 0421 725 170  or email