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Sailing to freedom

Rachel sailing a yacht in the sun

The freedom and adventure of a two year sailing trip around the world as part of a crew on a private yacht awaits 21-year-old Shuttleworth College former student Rachel Brazier.

Rachel completed her Level 3 Extended Diploma in Outdoor Adventure over two years, before gaining her Yacht Master qualification, working on the Isle of Wight teaching water sports, and then in the Greek Islands before boarding this latest adventure.

She will be setting sail from the Canary Islands in mid November 2021, before visiting fabulous destinations including the Caribbean, the fantastic Galápagos Islands, French Polynesia, South America and South Africa and Indonesia.

“I can’t say who owns the yacht but it will be a two year adventure,”

said Rachel, of Letchworth in Hertfordshire.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Outdoor Adventure covers a wide range of adventurous activities, from Sailing, Kayaking and Canoeing, Powerboating, Rock Climbing and much more.

Outdoor Adventure Lecturer and Head of Higher Education Charlie Whewell says:

“NGB certificates such as our sailing qualifications enable people to work in the UK and overseas, where British qualifications with their high standards mean instructors can spread their wings and travel as well as work in the UK. More people are holidaying in UK and taking up outdoor activities, so organisations in the outdoor sector are busy, making jobs readily available for our students”.

Rachel on a yacht.

Don’t think this route means you can’t get a degree

Level 4 and 5 Higher National courses are a natural progression from Level 3, building “ownership” of learning and gaining additional qualifications, as well as offering further trips and expeditions.  Level 4 and 5 are the first two years of Degree level study, enabling students to move on to achieve a full honours degree.

Added Charlie:

“Our courses are a great way to enjoy your studies, gain valuable work and life experiences, and have the ability to earn along the way to achieving a fulfilling career.”

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