Keeping our students and crew safe boils down to two essential elements: detailed planning and being prepared. That is why we have a rigorous planning of the itinerary where safety and weather hold the highest priority. We also perform regular drills so that all students, faculty and crew members are prepared for all possible scenarios.
The ship meets the highest standards for structural integrity, safety, navigation, communication and life saving equipment as set out by Norwegian Flag State Authorities, has the best rating according to its Class Society and International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regulations, and has been awarded the highest safety classification by Veritas.
To keep the ship’s high safety standards, we have a meticulous maintenance program in place, backed by annual inspections and a major survey every five years. In line with Norwegian best practices, the ship has two complete sets of crew who are rotate on and off the ship at regular intervals, ensuring that our professional sailors aboard are always well rested, fit, and ready to put safety first. All maritime officers have extended first aid training, and our onboard medic is prepared to meet student needs at any time of day.
There is no conventional e-mail service provided during the school’s time at sea. Parents and students are encouraged to communicate in the different port of call. There will be WIFI in some ports. In the ports where there is no WIFI, students generally locate cafes or local sim-cards in order to call, skype or Facetime home. There is no WIFI or cell service at sea and only emergency email communication is available, through our office. We encourage all parents to follow the School’s social media platforms where we attempt to post updates from the ship on a daily basis.
The school’s approach to student medical health and safety includes a monitoring process, an intervention process, and a recording/reporting process. The school’s shipboard medic is often the first point of contact for health and safety matters. For students with pre-existing conditions, and those who require routine medication, the school’s medic acts as monitor on a more routine basis—dispensing needed medications as necessary and in accordance with best practice.
Most student concerns and care are able to be handled by the ship medic. Should any student need a more intensive medical intervention, the medic will accompany the student the appropriate facility, act as the student advocate, and inform the school administration of the status of the student until the intervention is successfully complete. School administration will, in turn, relate the status of the intervention to the parents/guardians of the student.
Each visit to the medic, medically relevant event, and medical intervention is kept in a medical log book; the log book records the date, event, intervention, and follow-up required for each instance.