Safety & Communication
Keeping our students and crew safe boils down to two essential elements: detailed planning and preparation.
That is why we have a rigorous planning of the itinerary where safety, risk assessment and weather hold the highest priority. We also perform regular drills so that all students, faculty and crew are prepared for all possible scenarios. We routinely inform students of best practices in port based on advice or information from local contacts and the Norwegian state department. Our focus on safety also means that we might change ports, curfews or if necessary.
The ship meets the highest standards for structural integrity, safety, navigation, communication and lifesaving equipment as set out by Norwegian Flag State Authorities. She has the best rating according to it´s Class Society, 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 rotate on and off the ship at regular intervals, ensuring that our professional sailors on board are always well rested, fit, and ready to put safety first. All maritime officers have extended first aid training, and our on board medic is prepared to meet student needs at any time of day.
There is no WI-FI or cell service at sea and only emergency email communication is available provided when we sail. When we´re in port there several ways to obtain a Wi-Fi connection; students may find cafés, purchase sim-cards or connect to port WI-FI, where that is available. Once online, they can post their pictures on Instagram, snap their friends or call, skype and Facetime home.
We encourage all parents to follow the school’s social media platforms (LINKS) where we attempt to post updates from the ship on a daily basis.
Health & Medical
The school’s approach to student medical health and safety includes processes for monitoring intervention, and reporting. The school’s shipboard medic is 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.
Should any student need a more intensive medical intervention, the medic will accompany the student to the appropriate facility, act as the student advocate, and inform the school administration of a student´s status 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 event or intervention is kept in a medical log book; the log book records the date, event, intervention, and follow-up required for each instance.
All people who come into contact with students at our school have a duty to safeguard children and young adults from harm and to promote their welfare. Our policy is to establish and to maintain an environment in which our students and staff can pursue personal, social, academic, cultural and interpersonal experiences without fear of exploitation, assault, abuse or discrimination.
We review our safeguarding, welfare and student protection policies on a regular basis and train our staff to effectively implement these policies.