High School on a Ship
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Shipboard life

The school is demanding, and not for everyone. Not only are you a student at the school, but you also take part in sailing and maintaining the world’s oldest operating fully-rigged tall ship. You will have a day watch and a night watch with challenging chores that will teach you to push your limits and show you that you are more capable than you thought you were.

As part of a crew that needs to work together in order to reach the next destination, you will not only learn about sailing and seamanship but also important life skills such as accountability, leadership and teamwork.

It will be hard, but worth it. With the right mindset you will go ashore more independent, more mature and with a life story that will set you apart in any college application process.

Day watch

For 2 hours of the day,  students will work on navigating and sailing the ship with the officer of the watch, and will aid with routine maintenance with the bosun. Students take part in bracing, rigging, helming, safety watches, and lookout duties as well as furling and loosening the sails aloft.

Night watch

All students are assigned a 2 hour night watch at some point throughout the evening (20.00-08.00). The watched rotate every 2-3 weeks so you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the pros and cons of every watch. What’s certain; whether helming on the open ocean in the moonlight, or standing lookout over the serene sea under the stars, you will never feel as small or experience something as great.

Galley Watch

A group of students will be assigned galley duty on an 8 day rotational basis.  Students assigned to galley duty are relieved from regular watch responsibilities for that day and the night prior. It’s the galley team that helps our chefs in the kitchen, that set the tables and wash the dished and who prepare food and water for night watches to mention a few of their responsibilities.


You don’t have to know how to sail in order to be a member at A+. Naturally you will learn much throughout the year. Every student will receive a Student Logbook that outlines different sections of sail training. Some of the elements (for example emergency preparedness) will be mandatory for students to learn, while other will be optional for those who take a special interest to sailing. Throughout the year student will have the opportunity to learn basic seamanship, marlinspike seamanship, about sails and rigging, navigation and piloting in addition to emergency procedures to ensure everyone’s safety.

On board The Sørlandet you will enjoy the ever-changing beauty of the sea from the deck of the world’s oldest operating fully rigged tall ship. As a student, you will undergo sailtraining (an education in sailing practices and procedures) in addition to your academic work. As you will discover, a rewarding sense of friendship will quickly develop between people from different backgrounds among your classmates as part of this daily routine.

Our sailtraining is divided into three levels. Each level is compounds upon the latter.

The “Jungmann” level covers the very basic. It leaves one as an able hand on deck. Jungmenn are able to display tasks such as basic ship operations, basic seamanship, safety procedures and shipboard routines. All students need to complete the Jungmann training.

The “Matros lærling” will have a solid foundation in ship life and be able to assist the crew in a manner of tasks. The focus of this level is sail theory, marlinspike seamanship, navigation and weather. This level is voluntary.

The “Styrmann kadett” has a combination of skills and intimate knowledge of the ship and the ship board systems. Focus of this level is to push all past topics to a more in depth level. This level is voluntary.