Celebrating the Launch of the Second Year of the Sea Learning Challenge and National Sailing Academy 2024 Scholarship/Camp

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The Sea Learning Challenge Antigua and Barbuda Foundation (SLC AB) is proud to announce the commencement of its second year of collaboration with the National Sailing Academy for the 2024 sailing scholarship and camp. This exciting initiative, aimed at fostering youth development through sailing and marine education, comes on the heels of the prestigious 4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4), held from May 27 to 30, 2024.

The Importance of the SLC AB Program

The SIDS4 conference underscored the critical need for sustainable development and resilience in small island nations. The adoption of the Antigua and Barbuda Agenda for Small Island Developing States (ABAS) at the conference highlighted several critical areas for international support, including economic diversification, health systems strengthening, sustainable energy transitions, and climate action. In alignment with these goals, the Sea Learning Challenge Foundation aims to empower the youth of Antigua and Barbuda by providing them with skills and opportunities in sailing and marine conservation.

New Enhancements and Opportunities

SLC AB founders Skye-Amalia Durham, Lola Valentina Proano-Montana, and Carime Caysjah Warrell have again partnered with the National Sailing Academy, to introduce several enhancements to the scholarship program. These include a slight adjustment in the age range of participants, personalized coaching sessions for scholarship recipients, and ongoing opportunities to engage with the foundation's missions. Notably, one-on-one mentoring sessions will help students explore maritime industry career interests, with pathways leading to globally recognized certifications such as the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) or Antigua Boat Master Courses.


Scholarship and Camp Details

The Sea Learning Challenge 2024 scholarship offers an immersive learning experience at the National Sailing Academy from August 19 to August 30, 2024. Participants will receive 5 hours of sailing tuition daily, with a one-hour break, over ten days. The course follows the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Learn to Sail Syllabus, covering Levels 1, 2, and 3. These internationally recognized qualifications will equip participants with the confidence to sail a dinghy independently.


The Broader Impact

The Sea Learning Challenge is more than just a sailing camp; it is a transformative experience that embodies the foundation's core values of purpose, stewardship, cultural exchange, community, collectivism, sustainability, and ocean conservation. Investing in Antigua and Barbuda's youth, the program aims to create ripple effects contributing to the island's long-term resilience and prosperity.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2024 scholarship are now open. Interested candidates should be ages 16-26 and can apply through the following link: Apply Here.

Join SLC AB and NSA in celebrating the spirit of adventure, learning, and sustainable development as we embark on another exciting year of the Sea Learning Challenge. Together, we can turn ripples into waves and create a brighter future for the youth of Antigua and Barbuda.

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