Schools and Youth Groups 

The Challenge Wales charity offers an exhilarating opportunity for young people to experience, helping to broaden their horizons, develop their personal and social skills to help improve their employment prospects. On some of our voyages we offer accreditation, while others are marine-themed, science-focused or an opportunity to build friendships while having lots of fun!

Groups join Challenge Wales or Adventure Wales either on one of our scheduled voyages, in our sailing schedule, or create their own by letting the Challenge Wales team know the proposed duration of the voyage and suitable dates as well as what they wish to get out of the experience.

If you are an independent young person or there are just 2 or 3 people in a group interested in joining a voyage, then joining one of our voyages already scheduled is perfect for this.

Groups we have worked with include: Housing Associations, Local Authorities, Youth Clubs, Homeless Charities, Air Cadets, Colleges, Schools, Princes Trust, SEN Departments, Universities, BME Women, Unemployed Young People and Young Carers to name a few.

The Challenge Wales charity is also an Approved Activity Provider with the DofE Scheme and able to offer Gold Residential opportunities enabling you to achieve this on any of our vessels.

To help plan you group visit, we invite group leaders and teachers to visit Challenge Wales or Adventure Wales for a tour. After you have booked your voyage, group leaders can take advantage of a complimentary day sail to help you plan your activities on the water and understand the challenges of having (potentially) the ‘wettest classroom in Wales’!

Challenge Wales, a 72-foot round-the-world racing yacht and Adventure Wales, the 60-foot ocean-going vessel are now an exhilarating opportunity for young people to experience, helping to broaden their horizons, develop their personal and social skills and improve their future employability. Our case studies are testament to the work we do and what we can achieve.

The group will be involved in all aspect of sailing the boat while remaining in a safe, exciting and challenging environment.


There are plenty of different ways you can get involved with Challenge Wales:

  • A variety of sailing trips tailored to your school or group
  • An adventurous activity – ideal for school activity weeks
  • Field trips with a difference – e.g. Geography, Physics, Maths, Environmental Studies
  • Agored Cymru accreditation in Teamwork, Developing Own Confidence and Environmental Project
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
  • Become a volunteer


  • Promotes the growth of group identity
  • Enables achievement and success
  • Places everyone on a level playing field
  • Develop thinking through planning and reflecting
  • Places young people in a stimulating natural environment

..and remember, no sailing experience is necessary to take part.


  • Up to 10 young people and two group leaders can join a trip on Challenge Wales
  • Up to 8 young people and two group leaders can join a trip on Adventure Wales

Why not read our Young People’s Information Pack to find out more about Challenge Wales.

Further information on what to bring with you if you are planning an overnight or longer trip can be found in the Life Onboard section.

Your next step will be to a book a trip, there are some young people’s trips already in the latest sailing schedule which you may wish to book (these are a mix of one, two, three and five day trips). Alternatively you can contact us with the days and type of trip you had in mind and we can book your trip in that way. Whether you book a young persons sailing trip in the schedule or you provide us with different dates you want… the cost will always be the same.

Ask us about Group Leaders/Teachers free boat preview visits. We are based in Penarth Marina near Cardiff Bay. If you want to visit us prior to booking then please make an appointment and let us know. We try to encourage this if you are not familiar with Challenge Wales but it is not always necessary.