Young Sailors Exploration Trip

Young Sailors Exploration Trip

Want to do a longer trip with the children? Why not book the Young Sailors Exploration Trip!

We start by guessing Sammy Seal's weight, getting the children to do some maths to work out how much of Sammy's body weight he needs to eat every day in order to survive. We then work out how many plastic fish we need in the bucket to feed our big cuddly toy Sammy Seal by the end of the trip. Our first fun filled activity is 'What Bird Am I?' which involves me using various props, such as putting a snorkel on or wearing a yellow beak to work out what bird I am. We learn our 8 primary seaside birds while setting off amongst the creeks. Once we know our birds we go through some basic landmarks of our River, giving some fun history and geography of the area to the children.  Landmarks include the Oyster Packing Shed, Bradwell Nuclear Power Station, Clacton Windfarms, Radio Caroline Pirate Ship, the infamous Osea Island and much more. We carry on during our voyage up Salcot creek spotting birds and hopefully now being able to identify them as we venture past the oyster beds and talk about the oyster farming.  When we reach the last buoy up Salcot I have a real treat in store for the children - I haul up my lobster pot! Giving children the opportunity to see how fishermen catch food for their dinner plates, we look at the various types of seaweed caught in the pot, taste the green sea lettuce, get close up to barnacles, hold crabs, look at different oyster shells caught in the pot, and if we are lucky we may even have a sea squirt or cuttlefish in the pot too to squirt at the children. Once we've put our lobster pot back in the lucky catching spot we head back out of Salcot and look through various sea creatures that were once alive that get washed up on the beach. After completing 'What Sea Creature Am I?' activity by labelling and learning interesting facts about the creatures we finalise our trip with a quick fire round of questions to consolidate their learning and most importantly to earn double points to feed Sammy the Seal! 

During this activity I use a variety of teaching styles to ensure all learning styles are catered for on the trip. We have written facts, we listen to the sounds of the birds, we taste the seaweed, we feel and touch the sea creatures, we use maths to apply to real life situations with a mix of group work and independent learning to cater for the visual, aural, verbal, physical, logical, social and solitary learning styles to ensure that no one is left out during this trip. I cover a range of topics from; history, geography, coastal studies, environmental science and religious education.

My vision at Lady Grace Boat Trips is to nurture, encourage and enthuse children to enjoy and want to learn more about the outdoor life, nature and its’ inhabitants.  To open children’s’ eyes to the wondrous nature we have around us and help them appreciate how special it truly is. To provide a dynamic and innovative trip that challenges, excites and inspires children to become successful and confident learners, and achieve their best, is the main driving force behind how I design and deliver this trip.  This is a 1 hour 30 minute fully engaging fun filled trip for the children so be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Cost: £80 for up to 8 people 

£120 for up to 12 people

Schools look no further!

This trip is specifically designed with schools in mind! Please contact me directly for school pricing as there is a discount available for large groups.

I am proud to say that Lady Grace Boat Trips has the LOtC Quality Badge.  This is a national award combining the essential elements of provision - learning and safety - into ONE easily recognisable and trusted accreditation scheme for ALL types of learning outside the classroom provider throughout the UK.  To view Lady Grace Boat Trips LOtC Quality Badge please click on the below link:

LOtC Quality Badge

I can cater for a range of age groups ranging from infants through to college and university students.  To see the range of activities I offer please download the full educational prospectus here:

Educational Prospectus

You can download and email the below booking form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to stipulate your group requirements or alternatively call the skipper, Stacey, on 07791859624:

Booking Form

I actively encourage feedback to ensure I am meeting your requirements and learning objectives and I appreciate all comments, good or bad, as these help me to adjust my curriculum accordingly.  Please download the following form and return to me after your trip, this form also has post-experience support to continue the topics learnt, during your boat trip, back in the classroom:

Feedback Form

After attaining my LOtC Quality Badge I noticed a big difference in the engagement of the school groups based on the amendments I made to my curriculum activities and it made me even more enthused to build further upon this engagement during the boat trip with the groups.  I wanted to expand upon my knowledge and learn to understand how to reach out and engage with groups with special needs and learning difficulties so I went on to further my education in this area and have obtained the below qualifications to help me better understand and adapt my teaching to these groups:

Level 2 Teaching Assistant Diploma

Teaching Diploma

The Complete SEN Level 2, 3 & 4 Diploma

Autism Diploma

ADHD Diploma

Dyslexia Diploma

British Sign Language Level 1 & 2 

British Sign Language Completion

British Sign Language Level 3

British Sign Language Level 4

Lady Grace is committed to high standards, to ensure these standards are met at all times I adhere to the following policies and procedures:

Code of Conduct

Inclusion and Equality Policy

Child Protection Policy

Health and Safety Policy

Health and Safety Policy Statement

Fire Safety Policy

Fire Evacuation Procedures

Operating Procedures

Safety Procedures

Roles and Responsibilities

The following risk assessments have been carried out to ensure safety is paramount:

Group Risk Assessment

Manual Handling Risk Assessment

Fire Risk Assessment

I am very aware that my boat trips have an impact on the environment and I work hard to minimise unnecessary impact and communicate with participants the need to take positive action to act in a sustainable way.  Despite my operation only being a 1 woman operation I still feel the need to carry out a risk assessment to help minimise my impact on the environment.  Please see my below risk assessment for this:

Environmental Management Risk Assessment

COSHH MSDS for Diesel

COSHH MSDS for Multi-Purpose Grease

COSHH MSDS for WD-40

COSHH MSDS for Antifreeze