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Empowering Teens Builds Self-Confidence

By wpdev January 6, 2012

Adventures and challenges are the spice of life – sometimes they catch us off guard and other times we actively seek them out.  They may be small and simple or may consist of trying something outrageous you never thought you could/would actually do.  And after the adrenaline rush passes, most of us are left with a sense of satisfaction, pride, and unable to believe that we really just did “that” (whatever “that” may be for you).  If you have been a little nervous about stepping outside of your comfort zone but secretly wish for a little more adventure in your life, or if you are the type of person who craves excitement in all that you do – read on!
Sail Caribbean teen summer adventure camps are the perfect programs for teens looking for a unique and exciting way to spend summer vacation.  Not only do teens get to participate in sailing, scuba diving and watersports, they also usually come away with some truly life-changing experiences and personal insights.  So, what is it that changes?  Why do testimonials from both students and parents repeatedly claim that teens return “more confident, independent and mature?”  Well, it’s just the nature of our programs.

You see, at the heart of every program is the concept of empowerment.  The goal is to provide teens with the tools they need to work as a real crew and run all aspects of life on a boat!  Cool, right?  Two of the most important tools each teen needs for that to happen are self-confidence and the ability to work as a team.  We are not born with or without these qualities – in order to master them, we first have to learn and then practice.  That’s what we do every day at Sail Caribbean while having the time of our lives!

The programs are tailored settings for teens to break the confines of their daily lives and explore their individuality and ability.  Teens are challenged daily to learn brand new skills, problem solve and communicate clearly with their crew.  Activities are carefully chosen and set up for success, but the crew has to work together to make it happen.  Self-confidence flourishes as each individual and group accomplishment is acknowledged by the whole crew with appreciation and pride!  The program also provides a safe and supportive environment which allows for mistakes to be made without judgement.  “To bail is not to fail!” is a common motto you will hear staff and teens alike heartily proclaim on a daily basis.  Here teens can truly begin to internalize that mistakes can translate into an opportunity to do something exceptionally well.

Each individual has a unique perspective and set of abilities to offer in any given situation.  Self -confident teens become more aware of the value of their own contributions as well as those of others.  This awareness easily and naturally translates into teens proudly and confidently taking ownership of situations they come across in their daily lives.  Often teens even begin actively taking on leadership roles among their peers – confident people make natural leaders!  Before you know it, you will find yourself at the helm confidently docking a 50ft yacht while directing the rest of your crew to their positions.  Just imagine all the other amazing things you are capable of doing!

Have you ever felt excited, proud, and more confident after encountering a new challenge or adventure?  Please share your experiences!


The greatest challenge during the program was staying entertained during the quarantine period. Not being able to leave your boat and not having a phone, which was a crutch against boredom, it was difficult at first to stay entertained.