Fifteen year old North Beach local William Kent experienced the voyage of a lifetime onboard the STS Leeuwin II after receiving a Woodside Marine Scholarship recently.
The Woodside Scholarships are allocated to ambitious youth aged 14-25 with an interest in starting a career in a marine environment or maritime industry, just like Will.
Will describes himself as having a passion for the ocean and plans to come back as soon as he can and learn more about a marine career.
"With my passion for maritime and my hopes for a career within the industry, I was lucky enough to gain a scholarship through Woodside," Will said.
"The thought of being on the Leeuwin excites me and I hope to one day return as a crew member or possibly even Captain."
During his time onboard the tall ship, Will built upon his work-ready skills (including leadership, teamwork and communication) during night watches, made new friends and climbed to the top of the 33 metre mast to read the secret message.
The Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation's Chief Executive Officer, Carol Shannon said "For many years a voyage on the Leeuwin has been the catalyst for young people to pursue a career on the ocean. For young people who have these aspirations it can be very hard to find the funds to study for the necessary qualifications."
As a Year 10 student at Newman College, Will aims to become a Marine Engineer once he finishes.
"The Leeuwin experience encouraged me to follow a career in the maritime industry by showing me first-hand what it is like to be out on the ocean and having a life at sea," said Will.