My name is Shannon Salisbury, I’m a 23 year old student from North Cornwall. I’m currently in my last year at Cardiff University studying for a degree in Marine Geography. I feel very fortunate to be doing such an interesting degree, with lots of practical ‘hands-on’ work and field trips. Part of the course involves carrying out work on board the university’s survey vessel at sea, which I am especially interested in. My interests include sailing, running, reading and travelling. I started sailing last year when I got a place on board a five day voyage from South Wales to the Isle of Wight, and have recently become a volunteer for Challenge Wales- a welsh sail training charity based in Cardiff.
Before going to university I took a ‘gap year’ and travelled to Morocco where I volunteered with children, then travelled to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji with some friends. These trips inspired a love of travelling and I have tried to visit as many countries as possible since then, including spending a summer working at an adventure activity camp for kids in the USA in 2012.
I would love to start a career based on my passion for the outdoors, sailing and travelling. This is why I will be completing a six week ‘Superyacht Crew Training’ course this October, run by the UK Sailing Academy. Go Make It Happen is supporting me with the cost of this course, and I am very grateful for this opportunity to be able to pursue my dream. The course will provide me with sailing and boating qualifications, including RYA Day Skipper and Powerboat Level 2. It also includes a set of safety qualifications, STCW 95, that are legal requirements to working on large vessels. The UK Sailing Academy then provides help with gaining employment in the superyacht industry after the course is completed. I am very excited to start this course, and feel that it will help me enter into the industry.
I would like to get be as involved as I can with Go Make It Happen, I believe it supports a fantastic cause which I would love to be a part of. During my course in October I plan to keep a blog with lots of photos of what I will be doing, which I will carry on after the course wherever I go with my job. I will use blogging and social media to raise the profile of the charity, as well as promoting the travel and tourism industry as whole to other young people. I have picked a straw sun hat as I am hoping that my career at sea will take me to many exotic locations!!