Adventure program

The Helmsman project

Adventure Program

Over 8 weeks, our young participants engage in group and individual coaching activities that help them develop positive psychological skills such as autonomy, self-regulation, motivation and resilience to help them navigate through life’s challenges and achieve their goals. Each week, participants take part in hands-on experiences under the guidance of our qualified and experienced coaches, where they stretch their limits, build their confidence and develop life skills that will last a lifetime.

As part of the program, participants embark on a four-day adventure education trip. Supported by our coaches, they build on the challenges of this outdoor experience and develop new life skills as well as friendships with other young people.

Participants work in small groups to design and implement a project that will make a difference in their community. This may be a community garden, a charity awareness day, a video to support new students or anything else they feel will impact others in a positive way. To help them develop their community project into a viable concept, they participate in a design thinking workshop and pitch their project idea to a peer panel for a chance to be awarded up to $500 in funding for their project. Participants implement the project over the course of the program. The community project component of the program is designed to help students get job ready by developing project management, time management, presentation and teamwork skills. 

The Helmsman project


Our life-changing programs are delivered to Year 9 students in collaboration with parents, carers and teachers.

Research suggests that Year 9 is an important stage in young people’s development. The decisions young people make and the skills they develop at this age play a critical role in determining their engagement in education and shaping their future. By reaching young people at such a critical point in their development, The Helmsman Project has the potential to make a difference in the lives of young people for many years into their bright futures.

At The Helmsman Project, we believe that the greatest and most durable learning happens when people are taken out of their comfort zone.  

Our evidence-based programs are like no other found in high schools. We challenge young people. We help them stretch their thinking and their capacity. And we do so whilst guiding them through a coaching-based reflective process - because that’s where the growth takes place!

Though professional coaching and hands-on activities, the young people in our programs learn to open their mind to all the opportunities available to them, increasing their sense of hope, self-regulation, resilience and community mindedness. With these life skills, they can make smarter decisions for themselves and improve their academic engagement, well-being and life.