2024 Cadet Conferences

Positive wellbeing for a rewarding seafaring career

Wellness at Sea from Sailor's Society is hosting its fourth year of Cadet Conferences with 'Wellbeing skills for future seafarers'
These 2024 events are a necessity for those about to embark on a maritime career.

Stepping aboard the conference felt like stepping onto a different kind of vessel – one dedicated to navigating the uncharted waters of seafarer well-being.”
2023 conference attendee

These virtual interactive events will explore wellness and mental health with a focus on key and current issues facing today’s cadets and seafarers.

These are unique events in the maritime curriculum and feature interactive sessions and practical advice from international and regional maritime employers and experts.

They give the future of maritime the tools and knowledge to ensure they can flourish once at sea.

OUR 2024 CONFERENCES INCLUDE SKILLING UP SESSIONS FOR:
On-board relationships
Psychological first aid
Looking after your mental health
Handling bullying and harassment
Handling diversity


I had many worries about the difficulties and challenges I might face on board, but I am so grateful to the conference speakers and my fellow panellists who guided me and provided me with the information I needed.”
2023 conference attendee

DATES FOR 2024:  

North Asia – Thursday, August 22 

Africa – Thursday, September 19 

South East Asia – Saturday, October 5 

UK and Europe – Wednesday, November 6 

Registration will open approximately two months before each conference date and registration will be available via this webpage.


About the conferences

Designed especially for maritime colleges and their current students, these virtual conferences explore the all-important subject of wellbeing and mental health, helping prepare cadets for a long and fulfilling career at sea. Content is tailored to focus on key issues facing today's seafarers including diversity, working in a post-Covid world and crises such as the current war in Ukraine.

This year we have virtual conferences for cadets in North Asia on 7 August, in South East Asia on 23 September, Africa on 12 October and the UK on November 9.

The Conference sites will be open two weeks before the event to allow cadets to browse the booths and connect with sponsor.

In 2022, almost 5,000 cadets from 40 maritime colleges across the globe participated in these online events with more than 98 per cent polled 'feeling better prepared for a career at sea' as a result.

Chaired by Johan Smith, Sailors’ Society’s head of wellness and the charity’s lead on its pioneering Wellness at Sea programme, the events will feature talks from industry leaders, interactive sessions and practical advice, equipping and empowering participants with awareness and skills that will serve them throughout their seafaring lives.

Costs: Free to all students

As well as equipping and empowering our new seafarers, these conferences also give invaluable insight to their future employers and the colleges that educate them.  The data and analysis from across these global events are available in our industry-acclaimed cadet reports.

Our 2023-4 report 'Generation Z - the future of maritime' is available now

Download our Cadet report here +

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