Residential Life

Life aboard a fully-rigged Tall Ship is (probably) unlike anything you have previously experienced. The schedule is demanding, but if you are up to the challenge, you will build routines that you will value for the rest of your life. As a student, you form part of a watch team and you will work together with the ship’s professional crew to reach common goals. You will primarily be responsible for deck work and watch duty, but you may also be assigned a few other tasks, such as stowing sails.

Shipboard community

Tall Ships and their communities are unique. In this environment, teamwork, responsibility, and social awareness are essential. Students and staff have a heightened respect for others, themselves, their world and their environment. The young people joining Sørlandet will quickly cultivate and continually nurture these values.


Mornings on board the Sørlandet are routine. You wake up, participate in morning fitness, eat breakfast, assemble for colors and take part in the daily maintenance of the ship.

0700: Wake up:

Your wake up call comes and you begin your morning routine. You stow away your hammock or tidy your bunk, and get ready for morning fitness.

0710-0730: Morning fitness

The morning fitness activity will vary depending on the instruction available. Typically, we offer aerobics, and yoga on deck, as well as jogging in port, or swimming at anchor.


0800: Colours

After morning fitness, students gather to hoist the flag and hear maritime-, faculty- and/or student announcements. The students assemble in watches and are given their shipboard tasks for the day.

0800 – 0900: Morning watch

Students are assigned specific duties related to the care and maintenance of their home, the Sørlandet. This includes cleaning and tidying, work in the galley, or performing necessary sailing manoeuvers.


Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are an important part of the day. Our chefs on board plan the meals with the intention of creating a healthy and balanced diet, and meals are designed to let students experience different cuisines from around the world.

The day

A typical day consists of classes, day watch and down time.


Classes are interspersed throughout the day watch schedule during the day. Students attend classes for approximately 4-6 hours between 9 am and 8 pm. From 8 pm to 10 pm, students have study hall, where teachers are available to assist with individual academic work.

Day watch:

For 2 hours of the day,  students will work on navigating and sailing the ship with the officer of the watch, and will aid with routine maintenance with the bosun. Students take part in bracing, rigging, helming, safety watches, and lookout duties.


Down time:

Every day includes time for students to relax and social or to have some alone time. Vibrant social activities, movie nights, card games, or musical interludes are all part of daily life aboard.

Night watch:

All students are assigned a 2 hour night watch from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Whether helming on the open ocean in the moonlight, or standing lookout over the serene sea under the stars, you will never feel as small or experience something as great.


Rest time

Between 10 pm and 7 am, it is quiet time below deck. Students climb into their hammocks and rest up for the next day’s adventure. All students sleep in the banjer, men and women separated. With a bedroom in motion, a hammock is the bed of choice.

In Port

Field studies, guest lectures, and lab work replace classes in each port of call. Here students get to experience what others only read about in their textbooks. There is also plenty of time for relaxation and exploration with your friends, or to prepare some of you academic work. The balance, approximately 50% of available time, is intended for students, in groups of 4, to explore the culture and rhythm of a new environment, visit with exchange families, enjoy local food, visit museums, enjoy local beach recreation, such as swimming and snorkeling, or to visit schools and businesses where they will make and sustain lasting relationships.