Naval cadet gets heads-up on his maritime mission
When 13-year-old Oliver Easton is old enough, he wants to join the Royal Australian Navy.
And a recent eight-day sailing trip showcasing life on the high seas has only made him much more determined.
The Geraldton Navy Cadet went to Queensland and hopped on board the ship South Passage to learn how to sail as well as mix with Japanese students completing the practical component of a Young Mariners Certificate.
He was the only person from WA chosen to go on the trip, which invited Australian youth to gain sailing experience and teach visiting students about Australian culture.
Oliver said the Aussie students taught Australian slang terms, such as “G’day”, shared Australian food such as Vegemite, and talked about some famous Australian hoaxes, such as drop bears.
The cultural sharing was scattered among a wealth of activities, including snorkelling, bush walking and knot-tying competitions.
Oliver, who attends Strathalbyn Christian College, said the trip fitted nicely with his plans to join the navy, particularly as the cabins had beds in a structure similar to that of a naval ship.
He said he thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
“It was a little nerve-racking at first, but overall it was a good and exciting experience,” Oliver said.
“It was great to make all those new friends.”
Oliver’s mother, Claire Nelson, said the adventure had been good for her son.
“I am very proud of Oliver and thankful he’s been able to have such an amazing experience where he’s been able to grow in his confidence and develop some of his Godgiven talents,” Ms Nelson said.
“He loves the ocean and I’m so glad he got to sail in such a spectacular location.
“It built on the skills and experience he’s learning at Navy Cadets.”
Oliver said when he grows up he wants to join the navy and travel the world.
RIGHT: Oliver Easton enjoyed building on the skills he’d learned at Navy Cadets.