Did you develop any skills you have taken into your career?
You’re encouraged to find comfort in what is unfamiliar but safe amongst your watchmates. You develop the skill of being comfortable with yourself in an unfamiliar environment – ‘comfortable being uncomfortable’. You're away from your devices, outside contact, family, friends and everything which is defined as your ‘comfort zone’. This taught me resilience and self-reliance, I’ve found that I’m now able to reach a new level of performance standard.
What are you doing now?
Since leaving OB, I've really focused on my personal goals. I learnt to intensify my focus and have built more self-confidence. After setting some goals, I studied hard, topped my course and landed an entry level deckhand position cruising the world on a privately-owned carbon fibre sailing yacht. In the last two years we’ve cruised from Tahiti to the eastern edges of Greece and Turkey, and nearly everywhere in between.
Many people ask me about my role on the boat and how to get into the super yacht field. People see what I do for work and leisure and think it’s pretty cool, but to me it’s just being aware of opportunities – I now see them and take them.
I want to inspire younger people in NZ! You can and should do what you love.
Aude aliquid dignum - dare something worthy.
Kris Ward - Batten 602