It was a day like any other when 16-year-old Grady Tyson stumbled across a poster that read; ‘‘Are you looking for an adventure?’’
His inquisitive nature and willingness to try new something new sent Mr Tyson on a trip he will never forget.
The Tatura local was given the opportunity to sail from Melbourne to Sydney upon tall ship Young Endeavour.
For 11 days, Mr Tyson and 23 specially selected young Australians aged 16 to 23 took to the sea.
‘‘The whole process happened so fast, I was so excited. It was a fantastic opportunity,’’ Mr Tyson said.
As part of the CFA District 22 strategic leadership committee, Mr Tyson was considered suitable to receive the opportunity.
‘‘It was a formal interview process with the CFA,’’ he said.
‘‘I had to say why I would be a good fit for the position.’’
The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme provides young Australians with experiences aboard Australia’s national sail training ship.
With the support of the CFA District 22, Mr Tyson was gifted the opportunity to learn the skills to sail a square-rigged tall ship.
While on board, Mr Tyson also learned a broad range of qualities to help him succeed in the future.
‘‘I was one of the youngest on board and it was great mixing with older people and learning life skills from short-term mentors,’’ Mr Tyson said.
‘‘I think I’m much more mature and have learned not to sweat the small stuff.
‘‘This experience really changed my life.’’
Since returning from the voyage, the Goulburn Valley Grammar student has become an ambassador for the scheme, encouraging more people from the local area to put their hands up for the opportunity.
‘‘I would love to see more people get involved and give it a go,’’ Mr Tyson said.
‘‘Strangers become as close as family on board.’’