Authors present a sea-going sailing yacht as a development environment for people taking part in sea cruises as a crew. A sailing yacht perceived as a total institution seen from the perspective of Goffman’s theory is opposed to a vision of sailing yacht as space of freedom and development environment, a place of transgression (Kozielecki) and flow (Csikszentmihalyi). Results of interviews with the crew members show that the participants of sea cruises on a sailing yacht perceive it as an friendly environment and feel its influence on self-development stimulation. The meaning of sailing yacht environment for the crew members and perception of its space and environment is discussed. Respondents claim, that during sea voyage they improved in building social relations, coping with own weaknesses, and dealing with conflicts despite of difficulties and limits they had. Struggling with the sea and experiencing the yacht environment is transgressive and developing for the crew members. The statements of the respondents allow to conclude that the environment of a seagoing yacht is friendly for them, it is a place of experiencing freedom and is conducive to the development of the individual, and thus can be an appropriate educational environment for people regardless of age.
May 24, 2021