CODY Hawdon has battled sea sickness, a storm, her fear of heights and her own self-confidence on an 11-day voyage on the Young Endeavour.
Yet if she was given the opportunity to do it all again, she would jump at the chance.
The 17-year-old apprentice chef from Gulmarrad said the benefits gained from the voyage on the tall ship were invaluable.
“Lots of teamwork activities helped my self-confidence grow,” she said. “I feel I can do anything right now and for the rest of my life I can do anything.
“I was the team captain, as a watch leader, and I had to get my crew to set the sail.
“I had to lead a group of six people who were all really scared and I was really scared too.”
Cody was homesick for the first three days she and was not enjoying the experience but then realised she had to make the most of the extraordinary opportunity.
“I realised I just had to do it and try to have fun and enjoy myself. I realised you only get out of this sort of experience what you are prepared to put in.”
From whale sightings to helping the chef in the galley, Cody said the trip was full of memorable experiences.
“We had a massive storm with gale force winds and we knocked down twice ... the mast touched the water.”
“The best experience was watching everybody grow, watching their confidence grow.”
Conquering her fear of heights was one thing Cody said she was determined to achieve.
“I fell off the mast and hurt my leg pretty bad but I had to climb it again.”
“I didn't want to, I was scared.”
To find out more about the Young Endeavour visit http://www.youngendeavour.gov.au/site/.