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  • Lesson Activity

Enterprise Skills

  • Project Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking


  • Lower Secondary (Year 7-9)
  • Senior Secondary (Year 10-12)


  • 20-30 minutes


  • 1 copy of Lost at Sea Ranking Chart per participant (see PDF below)

Use this resources to have your students practice multiple enterprise skills.

This is a great  ‘pen and paper’ group survival game and a team building activity to encourage interaction and teamwork among your young people. It was created by Grahame Knox from .

The chances of ‘survival’ depend on their ability to rank the salvaged items in relative order of importance.

You have chartered a yacht with three friends, for the holiday trip of a lifetime across the Atlantic Ocean. Because none of you have any previous sailing experience, you have hired an experienced skipper and two-person crew.

Unfortunately in mid Atlantic a fierce fire breaks out in the ships galley and the skipper and crew have been lost whilst trying to fight the blaze. Much of the yacht is destroyed and is slowly sinking.

Your location is unclear because vital navigational and radio equipment have been damaged in the fire. Your best estimate is that you are many hundreds of miles from the nearest landfall.

You and your friends have managed to save 15 items, undamaged and intact after the fire. In addition, you have salvaged a four man rubber life craft and a box of matches. Rank the items correctly and you will survive until rescue comes. Make too many mistakes and…

Click here to download the resource PDF. 


Using 'survival scenarios' is a great what to focus students' minds on what really matters to them. Do you have any activities that use a similar scenario?

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