- All Saints, Antigua and Barbuda; Caribbean, Caribbean; Saint-Claude, Guadeloupe; Multi-Country Programs, Multi-Country Programs; Programs at Sea, Programs at Sea; Roseau, Dominica
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
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- Program Description:
Seamester is designed to create endless teachable moments, ones that can happen at any hour. We design our programs to provide engaging learning experiences that involve the whole person and have real outcomes in ways that are impossible to replicate in a traditional classroom. What is a teachable moment? For us, it's learning the oceanographic processes responsible for the trade winds while sailing 5000 nautical miles using nothing but their energy. It's coming on deck in the morning to find a small squid that has misjudged its leap out the water, then holding a dissection class to discover the pen and ink inside. It's learning in class about coral reefs, mangroves, sea grasses and invertebrates, then scuba diving to set quadrats and a transect line to conduct a survey. Living as part of a close-knit team means that some of the most important lessons are learned beyond the academics; lessons in personal responsibility, teamwork and hard work that are in every way just as important as what is learned in class. Our instructors and staff are cognizant of that and they are just as passionate about imparting those lessons. They take their responsibilities as role models and mentors as seriously as they take the subjects they teach. Seamester is designed to challenge students to realize that, in many ways, it is the journey that matters most, not the destination.
Shift your summer into overdrive with the journey of a lifetime. Earn six college credits as well as sailing and scuba diving certifications by joining the crew of sailing yacht Oceanstar as she explores the Caribbean Leeward islands. Starting in the British Virgin Islands, you'll set sail island hopping to Nevis, Dominica, Guadeloupe, The Saints, Antigua, St. Barts, St. Eustatius, and Saba. Don't worry; you'll give each island the personal attention it deserves by surfing and snorkeling in their pristine waters, trekking along their dormant volcanoes and immersing yourself into the unique landscapes and cultures each has to offer.
With Seamester, you discover that just as the traditional walls of a classroom don't exist, there is no bell to signal the start or end of learning. The voyage offers endless teachable moments and they happen at all hours. At its best, learning is an active process, and as part of our crew, Seamester will challenge you every day to learn by doing, seeing and experiencing. You study marine biology and oceanography by conducting research diving on reefs. Acquire knowledge of geology trekking through mountainous terrain. Master meteorology and navigation as you plot your course across seas. And develop leadership and communication skills working together with your team. For most students, these are things they only read about in books. For you, it will be something that inspires and enlightens.
- Setting Description:
- Ocean Star is a classic two-masted schooner that ably accommodates 16 student crew and four professional staff, Ocean Star was launched in 1991 and extensively refitted in 1999. Maintained to meet the highest standards of safety, the 88-foot schooner, like its sister ship, is inspected and certified by the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Nearly 400 student sailors have had the good fortune to live, study and sail the Caribbean Archipelago since Ocean Star first set sail under the Sea|mester flag
- Program costs vary by voyage and duration. Please see website for dates and costs
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Based on 1 Reviews
Going on Seamester was the best decision I've ever made. I cannot even describe everything that I learned and experienced. My two older brothers also went on this trip before me and my whole family loves this program. (3/3 loved it!) Only when you're
out in the middle of the ocean with the stars above you and the bioluminescent below you, do you understand how beautiful it all is. Semester was able to take us out there without any trouble, even though most of the students had no idea how to sail before we got there. As a land-locked novice to sailing I had the best time and learned SO much. The islands we visited were beautiful and interesting. I loved every hike we went on and every dive we dove and every minute of this trip.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend