Sea Education Association

  • Woods Hole, MA
  • Camp Type: Overnight
  • Age of Campers: 15 - 18
  • Gender of Campers: Coed
  • Year Established: 1971

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With over 1,000,000 nautical miles sailed, Sea Education Association (SEA) is a leader in ocean education. Three distinct 3-week programs are offered for high school students interested in the sea, science, & learning how to sail. Modeled after SEA’s innovative college program, SEA Semester, the high school summer seminars consist of a Shore and Sea Component.

Science at SEA (SAS) is a 20-day program for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors focusing on the coastal and offshore marine environment around Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The program includes a shore component on the SEA campus in Woods Hole, MA, and a sea component aboard one of SEA’s sailing research vessels, the SSV Corwith Cramer. During the shore component, students study the marine environment from a variety of perspectives—scientific, historical, literary, and nautical. This is an academic program complete with written assignments and tests. During the sea component, students study offshore oceanography, nautical science, and act as members of the ships crew. Students are evaluated on achievement and effort; not for college credit. 

Oceanography of the Gulf of Maine (OGM) is a 19-day program open to high school juniors, seniors, and college freshmen who have successfully completed two high school science courses. The program has two components: the first is at sea onboard the research sailing vessel, SSV Corwith Cramer, studying offshore oceanography while students act as members of the ship’s crew. The second component takes place at Cornell University’s Shoals Marine Laboratory, where students study the near shore coastal ecology and oceanography of Appledore Island. OGM’s challenging curriculum provides an introduction to the scientific method, the opportunity to analyze data, and instills observation and critical thinking skills. Students earn two undergraduate college credits from Cornell University upon successful completion of the shore component. 

Lastly, Oceanography of the Southern California Bight (OSCB) is a 3-week program for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. SEA and the University of Southern California’s Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies (WIES) offer this summer course focused on the marine environments of the California coast. OSCB consists of two components: the first of which takes place on Catalina Island, where students study near shore marine biology and ecology. The second takes place aboard SEA’s research sailing vessel, the SSV Robert C. Seamans, where students study offshore oceanography and become members of the ships crew. Students earn two undergraduate college credits from the University of Southern California upon successful completion.

On shore, students live as a community and develop invaluable team-building and leadership skills while starting their academic coursework. At sea, students are immersed in all operations of a modern sailing research vessel: collecting scientific data, setting and striking sails, operating the sophisticated equipment, and helping in the ship’s galley. SEA offers an experience unmatched by any other program!

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