SEA: Yacht Sailing

Seaside Education Adventure (SEA) incorporates marine ecology themes into hands-on investigations designed to expose local youth to the short and long term effects of a variety of ocean threats.  These boat-based inquiries take participants out onto the water to explore topics in oceanography, marine stewardship and ecosystem balance.  


SEA 2017 is looking for Leaders In Training

IDEAL FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SEEKING RESUME BUILDING EXPERIENCES OR LOOKING TO FULFILL COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS

  • make a positive contribution to the community
  • exercise compassion through providing service to others
  • build relationships by serving as role models and leaders

WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SERVING AS A JUNIOR LEADER!!

Contact Director Eric Magers magerse@seasidesustainability.org


What will we be doing?

Each day begins at 8:00 AM down at the Tuck’s Point dock in Manchester, MA.  After we spend the morning exploring on the water and training to become sailors, the crew will return to the Tuck’s Point dock at 12 noon.  While on the water, we'll dive into various yacht sailing skills & procedures.  Participants will also enjoy snorkeling, swimming, exploring and learning about all the life that exists below the ocean's surface! 
At the end of the week, yacht sailors will walk away with valuable knowledge and skills, as well as memories to last a lifetime!  

Upon completion participants will receive their SEA t-shirt and
to show off their SEA-tificates of Completion

 

SEA: Yacht Sailing Topics Include:

  • Basic Sailing Skills, Terms & Commands:

    • Identify Types and Parts of Boats & Sails
    • Knots & line handling
    • Leaving & Picking Up the Mooring
    • Understanding the Sailing Circle &
      Trimming Sails
  • Navigation & Boat safety:

    • Basic navigation
    • Basic right-of-way rules
    • Winds and tides
  • Marine Science & Environmental Processes: 

    • Water quality testing
    • Marine debris trawls
    • Flora, fauna & species identification

       
 

Some specific investigations will include:

  • Safety, Sailing & Navigation:

Practice sailing safety, including ‘staying on the lookout’ and man overboard procedures.  Become familiar with various types of buoys, markers and their purposes; enhance our knowledge of compass points and reading & utilizing navigational charts; Explore questions like: Which vessels have right-of-way, and in which situations?  What roles do winds & tides play in sailing?

  • Marine Debris Trawls & Micro Plastics: 

We’ll test samples of water by deploying long trawling nets pulled from the boat.  Using our collected samples, we’ll be able to measure the presence of micro plastics and discuss their land-based origins and devastating impacts.

  • Water Quality Sampling & Global Climate Change: 

By testing the sea water at different depths we’ll discover information about the ocean including acidification levels & marsh/ocean salinity and learn about the implications of potential ecological effects such as ocean warming trends.

  • Snorkel Exploration of Tidal Zone
    Flora and Fauna:  

Underwater we will be able to see and touch the flora and fauna that compose the tidal ecosystems.  We’ll discuss structure and function, invasive species & impacts and the sensitivity of these ecosystems to negative human influences.  We’ll make observations that speak to the interconnected nature of ecosystems, threats to their health, how to protect them, and how to preserve their unique resilience.