Liberty Classroom Sail Training
Tall ship sailing & educational field trips in Boston Harbor
Sailing aboard a tall ship offers an enriching opportunity for learning. Our fleet offers a rare chance to sail the waters of Boston Harbor while learning seamanship skills on a traditional tall ship. Work side-by-side with your students, raising sails and coiling down lines.
The program is designed for elementary, middle, and high school age groups. Optimal group size is 50-80 participants with a student/chaperone ratio of 1:10. Field trips are available Monday – Thursday in the months of June, July, August, and September.
Spending the day sailing on a Boston Harbor cruise makes an excellent summer outing for summer camps, boy scout and girl scout troupes, youth groups, and more!
Read on below to learn more about our on board sailing education program.
You and your students will be split into groups that will rotate between stations, mastering new skills and assisting team members.
Safety: Groups will learn about ship safety equipment, lifesaving equipment and safety drills. Our crew will provide instruction and training. Your group will then select a group-leader and assign tasks to members of the group who will then successfully perform a safety drill based upon the information they have learned.
Seamanship: Groups will be provided instruction in a small selection of knots and splicing. Participants will help one another learn the material and successfully complete the following: square knot, bowline knot, clove hitch, becket bend, and a short splice or an eye splice. (Liberty will provide both rope and instruction sheets)
Sail handling: Throughout the charter, groups will be asked to help handle the sails. As the ship is constantly moving, this will occur throughout the trip including setting sail at the beginning of the charter, sail handling throughout and striking sail at the end of the charter.
Ship handling: All trainees will have an opportunity to pilot (“drive”) the ship during their charter. After each participant has piloted the ship, that participant will then provide the instruction, supervision and debriefing to the next trainee under careful supervision of our Coast Guard Licensed Captain.