Mailport January 2011 Issue

Mailport: January 2011

A SEA Story

Photos courtesy of Sea Education Association

SEA students (above) spend six weeks aboard one of the non-profit’s research vessels, both 135-foot brigantines.

Thank you for extending the offer to sailing nonprofits to tell their stories. The Sea Education Association (SEA) has been teaching college undergraduates about the ocean for the last 40 years. We offer several different SEA Semesters, which combine six weeks of classroom study in Woods Hole, Mass., with a six-week open ocean voyage on one of our two sailing research vessels. College students earn credit for their study of oceanography, maritime history, literature, marine policy, and nautical science.

SEA is the only semester-abroad program that actually gets students out on the open ocean. Our 7,000 alumni have sailed over a million miles, learning the physics, chemistry, geology, and biology of the ocean while sailing the Northwest Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific oceans.

Our vessels are 135-foot brigantines sailed and navigated with 19th-
century methods while the students conduct science in state-of-the-art labs. As the students learn about the ocean, they also learn about themselves in ways that can only happen at sea on a tallship. Our students come from all colleges and all majors. Our alumni can be found in ocean research institutions, universities, government agencies, environmental groups, sail-training organizations, and many other professions. In the summer, we run a condensed program for high-school students wanting the same kind of challenging hands-on experience. For more information, go to


John K. Bullard
President, Sea Education Association
Woods Hole, Mass.

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