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The kind of challenging, real-life training we offer at sea in small boats and in the wilderness is a powerful builder of self-esteem and life-skills. It is an excellent training ground for learning to take command of one’s life.


At Sea School you can expect to gain the following personal skills:


  • Leadership skills

  • Courage and risk taking

  • Resiliency

  • Teamwork

  • Personal responsibility

  • Confidence

  • Realization of personal capacity and unique skills

  • Tools for conflict resolution

  • Increased sense of belonging

  • Working with a diverse group of peers

  • Environmental awareness and stewardship practices

  • Cultural awareness

  • Cooking and healthy foods

  • Solo reflection and emotional processing

  • Connection to local and cultural heritage

It was so unlike anything I’ve ever done before. Wherever I go, I will never forget my journey through the Nova Scotia Sea School and

the many adventures I’ve been through during my trip.” -Sea School Alumni



“I’ve grown outward and inward during my journey at the Sea School. The life lessons

and friendships I gained will last me a lifetime.” -Sea School Alumni

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"I didn’t realize how much so many people do for me until I was put in a situation in which I did everything myself. Now, I am so appreciative of everything I have. The boat really gives you “grit” and makes you deal with it then and there. I can feel the change in me because of it, and for that I am forever grateful." -Sea School Alumni



The skills and lessons that youth learn with the Sea School not only improve their employability in certain marine, carpentry and outdoor recreation industries, but also overall significantly improve their ability to gain and keep employment.


At Sea School you can expect to gain the following skills:


  • Peer leadership and communication

  • Itinerary planning and program design

  • Understanding weather patterns and tides

  • Navigation using compass and charts / maps

  • Sail handling and wind direction

  • Knots and ropework

  • Shelter building

  • Cooking over stove and or fire

  • Carpentry skills

  • Physical literacy

  • How to prepare for and access outdoors and recreation at low to no cost

  • Service learning and volunteerism

  • Career planning

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