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For Parents 2017-08-17T02:57:15+00:00

We’re excited to welcome your youth aboard Seaward for our Voyage Seaward overnight sailing program. We would like to share some details and reminders to help you prepare for your youth’s upcoming trip on San Francisco Bay.

  • Please be sure that all paperwork is complete and submitted to our office prior to arrival. This includes a registration form, a signed Youth Liability Release form, and a Youth Medical, Health, and Waiver Form Please be sure you have communicated any dietary restrictions, severe allergies, or medical conditions in the medical form.
  • The balance is due two weeks before the trip. Checks should be made out to “Call of the Sea” and can be sent to 3020 Bridgeway #278, Sausalito, CA 94965.
  • Please refer to the accompanying suggested packing list. Most importantly, please note that it can get very cold on the water, and can be wet. Bring layers!
  • The ship is docked at the Bay Model Pier, located at 2100 Bridgeway in Sausalito, California. Please arrive by 10:00 am on the first day of your program. Our staff will meet you outside of the Bay Model Visitor Center to check your youth in. Parents will have a chance to come aboard Seaward at the end of the trip. Please refer to the “Directions” page for navigation help.
  • There is plenty of parking on-site and a restroom on shore.
  • Please have your youth eat breakfast on the first day, as their first meal onboard will be lunch.
  • Please pick up your youth at 1:00pm on the final day of the trip. There will be an opportunity for parents and families to come aboard Seaward at this time.
  • Participants will eat breakfast and lunch on their last day.

Safety is our first priority. Our vessel is certified by the United States Coast Guard, inspected regularly, and complies with USCG regulations and requirements. Sailing at sea has inherent risk, so our crew works hard to ensure that the vessel is maintained and operated in the safest way possible. Please see the separate Safety At Sea document for more detailed information.

Our crew of five professional mariners and educators are experienced in youth sailing education and will safely guide your youth through an educational and fun adventure at sea. As required by the US Coast Guard, our Captain and Mate are licensed mariners with valid credentials. Additionally, all crew are required to be enrolled in a random drug-test program and are compliant. All crew and staff that work with youth have been background checked. All crew are above the age of 21 and have, at least, Bachelor’s degrees.
Our office staff will be in communication with the ship on a daily basis. If an accident or injury happens at sea that requires the use of emergency equipment, the need for emergency medical services, or if your child needs to be removed from the vessel, we will contact the emergency contact person listed in the medical form as soon as possible. If you need to reach your youth during their program, you can contact Call of the Sea staff to relay the message using the following numbers:

Call of the Sea Office (Mon-Fri 9-5pm): (415) 331-3214
Emergency Contact #1 CEO, Charles Hart
Emergency Contact #2 Program Director

The Seaward has equipment onboard called an AIS (Automatic Identification System) that tracks the schooner and makes information available on the web. You can follow along and see where the Seaward is traveling! The boat is available to track at marinetraffic.com. Just type “Seaward” in the search bar or follow the interactive map on our website www.callofthesea.org.

Upon arrival, you must check in any over-the-counter and/or current prescriptions, vitamins, and supplements with Call of the Sea staff. Please follow the instructions in the medical form for packaging and labeling medications needed during the trip.
During Voyage Seaward, we have an “unplugged” policy, which means no electronics, including cell phones, ipods, laptops, tablets, etc. We believe that our trip is an opportunity to fully engage with their peers, the crew, the boat and the natural environment using the senses, without the screen. We encourage youth to explore a world away from home and without the distractions of the internet and social media. If your youth arrives with a cell phone or similar device, we will collect it, safely store it during the voyage, and return it at the end. We will require that the phone be turned in, no exceptions. Youth may bring a separate camera and/or video recording device and will be permitted to use it as the Captain deems safe and appropriate.

Information for the Youth Participant

(please read this with your teen)

We are excited for you to step aboard our incredible 82 foot schooner, named Seaward. She will be your home and your teacher for five days at sea. The ship is equipped with a bunk for each sailor, a galley (this is what we call the kitchen) and a head (this is what we call the bathroom). Boys and girls will sleep separately, with the crew nearby. The program will consist of five days of sailing, and all campers should have the physical stamina to maintain attention and carry out tasks, such as lifting, pulling, and climbing as directed by the Captain and crew. No sailing experience prior to the trip is necessary, but participants must be willing to endure or overcome seasickness if it occurs. We DO expect you to have a positive attitude, as this can be more valuable at sea than strength and knowledge. You may find parts to be challenging, but you will soon find that you have 16 new friends who are sharing the experience with you. You will learn to help each other, and will find that what was once challenging is soon after incredibly rewarding, and fun!

During this voyage, you will find a life-long excitement about our coasts and ocean by:

  • Exploring the marine environment.
  • Gaining appreciation for and knowledge of marine science.
  • Learning the importance of being good stewards of the ocean.
  • Helping you develop friendships and new physical skills.

We want your trip to be fun and safe so we need you to help us by following these rules:

  • Be polite and respectful to the other participants and the crew.
  • Work cooperatively with others.
  • Respect the rules that are set at each of the sites we visit.
  • Listen and follow directions carefully, especially while sailing or swimming.
  • Always observe the buddy system and always stay close to your group (if on shore or swimming).
  • Absolutely no drugs or alcohol.

The crew of the Seaward will discuss guidelines and expectations with you at the beginning of the trip. If you act in an inappropriate manner, your parent/guardian will be contacted, and in extreme circumstances, Call of the Sea reserves the right to expel you from the trip without any refund of tuition.

Get ready for a sailing adventure! We know that we will have an incredible journey together, thanks for helping us keep things safe and fun. We’re excited to sail with you on an exciting voyage of a lifetime!