Sailing for lifelong learning

Our programs support adult learners as well. Please see our current events below or email to inquire about options for adult voyages along the California coast (June-September) and in Mexico (January-March).

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Prepare for your sail

  • Please complete the following: (1) General Form on dietary restrictions and special requests as soon as possible to help the crew provision and prepare. (2) Adult Medical, Health, and Waiver Form to list any dietary restrictions, severe allergies, or medical conditions and to review terms and conditions for participation in Call of the Sea programs. The completed and signed form can be scanned and emailed to or mailed to 3020 Bridgeway #278, Sausalito, CA 94965. Please submit the form no later than two weeks before your scheduled voyage.
  • 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 multiple, quick-dry layers.

Similar to food and water, space too is a limited resource on a sailing vessel. Everything you bring will live with you in your bunk.

  • Pack in crushable luggage (duffel bags, etc.) NOT a hard-sided suitcase.
  • Clothes that can be worn over or under other layers will serve you well. Temperatures can change dramatically, especially as you go from below to above decks. We recommend at least three layers (shirt, long sleeve/flannel jacket, wind breaker).
  • Clothes that dry quickly are best. Generally, synthetic fibers like fleece and various polyesters and nylons do a better job of this than heavy cotton. Avoid denim, thick towels, and heavy cotton sweatshirts. Once wet, they will not dry. The clothes you bring should be comfortable and easy to move in. As Seaward is a working ship, clothes may be torn or stained, so do not bring anything you would hate to lose.
  • Please bring your own sleeping bag. You will be provided with a mattress, sheets, pillow and pillow case.
  • If you wear prescription glasses, bring a second pair if you have them. If you wear contact lenses, bring your glasses as well.
  • Medications, prescription or over-the-counter, must be packed in a Ziploc bag with clear instructions on when they must be dispensed. This includes vitamins and supplements. (Please note that the ship is equipped with a med kit with standard over-the-counter medications.)

Other recommended items include:

  • Rain Jacket and Pants: Even though rain may be unlikely, sea spray is common
  • Towel: Light and quick drying
  • Sunblock/chapstick SPF 15 or greater for both
  • Ski Cap or Similar A warm “winter hat”. It gets very chilly at sea.
  • Toiletry Kit: Toothpaste, toothbrush, etc. No hair dryers or electronic equipment.
  • Water Bottle: Something rigid and reusable. A clip can help keep it secure on deck while underway.
  • Sun Hat: Broad brimmed is best for sun protection, and ball caps can blow away
  • Clothes: Underwear, 1 pair for each day of your voyage Socks, 1 pair for each day of your voyage (plus a few extra just in case) Close-toed shoes – non-skid/rubber soled 2 pairs –Boat or tennis shoes, flip flops not allowed Shorts 1-2 pair – quick drying T-shirts, 1 shirt for each day of your voyage
  • Sleeping pajamas: One pair of comfy shorts or warm pants and a top Pants 1-2 pairs – avoid denim because it never dries. Lightweight canvas or synthetic blends. Sweater/ Fleece 1 Wool or Polar Fleece for chilly nights– cotton not recommended Long Sleeve shirts A few, it can be cold, especially while sailing at night Swim Suit 1 set
  • Optional Items: Writing material, reading material, camera, musical instruments, ziploc bags (waterproof packaging), baby wipes (don’t count on showers), sunglasses, small flashlight, warm gloves, rain boots.
  • The ship is docked at the Bay Model Pier, located at 2100 Bridgeway in Sausalito, California. Our staff will meet you outside of the Bay Model Visitor Center 15 minutes before start time.
  • Parking on-site and a restroom available on shore. Please notify crew you need a parking permit and you may fill one out. We request you park along the shoreline, so we can leave Bay Model parking for staff.

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 sailing education and will safely guide you 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.

Read more about our current crew

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, 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:

Emergency Contact #1–Executive Director Steven Woodside: 707-529-7775

Emergency Contact #2–Operations Manager Sylvia S Stompe 415-384-1061