You should have at least intermediate sailing skills, know that you enjoy sailing and have completed a navigation course. Safe and enjoyable voyaging depends on everyone working together in all situations, some of which are strenuous and mentally demanding. It’s essential than everyone can perform all duties aboard, including standing while hand steering (we don’t use an autopilot) and working on deck in challenging conditions. If you exercise daily, enjoy outdoor activities, are comfortable in and on the water, are in good mental health and are not significantly overweight you’ll be an asset on board. Expedition members come from many countries and backgrounds. This is not a macho adventure; women are equal and valued participants. The training is catered to different styles of learning; either tactile with hands-on repetition such as tucking in a reef, charting, setting the anchor, etc or conceptual/technical learning with explanation, documentation and procedures.
An excellent idea before joining us for an expedition is to upgrade your sailing knowledge level. We recommend you start with NauticEd’s two free courses, Rules of the Road and Sail Trim and strongly consider completing their Captain Rank which includes coastal navigation, safety at sea, weather, anchoring, electronic navigation and more.
Another option for learning coastal navigation remotely is Maryland School of Seamanship’s on-line nav courses and webinar. Having had several of MSS grads join us on expeditions, we know that Tom Tursi and his crew do an excellent job.
At sea we follow serious safety rules, including the wearing of supplied auto-inflate harnesses, practice of Lifesling overboard procedures and abstinence from alcohol while aboard and a two-drink limit per day when ashore. No smoking or illegal drugs aboard or ashore. Daily cleaning and continual maintenance, when underway, assures that the vessel is safe and in first class condition. We request that personal electronic communication only be conducted when ashore out of courtesy to others and vessel safety.