Our mariner training usually includes a nine-day voyage on the Salish Sea on our 65-foot steel-hulled training boat, the Curlew. Rest assured, those nine days are not a pleasure cruise. It’s intense work that will teach you the basics of watchstanding, steering, maintenance, etc.
The Curlew also brings along an old-school lifeboat for small-boat expedition training. It has oars and sails and some limited supplies, but no GPS. Trainees are put on this lifeboat (with an experienced trainer) and expected to pilot it for three to five days from point X to point Z using old-school navigation skills. No engines. No support from the outside. It’s 19th-century stuff.
Our training program is purposely tough to give you all the skills to be a thorough seaman. We don’t train one-trick ponies. That’s why our training program is one of the most respected. Our mariners are the best of the best.