Toronto to Cleveland
Depart: Toronto, Canada
Arrive: Cleveland, Ohio
Length: 7 Days
Focus: Sail Training
Teen sailing adventures for youths 14-18
The Young Adventurers program is designed to introduce high school students to the exciting world of sailing and research science. Students between the ages of 14-18 are invited to join us aboard our 72’ research vessel, Sea Dragon, for a voyage through the unique Great Lakes ecosystem. This expedition is designed to allow high school students to experience the joy of sailing, and learn more about the importance of the fresh water ecosystems that support North America.
Students will get an extraordinary opportunity to learn to sail with Captain Eric Loss while exploring beautiful Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The expedition will involve a passage through the famous Welland Canal, an incredible feat of engineering which allows the passage between the two lakes. There will be opportunities for sightseeing at the world renown Niagara falls, and opportunities for students to be a part of our outreach events in local communities.
This is the perfect summer course for students who want to gain sailing skills, and delve into the world of research science. It is ideally suited to students looking to start their careers in scientific research, exploration science, or scientific outreach. It will be a fun, exciting way to spend summer holidays, and a great way to get to know other students from around North America.
The Young Adventurers program is designed to introduce high school students to the exciting worlds of sailing and research science. Students between the ages of 14-18 are invited to join us aboard our 72’ research yacht, Sea Dragon, for a voyage through the unique Great Lakes ecosystem.
On board, students will learn the techniques and skills required to help with the running of Sea Dragon, and be responsible for helping with the daily operations of the ship. They will also have the opportunity to take part in scientific research, and will help with the collection of data for researchers studying freshwater issues.
During the Young Adventurers program, students will learn:
- The basic elements of a sail boat and points of sail
- How to raise, lower, and trim sails, as well as basic maneuvers
- Basic navigation and deckhand skills
- Log keeping, radio etiquette and small boat handling
- Emergency, safety, and first aid procedures
- Research techniques-water sampling, ecological surveys, plastic pollution trawling
- The history and biology of the Great Lakes ecosystem
Students will have an opportunity to be personally mentored by sailing instructor and skipper Eric Loss, a seasoned sailor who has singlehandedly sailed around the world. Eric, along with first mate Shanley McEntee, will provide students with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the nautical lifestyle, and will encourage students to experience the joys of freshwater sailing. At the completion of the course, students will receive IYT sail training certification.
What is IYT?
International Yacht Training Worldwide operates more boating and sailing courses with more Government approvals through more sailing schools, in more countries and in more languages than any other boating or sailing organisation in the world.
To learn more about IYT, please visit their website.:
Students will gain a unique learning experience through this program, but they will also be getting a chance to be a part of something even bigger. As a part of the One Water Story, students will be invited to help be a part of the creation of a multi-media project that will aim to tell the stories of the Great Lakes. Students will be encouraged to be a part of the creation of this project through their writing, photography, film making, and art. Their work will be added to that of the other participants in the expedition, and will be published through Pangaea Explorations at the completion of the expedition.
Young Adventurer’s Expedition
Dates: July 21-27, 2013
10 spots available
- 6 nights accomodation aboard Sea Dragon
- All meals and snacks
- sailing lessons
- crew uniform
- educational and tourism activities
Contribution does not include:
- Transportation to Toronto or from Cleveland
- additional nights spent in either city.
- Any meals, souvenirs or other materials purchased on shore
Teens will get an extraordinary opportunity to learn to sail with Captain Eric Loss while exploring beautiful Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The expedition will involve a passage through the infamous Welland Canal, an incredible feat of engineering which allows the passage between the two lakes. There will be opportunities for sightseeing at the world-renown Niagara Falls, and opportunities for students to be a part of our outreach events in local communities.
July 21– Guest Crew will arrive aboard Sea Dragon between 3 and 5 PM at John Quay Marina in Toronto. After introductions and an opportunity to settle into the yacht, students will be given a basic briefing on the expedition. Students will receive an orientation to life aboard and have an opportunity to ask any questions they might have about the expedition. The crew will spend their first night afloat alongside the dock becoming acclimatized to life aboard.
July 22: Sea Dragon will depart Toronto early in the morning for a day sail across Lake Ontario towards the Welland Canal. En route, guest crew will learn the basics of sailing the vessel and experience their first taste of life underway.
July 23: As Sea Dragon enters the Welland Canal, guest crew will visit the World Famous Niagara Falls. A bus will take students from the canals to the Falls, and return students to the yacht later that day.
July 24: Sea Dragon will complete its journey through the Welland Canal, and begin conducting research in Lake Erie. The crew will then set off on their first night sail in an overnight passage to Port Stanley, Ontario.
July 25: Sea Dragon will arrive in Port Stanley, Ontario, and crew will explore the town before setting sail again on Lake Erie.
July 26: Sea Dragon will spend its last day at sail towards Cleveland, Ohio. Guest Crew will be quizzed on their sailing skills and learn to handle the boat independently.
July 27: Guest Crew will disembark in the morning by 10AM. They will then be picked up by parents or guardians, or accompanied to the airport for their flight home.
Guest Crew will require a passport from their home country that will allow them to travel between Canada and the United States. There may be specific visa requirements for students from countries outside of North America. For specific visa information, contact Canadian Border Services or United States Homeland Security at the following sites:
Crew Members without a visa will be unable to attend the course.
Guest Crew should bring:
- Enough clothes for a 7 day voyage (warm weather clothing, plus layers for cold nights) No hard suitcases, please.
- Sunscreen and any required medications
- Sunglasses and a hat with a brim
- Pen and notebook or diary
- Camera or Video Camera (optional)
- Snorkelling equipment (optional)
Sheets will be provided for the Sea Dragons berths, however if you prefer to bring a sleeping bag or personal blanket, students are welcome to do so.
Please note that Sea Dragon is a dry vessel. No alcohol or cigarettes will be permitted on board.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What kind of supervision will the students have on the water?
Four professional staff will be on hand at all times. Supervision will be a 2-to-1 adult to student ratio.
What will be done to ensure that teens are safe on the water?
It is mandatory that all students can swim to take part in the Young Adventurer’s Program. At all times while underway, guest crew will be wearing inflatable PFD’s with built in safety tethers, which can be clipped in at any time. Before the vessel leaves the dock, guest crew will undergo a mandatory safety briefing, and then practice safety procedures before the expedition begins. Sea Dragon is fully equipped to MCA Category 0 safety standards.
What if there’s an accident or problem on board?
First Mate Shanley McEntee is a fully certified MCA medical professional. In the case of serious emergency, Sea Dragon can be in contact with US or Canadian coast guard by satellite phone or radio. We have four doctors on call 24/7 to provide immediate medical advice. We recommend that guest crew have personal medical insurance, in case of any serious medical emergency.
If a teen is seasick and wants to disembark, are they able to?
The expedition is also a transportation excursion, and unfortunately, there isn’t really a good opportunity to disembark. In our experience, most people who experience sea sickness have it pass within 24 hours, and go on to enjoy the rest of the trip. If you are concerned about this, please come prepared with a non drowsy seasickness medication. We can only provide non medicinal remedies.
What if my teen requires regular medication?
If you require prescription medication (birth control is exempted), the medicine will need to be handed into the crew when you arrive. Staff will be responsible for providing teens with their recommended daily dosage. Please come prepared with information for the crew about the medication, and when it should be administered. Staff will keep a recod of what medicine was taken, and when.
Do participants need extra travel insurance?
We will do everything possible to ensure that the boat reaches is destination on time. If you are concerned about this, please consider purchasing travel insurance for flights.
How will guest crew get to and from the airport at each city?
If your parents are not escorting them to the airport, we will have a staff member ready to set up taxi travel to the port. Students will have to pay for their transportation to and from the boat.
Is there anything that students can not bring on the boat?
Any alcohol or cigarettes is strictly prohibited. Anyone found with illicit substances on board will be sent home at the next port of call. There will be no refunds, and students will be responsible for their own return costs.