Special Youth Programs for 2021
We think it is really important that teens have the chance to get outdoors and do something really different. We are thrilled to have created a unique learning program in the form of learning to sail and navigate aboard a real Viking ship. It's a chance for them to stimulate their imaginations, enjoy the freedom of seeing the horizon and leaving lockdown behind.
We are piloting a new type of experience we think teenagers will just love!
All sorts make a crew and no sailing experience is expected.
Viking Ship Sailing 101
Course Length: Four Days
Age: Teens from 8th grader up.
Cost: $ 600
|Session / Objective||Day 1||Day 2.||Day 3.||Day 4|
|Onboarding||Orient and Navigate||Explore & Experiment||Journey|
|Morning (Start at 0900)||Introductions - Students learn about the boat and how to stay safe. They learn about the different parts of the boat and the sail - the commands used to row properly - prepare the boat for getting underway.||Practice rigging the sail and learning the controls - Intro to wayfinding (navigation) at sea - learn about charts, tides and weather and how they affect Polaris - (What did the real Vikings do?)||Students prepare the boat for departure - Crew and students practice safety drills and maneuvering and discuss contingency plans in different situations.||Prepare the boat and review the expedition plan - consider latest weather and tides. Get underway for the target destination.|
|Lunch (approx 1200)||Discuss the roles aboard ship and the zones aboard.||Knots practice.||At anchor. Story telling.||Picnic Lunch-At target destination.|
|Responsibility!||Switch it up!||Maneuvers||Take control!|
|Afternoon||Practice situational awareness. Rowing drills. Crew sets sail and Students get familiar with what it feels to be aboard. Students learn about the responsibilities in each zone with guidance from the crew.||Sailing practice is concentrated on working the zones and swapping zones so everybody gets to try different important roles. Introduction of a Navigation station.||Afternoon sail is designed to empower students and give them freedom to try the maneuvers themselves. A chance for students to try out leadership and communication skills.||Students "run the boat" as much as possible. Continued awareness of the zones aboard and rotation of roles.|
|Debrief (Pickup at 1600)||Return to dock at 1530 - Put boat to bed - Closing circle - Review and discuss plans for Day 2.||Return to dock at 1530 - Put boat to bed - Closing circle - Review and discuss expedition plans for Day 4||Return to dock at 1530 - Put boat to bed - Closing circle - Review and discuss plans for final day.||Return to dock at 1530 - Put boat to bed - Closing circle - Review and reflect.|
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