Seamester offered me a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will never forget. I am from Maine but have always had a fascination with warm tropical waters, coral reefs, and ocean exploration. As a student, I had the unique chance to study, sail, and live on a beautiful sailboat (Vela) in the most gorgeous places in the Caribbean. This trip took me to some of the most amazing places-- Island volcanos, rainforests, secluded black sand beaches, pristine coral reefs, uninhabited islands, and lush mountain peaks.
Although I went into the program not knowing a single thing about sailing, I left with three sailing certifications and a passion for ocean travel. The staff was exemplary and, by the end of the trip they felt like family. They seamlessly guided the students through seamanship education and combined marine studies with hands on experience through diving or snorkeling. One of the most important parts of this experience for me was building lifelong friendships with my other crew mates. Seamester has a strong community atmosphere were everyone shares in cooking, cleaning, adventure, and learning.
Overall, I learned so much about myself, the ocean, and how I want to live my life. I am so happy I got a chance to be a part of something so spectacular. I recommend this program to anyone looking to make new friends, travel to stunning new places, and embark on a once in a lifetime experience.
What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers:
-Be adaptable. Being adaptable is a huge key to success on this trip. Things are always changing so you have to embrace new opportunities.
-Work Hard. This trip is about being being part of the crew and sharing in the responsibilities. Working hard ensures you get everything you can out of the experience.
-Say yes to every opportunity. You won’t regret that sunrise wakeup, extra dive, or mountain climb.
-Keep a journal or notes. The semester flies by and you do so much. You won’t want to forget anything that happened.