Location
Multiple Locations +8
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • St. Lucia
  • Guadeloupe
  • Grenada
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Martinique
  • Dominica
Length
12 - 26 weeks

Program Details

Activities
Sailing Scuba Diving Sightseeing
Timeframe
Fall Spring
Housing
Boat
Primary Language
English
Age Min.
17
Age Max
24

Pricing

Starting Price
27770
Price Details
12 academic credits from the University of South Florida

International Yachtmaster Training (IYT): International Crew Certificate and Navigation Master

PADI Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue or Divemaster Certification
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Equipment Meals
What's Not Included
Airfare
Jun 10, 2024
Dec 23, 2023
32 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Discover the Caribbean as most never will. Dive among her celebrated reefs, hike along her ancient volcanoes, and sail on her aquamarine waters.

Grasp lessons (and earn 12 college credits) in oceanography, marine biology, basic seamanship, and leadership--not to mention the wisdom that comes from working with a diverse group to complete this epic Sea|mester journey. Study marine biology up-close as you tag turtles at Mountain Point and complete reef check dives in Soufriere, St. Lucia. Climb to the top of the Seven Sisters waterfall in Grenada. Dive off Great Dog Island to explore the array of marine life that call a submerged airplane home.

All told, you'll explore the islands of Saba, St. Eustatia, The Grenadines, St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe, and The Saints, Montserrat, Antigua, and St. Barts. If you want to see every facet of the Caribbean, earn accredited sailing and diving certifications as well as a full semester of college credits!

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Program Highlights

  • Become a skilled, competent and licensed scuba diver from basic to professional levels
  • Learn to sail a modern schooner and earn certification in sailing and navigation
  • Earn 12 College Credits From the University of South Florida
  • Explore the Caribbean Leeward Islands from the deck of a boat

Program Reviews

5.00 Rating
based on 18 reviews
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  • Academics 4.75
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.85
  • Housing 5
  • Safety 4.9
  • Housing 4.85
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.85
  • Value 4.85
  • Safety 5
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Alaina
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience ever!!

The 80 days I spent on Ocean Star were some of the best days of my life! Everyday was unique and exciting and there wasn't one day where I didn't learn at least a dozen new things. Waking up at sunrise in a new place never gets old and just when you think you've seen it all it only gets better! As a working member of the crew, we participated in cooking, cleaning and all the sail handling, but who says shouting the lyrics to your favorite songs while cleaning isn't fun? Within 3 days, every person on the boat will feel like family and by the end you will have up to 15 lifelong friends from all over the world. I came into this program with next to no sailing or diving experience (as did the majority of the students on my trip) and I never felt behind at all. We started with basic sailing 101 for everyone and slowly built our skills from there. I went from taking my first breaths underwater to becoming a fully certified Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver on this trip and saw unforgettable wildlife, reefs and wrecks in the process. The Seamester staff are AMAZING! They care so much about every student and want to see each person thrive. The medical care I received far exceeded my expectations and good medical facilities were easily accessible everywhere we went. The excursions on land were incredible; We went canyoning in Guadeloupe, hiked to a boiling lake in Dominica, went horseback riding on the beach in Nevis, and SO much more! This trip truly changed my life, and I am forever grateful for the time I had with Seamester. I would do it again in a heartbeat. PSA: This is NOT a cruise ship. If you are expecting luxury and can't survive without AC and cold water, look somewhere else. If you are adventurous, hard working, open minded and up for any challenge, then this program is for you and you will have the time of your life. Apply now! I promise you will regret it if you don't.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
1. Keep a journal! After 80 days of nonstop fun, being able to look back at your memories and see how far you've come is priceless. Those who didn't really wish they had.
2. Bring Euros and Eastern Caribbean Dollars (EC). Yes, card is accepted in most retail stores; however, some of the islands only take Euros or EC and there will be plenty of opportunities to purchase snacks and souvenirs in remote places if you have the correct currency on hand.
3. Bring a waterproof portable speaker. You will want it during boat showers and for wakeups.
4. Come up with meal ideas ahead of time or even bring recipes. It will make your life as head chef 10x easier!
5. Bring an adapter. Sounds like a no brainer but between USB, USB-C and the HDMI with the TV, having your own adapter will be really useful. Assignments are turned in via thumb drive.
6. Most importantly, live in the moment. Look at the stars. Get up for the sunrise hike. Swim every chance you get. Do not take any second for granted. The second half of the trip will fly by.
Pros
  • Lifelong Friends
  • Diving Certifications
  • Explore 15+ Unique Caribbean Islands
30 people found this review helpful.
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Dani
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Ocean Star

Sailing around the Caribbean Sea while getting to see some of the most amazing islands it had to offer was truly wonderful. The adventures we went on made me grow stronger, find out more about myself, and be proud of who I am more than I could ever imagine. It also gave me a new family that is there for me when I need help no matter what, even through difficult situations, as well as memories and new skills that I will cherish and take forward as I go on with my life. I couldn't have been happier than to have spent those months on Ocean Star, my home in the sea, with the people I most love and am most thankful for.

Pros
  • Decision making
  • Communication skills
  • Team work
Cons
  • Long distance from family
  • Lack of space
  • Seasickness
79 people found this review helpful.
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Andrea
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An Absolutely Amazing Expirience

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.
120 people found this review helpful.
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Kasey
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Sea|mester Changed My Life!

Sea|mester is a great way to get out of your comfort zone, earn college credits, and learn about sailing all at once.
Amanda was a great program manager, organizing activities and keeping the students informed in addition to instructing Intro to Oceanography. Alex taught Intro to Marine Bio very well, explaining the topics to students who knew nothing about marine organisms. Lauren was very informative on deck, and when it came to seamanship class. She was very patient and taught Nav. Master skills in a unique way that worked well for everyone. Captain Steve was also informative on deck, answering all questions that came his way. His instruction in Leadership was beneficial to the students since it was taught in an "open atmosphere."
The most valuable aspect of Sea|mester is the sense of community. Everyone aboard is one team, that comes together to accomplish goals. The goals could range from cooking a meal for 20 people, to a three day sailing voyage. Whatever the challenge, you learn to work with others to accomplish it.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
You only live once, so get out of your comfort zone and enjoy every moment!
134 people found this review helpful.
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Makalynne
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best time of my life

I grew up in Colorado... but have always had a passion for the ocean and sailing. So when I found Sea|Mester and learned that I could combine my passions plus leave the cold I was so excited. I attended Sea|Mester as a senior in high school, which is pretty young for there programs. They worked with me with how I was going to attend the program and graduate high school. which was super accommodating. It was also the first experience I had taking college-level classes. the staff where all super supportive and helpful with helping me get up to college-level academics; from how to study properly to writing research papers at the college level. Outside of the classroom, no day was the same the experiences I had I would not trade for anything.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you are getting ready to leave for your program go in with an open mind and be ready for the best experience of your life. Don't pass up on opportunities because they truly are once in a lifetime. the people you meet are amazing and become some of your closest friends. and my last tip that will make your life onboard so much easier for you is to order packing cubes off amazon. They will change your life aboard!!
139 people found this review helpful.
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Taylor
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Truly Life Changing

Of all the things I've done in my life, my time aboard Ocean Star has been by far the most memorable, impactful, and meaningful experience I've ever had. The first time I stepped on the boat I knew absolutely nothing about sailing but by the end of my trip I was a confident shipmate, responsible diver, and totally in love with my life aboard.
The trip itself brought me to incredible islands where I had one-of-a-kind experiences facilitated by Sea|mester's long relationship with the Caribbean. Every island you visit brings a new adventure that's off the beaten path but incredible - you'll do things you never even dreamed of - hiking to a boiling lake, spear-gun hunting invasive lion fish, exploring historic naval fort ruins.
Living onboard was unforgettable. I'd never sailed before but within the first few weeks I felt like a confident, knowledgable sailor and my crew quickly became a cohesive, hardworking team. My peers were all unique and interesting and cut from the same adventure-seeking cloth as me. The staff were amazing - each one became a true mentor and I will cherish the journey for the rest of my life.
Nothing I've done in my life has changed me more positively than my time spent on Sea|mester. There's not a day that goes by that I do not miss the boat and I often find myself flipping back through photos and smiling to myself. You will learn, you will laugh, and you will love this trip.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Pack light - you don't need that much and everything you bring should be okay with getting wet & quick to dry.
Be ready to sweat - work hard, play hard is a good philosophy to have before embarking. It isn't a pleasure cruise, but you will enjoy every single moment of it.
Be ready to step outside your comfort zone - push yourself. Volunteer to clean the bilges. Wake up at 4am for the sunrise hike. You won't regret a single thing.
142 people found this review helpful.
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Kylie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Truly Life-changing

I had high expectations coming into this program and all were greatly exceeded. It's nearly impossible to find the words to describe just how amazing this experience was. Every moment brought its own adventure. Whether it was learning to dive, slipping and sliding our way through hikes, competing in an international regatta, or spending a day as head chef, each experience was unique and irreplaceable. Aboard S/Y Ocean Star, I met amazing people (including my best friend), discovered confidence in myself I never knew I had, found a sense of direction and somehow fell deeper in love with the ocean and sailing. The staff and classes were amazing, making the experience even better. Coming in as a biology student, I had never been able to be as fully immersed in my studies as I was aboard Ocean Star. Studying abroad with Sea|mester was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I would do it all again in a heartbeat.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Every day is different, so take advantage of each opportunity & learn from the challenges. Embrace the differences from your daily life. You will constantly be surprised by yourself & your shipmates, so take the time to get to know everyone. I also highly recommend keeping a journal!! These will be memories you'll want to have and share for a lifetime. 80 days can fly by, enjoy every moment.
140 people found this review helpful.
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Thomas
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An Unforgettable Experience

The 80 days I spent aboard Ocean Star have been some of the most incredible days of my life. Every day is packed full of so many amazing experiences you wonder how the next day could possibly compare to the last. And yet each time it’s just as awesome, if not more so. The people on this adventure with you will start off as strangers, but by the end of the trip they will know you better than some of your friends back home and they’ll feel like a second family. Because you’re reading these reviews, I’m guessing there’s a part of you that already wants to sign up. Stop thinking about it and do it. You won’t be disappointed. In fact, you’ll most likely remember it as one of the best decisions you made.

135 people found this review helpful.

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