Our 2017 Schedule is ready and registration is now open!
Each summer, between the end of June and the beginning of September, TBI's Brigantines can be found visiting ports around the Great Lakes. While the vessels are commanded by Transport Canada Licensed Captains and First Mates, the crew members are seasoned teenagers who have two to five years experience sailing with TBI. Trainees join the ships for 4 -14 day training courses and are assigned to one of three rotating watches, operating the ships on a 24 hour schedule. Trainees learn the basics of sail handling, seamanship, teamwork and leadership from the Crew members while experiencing the thrills and challenges of living aboard a Tall Ship.
As a Trainee, no previous experience is required- the youth officers of STV Pathfinder and TS Playfair will teach you everything you need to know.
There are three simple requirements for the summer youth courses:
- You must be 13 to 18 years of age.
- You must be comfortable in an around the water.
- You must be physically and mentally fit for adventure.
You can expect a fun challenge as well as the memorable experience of sailing as part of a crew of a tall ship. You will sail day and night, and normally moor on every second or third day. During the day at sea there are training sessions, watch duty, and free time. Shore leave may be given during port visits to explore and enjoy some leisure time.
You will learn traditional seamanship skills such as: setting and dousing sail, tacking, gybing, wearing ship, shipboard terminology and procedures, knots and helmsmanship.