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DOROTHEA appears in Halifax at the HOPSCOTCH FESTIVAL!

Our very own vessel Dorothea will be painted by 3 WORLD renowned aerosol artists - this Thursday September 8th - Sunday September 11th.

This event kicks off our popular SEA CHANGE program that offers FREE art and music recording sessions for young people under 35 - see program info and description here.

Location of event:
Bedford Row - Downtown Halifax - Thursday September 8th
(beside the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia)

Congrats to all involved in the SEA CHANGE at THE SPOT program!

The Sea Change program wrapped up Thursday night, with a hugely successful art and music showcase at 1313 Hollis Street. Sea Change at The Spot is a free art & music program for aspiring artists under 35 and is a partnership between the Nova Scotia Sea School and Connections Halifax, with funding from Gambling Awareness Nova Scotia and the Halifax Community Health Board. The program took place weekly from April through June, and the showcase featured original songs, art and poetry from program participants. The next module of Sea Change will be offered in the fall.


Due to weather and high wind conditions, we will be postponing the Free Day Sail from today to tomorrow, Sunday June 26.

Hope to see you all tomorrow, for a 10am morning or 1pm afternoon sail!


The Nova Scotia Sea School is a small, not-for-profit organization that provides experiential learning for youth ages 14-18 through sailing, wilderness and survival skills. The Sea School is selling 3 light schooners. All proceeds from the sale of these boats goes to the Nova Scotia Sea School's bursary fund and to helping youth participate in our 5 and 7-day sailing expeditions held throughout the summer.

Upcoming Leadership program led by Sea School founder Crane Stookey

Crane Stookey, the Sea School's founder, is presenting a public program on leadership as a practice of generosity, drawing on his experience creating and running the Sea School.

Crane will be teaching many of the techniques that have made the Sea School such a powerful program, and will focus on creating the conditions that allow others to grow and prosper. Then our organizations, and our society, can grow and prosper with them.

The program is held at Windhorse Farm in New Germany, near Bridgewater, the last weekend in May.


You Can Support Future Students to Become Awesome Alumni!

It’s no secret that our programs have profound results - students love them. Over half of our students require financial assistance to participate and they need your support! Please give deserving youth the opportunity to discover their strength and talent in order to grow, transform and succeed!


Sea Schoolers become surfers and filmmakers!

Participants of the 2010 Surf Art Program have finished work on a short film, "Fogtown", which documents their experiences over the course of the program. This film project was headed up by local surfer and artist Maya Hoehne and junior leader/ Surf Art Program 2009 alumni Josh Cullen. They have entered the film into The Seaforth Film and Photo Festival, and we invite you to come see it on the big screen and celebrate the success of this program and the hard work of all involved!

WHEN: Nov 27, Doors open at 7pm with screenings beginning at 8pm.
WHERE: Seaforth Community Hall, 6060 Hwy 207
COST: Free to attend!!

Fancy dress is encouraged for the sheer fun of it, but is certainly not mandatory. There will be nibbles and beverages.

Read on to learn more about the program and watch "Fogtown".

Six Alford Lake Camp girls join the Sea School for a six week expedition

6 Week Sea School Expedition 'NOVA'

Six teenage girls and their leader join the Nova Scotia Sea School for a six week expedition exploring remote islands, coastline, and personal goals through this amazing adventure.

In its 14th year, "NOVA" named by Alford Lake Camp, a Maine based summer camp for girls, to encompass the experience that is 42 days in Nova Scotia, is an opportunity for young girls to learn about themselves, and the creative work being done in our province.

THE SEA SCHOOL IS HIRING!! Summer student position: Program Officer

Job Title: Program Officer
Reporting to: Program Coordinator
Hours: June 17 - Sept 3, 35 hours/week
Salary: $10.50 Hour
Office: Halifax, 2057 Gottingen St.
Deadline: Thursday June 10, 12pm


Summer Sailing Expeditions - Registration Open!


Please note the revised schedule - updated March 2010:

5-day expedition: July 4th - 8th
7-day expedition: August 8th - 14th
7-day expedition: August 17th - 23rd
5-day expedition: August 26th - 30th

Join a crew of adventurers for another great summer on the ocean! Our overnight expeditions are open to ages 14-18; no sailing experience is necessary - we'll teach you what you need to know. If you do have a background in sailing, we'll build on those basics with a great experience of small boat coastal cruising where you'll learn chart and compass navigation, anchoring, how to read the weather, how to cook on board and more!

Farewell to Amy

The Sea School bids farewell to the inspiring Amy Schwartz.

After 4 incredible years as the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Sea School, Amy Schwartz is moving on to new and exciting life endeavours and leaving her legacy with us.

We are so lucky for the visionary spirit that Amy has brought to the Sea School. She has inspired us all with her determination to impart the wisdom of the school's philosophy and the deep impact the experience has on participants.

Farewell Party - This Sunday!

Please join the Sea School this Sunday January 24th from 6-8pm at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to celebrate 4 incredible years with Executive Director Amy Schwartz.

We are very thankful to the Museum for hosting us and to show our gratitude we are encouraging that those who attend this event bring a food item to donate to Feed Nova Scotia.

Families and friends are welcome.

Date: Sunday January 24th, 6pm-8pm
Location: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
1675 Lower Water St. Halifax NS

Light Fare and Refreshments will be served

20 for 10 in 2010 - Bursary Program

Help the Sea School send 20 participants on trips in 2010 by raising $10,000. See the video of bursary candidates. Click read more.

Surfboard Building Course - New Date Set for January 23-30

The Surfboard Building Program is ON! The course will be happening from January 23-30th in Halifax with shaper Brent Seamone. Check out the details on our program page and register today!

Build Your Team the Sea School Way

Want the Sea School to present at your high school college or community event?

We will send our skilled leading crew, alumni and instructors to show you the ropes, demonstrate mast raising and team building, and talk about what an experience with the Sea School is really like!

Workshop price varies, please inquire with us. GET INVOLVED NOW!

Contact Heather at [email protected] or 902 423-7284

We Need a New Sea School Video!

RULE # 4 - Look Good - We need a new VIDEO!

We need a video that we can show in schools, at events, on our website and through You Tube. We have the footage, the photos and the testimonials, we just need a creative volunteer to put it all together! This is a perfect project for a student studying in film or photography needing volunteer hours. If you have skills in photoshop, power point and any film maker programs, you should contact us!

If this project is for you? Contact us at [email protected] or 902 423-7284

Citadel High School

Take it Outside Program is underway!

'Take it Outside is a great place to go after school to learn about sustainability, the environment and how we can all do our part to make a better world!' - Participant 09

The Citadel High School 'Take It Outside' Program is now in its 3rd Year and is a growing success. In three short years, this program has doubled its enrollment and includes youth in grades 9-12 from a wide range of backgrounds. The idea is to encourage youth that might otherwise not be engaged in outdoor activities, to take their
learning outside of the classroom.

Instructor Denma Peisinger Fundraiser for Clown Training in Paris

A Clown in need, is a clown indeed! Denma came to the Sea School as a sailing student and has since explored career opportunities in outdoor education, carpentry, sustainable building, music and now ventures into the crazy world of clowning. Denma will be training for 2 months to study with the great Philippe Gaulier.

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