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Fri, Sep 30


Ocean Institute

Maritime Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy where students will be challenged and called upon to use their communication and teamwork skills to build comradery and trust among their group. This is a 6-hour maritime lesson on an American Revolution tall ship replica where they will be challenged to sail the ship out to sea.

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Maritime Leadership Academy
Maritime Leadership Academy

Time & Location

Sep 30, 2022, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA

About the event

The Spirit of Dana Point is a traditionally built replica of a 1770s privateer schooner used during the American Revolution. These ships were known for their speed and were used for smuggling. The ship is 118 feet long with a rig height of 100 feet… and 5,000 square feet of sail!

This is an incredible Maritime Leadership Academy utilizing traditional sailing skills to help youth develop life-long leadership skills. They will be a trip of self-discovery, challenging them to use critical thinking skills, learning the importance of teamwork, and feeling the exhilaration of success. The OI crew will also be firing the ship's cannon for them as a celebration once out to sea.

These sailing activities challenge students to be outside their comfort zone and succeed through teamwork and leadership skills.  Each student will understand how different types of leaderships work together to succeed in a common goal.

This trip is led by the Ocean Institute staff. Students will learn about the mechanics of sailing by completing the rigging challenge, lifting and lowering cargo, and other hands-on activities. Students use their communication, leadership and teamwork skills as they row in Dana Point Harbor and sail out to sea aboard the Spirit of Dana Point.

Pre-Trip online program included! See below.

This is an exciting full-day tour for students grades 5th-10th (recommended but flexible)

Pack a lunch and reusable water bottle

More details to be announced closer to the trip date

Online Program: The students will have an introduction to tall ship sailing through parts of the ship and the learning the language of sailors.  The students will participate in a pre-leadership questionnaire and activities to help them determine what being a leader means to them.

Additional Recommended Reading for upper level high school: The Complete Two Years Before the Mast: Illustrated Classic


Ticket includes a link to the online program as well as the day trip on September 30th. 

Students are not required to be a part of the Adventure Leaders to participate. 

This is primarily a drop-off event for the students (go out and enjoy Dana Point and Laguna Beach while they make friends and have an incredible time with hands-on learning). 

Everyone will need a ticket.


Parents want to come? While this opportunity is student-focused and the number of adults is limited (update: Adult tickets are SOLD OUT) Everyone that attends will need a ticket.

Small groups with a chaperone are welcome as well.


  • Maritime Leadership Ticket

    This is a full-day ticket for one student to the Maritime Leadership Academy.

    +$2.35 service fee
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