Great Lakes Sailing Adventure
Niagara Sailing Training
The Great Lakes Sailing Adventure introduces students to the “golden age of sail” by immersing them in a sailing experience aboard the U.S. Brig Niagara, a US Coast Guard certified ship. The ship is a replica of one used during the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.
For two weeks, students eat, sleep, and work aboard the wooden ship. They become active parts of the crew, climbing the masts, painting, washing dishes, steering, and working together to sail the ship from port to port on the Great Lakes.
This is a physically rigorous and exciting trip with students sleeping in hammocks and living out of one bag of gear. They work closely with fellow trainees and become part of a close-knit community. Because their experience reflects nineteenth-century life on the seas, the trip is also an historical education.
One of the trip's goals is to preserve and present Lake Erie's maritime history. The ship sails from port to port with visitors boarding the ship and learning from the crew about seafaring life. The program “helps foster a deeper understanding of history, geography, and the skills needed to sail the Great Lakes.