Niagara Sail Trainee Program
Sail with Us
The U.S. Brig Niagara, homeported in Erie, Pennsylvania, is the reconstructed relief flagship of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. The original Niagara constructed in Erie, was one of nine ships in a squadron that was instrumental in defeating the British during the Battle of Lake Erie on September 10, 1813.
The current Niagara, the third reconstruction of the original vessel, was launched in Erie in 1988, the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie. As a two-masted, square-rigged sailing vessel, Niagara sails the Great Lakes, preserving and interpreting the story of the Battle of Lake Erie, and acting as an ambassador in her capacity as the flagship of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As a Sailing School Vessel, her crew of professionals and trainees actively preserve the skills of square-rig seamanship.
Sail Trainee Program
While underway, Niagara operates as a Sailing School Vessel. The sailing season runs from mid-May until mid-September (port schedule varies each year). This means that we accept paying trainees, who are, both legally and practically, considered part of the crew. Trainees eat and live with the crew, onboard the ship. While sailing on Niagara does have a classroom component, most of our training is hands-on. By becoming an active part of the crew, trainees learn the skills of traditional square-rig seamanship, through sailing, maintaining, and living on the ship. The nineteenth-century maritime environment is far enough removed from our own lives that simply living on board the ship, and helping her make her way from place to place, is an education in and of itself. Niagara’s Sail Training program is intended for healthy persons 16 years and older, who are citizens or legal residents of the US, Canada or the member of the European Union.
Sail Training Program Tuition (3 weeks minimum) for up to 4 weeks: $1,500 per student
Sail Training Program Tuition (plus cost above) for each additional week after the 4th week: $300 a week per student
Costs are guaranteed thru 12/31/13 and cover room and board only- travel costs not included.
Returning trainees (not enrolled in Apprentice Program) receive a 15% discount off tuition for their 2nd returning season/ 25% discount off tuition for 3rd plus returning seasons.
How do I apply?
Step 1 Fill out the application (link below).
Step 2 Submit application along with medical history, medical record and student contract ($75 non-refundable application fee).
Step 3 Physical exam and medical forms: Must submit at least 30 days prior to joining the ship to be reviewed by the Medical Review Officer and Marine Operations Coordinator.
Step 4 Acceptance into the Sailing Program: All applicants will be notified whether they were accepted or denied. Once accepted, a non-refundable deposit of $300 or the amount equal to 20% of tuition is due.
For more information about Niagara’s Sail Trainee Program, contact Joseph Lengieza, Marine Operations Coordinator at 814.452.2744 ext 214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.