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Mariners Apprenticeship

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The Mariners Guild is a community of anglers, kayakers, foragers, and survival experts. They are wise in the ways of the water, studying the fish, plants, and currents. Join them and begin your study of the ways of the Mariner.

A Mariners Apprenticeship

Through a combination of fishing our local waters, learning about the tides and weather patterns, and kayaking, apprentices will become one with the water. The values and respect for our oceans and rivers that apprentices learn will stay with them for their entire lives.

Activities may include but are not limited to:

Fishing
Students learn how to fish using several different styles and techniques including fly fishing and conventional rod-and-reel.
Foraging
Finding our own foods and vegetables to eat is very rewarding! We will teach sustainable harvesting techniques. The freshest mussels, clams, limpets, crabs, kelp and several varieties of wild greens and berries make for memorable feasts.
Kayaking
Learn basic techniques for launching, maneuvering and landing your craft. Advanced kayakers will also be able to fish and crab from their kayaks.
Shoreside Survival
Learn the basics of shelter, fire and water. Fire making will be a staple skill taught and practiced every weekend as we will need fire to cook, purify water, and stay warm. Potable water will always be available, however; we teach several methods to collect, filter, and purify water for drinking.
Cooking/Preserving
Each weekend we will teach how to clean, cook, preserve, and process our catch. Whether it be fish, greens, shellfish, or wild berries, we will study the safest way to either cook it for immediate consumption, or preserve to eat at a later date.

How it Works

One weekend a month, apprentices train in the field at our epic outdoor locations. For students entering grades 5 and up, four of those weekends are overnight expeditions. Our younger apprentices, grade 1-4, meet for all single Saturdays.

Overnight Weekends:
Check-in between 4:30 and 5 PM on Friday and check-out at 3:00 PM on Sunday.
Single Field Days:
Check-in between 8:45 and 9 AM on Saturday, and check-out at 4:30 PM that same day.

Tuition

Tuition is divided into monthly payments after a $75 deposit, or may be paid in full by August 15 for a 5% discount.  

Grade 1 - 4 (Single Days Only): Full program tuition is $1,400. Includes: 8 field day Saturdays, Graduation family field day, optional family holiday party, Trackers hoodie, access to our weekly family Skills Night, and Mora knife. 

Grade 5 - 12 (Includes 4 Weekend Overnight Trips): Full program tuition is $1,950. Includes: 4 Friday - Sunday overnight weekends, 4 field day Saturdays, Graduation family field day, optional family holiday party, Trackers hoodie, access to our weekly family Skills Night, and Mora knife. 

This program comes with...

  • Mentoring and guidance to accomplish the learning levels of a Mariner
  • Working with our top Trackers Instructors as mentors
  • Mariners Guild embroidered patch and hoodie
  • A stainless steel Mora knife

2017-18 Class Schedule

Class is one weekend a month, beginning in September and running through June. Please check your availability on these dates carefully, as we are unable to switch days between schedules or provide credit for missed program days after enrollment.

Grade 1-4: 8 field days

Grade 5-12: 2 Fall Overnights, 2 Spring Overnights, 4 field days

Grade 1-4: Schedule C

  • September 30, 2017 Field Day
  • October 21, 2017 Field Day
  • November 18, 2017 Field Day
  • December 9, 2017 Optional Holiday Party
  • January 27, 2018 Field Day
  • February 24, 2018 Field Day
  • March 17, 2018 Field Day
  • April 21, 2018 Field Day
  • May 12, 2018 Field Day
  • June 2, 2018 Graduation

Grade 5-12: Schedule B

  • September 22-24, 2017 Weekend Overnight
  • October 13-15, 2017 Weekend Overnight
  • November 11, 2017 Field Day
  • December 9, 2017 Optional Holiday Party
  • January 20, 2018 Field Day
  • February 10, 2018 Field Day
  • March 10, 2018 Field Day
  • April 13-15, 2018 Weekend Overnight
  • May 18-20, 2018 Weekend Overnight
  • June 2, 2018 Graduation

Registration Policy Information

Download our 2017-2018 Information and Pricing Sheet

Tuition

Tuition is divided into monthly payments after a $75 deposit, or may be paid in full by August 15 for a 5% discount.

Grade 1 - 4 (Single Days Only): 2017-18 program tuition is $1,400. Includes: 8 field day Saturdays, Graduation family field day, optional family holiday party, Trackers hoodie, and Mora knife. 

Grade 5 - 12 (Includes 4 Weekend Overnight Trips): 2017-18 program tuition is $1,950. Includes: 4 Friday - Sunday overnight weekends, 4 field day Saturdays, Graduation family field day, optional family holiday party, Trackers hoodie, and Mora knife. 

Registration

To secure your space for Fall 2017 we require a non-refundable $75 deposit per child. Tuition is divided into nine equal payments which will be charged on the first of the month from September through May. A 5% discount will be applied for tuition paid in full by August 15, 2017.  

Please note that registrations are for the entirety of the program; however, we do allow for mid-season withdrawals per our cancellation policy (see below). If you are unable to provide your deposit now due to financial hardship, please contact us directly so we may make alternate arrangements. Limited scholarships are available in cases of financial need; please see our scholarship page for deadlines and application information.

Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy

Because of our small group sizes, we are greatly impacted by mid-session cancellations and withdrawals. Please carefully look at the calendar dates above and weigh well if this is a commitment that fits with your family's schedule and needs. Nevertheless, we understand that the needs of families may change during the year. Our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • We request a two-week courtesy notice prior to withdrawals.
  • For all withdrawals from apprenticeship programs, a withdrawal fee equal to one monthly payment will apply.
  • After the withdrawal fee has been subtracted, we will refund any pre-paid tuition prorated for time not attended.
  • We cannot offer credit for program days due to illness, family vacations, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions Mariners Apprenticeship

Click to expand answers to any of the below questions. For additional questions not answered here, please contact us.

How do the Overnight weekends work?

For weekends with an overnight component (Weekends 2, 6, 7, and 8), we meet at our HQ on Friday evening and returnon Sunday afternoon. We provide nourishing meals, tent accommodations on epic shoreline locations, and a weekend packed with waterfront adventure. Your child will need a sleeping bag, pad, backpack, mess kit, water bottle, and clothes and toiletries. A detailed packing list and orintation packet will be sent when you register. We provide the transportation to all overnight locations.

Can my child bring their own gear - rod/reels, PFDs, etc?

We provide all equipmnt your child needs for the program. However, if your child has their own pole, PFD (life jacket), or other piece of kit that they would like to bring, that may be possible depending on the plans for the specific weekend. Please contact us.

Does this program require prior experience? or, What if my child has studied these skills before?

All Trackers Apprenticeship programs are designed to take students where they are at and help them find their growth edge. We use community based teaching techniques for our small groups, which in fact work best with varying levels of experience as we build in-program mentorship. Similar to a martial arts dojo, more advanced students are occasionally charged to help teach a skill to beginning students. With oversight from a guild mentor, this proven method helps creates a true learning community. Teaching skills to another student is the best way to cement knowlege and reach mastry.

How much time commitment will my child need to give to independent study?

This is up to you. This time spent training away from mentors is purposeful carries an equal importance to the guided training. The primary goal of this training is self-sufficiency and competency. Any additional time spent studying the ways of the water is greatly encouraged.

What does my child get out of this? Do they become an expert fisher?

This is the beginning of a life-long love of water craft. The Mariners Guild is about cultivating flow: Like water, we move with the current and begin to understand our influence within the larger community. Our goal is for students to build a foundation that allows them to pursue any direction of fishing and Mariners craft, inside and outside of Trackers.

What am I getting my child and our family into?

Trackers offers really "fun" camps. We are often touted as one of the best out there, and Fishing and Kayaking are two of our most popular programs. That said, the Mariners Apprenticeship is something that goes beyond that one week experience. At Trackers, we have a very deep well of outdoor skill sets that require intensive training and long-term apprenticeship. The depth of the training is akin to - and in many respects is more encompassing than - a martial art. Training here will exceed anything found in most "scouting" programs. It requires great focus and diligence on your child's part. We also believe such rigorous study in nature based skills actually enhances academic and physical capacities. The ecological thinking inherent in judging the water, the current, the tides, the behavior of aquatic animals and the weather - much like tracking on land, this intense attention to detail fosters an incredibly functional breadth in puzzling together systems and exactly how the world "works". The calm focus and diligence required for success on the water offers real world experience in humility, patience and thoughtful long-term planning.

What is the role of program mentors?

Program mentors are the best of Trackers instructors and representative of the Mariners Guild. They live to be on the water! They are coordinators and developers of all logistics and curriculum in our Mariners field days. During the program, they introduce skills from the Mariners Guild Basics, providing ample foundation for your child to practice during independent study. They also tailor their curriculum and mentoring to each individual student, taking those experienced students farther and helping them grow their skills. They are checking in consistently with where students are at with both the basics and also their feeling and well-being in the program. They are often a phone call away when your family has a question about a skill, best places to train, or how your child is doing in the program.