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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:

Students learn how to fish using several different styles and techniques.
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.
Overnight Students Only Learn basic techniques for launching, maneuvering and landing your craft. 
Shoreside Survival & Naturalist Skills
Learn the basics of shelter, fire and water in shoreline situations, as well as how to identify common birds and animals in coastal areas.

How it Works


1 weekend a month, September - May. At our Monthly Training Weekends, Apprentices join a team of friends learning from expert mentors. See below for dates and available schedules.

Single Saturdays - 1 Saturday per month; 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM. Available for Grades 1-8. The most flexibility for families.

Overnight Weekends - 1 orientation Saturday and 8 Friday-Sunday overnight trips. Available for Grades 6-12. Our most immersive experience.

Also Included: 

  • Graduation Day community picnic - Saturday May 30
  • Holiday Family Party - Saturday December 14
  • Additional optional Community & Family Events - Dates Vary
  • Monthly community skills night - 2nd Wednesday of the month, September - May
  • Mora stainless steel knife


Tuition is divided into 9 equal monthly payments after a $75 deposit, or may be paid in full in mid-August for a 5% discount.

Single Saturdays: Tuition is $1,495 ($166 per month)
Overnight Weekends- 1 Saturday and 8 Weekend Overnight Trips: Tuition is $2,475 ($275 per month)

This program comes with...

  • Mentoring and guidance to accomplish the learning levels of a Mariner
  • Working with our top Trackers Instructors as mentors
  • Nine skills weekends, plus two community gatherings
  • A stainless steel Mora knife

Download 2019-20 Info Packet

2019-20 Class Schedule

Class is one weekend a month, beginning in September and running through May. 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.

Single Saturday Option Schedule: Grade 1-8

Grade 1-8: Schedule A: Saturdays

  • September 7, 2019: Field Day
  • September 28, 2019: Field Day
  • October 19, 2019: Field Day
  • November 9, 2019: Field Day
  • December 7, 2019: Field Day
  • December 14, 2019: Optional Holiday Party
  • February 1, 2020: Field Day
  • February 29, 2020: Field Day
  • March 15, 2020 (Sunday): Make-Up Day IF NEEDED
  • April 11, 2020: Field Day
  • May 2, 2020: Field Day
  • May 30, 2020: Community Graduation Potluck Picnic

Overnight Option Schedule: Grade 6-12

Grade 6-12: Schedule B: Overnights 

  • September 14, 2019: Field Orientation Day
  • October 4-6, 2019: Overnight 
  • October 25-27, 2019: Overnight
  • November 15-17, 2019: Overnight
  • December 14, 2019: Optional Holiday Party
  • January 17-19, 2020: Overnight
  • February 7-9, 2020: Overnight
  • March 6-8, 2020: Overnight
  • March 20-22, 2020: Make-Up Overnight IF NEEDED
  • April 17-19, 2020: Overnight
  • May 8-10, 2020: Overnight
  • May 30, 2020: Community Graduation Potluck Picnic

Registration Policy Information


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 - 8 (Single Days Only): 2019-20 program tuition is $1,495. Includes: 9 field day Saturdays, Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck, optional family holiday party, and Mora knife. 

Grade 6 - 12 (Includes Weekend Overnight Trips): 2019-20 program tuition is $2,475. Includes: 1 field day Saturday, 8 Friday - Sunday overnight weekends, Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck, optional family holiday party, and Mora knife. 


To secure your space for Fall 2019 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, 2019.  

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.