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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.

How it Works

OPTION 1 Single Days - Training Weekends Available for Grades 1-6. Choose Single Day weekends, either on a Saturday or Sunday schedule. This option offers the most flexibility for families. Check in is at 8:45 AM and check out is at 4:30 PM. 

OPTION 2 Overnights - Training Weekends Available for Grades 6-8 and 9-12. Choose all Overnight weekends: Friday evening to Sunday afternoon (Please note the first meeting is a single day Saturday program for orientation). Our most immersive experience. For overnight weekends, check in is at 4:30 PM on Friday and check out is at 3:30 PM on Sunday. 

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 - 12 (Single Day Option): Full program tuition is $1,495. Includes: 9 field day Saturdays, Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck, optional family holiday party, access to our weekly family Skills Night, and Mora knife. 

Grade 6 - 12 (Includes 1 Saturday and 8 Weekend Overnight Trips): Full program tuition is $2,375. Includes: 1 single Saturday, followed by 8 Friday - Sunday monthly overnight weekends, Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck, optional family holiday party, 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
  • Nine skills weekends, plus two community gatherings
  • A stainless steel Mora knife

2018-19 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 1-6 (Single Day Option): Schedule B

    • September 15, 2018 Field Day
    • October 6, 2018 Field Day
    • October 27, 2018 Field Day
    • November 17, 2018 Field Day
    • December 8, 2018 Optional Holiday Party
    • January 26, 2019 Field Day
    • February 16, 2019 Field Day
    • March 16, 2019 Field Day
    • April 20, 2019 Field Day
    • May 11, 2019 Field Day
    • June 1, 2019 Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck

Grade 6-12 (Overnight Option): Schedule A                       

    • September 8, 2018 Field Day
    • September 28-30, 2018 Overnight 
    • October 19-21, 2018 Overnight
    • November 9-11, 2018 Overnight
    • December 8, 2018 Optional Holiday Party
    • January 18-20, 2019 Overnight
    • February 8-10, 2019 Overnight
    • March 8-10, 2019 Overnight
    • April 12-14, 2019 Overnight
    • May 3-5, 2019 Overnight
    • June 1, 2019 Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck

Registration Policy Information

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 - 12 (Single Days): 2018-19 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 1 Saturday and 8 Weekend Overnight Trips): Full program tuition is $2,375. Includes: 1 single Saturday, followed by 8 Friday - Sunday monthly overnight weekends, Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck, optional family holiday party, access to our weekly family Skills Night, and Mora knife. 

Registration

To secure your space for Fall 2018 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, 2018.  

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.