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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, Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck, 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, Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck, 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 Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck

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 Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck

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, Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck, 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, Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck, 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.