Coral Reef Sailing

Coral Reef Sailing Adventure

Dates at sea: 7/15/2016 – 7/21/2016
Travel dates: TBD

A 40- to 50-foot sailing yacht will become your home for a week. It has a large self-contained galley and dining area where you will prepare wholesome meals from the fresh or canned foods supplied by Sea Base, supplemented by fresh catches from trolling while underway.

Your captain will instruct you in navigation, fishing and sailing, and will remain on board for the entire trip. You choose your own float plan to explore the beautiful Florida Keys. This trip offers one-of-a-kind snorkeling and abundant fishing. You’ll spend a “port day” back at Sea Base and have the chance to demonstrate your sailing skills in our fleet of Hunter Sailboats. This is a seven day event.

During your adventure the following thing will be available to you:

  • An introductory sailing lesson on small boats
  • Completing Snorkeling BSA
  • Sailing your vessel (anywhere from 40-45 foot sloop or ketch)
  • Fishing in the sport fishing capital of the world
  • Learning how to Navigate the waters around the keys
  • Snorkeling in The Florida Keys Natural Marine Sanctuary which includes a wide variety of Coral Reefs

After a few days on the water (there is no daily itinerary, just adventure) you will return to Sea Base to refuel and provision water and ice.

Once your time at base is completed you will head back out to sea. There you will get to do more of the on boat activities until it is time to return to port for your LUAU! Once you get docked, the vessel will be cleaned, your snorkeling gear returned, and you will move into your dorm room. You will have free time to visit our Ships’ Store, take a shower, take advantage of our coin operated laundry facilities, and prepare for your LUAU!

The LUAU festivities include a feast of island food, island games and competitions, explanation of the Sea Base patch, and reflection on your week.

Please read carefully. Deposits are due MARCH 26 and are non-refundable.

Participation:

The age requirements to attend the Florida Sea Base is 13 years old and have completed the 8th grade at the time of the adventure. Every participant, both youth and adult MUST COMPLETE A BSA SWIMMER’STEST PRIOR TO ARRIVAL TO SEA BASE

We have spots for 3 “crews” of 6-8 people each. This includes the BSA required 2 adults per crew. TOTAL SPOTS AVAILABLE: 12 youth, 6 adults. Spots will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Fees:

Pricing for the adventure (excluding transportation) is $6,650.00/crew which breaks down to $1050-$785/pp depending upon crew size.

Deadlines:
Monday, March 16, 2015$100/participant (including adults) non-refundable.
Thursday, September 24, 2015 – 50% remaining balance
Thursday, April 7, 2016 – Final balance

If you pay your deposit but need to cancel you can transfer your deposit to another eligible participant.

We are we are hoping to have (pending approval) trip-specific fundraising opportunities for Scouts that are participating to help offset the cost.

Getting There:

We don’t know what the final transportation costs will be this far in advance. However, we will be looking at all options to keep the cost as low as possible. Details will be made available as we finalize arrangements and get closer to the date.

Weather:

Hurricane season begins June 1 and continues through November 30. In the event of extreme weather conditions, the Sea Base General Manager will make the final decision regarding whether to continue with the adventure or seek shelter on the mainland. In the unlikely event that conditions beyond our control prevent your scheduled trip, an alternative program may be offered. In the case of cancellation due to extreme weather conditions, fees will be refunded based on the percent of the programs cancelled. Crews that did not participate in any part of their program will be refunded 100% of their fees paid.

The Florida Sea Base is not able to refund any fees related to meals, lodging or transportation incurred as a result of an evacuation. These expenses remain the responsibility of the crew. SEA BASE STRONGLY RECOMMENDS YOU PURCHASE TRIP INSURANCE TO COVER YOUR TRAVEL EXPENSES.

Questions?

Contact Mrs. Mirchandani, jannmirch@gmail.com, 914-806-7720