SEA 50th Anniversary2023-01-19T10:58:41-05:00

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Celebrating 50 Years
The Amazing History of SEA

This year Sea Education Association (SEA) celebrates its 50th year. SEA was founded in 1971, and in 1972 we made our first student voyages. Much has changed over 50 years – we’ve expanded our program offerings for college undergraduates, gap year, and high school students, and added partner programs with institutions around the country. And much remains the same, the bold vision that inspired our founders has proved enduring. Experiential education at sea is more important now than ever!

Please enjoy this look back at our history with news reports, diary entries, photos, and videos that tell the story of SEA. Members of the SEA community also share their thoughts about the value of SEA for the next 50 years. Finally, check back here for updates on regional gatherings of alumni and friends, and links to upcoming virtual events, so that we may all celebrate our 50th together.


Peg Brandon, W-48
SEA President

Sea State: Reflections on 50 Years at SEA

Sea State: Ocean Sciences

Sea State: The Human Dimension

1900 – 2000
50th Reception & Awards


Voices of SEA

Phil McKnight

Former member, SEA Board of Trustees; Overseer

John Wigglesworth, W-5

SEA Board of Trustees

Dr. Kara Lavender Law

Research Professor of Oceanography

Dr. Susan Humphris

SEA Board of Trustees

Dr. Ambrose Jearld

SEA Board of Trustees

Ray Ashley

SEA Alumni. President & CEO Maritime Museum of San Diego

Dick Hawkins

SEA Board of Trustees

A Look Back at Some of Our Favorite Videos

Featured Video: Trans-Atlantic Voyage
In the summer of 2016, students set sail across the Atlantic.

2010 Plastics Haul

SEA records largest number of plastic in 25 years.

PBS Visionaries

SEA profiled for the documentary “Visionaries” in the late 1990’s.

A Five Minute Look at SEA

Overview of the program circa 2008.


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