Students enrolled in SEA Class C-302, Ocean Exploration and Atlantic Odyssey, appear ready for the ocean as they pose during the recent blizzard.

Students to Conduct Ocean Research in the Caribbean

February 11, 2022

For Immediate Release - Woods Hole, MA

This winter, college undergraduate and gap year students are sailing the waters of the Caribbean aboard a tall ship ocean research vessel in order to gain a deeper understanding of the complex marine environment.

The students are enrolled in Ocean Exploration and Atlantic Odyssey, two shore and sea-based programs offered by Sea Education Association. They arrived at SEA’s Woods Hole campus on January 3rd for six weeks of preparatory coursework before beginning the sea component on February 16th in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, where they will board the SSV Corwith Cramer, SEA’s state-of-the-art 134-foot brigantine.

While on campus, the students followed SEA’s strict protocols to form a Covid-free bubble prior to traveling to St. Croix. There will be no port stops. The ship will serve as the students’ home, classroom, and laboratory for more than five weeks as they sail through the Caribbean to Key West, Florida, where the program ends on March 25th.

All students are full working members of the ship’s crew, sharing responsibilities for standing watch, processing oceanographic samples, navigating by the stars, and participating in round-the-clock operations. Perhaps most importantly, students learn to challenge themselves and cultivate new skills in leadership, teamwork, and field research.

In addition to gaining practical skills in seamanship, students deepen their understanding and appreciation of the ocean through hands-on research and personal experience.

The Ocean Expedition and Atlantic Odyssey programs will next be offered in Fall 2022.

  • Track the voyage on the SEA Currents blog through March 25th.
  • Download photos and access more information about SEA through our online press kit.

About Sea Education Association (SEA)
Sea Education Association (SEA) is an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate, gap year, and high school ocean education. For 50 years and more than one million nautical miles sailed, SEA has educated students about the world’s oceans through its Boston University accredited study abroad program. SEA is based on Cape Cod in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts and has two research vessels: the SSV Corwith Cramer, operating in the Atlantic Ocean, and the SSV Robert C. Seamans, operating in the Pacific. In 2016, SEA was honored with the National Science Board’s Public Service Award for its role in promoting the public understanding of science and engineering. Last year, the National Maritime Historical Society presented Sea Education Association with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Maritime Education.

Contact: Douglas Karlson, Director of Communications | 508-444-1918 | dkarlson@sea.edu | www.sea.edu

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