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Your support empowers students to impact global environmental change






Why Support SEA?

For 50 years, SEA has offered exciting and challenging academic programs in ocean studies. Through a rare blend of theoretical learning and hands-on application, SEA’s multidisciplinary curriculum offers students a unique opportunity to combine the world of marine science with an offshore sailing and research experience.

From our first program in 1971 aboard Westward to the construction of our campus in 1985, a second ship in 1987 (the Corwith Cramer), and the launch and commissioning of the Robert C. Seamans in 2001, SEA’s reputation continues to grow. SEA is influencing a new generation of young people whose understanding of and appreciation for the world’s oceans will have an impact on our future. SEA depends upon the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends to:

  • Sustain the quality of its programs
  • Provide scholarship funds for prospective students
  • Attract and retain quality faculty members
  • Provide state-of-the-art research sailing vessels as platforms for learning
  • Maintain a residential campus in Woods Hole, Massachusetts
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Fifty years ago, the Westward set sail from San Diego with 15 “apprentices” who formed the very first SEA class, W-1.

Their voyage took them to the Galapagos Islands, through the Panama Canal, and to Puerto Rico where they arrived two months later. Our voyage has continued for 50 years!  While much has changed over the years – we’ve dramatically expanded our program offerings for college, gap year, and high school students; built state-of-the-art new sailing school vessels; and expanded our shore facilities in Woods Hole – the core mission remains the same. Our work changes students’ lives for the better and prepares them to be highly engaged citizens, scholars, stewards, and leaders.

So please enjoy this special 50th Anniversary edition of Following SEA, and thank you for being part of our amazing story.

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