Interim At Sea 2006
Join an intrepid group of BSC students for sail training in the Caribbean
aboard a classic schooner.
We weigh anchor from St. Thomas in early January and sail along the lesser
Antilles as far as the Grenadines.
We are now taking deposits for the 2006 expedition.
Please contact Dr.
Dorman if you wish to make a deposit or put your name on the interest
For your application to be complete, you must also submit the following
Those interested should read the list of Frequently
$400 deposit check made out to "Birmingham-Southern College" (see FAQ
list for other payment options)
Abroad Release form - This form MUST accompany your deposit.
If you are at least 19 years old, the additional signature of your parent
and/or guardian is not required.
History form - This requires the signature of a licensed
medical practitioner, so please plan accordingly
Online application form (link mailed to you upon receipt of deposit)
Photocopy of your passport or of submitted application form. Failure
to obtain a valid passport is insufficient grounds for a refund.
The balance of the fee will be due in mid October. The total
cost of the trip is approximately $3700 per student. This includes
everything aboard ship, as well as room, board, and other necessary expenses.
You will occasionally have the chance to buy meals when we're ashore, but
that's optional. Meals in the ship's galley are included even when
we're in port. Beyond the basic fee, there will be few additional
expenditures. Students are advised to carry no more than $250 in
cash for optional purchases.
All participants will:
This is a fairly arduous project, requiring personal commitment, physical
stamina, and willingness to endure some degree of privation. Do not
expect a lazy cruise, this is a working ship. Those truly interested
in the experience of a lifetime should not be discouraged, but everyone
should realize what they're signing on for.
learn how to work and sail a two-masted schooner, a genuine tall ship
hold assigned responsibilities, including standing watches
obey all orders from the professional crew and captain in charge of the
join with everyone in cleaning and maintaining the vessel
learn about the naval history of the region
keep a personal journal about the trip
Knowing how to swim is a requirement for this trip.
Meet during the first week of January for preliminary instruction about
the physics of sailing, the history and biology of the Caribbean, astronomy
and celestial navigation, and other practical matters.
Fly from Birmingham to St. Thomas, U. S. Virgin Islands oin early January
Sail from there along the Lesser Antilles including:
Bequia in the Grenadines
Fly from St. Thomas to Birmingham near the end of January
More information about the ship can be found at the home page for the
Classroom Foundation. I particularly recommend the Ocean Classroom
and By and the Ship's
Log, which contain accounts by past participants of similar programs.