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Instructor Training Schedule

New instructors are strongly encouraged to join us for one, two, or several of these evening sessions which highlight a station and how to teach it, how to encourage stewardship in students, and effective teaching techniques. Returning instructors are invited as well, and are especially encouraged to join us for the Returning Instructor All-Day Training. Returning instructors who are interested in helping with these trainings, please contact Tom Maynard.

All of the evening sessions take place at NMC’s Water Studies Building GL112 from 5:30 – 7:30pm – and this year they all take place on MONDAYS!

March 6: Overview, Weather, & Stewardship
March 13: Benthos
March 20: Fish
March 27: Plankton
April 3: Water
April 10: Seamanship
April 17: Microplastics

We will also offer two all-day trainings again this year, covering ALL of the information in the evening sessions and more. These trainings will be held at the Inland Seas Education Center and will run from 9am to 5pm.

April 24: New Instructor All Day Training
April 27: Returning Instructor All Day Training

Finally, we’re going to do a series of “Wet Runs” which is basically a dress rehearsal for our three major programs. These days will give you a definite feel for the program and the schedule. The Wet Runs take place from 8:30am to 12:30pm, just like our normal programs.

May 2: Traditional Program
May 3: Next-Gen Program
May 4: Diving Deeper Program

Please contact Tom Maynard if you want to help or have any questions at all!

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Crew Training Schedule

Crew training will take place through evening sessions, shakedown sails, and wet runs before the spring schoolship season begins. Crew In Training can track their progress in their Crew Training Logbook, available from Tom or Ben.

The evening sessions will take place at Inland Seas Education Center on Thursday nights from 5:30pm – 8pm.

March 16: Standing Orders & Standing Watch
March 23: Ship Safety
March 30: Engineering & Maintenance
April 6: Line Handling & Knots
April 13: Line Handling & Knots

The shakedown sails will take place on Inland Seas (in Suttons Bay) and will feature sailing basics, emergency drills, and more.

April 25: 9am – 12pm & 1pm – 4pm
April 26: 9am – 12pm & 1pm – 4pm

Finally, we’re going to do a series of “Wet Runs” which is basically a dress rehearsal for our three major programs. These days will give you a definite feel for the program and the schedule. The Wet Runs take place from 8:30am to 12:30pm, just like our normal programs.

May 2: Traditional Program
May 3: Next-Gen Program
May 4: Diving Deeper Program

Please contact Capt. Ben if you have any questions!

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Sign Up for Spring Schoolship Dates

Ready for Spring Schoolship? Click the button below to sign up for spring dates. The button will take you to a form; download it and fill it out to let me know when you’re available to sail. I’ll take your available dates, station preferences, and other factors into account as I schedule you and the other crew and instructors. The schedule will go live on Friday, May 5th.

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Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) is recruiting volunteers to support our mission of protecting the Great Lakes through education. Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and contribute their time and talents to our mission. But NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY! If needed, training sessions are in place that will provide you with the program content, skills, and teaching strategies that will help make you successful.

Get Started Volunteering

Thinking of volunteering with Inland Seas? Check out the ways you can help by clicking “Volunteer Jobs” below. Contact Tom Maynard, Volunteer Coordinator with any questions or just to chat about ways to get involved. (tmaynard@schoolship.org or 231-271-3077)

Steps to becoming an Inland Seas Volunteer:

  1. Check out the volunteer jobs below. Get excited.
  2. Fill out the New Volunteer Application and return it
  3. Sign up for the Volunteer Email List
  4. Download and read the Volunteer Handbook. Sign the last page and return it.
  5. When you see an opportunity or training you want to attend, RSVP and show up!

We work to make every volunteer experience fun, exciting, and meaningful.

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Volunteer Schedule

Volunteer Jobs

Click any of the photos below to see a job description. Remember, NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY for any of these volunteer jobs. 

Schoolship Instructor
Volunteer Crew Member
Boat Shop Instructor
Boat Shop Instructor
Office Volunteer
Marketing Volunteer
Ed Center & Museum Docent Volunteer
Cleaning Volunteer
Building and Grounds Volunteer
Building and Grounds Volunteer
Donated Boats Sales Volunteer
Fund Development Volunteer
Regional Ambassador

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