Diving Deeper Schoolship Details

Research Questions

We can’t wait to see you and your students this season. To fully engage in the day,  students should prepare ahead of time. Please consider bookmarking this page as you plan. You’ll find a checklist to help you get ready as well as supporting documents including the manifest, log books, surveys, and notes for chaperones and parents. As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to our office at 231-271-3077 or isea@schoolship.org.

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Diving Deeper Checklist


  • Final payments are due 30 days prior to your trip. Contact our Program Coordinator to arrange any remaining payments.
  • Return your signed contract if you haven’t already. Make sure the emergency contact section is complete.
  • Double check that your date, time, and program selection are correct by visiting our website calendar. Your reservation should have your first name listed in the details.
  • Send the Parent/Guardian letter home with students.
  • Divide your class into five study groups and complete the Schoolship Manifest with first and last names of every student and adult. This document MUST be submitted (email or fax 231-271-3088) to our office by TUESDAY the week before you sail with us. It is a US Coast Guard required document.
  • Share the location and parking information for the location(s) you’ll be visiting with your driver(s). Remember we use three ships in TWO sperate locations.
  • Have each student complete the Pre-Trip Survey Don’t forget if you’re receiving a scholarship – this is required. PDF available upon request. Email jvotava@schoolship.org to check your student completion rate.

The next pre-trip items are essential to the success of your student’s sail.

The week before your trip

  • Complete the pre-trip prep work if you haven’t already. Remind students that they will be participating in authentic research projects and their preparation will allow them to dive deeper into the work.
  • Be clear to students that warm and weatherproof clothing is needed. We will sail even if it’s rainy!
    • Positive attitudes go a long way, and ISEA has additional rain gear for everyone if needed.
  • Save our Program Coordinator’s phone number for day of trip questions or to notify us of late arrivals.
  • We’ve got you covered. We’ll make color-coded nametags for everyone on the manifest.
  • Get excited! We can’t wait to see you!


  • Have students complete the Post Trip Survey. Required if receiving a scholarship. PDF available upon request.
  • Grade us! Fill out and return the Teacher Post-Trip Survey online.
  • Please consider sending thank you cards to our crew, instructors,  and volunteers.
  • Thank your sponsor! If you received a scholarship please send a thank you note(s) to our office. We’ll gladly pass them on to your supporters.
  • Check our Flickr page for your class photo. Posted 1-2 weeks after you sail with us.
  • Book your trip for next year or next season to ensure your favorite date is held.
  • Set aside time for a post-trip reflection activity.
  • Connect with us online. Please tag us at @iseaschoolship (Facebook, Instagram, Youtube) and @inlandseas (Twitter). We’d love to see and share your experience.
  • Send a press release to your local paper about your trip and how it impacted you. If it’s published, please share it with us!
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