The Schooner Zodiac offers a variety of sail training programs for all ages; youth, adult and inter-generational or family trips. Zodiac is a member of the American Sail Training Association (ASTA).
The Zodiac sails around The San Juan Islands, Puget Sound, and Canadian Gulf Islands.
The Zodiac's accommodations are comfortable and spacious, with three bathrooms ("heads") and two hot showers. We have a full galley and mess area as well as a roomy main salon with library of nautical reference and fiction. There is room for 26 passengers on overnight cruises and up to 45 people on day sails.
No experience is required, only enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.
Participants will have a chance to experience sailing on a historic tall ship with the largest working mainsail oin the west coast and learn a variety of seamanship skills from an experienced captain and crew members.
The schooner Zodiac, in conjunction with Northwest Schooner Society, offers a variety of youth programs and special trips for school-aged sailors. For many weeks throughout the year, the Zodiac embarks into the islands with school groups and youth organizations for educational programs as well as fun adventure off shore.
Kids come on board with minimal exposure to sailing and comprehension of team-work. They leave the ship as capable sailors, and well versed on the importance of pulling together to achieve a common goal
Under billowing canvas, students learn the principles of sail propulsion and hull speed, navigation, environmental awareness, teamwork and, most importantly, self esteem as they work together to harness the elements.
Onboard programs range from sail-training; navigational experience; marine and Puget Sound history to team building programs and knot-tying lessons. The Zodiac volunteers for the youth programs work hard to build practical and fun methods to train, empower and involve youth of all ages and skill levels.
Schools and youth programs interested in a novel, real-life application of sciences, math, history and geography can tailor a program designed to bring out the best in teenagers, introducing youth to an inner strength they never knew they had.
Reserve early as these sails fill up quickly!
Call (206) 719-7622 for more information and to reserve your preferred dates.
The schooner Zodiac offers interested volunteers a unique Summertime opportunity to learn aboard a working Tall Ship. Interns gain specific knowledge regarding rigging, ship's systems, navigation and leadership... and of course sailing a historic, 146 ton, gaff-rigged schooner!
Upon successful completion of the Zodiac internship program, participants receive credit toward completion of a 200-ton license and working experience aboard the largest working schooner in the North West.
Click here for the Zodiac Maritime Internship Application (PDF).