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Echo 74-Day

Overview

    • In-depth advanced sailing and seamanship training
    • Leadership training in an experimental learning environment
    • Try Scuba with a PADI Discover Scuba Course or, if certified, do recreational diving
    • ASA Certifications 101, 103 & 104
    • Experience working side-by-side with staff in a beautiful outdoor setting

Adventure Focus

Advanced Sailing

Scuba

Ages

College

Days

74

Boat

Monohull

Echo Sailing Mate-in-Training Program for College First-Years

For college first-years who are very interested in working in the field of outdoor and adventure education, we offer a Mate-in-Training program that gives you the opportunity to gain skills and confidence as an instructor and educator. You’ll join our Echo College Sailing & Leadership Expedition as a student, where you’ll learn advanced seamanship and earn ASA sailing certifications. You’ll then continue on to our 12-day on-site staff training where you’ll be paired with a veteran staff mentor that will be your resource and buddy as you learn and grow as a sailor, educator, and leader. You’ll live on the staff boat during program and contribute to the day-to-day running of programs teaching basic sailing lessons, leading students on hikes and snorkels, and contributing to nightly boat meetings and discussions. Our staff will give you feedback and instruction every step of the way.

There is excellent potential to return for future summers as a regular staff member. MITs who exhibit outstanding performance may even become a full mate with pay by the end of the first summer, depending on the needs of the program. This position is rigorous but very rewarding and requires dedication to the students, their safety, and the goals of the program.

Requirements:

  • Freshman/first-year in college
  • Sail Caribbean Alumni
  • Strong interest in working at Sail Caribbean or in the field of outdoor and adventure education
  • Some experience working with 11-17 year olds
  • Sailing interest and experience

Echo Sailing Staff Internship

For college students with experience working with students aged 11-18 and a strong interest in working in the field of outdoor adventure education, we offer a Sailing Staff Internship. You’ll join our Echo College Sailing & Leadership Expedition as a student, where you’ll learn advanced seamanship and earn ASA sailing certifications. You’ll then continue on to our 12-day on-site staff training where you’ll join the rest of our new and veteran staff members to learn the ins and outs of creating and delivering Sail Caribbean adventure programs. As part of our sail staff, you will fulfill the roles and responsibilities of a mate onboard one of our student boats. You and the captain you are paired with will work together to establish a community onboard the boat amongst the staff and students. As part of our sail staff, your goal will be to get the students engaged and excited about sailing. Along with providing students with a solid understanding of sailing maneuvers and a basic familiarity with their boat, the goal of our sailing curriculum is to motivate students to take initiative and take ownership in the running of the boat. Students will take turns as Captain, Navigator, Mate, etc., and your goal as a staff member will be to facilitate teamwork and support the students as they take on challenges both big and small.

You will also be collaborating with the program staff as a whole to support one another and assure that the program runs smoothly and safely. Daily responsibilities will include assisting with meal preparation, teaching basic sailing lessons, leading a snorkel, or assisting with program logistical efforts like provisioning, boat fueling, or escorting students to and from the airport.

Sailing Staff Interns have excellent potential to return as staff members the following summer and may even have opportunities for promotion within their first summer.

Requirements:

  • At least 2 years of college experience
  • Current WFA and CPR certifications
  • Strong interest in working in the field of outdoor and adventure education
  • Strong experience working with 11-17 year olds in camp, educational, or outdoor settings
  • Must be comfortable living and working on the water

Other Considerations:

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Divemaster
  • Experience teaching watersports or sailing

Echo 74-Day Activities

Kayaking

Ready for a little exploring with a friend? With all the beautiful anchorages and coves we visit there’s much to explore by paddle power.

Snorkeling

Meet the creatures below the waves. Swim alongside a friendly sea turtle, join a school of Blue Tang fish, and explore the reefs!

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Get your footing and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to maneuver with perfect balance. You’ll have terrific views above, as well as below the waves.

Tubing

Our Number 1 watersports toy is nicknamed “Papa”. You’ll be hanging on so tight you won't even be able to give a thumbs-up.

Wakeboarding

Once you’re up it’s a thrill every single second, especially if you get airborne. No wonder this is a Sail Caribbean one-handed favorite!

Waterskiing

Get up, get steady! Then you’ll be zipping back and forth across the wake for a ride you’ll remember.

Small Boat Sailing

You’ll learn so much on your big yacht. Try applying your seamanship skills to smaller boats and feel how swiftly they respond.

Windsurfing

After you’ve learned to read the wind, you’re sure to take full advantage of it on your rig. Time to hook in and hold on!

Social Events

Dance with Moko-Jumbie stilt walkers at our Fireball Party, win the famous Chili Cookoff, and compete for glory at the SC Olympics.

Beach Sports

Team up for a spirited game of volleyball or a fast-paced soccer tournament, then cool off rehearsing a synchronized swim.

Hiking

The islands we visit are mountainous. Reaching the best vantage points provides challenges, but the pay offs are breathtaking vistas!

Community Service

Whether your interest is in cultural heritage, marine biology, or environmental conservation, you’ll have opportunities to roll up your sleeves and pitch in!

Marine Biology Seminars

Topics include: respect and awareness of marine organisms, coral biology, geologic formation, sharks, invasive species, sea turtles, and the night ocean.

Island Exploration

Hike through a rainforest, travel mountainous hillside roads, learn about the art of glassblowing, visit an organic farm, and discover different cultures.

Yacht Racing

It’s the ultimate team sport! Whether you're on the helm, trimming the jib, or on the rail helping to balance the boat, everyone’s efforts count.

Sailing

If you've never set foot aboard a 50' sloop, it's OK with us – No Experience Necessary! You’ll learn by doing and we’ll be by your side all the way. If you’re already a sailor, build on your knowledge!

Scuba

If you choose scuba, it doesn't matter if you're a seasoned diver or if you're taking your very first scuba lesson. You're in for the ultimate dive experience.

Advanced Sailing

There are opportunities to build on your sailing and seamanship skills through American Sailing Association courses which include practice time on our 26' Colgate training boat, Opal Bella.

Advanced Scuba

Work your way up from Advanced Open Water to Rescue Diver with Specialty certifications along the way. If you're 18, you can even 'Go Pro' and become a PADI Divemaster.

Kayaking

Ready for a little exploring with a friend? With all the beautiful anchorages and coves we visit there’s much to explore by paddle power.

Snorkeling

Meet the creatures below the waves. Swim alongside a friendly sea turtle, join a school of Blue Tang fish, and explore the reefs!

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Get your footing and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to maneuver with perfect balance. You’ll have terrific views above, as well as below the waves.

Tubing

Our Number 1 watersports toy is nicknamed “Papa”. You’ll be hanging on so tight you won't even be able to give a thumbs-up.

Wakeboarding

Once you’re up it’s a thrill every single second, especially if you get airborne. No wonder this is a Sail Caribbean one-handed favorite!

Waterskiing

Get up, get steady! Then you’ll be zipping back and forth across the wake for a ride you’ll remember.

Small Boat Sailing

You’ll learn so much on your big yacht. Try applying your seamanship skills to smaller boats and feel how swiftly they respond.

Windsurfing

After you’ve learned to read the wind, you’re sure to take full advantage of it on your rig. Time to hook in and hold on!

Social Events

Dance with Moko-Jumbie stilt walkers at our Fireball Party, win the famous Chili Cookoff, and compete for glory at the SC Olympics.

Beach Sports

Team up for a spirited game of volleyball or a fast-paced soccer tournament, then cool off rehearsing a synchronized swim.

Hiking

The islands we visit are mountainous. Reaching the best vantage points provides challenges, but the pay offs are breathtaking vistas!

Community Service

Whether your interest is in cultural heritage, marine biology, or environmental conservation, you’ll have opportunities to roll up your sleeves and pitch in!

Marine Biology Seminars

Topics include: respect and awareness of marine organisms, coral biology, geologic formation, sharks, invasive species, sea turtles, and the night ocean.

Island Exploration

Hike through a rainforest, travel mountainous hillside roads, learn about the art of glassblowing, visit an organic farm, and discover different cultures.

Yacht Racing

It’s the ultimate team sport! Whether you're on the helm, trimming the jib, or on the rail helping to balance the boat, everyone’s efforts count.

Sailing

If you've never set foot aboard a 50' sloop, it's OK with us – No Experience Necessary! You’ll learn by doing and we’ll be by your side all the way. If you’re already a sailor, build on your knowledge!

Scuba

If you choose scuba, it doesn't matter if you're a seasoned diver or if you're taking your very first scuba lesson. You're in for the ultimate dive experience.

Advanced Sailing

There are opportunities to build on your sailing and seamanship skills through American Sailing Association courses which include practice time on our 26' Colgate training boat, Opal Bella.

Advanced Scuba

Work your way up from Advanced Open Water to Rescue Diver with Specialty certifications along the way. If you're 18, you can even 'Go Pro' and become a PADI Divemaster.

ON EVERY SAIL CARIBBEAN ADVENTURE

Sail Caribbean offers ten different adventure groups with 30 different sessions in the British Virgin and Leeward Islands of the Caribbean. You live aboard a modern 50′ monohull yacht or 45′ catamaran with other teens in your age group and learn to sail. No experience is necessary. Every adventure focuses on an activity, but each offers scuba, marine biology, community service, cultural exchange, watersports, friendships, personal growth and lifelong memories.

Want to compare adventures?  Download our 2018 Schedule (PDF)!

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Itinerary

Day 1

At Hodges Creek Marina, you’ll have a chance to get acquainted with our beautiful home base! Meet your Captain, mate, and everyone on your program. You’ll get fitted for snorkel gear and have your first boat meeting over delicious chicken, rice and slaw. You and the rest of the crew get ready to set the course for the rest of your adventures to come.

Days 2-4

You’ll learn everything you need to know prior to your first sail across the Sir Francis Drake Channel to Norman Island. Snorkel the caves and “The Indians”. Plot a course to Cooper Island where you’ll begin comprehensive sailing and basic keelboat instruction. You’ve got points-of-sail and tacking under your belt already!

Days 5-7

By the end of the first week, your 50’ sloop will feel like home. You and your crew will debrief the day at boat meeting each night and give each other feedback on how the group worked together as a team and how those in leadership roles stepped up. Pick up a mooring ball at Bitter End Yacht Club and enjoy a day at the 5-star resort.

Days 8-10

Your crew falls into a natural rhythm as you set out for tiny Marina Cay. Go for a Hike to the Mangroves and Bubbly Pools at Jost Van Dyke. Once home to pirates, its lush seagrass bed now serve as a hangout for Caribbean green sea turtles that you’re sure to encounter when you go for a snorkel.

Days 11-13

As your adventure nears its end, it’ll be time to prepare for your ASA exams. Head to Monkey Point and find that you and your crewmates are in total control of your vessel. We’ll stop back at Cooper on the way to our base at Hodges Creek for your final Basic Keelboat lessons aboard Opal Bella.

Day 14

Farewell to your crewmates as you head off to training for your new role as an intern.

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Sessions

1

Echo Staff Internship

Begin Date

05/29/2018

End Date

08/07/2018

Tuition

$4395

Service Hours

10-15

# of Dives

2-10

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Optional

Courses

Sailing

ASA 101: Basic Keelboat Certification

Prerequisites: None

If you’re arriving at Sail Caribbean with prior sailing experience and are very keen on making the commitment to learn more, why not take this opportunity to gain a nationally recognized certification? You’ll participate in seminars and practice your helmsmanship on our big boats, and then demonstrate your sailing and seamanship skills during two to three intensive days on our own Colgate 26’, Opal Bella. The goal of this certification is for the participants to be able to single-hand (maneuver alone) these keelboats. Written and practical exams fulfill the requirements and you’ll have an official certification that’s valid for years to come and a stepping-stone to many other sailing certifications. View more details about ASA certifications here.

ASA 103: Basic Coastal Cruising

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA101) certification

Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered (outboard or inboard engine) keelboat of approximately 25 to 35 feet length by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Knowledge of cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather forecast interpretation, safety and seamanship. View more details about ASA certifications here.

ASA 104: Bareboat Cruising

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA101) and Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA103) certifications

Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered keelboat (or catamaran, if course is conducted on such) of approximately 30 to 45 feet in length during a multi-day cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. Course is conducted as a live-aboard cruise of at least 48 hours. Knowledge of provisioning, galley operations, boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, routine maintenance procedures, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation including basic chart plotting and GPS operation, multiple-anchor mooring, docking, health & safety, emergency operations, weather interpretation, and dinghy/tender operation. View more details about ASA certifications here.

Scuba

PADI Discover SCUBA Diving

Discover a whole new world beneath the waves!

You will experience the thrill of scuba diving under the close supervision of a qualified PADI Instructor in ideal conditions. Under the palm trees on the beach, we’ll begin with an orientation and skills session – you’ll be introduced to the basic concepts of scuba diving. Next you’ll learn about equipment, basic skills and safety procedures. Afterwards, you’ll practice those important scuba skills in three to five feet of calm, clear water right off the beach. You’ll continue with your first dive experience off that same beach in 20-30 feet of calm water. Once you’re comfortable with the basic skills, one of our custom dive boats will take you to enjoy your first open water dive. It will be no deeper than 30ft, and you’ll be able to explore one of our amazing reefs with your instructor.

The DSD course is available on all of our programs except Charlie. Students will spend 2-3 sessions with our PADI instructors. In the future, if you decide to become certified, these skills and the open water dives may be credited towards your PADI Open Water Diver course.

PADI Recreational Diving

Prerequisite: Must be Open Water certified or equivalent

Non-certification recreational diving is available as an option on all of our adventures. Ever imagine diving on a coral garden, drifting through a rainbow canyon, or exploring a sunken wreck? You will enjoy recreational diving in the BVI with our own Sail Caribbean Divers Instructors and Divemasters. On Delta in the Leeward Islands, professional dive instructors from each island along with our dive staff take you to gorgeous dive sites. You’ll gain expert knowledge from each local instructor and get the most out of every dive site you visit. You must provide proof of certification from a recognized agency like PADI, NAUI, YMCA, or NASDS.

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FAQs

How much sailing experience is needed?

No experience is necessary, but you should be comfortable in and on the water, have a spirit of adventure, the ability to take on responsibility, and a desire to be challenged. Everyone is involved with lots of sailing instruction.

What sailing certifications can I earn?

During the Echo 17-day adventure, you have the option to earn sailing certifications as part of our core curriculum. American Sailing Association’s (ASA) 101 Basic Keelboat Course and ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising are included in the tuition and are part of the curriculum. ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising certification is an option if you decide to challenge yourself even further.

Who will my crewmates be during Echo?

On Echo, most students come from all parts of the US and are first or second year college students.The boats have 8-10 students and are co-ed. Each day offers leadership, sailing, and meals with your crew and then activities, electives, and socializing with the entire group.

Can I scuba dive?

For non-certified scuba divers you’ll have the option to try scuba diving through PADI’s DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) course and experience the beautiful life in the underwater world. If you are already a certified diver, you’ll have the option of diving for fun by signing up for Recreational Diving.

Where will I live during the internship portion of my stay?

You will travel with one of the teen program fleets and live aboard either the staff boat or a student boat depending on your level of experience.

Does the internship provide a stipend?

Yes, call for details.

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Reviews

“Too often we get comfortable with pushing aside our fears, but we are never the happier for it. It’s important early on in life to find it within yourself to make it a point of making your fears your friends and not your enemies, realizing that overcoming your fears will only make you a stronger and better person. To be surrounded by wild glorious nature, just waiting to swallow your heart, and to have your friends and teachers right alongside you, ready to pick you up — that is Sail Caribbean. This is my experience at Sail Caribbean and I hope to make this the experience of every camper that I may encounter.”

Andrew D., age 20, Eugene, OR

“My personal goals were to improve my sailing abilities and get adjusted to spending the entire summer here.  I definitely became a competent sailor.”

Grace M., age 19, Cantonsville, MD

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