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U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Spring Trainings

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Small Boat Building

March 26 – March 31, 2023
Check-in: Sun 15:00 (3 PM)
Check-out: Fri 17:00

Cadets will build a 14-foot gypsy skiff combining marine plywood and white oak. The instructors will lead discussions in small-craft design, selecting a suitable design for the amateur builder, setting up a one-man shop, proper hand and power tool usage, and much more.  As the skiff takes shape through the week our beautiful setting at the picturesque Chula Vista Harbor offers calmer waters to learn how to row the newly built boat.

This outdoor hands-on class is for the person who has or would like to have workshop skills and building things.  The course will start with understanding boat plans and lofting, and proceed through scarfing, framing, planking, and interior joiner work. Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water…. Cadets will first have to learn how to “pay the devil!” Sign Up!


Small Boat (Catamaran) Sailing

No Spring training offered. Look for Summer Training 2023 for more details.
Hobie Catamarans are a staple among new boating enthusiasts for a reason. They are easy, fast, and fun to sail and are often used as the standard “starting boat” for those who like “messin’ about in boats.”  In this all outdoors on-the-water hands-on training led by a professional catamaran instructor Cadets will learn the skills to maneuver their own 14 foot “hobie cat”.  They will learn basic principles of boating and sailing techniques.  Our professional instructor “John Z” as we call him is a passionate sailor, experienced award-winning teacher and guide, and loves introducing people to sailing.
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Tall Ship Sailing

April 2 – April 8, 2023
Check-in: Sun 15:00
Check-out: Sat 10 AM
ADVANCED TALL SHIP SAILING is here! Summer training is now open to USNSCC. This advanced training will prove seamanship skills. Take ahold of the helm of our 137-foot Schooner Bill of Rights. This hands-on training is part of our STEAM Youth Tall Ship Program and is an education and adventure experience at sea aboard our traditionally gaff-rigged 137 foot Schooner Bill of Rights. Learn the ropes of sailing a large vessel as you challenge yourself with exciting new opportunities: leaving the dock, setting and adjusting sails, keeping a ship on course, setting the anchor, and living aboard a ship for a week. Cadets will gain an understanding of what it was like to be a mariner back in the Age of Sail during their time aboard our vessel. Make new friends, eat great food, listen to the sound of the sea, lookout for sea life, and gaze at the stars at night. To register for this unique training experience, Sign Up.