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Join us for one of the most unique education
experiences in the world.

More than 1600 Class Afloat students from around the world have had the unique and life-changing experience of completing academic courses while sailing a majestic tall ship - all while developing as individuals, excelling as leaders, forging lifelong friendships, and exploring the world.

If you would like to learn more about becoming one of these Class Afloat students, please review the admissions information contained in this section or contact us at any time. We would be happy to answer your questions about our programmes and admissions process, or put you in touch with an alumni or alumni family member in your area who can share their experiences.

We are currently accepting applications for the second semester of the 2015-16 school year and for the 2016-17 school year.

Email Admissions at with your questions.

To Apply

1 Submit the application package | read more

To apply to Class Afloat - West Island College International, please submit the following to the Class Afloat office:

  • Completed application package
    Download the Application Package here
  • Application fee ($200 CAD) to be submitted with application form
  • Two personal reference forms (in the Application Package)
  • Medical form, including blood type - completed and returned to Class Afloat by a physician (in the Application Package)
  • Certified lifeguard’s attestation that the candidate can swim 200 meters followed by 20 minutes of treading water
    Download the Official Swim Test Form here
  • Copy of all transcripts from grade 9 to present (including current term report card)
  • Applicant’s personal résumé
  • 300 word essay describing what the applicant expects to gain from the Class Afloat experience and how he/she will contribute to the school community
2 Interview Process | read more
  • Once we receive all of the above information, a staff member will contact the applicant for a phone interview.

  • The interview lasts 20 -30 minutes and is designed to determine the applicant’s suitability for the Class Afloat programme.

  • A second, follow-up interview may be arranged.

  • Those applicants who truly wish to join Class Afloat and whose values and behaviour will align with a group of responsible young people will be invited to join.

  • Qualified students are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

3 Acceptance and Contract | read more
  • Following a successful application and interview(s), Class Afloat will issue an acceptance letter and contract, as well as an Acknowledgement of Risk Statement, and International Travel Consent of Parent/Guardian Form

  • The contract and forms must be signed and returned to Class Afloat within three weeks, along with the registration deposit (as outlined in the contract).

4 Student Preparation | read more
  • After Class Afloat receives the signed contract and deposit, the student will receive the Parent and Student Handbook. Students must complete and return the required pre-voyage forms included in the Handbook and provide the additional required documentation. Class Afloat will also provide information about how to obtain textbooks, uniforms, and insurance.

  • Class Afloat is in regular contact with the students and their families to provide preparation advice and assistance


2015-2016 Student Fees

  Canadian Students International Students
Single Semester $33,000 $36,300
Full Year $48,000 $52,800


There are several scholarship options for those wishing to join Class Afloat...


Successful Class Afloat applicants may apply to the Class Afloat Foundation for scholarships. Established in 2012, the Class Afloat Foundation operates under the direction of a board comprised of former students, administrators and parents. The Foundation operates as an independent body maintaining an arms length relationship to the school in all matters relating to setting scholarship criteria, assessment of applicants and making awards. The Foundation is a Canadian registered charity dedicated to supporting young people who want to make a difference on our planet.

Applicants for the Class Afloat Scholarship are assessed for their intellectual and personal achievement in terms of leadership, commitment to volunteer service, physical vigour and academic success. The number and amount of each scholarship award will be determined according to the success of the Foundation at meeting its annual fundraising targets. As a guide, scholarship awards are likely to fund up to half the annual Class Afloat full year tuition fee.

The Foundation has made a commitment to raising funds for awards based on academic and personal distinction, but also for candidates that have a demonstrated need for financial aid to participate in Class Afloat 2015-16.

To Apply
Please visit the Class Afloat Foundation website for more information and to download the application form.

Important Dates
Application Deadline: February 29, 2016
The Class Afloat Foundation will announce the winning candidates by May 31, 2016.


Young Sailor Scholarship

Class Afloat has established the Class Afloat ‘Young Sailor Scholarship’ to assist one student - endorsed by their sailing school, sail training program or yacht club - to participate in the extraordinary educational experience of attending high school while sailing aboard a majestic square-rigged tall ship. The Class Afloat Young Sailor Scholarship will be awarded to one young sailor who best demonstrate the values of excellence, integrity, community, teamwork, accountability, respect, commitment and achievement in his or her academic and sailing life.

Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for this scholarship, candidates must:

  • Be entering grade 11 or 12
  • Be applying for the full year program
  • Submit a reference letter from a sailing school or yacht club
  • Submit a letter of intent, outlining that they:
  • Have demonstrated leadership in their school, sailing club and community- Are willing and capable to participate fully onboard the vessel and in the classroom- Are willing to send voyage updates, testimonials, videos and photographs that can be published by Class Afloat, if required

Application Deadline: July 4, 2016

Scholarship Announcement: July 11, 2016

Other Financial Aid and Scholarship Resources

Financial Aid and Scholarship opportunities may be available through private and/or charitable organizations in your community. This information can usually be obtained through your school's Guidance Department. Local Service Clubs are frequent contributors to foreign travel and foreign study programmes.

Canada's most comprehensive scholarship portal:


Agent Information

Class Afloat welcomes application inquiries from students from around the world.

Please contact us at with any questions.

We are pleased to work with the following agents:

In Germany

Step In
Beethovenallee 21, 53173 Bonn, Germany
Contact: Janine Mertens, Tel: +49-(0)228-95695-64, E-mail:
"Bitte kontaktieren Sie uns direkt bei Class Afloat oder wenden Sie sich an die Repräsentanz in Ihrem Land"

In Mexico  

Ad Astra International Inc.
Contact: Rosamaria Uribe A., Directora de Ventas Tel: 044 55 52 80 45 99, Cel: 044 55 26 90 43 94, E-mail:
"Por favor póngase en contacto con nosotros directamente o a través de su representante nacional"

In Latvia

ISIC Latvia
Tower Street 4, C1 Corps, 101. Cabinet , LV-1050, Riga
Tel.: +371 67223000, Mob. tel.: +371 26416020, E-mail:

In Hong Kong

Hong Kong Overseas Studies Centre
Tel: (852) 27385923, Fax: (852) 27302808,