The following are frequently asked questions and answers regarding Class Afloat.
Class Afloat is a university and college preparatory program. We look for students with a strong academic profile and involvement in their school and community. Students who apply and join our school are assessed for their general suitability and strength of character.
Yes. Your credits are recognized by the Ministry of Education in Nova Scotia, which will issue an internationally recognized high school diploma.
Yes. Each student must check with their high school to ensure proper credit transfer. Most Canadian and American high schools do not have problems transferring credits from Nova Scotia. You will want to check with your guidance counselor for more information.
Students will complete up to 5 hours of class work each day.
Yes. Students who meet entrance requirements can earn university credits through Acadia University in Nova Scotia.
Yes, we offer a GAP program. GAP Year students are required to take at least two courses while enrolled in the program.
No. Sailing experience is not required to join Class Afloat. We will teach you what you need to know to participate as a crew member.
Our itineraries are developed based on sailing conditions, climate, safety, political stability, and academic suitability. Class Afloat reserves the right to change or modify ports of call.
The vessel stops in each port for approximately 3-6 days. While in port, land practica activities are scheduled for the students. These activities can include homestays, camping trips, museum tours, cultural events, hiking trips, snorkeling, etc. All land practica activities are included in our programme fees. Students also have time to enjoy shore leave (freetime) in each port.
Seasickness is a common occurrence during the first week at sea. Seasickness happens when the body, inner ear, and eyes all send different signals to the brain, resulting in confusion and queasiness. Seasickness usually disappears without medical treatment within a few days, as your brain learns to compensate for the swaying and pitching of the boat and you get your “sea legs”.
In case of an emergency, there is always a medical doctor or nurse on board to administer first aid. Our students and crew are covered by SOS Assistance which enables emergency transport to the nearest hospital. Class Afloat also adheres to SOLAS, the International
Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.
Yes. Vegetarian meals are easily accommodated. Students with special dietary needs (allergies, sensitivities) should advise Class Afloat as soon as possible.
Yes. All students must be able to converse in English and complete academic courses with instruction in English.
Yes, we offer single semester programming.
Class Afloat has been established since 1984. Over 1500 students have taken part in Class Afloat’s “blue water high school” since it was founded over twenty-five years ago.
The SS Sorlandet can berth up to a maximum of 60 students.
Yes. Students can apply for financial aid by submitting their completed application by March 1st . Financial assistance may be awarded to candidates whose personal skills, academic history and need for funding are established.
Students are required to perform 2 hours of day watch and 2 hours of night watch each day. The watch group is responsible for operating the ship. This could include navigation, hoisting sails, climbing rigging, maintenance work, or standing watch. Students are not required to climb the rigging; those interested in doing so must complete a physical fitness test before climbing.
Once each semester, there is a designated parent port for parents to visit their son or daughter. Program activities are coordinated to maximize available visit time.
If you have any additional questions or if you would like to speak to a Class Afloat representative please contact us