Teachers


Welcome. We offer a variety of dockside and sailing programs at the Maritime Museum of San Diego for Students, Teachers and other youth organizations. All programs can be tailored to your schedule and age group. Please scroll through the list of programs below and if you would like further information on these programs, please call the Education office at (619) 234-9153 ext. 124 or email,
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Adventure Tour:

 

Designed for smaller classes, private organizations including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies and Cub Scouts. The Adventure Tour offers a variety of hands-on activities at our Museum. This program can be tailored to your schedule and age group, so you have some options with the activities.

The program includes:

  • Guided tour by our Education staff of the Star of India (World’s oldest active tall-ship) with a sail raising activity
  • Rowing lesson and rowing out on San Diego Bay aboard one of our longboats
  • Black powder gun or cannon demonstration on the Museum barge
  • 45 minute tour around San Diego Bay on the historic 1914 Pilot Boat

Self guided tour of the Museum’s other ships and submarines including the HMS Surprise (featured in Master and Commander and Pirates of the Caribbean 4) as well as the USS Dolphin (deepest diving submarine)

The total cost of the program with all activities is $30 a student, $15 an adult. Teacher/organizer would be free.
If you wanted to forgo either the rowing or the live-fire demonstration, then the cost would be $25 per student, $13 adult.
This program is from 3.5-5 hours long, depending on the number of activities. Program can begin anytime between 9am and 3pm.

All ages are welcome, the minimum/maximum number of participants to book a program is 5/75.

 

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Adventure Tour Overnight Option:

 

This program can be followed up with a Sleepover aboard one of our Tall Ships. Participants will continue the program with more activities, have dinner and breakfast, and sleep aboard either the Star of India, HMS Surprise, or Californian (Ship dependent on availability). There are no age restrictions to this program, siblings are welcome as well. The minimum/maximum number of participants to book an overnight option is 15/50.

 

Explorer Tour and Sleepover: $75/Student $40/Adult.

 

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Ahoy Sailors! "Introduction to Sailing Ships""

 

This two hour program introduces kids to the salty world of sailing ships! They will explore the 1863 barque Star of India through a scavenger hunt, and learn the parts of a ship through a coloring activity in this fun-filled and educational workshop. In addition, our instructors will teach the scouts shipboard directions and spin them a yarn before they jump ship! Students will earn a special participation patch at the end of this workshop. For more hands-on activities, please see our Adventure Tour.

 

The total cost of the program is $15 a student and $8 an adult. Teacher/organizer would be free.
All ages are welcome, the minimum/maximum number of participants to book a program is 10/25.
This program is 2 hours long.

 

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Californian Challenge

 

The Californian Challenge provides our most extensive opportunity to participate in team-building activities aboard our historic vessels. This program can vary from 1-5 days.

Our one day Californian Challenge starts around 9:00am and the morning session consists of tours of the ships, rowing in the Bay, and climbing out (in climbing harnesses) on the Californian’s jibboom. This will prepare the students for sailing the tall-ship Schooner Californian in the afternoon. We also will be firing the ships guns to salute the Star of India as we return to the dock. This program is from 9am to 4pm and is $50 a student, $30 adult chaperone's/participants. Organizer is free.

This can be tailored into an overnight program and sleeping aboard either the Star of India, HMS Surprise, or Californian (Ship dependent on availability). Dinner and breakfast are provided by us. This program is from 9am until 9am the following day and is $100 a student, $50 an adult.

Our weekend (multi-day) Californian Challenge would involve arriving at the Maritime Museum in the late afternoon/evening of Day 1 and sleeping two nights aboard either the Star of India, HMS Surprise, or Californian (Ship dependent on availability). Breakfast the next two days would be provided by us. The first morning would be a tour of the Museum, sail training and rowing. There would be at least an hour break for lunch (on your own). The afternoon will be sailing on the Californian. In the evening we would provide dinner. The next day we would row and build upon team building activities with lunch provided by us. This would conclude around 1:00pm. Check-in: 6-8pm Day 1. Check-out 1pm Day 3. Cost: $150 a student, $100 adult chaperone's/participants. Organizer is free.

Our weeklong (5 days, 6 nights) Californian Challenge is a “camp-style” program where participants live aboard one of our dock-side tall ships during the duration of the program. Meals are provided by us. Extensive sail training will be conducted throughout the week including training in climbing aloft. This prepares participants for a 6 hour ocean sail on the Californian on the final day. Activities during the week include rowing, blackpowder gun firing, guided hikes at Cabrillo National Monument, Safety at Sea training, and many more. The total cost of the program is $750 a student, $325 an adult. Teacher/organizer would be free.

This program is suited for ages 13 and above (please contact us in regards to age waivers), the minimum/maximum number of participants to book a program is 15/30.

 

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Californian Challenge-Catalina Sail

 

Sail on the Californian for a 4 day adventure and explore Catalina while living aboard a top-sail schooner. Participants will be divided into “watches” and assist in sailing the ship. Onboard education staff will be teaching the students about oceanography, astronomy, and the history of exploration along the Pacific Coast. Activities at Catalina Island include hiking, and kayaking.

 

All onboard meals, Kayaks, life vests, paddles, safety equipment, and ACA certified kayaking instructor and tour guide are included.

 

Departure from San Diego:
The total cost of the program is $650 a participant. Teachers/organizer would be $325 a participant. Departure from Los Angeles area:
The total cost of the program is $775 a participant. Teachers/organizer would be $350.

 

This program is suited for ages 13 and above (please contact us in regards to age waivers), the minimum/maximum number of participants to book a program is 10/18 participants.

 

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Cast Off for America

 

Looking for a better life, students sign aboard as emigrants working for their passage to America. On this epic voyage they must abandon everything that is familiar to them and adapt to the new demands of shipboard life.

 

The voyage will take them three quarters of the way around the world and traverse the infamous "Roaring Forties." Life promises to be challenging as students must communicate and work together in order to survive. The skills they learn, however, will become invaluable in helping to prepare for an uncertain future in the New World.

 

Day Program
Grades: 4-6
Length: 5 hours
Times: 9:30am - 2:30pm
Class Size: 26-60 students, Maximum 8 adults.
Cost: $27 per student, $10 per adult. Teacher is free.

 

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Days of Oar-Rowing

 

Generally conducted over 5 days, this program offers rowing instruction and teambuilding aboard the Museum's collection of historic longboats. Get out on the water and foster water safety, self reliance, communication, the spirit of adventure and team work. Maritime skills taught through the practice of long boat rowing accomplishes many personal developmental goals while kids have fun on the water. Discover the traditions and history of rowing in San Diego, and then take off on an adventure row and picnic on San Diego Bay.

Grades: 6-12, Adults as well
Each session is 3 hours long from 8:30am-11:30am, $15 a participant/per session.
The 5 day program is (4) 3 hour sessions and (1) final rowing event from 8:30am-2:00pm.
Cost: $90/participant. Minimum: 5 participants. Maximum: 20. Teacher/Organizer is free.

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Economy and Ecology - Pilot Boat

 

Imagine spending a day exploring the history and environment of San Diego's unique features; the San Diego Bay! This program takes students on a voyage of discovery aboard the historic 1914 Pilot Boat. Students have the hands-on opportunity to help with the ship's navigation, and perform water quality experiments while exploring the bay. Students will come home with a greater understanding of the bay's economic history and the vital role its resources play in our city's economy while learning about past and present bay resource management issues.

Time: 9:00am-12: 00pm
Class Size: Minimum of 20, Maximum of 40
Cost: $15 per person

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Education Sail

 

Join us for a three hour Educational Sail on San Diego Bay with hands on the halyards and helm. Students raise 7000 square feet of sail, learn how to navigate, and explore the physics of sailing. Enjoy the wind, weather, and wild life while mastering practical knots and maneuvering a 100 ton vessel.

Compare the teamwork and challenges of present day sailors with life on a similar ship in the 1800's. Our Education Sail fits California State Standards for middle and high school students.

Length: 3 hours
Times: variable
Class Size: 26 - 36 students, 6-8 adults
Cost: $30/person Teacher is Free

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Elementary Physics and the Mechanics of Seafaring

 

Explore the concepts of motion, force, work, energy and the use of simple and complex machines in their real application aboard the Star of India.

This inventive workshop provides students with hands on activities demonstrating basic concepts in Physics. Specially created lesson plans are designed to complement each of the 'Mechanics of Seafaring' exhibit modules aboard the Star of India.

Time: 2 hours Monday-Friday.
Class Size: 20-35 Students
Cost: $13 per student, Teacher is free.

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School Tours K-6

 

This hands-on dockside tour program is specifically designed for grades K-6 using California State Standards and guided by our Education Staff. Students will tour several of our ships, including the Star of India, while focusing on a grade appropriate lesson. This is an exciting introduction to the Maritime Museum!

 

View grade level descriptions here.

 

Class Size: 15 participants or a minimum flat rate of $100.
Class Size maximum: 100 participants (call ahead if over 70 kids)
Cost: $7.00/per student. $8.00/per adult.
Required: One Adults Chaperone required for each 10 students.
Tours last: 1.5 hours.

 

Available Add-Ons:
$5.00 per person: 45 minute narrated bay tour aboard Pilot Boat:

 

To schedule a School Tour, call Jacob Keeton @ (619) 234-9153 x132
or email me - Click Here

 

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Gold Digger Express

 

The adventure begins in 1851 in San Diego Bay. California has just become the thirty-first state. Students have just heard the news of the discovery of gold and decide to try their "luck" in the diggings of Northern California.

 

Students must negotiate with an agent for passage to San Francisco. Once aboard, students prepare the vessel by moving cargo and setting sail. They may, however, be surprised by the persuasive attempts of a variety of historic characters extolling the virtues of their "hidden agendas.
Upon conclusion of the voyage, students must decide on their own destiny. They must elect to remain aboard and adapt the life they have come to know as sailors, or to jump ship to face the uncertainty of the gold fields.

 

Day Program
Grades: 4-6
Length: 5 hours
Times: 9:30am - 2:30pm
Class Size: 26-45 students; Maximum 8 adults.
Cost: $27 per student, $10 per adult. The teacher is free.

 

*Also offered as an overnight program with the option to sail afterward. Prices same as Voyage of Hope and Sail.

 

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Gold Digger Overnight

 

The adventure begins in 1851 in San Diego Bay. California has just become the thirty-first state. Students have just heard the news of the discovery of gold and decide to try their "luck" in the diggings of Northern California.

 

Students must negotiate with an agent for passage to San Francisco. Once aboard, students prepare the vessel by moving cargo and setting sail. They may, however, be surprised by the persuasive attempts of a variety of historic characters extolling the virtues of their "hidden agendas. Upon conclusion of the voyage, students must decide on their own destiny. They must elect to remain aboard and adapt the life they have come to know as sailors, or to jump ship to face the uncertainty of the gold fields.

 

Overnight Program
Grades: 4-6
Length: 18 hours
Times: 3:00pm - 9:00am
Class Size: 26-60 students 4-11 adult Minimum/Maximum
Cost: $68 per student, $30 per adult. The teacher is free.

 

*Overnight program is also available with the option to sail afterward. Please see description below.

 

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Guided Museum Tours

 

(7-12 and beyond...)
Let our well-trained tour guides, docents and living history presenters, help your group explore the great age of sail and steam. Tours are suitable for school field trips, scout groups, community groups or special interest groups.

Tours are organized along the needs and interests of your group. During your tour we will visit any number of our ships: Star of India, HMS Surprise, B-39 Submarine, the 1898 Berkeley & the 1904 Medea as well as our galleries and exhibits which display a wide variety of maritime topics. School Tours are presented in accord with class level curriculum.

(1.5 hours - 2 hours) Monday-Friday, $5.50 per student, $7.00 per Adult.

Click Here for detailed information regarding Maritime Museum of San Diego tours.

To reserve a date for a program, please call the Museum Tour Organizer, (619) 234-9153 x 135

 

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Oceanography Merit Badge-Californian

 

This 5 hour program will allow Scouts to complete the Oceanography Merit Badge. A certified Merit Badge counselor will assist the Scouts as they perform plankton tows and water analysis during a 2.5 hour sail on the Californian. They will also be touring the Ferry Boat Berkeley and will also visit the USS Dolphin research submarine.


The total cost of the program is $40 a participant (scouts and adults). Scout leader/organizer would be free.

This program generally begins at 9am but later start times can be arranged. All ages are welcome, the minimum/maximum number of participants to book a program is 20/40.

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Oceanography Merit Badge Overnight Options

 

This program can be followed up with a Sleepover aboard one of our Tall Ships. Scouts will participate in activities, have dinner and breakfast, and sleep aboard either the Star of India, HMS Surprise, or Californian (Ship dependent on availability).

 

Sail and Sleepover: $100/scout $60/adult. There is no age restriction to this program, if any participant is only attending the sleepover, then the cost is $50/child $35/adult.

 

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Oceanography Merit Badge-Pilot

 

This 4 hour program will allow Scouts to complete the Oceanography Merit Badge. A certified Merit Badge counselor will assist the Scouts as they perform plankton tows and water analysis during a 1.5 hour boat ride on the historic 1914 Pilot Boat. They will also be touring the Ferry Boat Berkeley and will also visit the USS Dolphin research submarine.


The total cost of the program is $25 a participant (scouts and adults). Scout leader/organizer would be free.

This program generally begins at 9am but later start times can be arranged. All ages are welcome, the minimum/maximum number of participants to book a program is 10/60.

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Prelude to the American Revolution

 

Set sail on the eve of the American Revolution! Re-live the turbulent year of 1774 experiencing the struggle of merchant mariners sailing the triangle trade route between New England and the Caribbean. Embarking on a voyage of the imagination, students will role-play with our maritime instructors, raising sails, loading cargo and protecting the vessel from pirates. Navigating their way through the political storms of the era, students will face frustrations that inspired American colonists to revolt. Ultimately, they will choose their own destiny and find out what role they will play in the war for America's freedom.

 

Overnight Program
Grades: 5-6
Length: 18 hours
Times: 3:00pm - 9:00am
Class Size: 26-34 students, 6-12 adults (44 person maximum for vessel)
Cost: $68 per student, $30 per adult. The teacher is free.

 

* This program is also available as a 5-hr. day program

 

*Overnight program is also available with the option to sail afterward. Please see description below.

 

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Rowing Merit Badge

 

This all day program will allow Scouts to complete the Rowing Merit Badge. A certified Merit Badge counselor will introduce Scouts to the history of long boat rowing in San Diego aboard the Museum’s collection of longboats. Scouts will need to successfully complete the BSA swimmer test prior to any rowing activities. (Bring proof of completion or this test will be performed at the Museum).


Cost: $35/person. Minimum: 5 participants. Maximum: 20. Scout leader/Organizer is free.
Time: 8:30am-5:30pm.
This program generally begins at 9am on weekends and 3:00pm on weekdays, but later start times can be arranged.
All ages are welcome, the minimum/maximum number of participants to book a program is 20/40.

Time: 8:30am-5:30pm. This program generally begins at 9am on weekends and 3:00pm on weekdays, but later start times can be arranged. All ages are welcome, the minimum/maximum number of participants to book a program is 20/40.

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Science Discovery Tours

 

This hands-on dockside tour is specifically designed for K-3 with a focus on specific grade appropriate Physical Science Activity Base Investigations and Experimentation. Students will tour a few of our ships with a worksheet designed to engage them with the math and science real-life applications.

 

Length: 1.5 hours
Class Size: 20-40
Cost: $8/ person. Adult Chaperones required for each 15 students. Teacher is free.

 

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Voyage of Hope

 

This program offers many challenges to youngsters during an 18-hour imaginary voyage from Great Britain to the West Coast of the United States, via New Zealand. Students relive the lives of 1870's emigrants who have signed aboard as sailors "before the mast" in exchange for passage.

 

Through role-playing and cooperative learning techniques, students are immersed intellectually, physically and emotionally in shipboard activities. These include hoisting barrels and sails, riding a boatswain's chair, singing chanteys, standing night watch, swabbing the decks and dealing with a demanding, yet fair, Captain and crew.

 

This award-winning living history program is designed as a hands-on exploration of history, literature and group problem solving.

 

Overnight Program
Grades: 4-6
Length: 18 hours
Times: 3:00pm - 9:00am
Class Size: 26-60 students 4-11 adult Minimum/Maximum
Cost: $68 per student, $30 per adult. The teacher is free.

 

*Overnight program is also available with the option to sail afterward. Please see description below.

 

Sail from the past into the present! After your imaginary voyage on our Revolutionary War, Voyage of Hope or Gold Diggers overnight program is complete, join our modern Captain and crew aboard the Tallship Californian for our Graduate sail program! Put your student's newfound sailing and teamwork skills to the test as you take the Californian out for a cruise on San Diego Bay. This program is available only to students who have concurrently completed our overnight program. Lunch included, program ends at 12:00.

 

Length: 3 hours
Times: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Class Size: 26-34 students, 4-11 adult Minimum/Maximum
Bring extra parents for the sail
Cost: $30 for sail only. See overnight program cost above. The teacher is free.

 

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Water Toy Workshop

 

This hands-on workshop encourages students to design, build, test, and modify a variety of boats and water toys using their own creativity and imagination. Building water toys launches students into teamwork, sharing ideas and information, problem solving, and sharing in successes and laughing at utter failures. These disguised science lessons are a form of inventing and innovating guaranteed to stimulate young minds in basic forces and motion through their own creations using household recycled materials.

 

Length: (2 hours) Monday-Friday.
Group Size: 20 - 40 students
Cost: $13 per student, Teacher is free.

 

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To reserve a date, or for more information please call or email:

 

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To reserve a date, or for more information please call or email:
(619) 234-9153 x124
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