Study Abroad with Class Afloat HIGH SCHOOL · GAP YEAR · UNIVERSITY

Sail a tall ship while you explore new cultures, earn academic credits and make friends from around the world.



Earn high school
or university credits.

Study Abroad



Experience a blue water
sailing experience.

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Travel the world and
become a global citizen.

Travel the world

Class Afloat - West Island College International Experiential education since 1984

Class Afload Itinerary 2021-2022

What our Alumni Say

Class Afloat, Gap Year at Sea
My experience was mainly characterized by encounters that widened my views on the world. It was also filled with challenges that strengthened my capacity to face adversity, starting with small discomfort to home sickness. It was a year that allowed me to discover myself and what I want to become.
Margaux , Class Afloat Student 2018-2019(1/5)
Port program
The biggest take away from Class Afloat was learning how to work with and lead people in almost any situation. Furling sails in a storm, 2-4am watches and full days in the galley, working with the same people day in and day out you learn a lot about those people - and yourself.
Student Survey, 2017-2018(2/5)
Renee Martyna
Maybe the most seminal experience of my life.... Class Afloat was the point at which there is now a ‘before’ and ‘after’. Inspired me toward a career with the UN and now, a passion project working with global knowmads. Grateful to my fellow floaties!
Renee Martyna, Class Afloat Alumni(3/5)
Gap Year, Students Sailing
For me Class Afloat was the start of my adult life. I now feel confident I can do anything and everything I put my mind to. If you are thinking about doing Class Afloat, do it for the life long friends, the travel and most importantly to discover who you are.
Ryan, Class Afloat Student 2018-2019(4/5)
Students on deck
Although Class Afloat is largely about travel, adventure and discovery of yourself and the world around you, that wasn’t what impacted me the most. It was the family we built on board that really touched me.
Claire, Class Afloat Student 2018-2019(5/5)

Latest News from Class Afloat

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Check out our students YouTube channel!

“David_is_sailing” For those adventurers who have a love of photography, Class Afloat is such an incredible opportunity to capture the world through their lens. Each and every floatie (aka student) has a different perspective and many have shared their journeys…Read More

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The European Nomad

Written November 5, 2021 I am aboard a tall ship at last! I should start where I left off, however, in Spain. Since leaving there our crew has visited four countries; France, (briefly) Belgium, Netherlands, and at last our ship’s…Read More

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A Beginner’s Guide to Sleeping at Sea

Written November 28, 2021 Adaptability is key when attempting to do anything on a ship, and sleeping is no exception. Berths aboard are about six feet long and not quite tall enough to sit up in. The first step, when…Read More