Frequently Asked Questions


For the safety of our student crew, we have regrettably had to suspend the upcoming school year. Read more here.

Yes, simply go into your profile and edit your application to reflect the 2021-2022 school year in lieu of the 2020-2021 school year. If you need help, please email us for help at

We are already accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Once you’re ready to apply, you can do so here:


Academics FAQs

Our crew is made up of students from around the world! On average, our crew is 55% Canadian and 45% international, with students representing over 14 nationalities. Students are generally between the ages of 16-19 and are enrolled in the final two years of secondary school (Canadian grade 11, 12), the first year of university or have chosen to take a gap year after high school. Successful applicants have a strong academic profile and involvement in their school and community.

  • Yes. Students follow a Canadian (province of Nova Scotia) high school curriculum.
  • Class Afloat is fully accredited by the Ministry of Education in Nova Scotia, Canada. Credits can be transferred back to the student’s home high school.
  • Students who complete the Grade 12 year will issued an internationally recognized Nova Scotia high school diploma.

  • Yes. Our experience is that high school credits from Nova Scotia, Canada are transferred to high schools worldwide. Each student must check with their guidance counsellor to ensure proper credit transfer.

  • Yes. Students who meet entrance requirements can earn university credits through Acadia University in Nova Scotia, one of Canada’s top-ranked undergraduate institutions.
  • Upon completion of the program, these credits may be transferred to a degree program at a university of the student’s choice.

  • Yes. Gap Year students take at least two courses (either high school or university level).

  • All students must be able to converse in English and complete courses with instruction in English. Each year we have students from many countries who speak diverse languages.
  • All courses are offered in English, providing an immersion in the language.
  • ESL classes are offered for those looking for extra assistance.

  • The academic year is divided into two semesters (September – January and January – May).
  • Students may attend a full academic year or one semester. Some students choose to attend multiple years.

  • Our high school is outlined here. Our university curriculum is outlined here.
  • In collaboration with their guidance counsellor, students submit their course selection preferences to Class Afloat.
  • High school students take 3-5 courses per semester.
  • University students take 2-4 courses per semester.

  • Depending on course selection, students will complete up to 5 hours of class work each day.

Ports of Call FAQs

  • Our port stays vary depending on location, but, on average, the ship stops in each port for 3-5 days.

  • Our port stays vary depending on location, but, on average, the ship stops in each port for 3-5 days.

  • Port program activities are scheduled for the students. These activities can include community service projects, museum tours, cultural events, hiking trips, homestays, camping trips, surfing, snorkelling, etc.
  • All port program activities are included in our program fees.
  • Students also have time to enjoy shore leave (free-time) in each port, travelling in groups of four.

Safety is of paramount concern for Class Afloat. Read more about Health and Safety at sea and in port.

  • Our itineraries are announced each winter for the following academic year.
  • They can be found on our website here.

  • 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 Sailing FAQs

  • Not at all! We will teach you everything you need to know to be a tall ship crew member.

  • Students perform 2 hours of day watch and 2 hours of night watch each day.
  • The watch group is responsible for operating the ship, under the direction of the professional mariner crew.
  • Duties can include navigation, hoisting sails, climbing rigging, working in the galley, performing 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.

730h: Breakfast and ready for day

800h: Colours

815h: Ship cleaning stations

900h: Classes and day watch

1230h: Lunch and galley duty

1330h: Classes and day watch

1730h: Supper and galley duty

1900h: Study hall, club meetings, special events

2200h: Sleep and night watch

Accommodations FAQs

  • The ship’s air-conditioned dormitory provides sleeping accommodation in fixed bunks
  • The dormitory is divided into separate areas for males and females

  • Heads (washrooms) and shower facilities are modern

  • Images of the ship are featured here.

Meals FAQs

  • Meals are prepared fresh by our cooks and students in the a modern, state-of-the-art galley.
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are served daily.

  • Yes, we are able to cater to most dietary needs. Vegetarian meals are easily accommodated.
  • Students with special dietary needs should advise Class Afloat at the time of application to ensure that these needs can be met.

Crew & Staff FAQs

  • A Shipboard Director leads a team of 5 dedicated academic faculty.
  • The ship sails with a certified professional mariner crew of 10:
    • Captain
    • Chief Officer
    • 2nd Officer
    • Bosun
    • Chief Engineer
    • AB
    • Medical Officer
    • Cook
    • Cook’s Mate
  • More information about our staff and crew can be found here.

Health & Safety FAQs

  • A certified Medical Officer is on duty at all times to provide care in cases of sickness or injury.
  • The ship stocks a supply of medications and medical supplies that are available to the Medical Officer.
  • In the case of a serious medical emergency, the ship will sail to the nearest port or, if a more urgent need for hospital care is required, perform a medical evacuation airlift procedure.

  • Seasickness can occur during the first week at sea. It happens when the body, inner ear, and eyes all send different signals to the brain, resulting in queasiness.
  • Seasickness usually disappears without medical treatment within a few days, as your brain learns to compensate for the movement of the boat and you get your “sea legs”

  • Safety is paramount in all aspects of the Class Afloat program, however, there is risk involved in sailing as there are in all types of adventure and sport activities.
  • A structured process of training is conducted to educate students about all safety matters and procedures aboard the ship.
  • Our management team, faculty, medical officer and professional mariner crew ensure that safety is the first and foremost concern for everyone aboard the ship.

Application Process FAQs

  • Detailed information about the application process and all application and pre-voyage documents are outlined here. 

More Information FAQs

  • Explore our website for information about the application process, our curriculum and program details, as well as videos, pictures and a brochure.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact the Class Afloat office  – we would be happy to answer your questions.
  • If you are interested in talking to an alumni or alumni family member, please contact us and we will connect you.
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