Spend a Gap Year at sea exploring new cultures, volunteering overseas, earning academic credits and making friends from around the world.
Gap years are growing in popularity, gaining the support of educators, guidance counsellors and families who recognize that a productive year spent acquiring real life experience puts students at a true advantage in years to come.
Whether you are eager to grow as an individual, earn credits in a non-traditional classroom, travel the world or give back in a meaningful way, Class Afloat gap year programs allow young people to unleash their true potential as young leaders and true global citizens.
Our mission is to provide the foundation for a lifetime journey of discovery and success. This exceptional gap year program provides young people with the opportunity to develop as individuals, excel as global citizens and forge lifelong friendships as they explore the world. It is unparalleled and the experience of a lifetime.
Learn the skills required of a 21st century education. What to Expect from Your Gap Year at Sea
Academics Spark a passion for learning.
Choose to study subjects you’re passionate about and be inspired during your semester or year long journey at sea. Class Afloat gap year students can take courses for credit, however, whether for credit or personal interest. Gap year students are asked to take two academic courses per semester and can choose from a wide variety of courses either at a high school or university level.
Students may choose to re-take grade 12 courses accredited by the Nova Scotia Ministry of Education or get an early start on their post-secondary studies by taking 1st year university courses accredited by our partner Acadia University.
Volunteer Work Give back in a meaningful way.
Giving back is built into the Class Afloat ethos. It is, quite simply, engrained in who we are. Since our inception, we have made it a priority to find ways in which to leave every port of call better off than we found it.
From student-led beach clean-ups to formal sustainable volunteer projects led by local NGOs in both Senegal and Dominican Republic, our students are tasked each day with finding ways to creating positive change, both at home, as part of their ship community and around the world.
Personal Growth Set your own course.
A gap year at sea offers our students an opportunity to learn more about themselves and the world around them while planning what comes next.
Some of our gap year students have just finished high school and plan to apply for post-secondary studies, others are looking to enter the workplace following their time at sea. A gap year with Class Afloat helps them grow into independent, capable individuals ready for whatever the future has in store.