Class Afloat provides a comprehensive, rigorous, and fully accredited curriculum for high school and university students.

Class Afloat offers internationally acclaimed high school, university and gap year programs based on experiential education and designed to complement study in a traditional classroom environment.

Credits earned as part of the Class Afloat program are transferrable to high school, universities and colleges in Canada and around the world.

For detailed information on courses offered at a grade 11, 12 or 1st year university level, explore our curriculum finder below.


The Class Afloat academic program is characterized by an emphasis on experiential learning, and cross curricular connections that utilize the history, culture and geography of our voyage as well as the tall ship environment.

Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, social responsibility and global citizenship. Accredited through the NS Department of Education and Early Childhood Development we offer the following suite of courses:

Mathematics and Science


Languages and Humanities


About the High School Program:

  • Class Afloat signature courses “Sociology of Community” and “Maritime Studies” (Physical Education Leadership 12) make further use of our environment for learning and reflection
  • High School credits are transferable to Cégep courses offered via Class Afloat partners Cégep Marie-Victorin
  • Small class sizes: 3-12 students per class
  • Daily study hall and extra help provided as needed
  • Class Afloat graduates consistently admitted to their first choice post-secondary option
  • Students enrolled in a Grade 12 program are prepared for a Nova Scotia Ministry of Education High School Diploma

University students are enrolled in Acadia University, one of Canada’s top-ranked undergraduate institutions, through their distance learning department, Open Acadia.

Class Afloat University students may choose two or three Open Acadia courses from a list of select Arts and Science courses.

Open Acadia Courses


About the University Program:

  • Open Acadia university credits can be transferred to leading post-secondary institutions in Canada, the United States and around the world.
  • All university courses are facilitated aboard the ship by Class Afloat faculty, who also provide structured tutoring and support in a classroom setting.
  • Class Afloat signature courses “Sociology of Community” and “Maritime Studies” (Physical Education Leadership 12) are taken by all Class Afloat University students and high school students alike. These courses make further use of our environment and port visits for learning and reflection.
  • Opportunities to participate in “citizen science” research initiatives through the 5 Gyres Institute.

A Gap Year at sea is a way to see the world without taking a break from your studies.

Our Gap Year program empowers students to tailor their academic needs and interests into an individualized lesson plan. Students are required to enrol in a minimum of two courses from the Class Afloat high school or university curriculum.

The beauty of this Gap Year program is that students have the freedom to choose courses that interest them. Imagine sailing to over 20 ports on four continents while studying the subjects you love!

Gap Year Course Selection


About the Gap Year program:

  • In addition to the regular academic programming, students take on a more active role in sail maneuvers and general ship maintenance.
  • Gap Year students are required to adhere to the academic policies and procedures of Class Afloat and Acadia University. Information about these policies and procedures is available in the Parent and Student Handbook.

All Class Afloat students participate in two official voluntary service-learning projects. During these port stays, students stay with host families and are immersed in local cultural activities, volunteer initiatives, and community events, gaining valuable insights about themselves and life in less developed communities.  In 2021-2022 students will not participate in the Dakar service project due to pandemic considerations.

Voluntary Service Learning Projects


Class Afloat proudly supports students pursuing their Duke of Edinburgh International Award. For more information on how to qualify, please visit