Australia to South Africa

Aboard S/Y Argo

7,000 Nautical Miles via Bali, Christmas Island, Cocos Keeling, Mauritius

This voyage is a once in a lifetime opportunity to sail aboard S/Y Argo, our 112-foot schooner, from Australia to Bali and across the Southern Indian Ocean to Cape Town via Christmas Island and Mauritius. The voyage offers a full compliment of academics, allowing students to earn 12 college credits. Additionally, this voyage will prove to be an exciting travel adventure that emphasizes blue-water sailing skills development, SCUBA diving training and cultural exploration. Sail training certifications for this voyage are issued through International Yacht Training, as IYT offers the only global standard in professional yachting certifications. Students have the opportunity to progress up to the level of Master of Yachts 200 Ton based on past experience and aptitude.

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Upcoming Semester Information

We’re sorry, but there are no planned semesters at this time. Please contact us for more information.

Life Aboard

Sails Up Anchors Down

Academic Classes

Certification Courses

Activities

  • Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
  • Educational & Cultural Tours
  • Hiking & Trekking
  • Service
  • Personal Time

The Voyage

Your Adventure Starts Here
Welcome Aboard!

You’ve embarked on the journey of a lifetime. Having already traveled thousands of miles to Darwin, there’s a newfound sense of excitement and a pep in your step as you exit baggage claim and hail a cab onwards to Argo and her crew, located approximately 20 minutes away in the Port of Darwin. Once aboard, with introductions made, bags unpacked and various formalities out of the way – spend a moment to take it all in. The beauty of your new home, the adventure that awaits and the realization that you have made what was once a mere pipe dream into your reality. 7,500 nautical miles, komodo dragons, pristine coral atolls and South Africa’s big five lie between you and Cape Town. You’re officially part of the crew now…..relish the challenge ahead.

Learning the Ropes
8-10 days

Early on day two, we cast our lines and the journey begins. As with all Sea|mester voyages, the first week to ten days of the program is a crash course on how to be successful in your new environment. With the guidance of our staff, you’ll learn the in’s and out’s of how to live, work and learn in such close quarters with others – from sailing to cooking and everything in between.

Those new to scuba diving will spend quite a bit of time underwater working towards the PADI Open Water Certification. Those arriving with more experience will get reacquainted with the underwater world by taking a few refresher dives.

During the first week, you’ll also have your first lectures for each of the four college-level courses. While the structure of the syllabi might look familiar, you’ll quickly find that learning from the deck of a boat couldn’t be more different.

Sample Trip Itinerary*
Area Ports of Call
Australia Darwin, Tiwi Islands
Indonesia Komodo, Gili Islands, Bali
Indian Ocean Islands Christmas Island, Cocos Keeling
Mauritius Port Louis
South Africa Richard’s Bay, Durban, East London, Mossel Bay, Cape Town
*Please note that all destinations are weather dependent and subject to change.
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Video
Seamester Scuba Diving
Underwater Breathing!
10-15 Dives

This journey frontloads as much diving as possible towards the beginning of the trip where you’ll sail over some of the most pristine reefs our planet has left. If you’re new to diving, you’ll earn the PADI Open Water Dive Certification as well as the Advanced Open Water Dive Certification.

Depending on time, conditions and student interest, many groups also earn the PADI Rescue Diver certification. If you’re already an experienced diver, you can work all the way up to the professional Divemaster certification. If you feel that scuba diving is a passion, this is definitely the voyage to consider.

Anchors Down – Komodo, Indonesia
(1-2 Days)

This island may be best known for the dragons that rule it without competition but it’s the saturated colors you’ll find exploring this place that will stick with you. Jade sloping hills fade seamlessly into the pink sands that lead to the red coral and endless indigo sea. As you become more comfortable with being underwater, the steep reefs and abundant wildlife of Komodo will continue to astonish on certification and fun dives. No visit would be complete without a visit to the fishing village of Kampung Komodo or a hike to the islands in search of dragons.

>Next stop: Gili Islands
The Gili Islands
(1-3 Days)

No cars, no motorcycles, and no roads – the Gili islands are an increasingly world-renowned destination for those looking for the perfect island getaway. The shallow turquoise water over white sand is the ideal place for open water divers to take their first breaths underwater and those with previous experience to refresh their memory. Paradise is just a stepping stone between passages so soak it in with some time on shore and flips off the beam.

>Next stop: Bali
Bali
(2-4 Days)

The otherworldly nature of the Balinese landscape is mirrored and perhaps magnified by the heavily spiritual and joyful culture and customs of its people. You’ll be caught up in the whirlwind that is Balinese daily life by venturing into some of the island’s most iconic temples and participating in the otherworldly firedances performed island-wide. Bali is also a world famous destination for surfers of all skill levels – you’ll take a lesson and have a chance to hang ten on the world famous Kuta Beach.

>Next stop: Christmas Island
Christmas Island
(3-5 Days)

Although this remote island is under the jurisdiction of Australia, it seems more realistic to say that the migration of the island’s red crab population has more control over the daily lives of its inhabitants. This volcanic island boasts high plateaus, canopied rainforests, and cliffs that fall freely to the reef system that surrounds it completely. We’ll pack three dives including your first night dive into our time here as you and your crew work towards your advanced certifications and specialties.

>Next stop: Cocos (Keeling)
Cocos (Keeling)
(3-5 Days)

Few people have heard of the Cocos islands and even fewer have had the pleasure of visiting but the loss is truly theirs. A daunting 2-day journey from mainland Australia, these coral atolls that inspired Darwin’s theory of island formation are said to be the holy grail of remote wonderlands. You’ll have a proper goodbye to this region of the world before setting out across the Indian ocean, with picturesque beach barbecues, a boom swing, and snorkeling that has to be seen to be believed.

>Next stop: Mauritius

Cultural Exchange
Connecting People with Places

In some ports of call, locals will hardly bat an eyelash when a white schooner with 31 souls drops anchor in their harbor. Larger cities and resort hubs are accustomed to a degree of transience with up to thousands of foreigners flowing through their streets in a single day. On the flip side, much of the Indian Ocean is out of the way and rarely visited.

As a result, the farther you sail from civilization the more you’ll find the people to be welcoming, cheerful and unfailingly obliging. Whether it’s picking up a beach soccer game with local kids in Durban or lending a hand to the aborigines in the Tiwi islands – you’ll find meaningful connections every step of the way.

Anchors Down – Mauritius
(3-5 Days)

Mark Twain once said, “Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius…” After roughly 14 days of exhilarating downwind sailing over rolling seas, you’ll find that this wildlife refuge is the perfect place to find your shore legs again. You’ll get one last taste of tropical diving and discover the island’s seemingly limitless ecosystem in days of exploring the abundant wildlife, lush highlands, and eclectic cuisine.

>Next stop: South Africa
Richard’s Bay, South Africa
(1-3 Days)

You will feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment when you finally step foot on the mainland of Africa – take a deep breath, you’ve just crossed an ocean! Okay now get going, there’s so much to experience! Your first stop in South Africa will include a Safari tour of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, shore time, and maybe a chance to catch a rugby or cricket game. You’ll also get a chance to supplement your Marine biology classes with a hands-on shark dissection.

>Next stop: Durban
Durban, East London, & Port Elizabeth
(3-5 Days)

With the wind and current coming from the bow, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to seek shelter on shore. As South Africa’s third largest city, metropolitan Durban is a brilliant cacophony of colonial architecture retaliating against art deco buildings which contrast with the contemporary waterfront. You’ll wait for a break in the weather by reconnecting with home, catching some rays on the beach, and exploring the street markets in this fast-paced international city.

>Next stop: Cape Town
Cape Town
(5-7 Days)

You’ll feel excitement and nostalgia as you dock Argo for the last time after rounding the Cape of Good Hope. In the shadow of the iconic Table Mountain, you’ll soak in the last moments as a full crew and reflect on how far you have come together. A picturesque hike up the Lion’s Head and an excursion to “penguin beach” at cape point are essential to any Cape Town visit. During the final night out on the V&A waterfront you’ll realize that while the places have been amazing, it’s been the people you met along the way that have made the trip so life-changing.

>Next stop: Real Life
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Academics Aboard
9-12 USF Credits

Throughout the voyage, it’s easy to forget that this is College even though academics are an integral part of the experience. Our instructors schedule 3 or 4 lectures, discussions, or labs per class each week and each course includes quizzes, research projects, midterms, and finals.

Learning in an environment that combines academics with experience allows you to truly interact with your education. It brings academics to life, adding relevance and practical application to the material. Learning has never been this fun.

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Video
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Rite of Passage
Sailing without seeing land

One unique aspect of this journey is that the passages get longer as you move towards your final destination. We’ll follow in the wake of Captain Cook’s first European expedition through this part of the world with stops that look as pristine as they did centuries ago.

As we turn our bow to the southwest outside of Indonesia, the rhythm of the trip shifts. With the fundamental knowledge in place, we now embark on the next phase of the expedition. Days are no longer split between day and night, but rather between on and off watch. You’ll be an integral part of a watch team sharing the responsibility of navigation, bow watch, engine checks, sail trim and steering the ship to its next port.

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First Step to Becoming a Captain!
Academics

For those who have the prior requisite experience, a passion for sailing, and hope to work in the maritime industry, all our 80 & 90-day voyages aboard S/Y Argo offer the Professional Skipper and Crew Training course (PSCT).

Typically only 3 to 4 students will choose to take this course. Students have the opportunity to work towards their Master of Yachts 200 Ton Offshore License by completing the theory portion, which means passing a series of in-depth examinations covering subjects such as Meteorology, Navigation, Tides & Currents, and Collision Regulations.

Time to Say Goodbye

The best way to explain what it means to say goodbye after such an incredible experience is to use the words from someone who had to do just that…

“With the date so close, everyone is already talking about what's next and it’s amazing to hear so many things have changed since the beginning of the trip. We’ve all grown so much, we’ve learned new things, experienced places like Cocos Keeling where very few people have been, we’ve crossed a whole ocean, and the 30 of us have become a family. I believe we’ve all changed, matured, and many of us are forming ideas of our futures. Maybe we all don’t know exactly what we want to be but we have a better idea of who we want to be, what we want to do with our lives, and where we want to go next.”
Keanna R.Cape Town, South Africa
Day 20
By Mara. B

Shaka Brah

Today marked yet another fabulous excursion day for the crew of Argo! We got up to a delicious breakfast of …

Read More
Day 19
By Ana. A

Turtles!

Hello everybody! My name is Ana Amador and today I was the skipper of the day. Today we had a …

Read More
Day 17
By Nicholas. H

Gili Dives, Best Dives

After our arrival to Gili Air the previous evening, we were greeted in the morning with a beautiful sunrise revealing …

Read More
Day 14
By Charlotte. S

There Be Dragons

“Wake up! We’re seeing dragons today!” These were the words we woke up to, undoubtedly no one remembers that as …

Read More
Day 11
By Grace. M

Swimming, Snorkeling, and Sunburn

Early this morning, Watch Team One helped Argo land in Komodo! As the sun was rising, the fog cleared to …

Read More

Trip Logs

Welcome Aboard!

You’ve embarked on the journey of a lifetime. Having already traveled thousands of miles to Darwin, there’s a newfound sense of excitement and a pep in your step as you exit baggage claim and hail a cab onwards to Argo and her crew, located approximately 20 minutes away in the Port of Darwin. Once aboard, with introductions made, bags unpacked and various formalities out of the way – spend a moment to take it all in. The beauty of your new home, the adventure that awaits and the realization that you have made what was once a mere pipe dream into your reality. 7,500 nautical miles, komodo dragons, pristine coral atolls and South Africa’s big five lie between you and Cape Town. You’re officially part of the crew now…..relish the challenge ahead.

Sample Trip Itinerary*
Area Ports of Call
Australia Darwin, Tiwi Islands
Indonesia Komodo, Gili Islands, Bali
Indian Ocean Islands Christmas Island, Cocos Keeling
Mauritius Port Louis
South Africa Richard’s Bay, Durban, East London, Mossel Bay, Cape Town
*Please note that all destinations are weather dependent and subject to change.

Learning the Ropes
8-10 days

Early on day two, we cast our lines and the journey begins. As with all Sea|mester voyages, the first week to ten days of the program is a crash course on how to be successful in your new environment. With the guidance of our staff, you’ll learn the in’s and out’s of how to live, work and learn in such close quarters with others – from sailing to cooking and everything in between.

Those new to scuba diving will spend quite a bit of time underwater working towards the PADI Open Water Certification. Those arriving with more experience will get reacquainted with the underwater world by taking a few refresher dives.

During the first week, you’ll also have your first lectures for each of the four college-level courses. While the structure of the syllabi might look familiar, you’ll quickly find that learning from the deck of a boat couldn’t be more different.

Play
Video
Seamester Scuba Diving
Underwater Breathing!
10-15 Dives

This journey frontloads as much diving as possible towards the beginning of the trip where you’ll sail over some of the most pristine reefs our planet has left. If you’re new to diving, you’ll earn the PADI Open Water Dive Certification as well as the Advanced Open Water Dive Certification.

Depending on time, conditions and student interest, many groups also earn the PADI Rescue Diver certification. If you’re already an experienced diver, you can work all the way up to the professional Divemaster certification. If you feel that scuba diving is a passion, this is definitely the voyage to consider.

Anchors Down – Komodo, Indonesia
(1-2 Days)

This island may be best known for the dragons that rule it without competition but it’s the saturated colors you’ll find exploring this place that will stick with you. Jade sloping hills fade seamlessly into the pink sands that lead to the red coral and endless indigo sea. As you become more comfortable with being underwater, the steep reefs and abundant wildlife of Komodo will continue to astonish on certification and fun dives. No visit would be complete without a visit to the fishing village of Kampung Komodo or a hike to the islands in search of dragons.

>Next stop: Gili Islands
The Gili Islands
(1-3 Days)

No cars, no motorcycles, and no roads – the Gili islands are an increasingly world-renowned destination for those looking for the perfect island getaway. The shallow turquoise water over white sand is the ideal place for open water divers to take their first breaths underwater and those with previous experience to refresh their memory. Paradise is just a stepping stone between passages so soak it in with some time on shore and flips off the beam.

>Next stop: Bali
Bali
(2-4 Days)

The otherworldly nature of the Balinese landscape is mirrored and perhaps magnified by the heavily spiritual and joyful culture and customs of its people. You’ll be caught up in the whirlwind that is Balinese daily life by venturing into some of the island’s most iconic temples and participating in the otherworldly firedances performed island-wide. Bali is also a world famous destination for surfers of all skill levels – you’ll take a lesson and have a chance to hang ten on the world famous Kuta Beach.

>Next stop: Christmas Island
Christmas Island
(3-5 Days)

Although this remote island is under the jurisdiction of Australia, it seems more realistic to say that the migration of the island’s red crab population has more control over the daily lives of its inhabitants. This volcanic island boasts high plateaus, canopied rainforests, and cliffs that fall freely to the reef system that surrounds it completely. We’ll pack three dives including your first night dive into our time here as you and your crew work towards your advanced certifications and specialties.

>Next stop: Cocos (Keeling)
Cocos (Keeling)
(3-5 Days)

Few people have heard of the Cocos islands and even fewer have had the pleasure of visiting but the loss is truly theirs. A daunting 2-day journey from mainland Australia, these coral atolls that inspired Darwin’s theory of island formation are said to be the holy grail of remote wonderlands. You’ll have a proper goodbye to this region of the world before setting out across the Indian ocean, with picturesque beach barbecues, a boom swing, and snorkeling that has to be seen to be believed.

>Next stop: Mauritius

Cultural Exchange
Connecting People with Places

In some ports of call, locals will hardly bat an eyelash when a white schooner with 31 souls drops anchor in their harbor. Larger cities and resort hubs are accustomed to a degree of transience with up to thousands of foreigners flowing through their streets in a single day. On the flip side, much of the Indian Ocean is out of the way and rarely visited.

As a result, the farther you sail from civilization the more you’ll find the people to be welcoming, cheerful and unfailingly obliging. Whether it’s picking up a beach soccer game with local kids in Durban or lending a hand to the aborigines in the Tiwi islands – you’ll find meaningful connections every step of the way.

Play
Video
seamester-sailing-video
Rite of Passage
Sailing without seeing land

One unique aspect of this journey is that the passages get longer as you move towards your final destination. We’ll follow in the wake of Captain Cook’s first European expedition through this part of the world with stops that look as pristine as they did centuries ago.

As we turn our bow to the southwest outside of Indonesia, the rhythm of the trip shifts. With the fundamental knowledge in place, we now embark on the next phase of the expedition. Days are no longer split between day and night, but rather between on and off watch. You’ll be an integral part of a watch team sharing the responsibility of navigation, bow watch, engine checks, sail trim and steering the ship to its next port.

Anchors Down – Mauritius
(3-5 Days)

Mark Twain once said, “Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius…” After roughly 14 days of exhilarating downwind sailing over rolling seas, you’ll find that this wildlife refuge is the perfect place to find your shore legs again. You’ll get one last taste of tropical diving and discover the island’s seemingly limitless ecosystem in days of exploring the abundant wildlife, lush highlands, and eclectic cuisine.

>Next stop: South Africa
Richard’s Bay, South Africa
(1-3 Days)

You will feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment when you finally step foot on the mainland of Africa – take a deep breath, you’ve just crossed an ocean! Okay now get going, there’s so much to experience! Your first stop in South Africa will include a Safari tour of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, shore time, and maybe a chance to catch a rugby or cricket game. You’ll also get a chance to supplement your Marine biology classes with a hands-on shark dissection.

>Next stop: Durban
Durban, East London, & Port Elizabeth
(3-5 Days)

With the wind and current coming from the bow, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to seek shelter on shore. As South Africa’s third largest city, metropolitan Durban is a brilliant cacophony of colonial architecture retaliating against art deco buildings which contrast with the contemporary waterfront. You’ll wait for a break in the weather by reconnecting with home, catching some rays on the beach, and exploring the street markets in this fast-paced international city.

>Next stop: Cape Town
Cape Town
(5-7 Days)

You’ll feel excitement and nostalgia as you dock Argo for the last time after rounding the Cape of Good Hope. In the shadow of the iconic Table Mountain, you’ll soak in the last moments as a full crew and reflect on how far you have come together. A picturesque hike up the Lion’s Head and an excursion to “penguin beach” at cape point are essential to any Cape Town visit. During the final night out on the V&A waterfront you’ll realize that while the places have been amazing, it’s been the people you met along the way that have made the trip so life-changing.

>Next stop: Real Life

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Academics Aboard
9-12 USF Credits

Throughout the voyage, it’s easy to forget that this is College even though academics are an integral part of the experience. Our instructors schedule 3 or 4 lectures, discussions, or labs per class each week and each course includes quizzes, research projects, midterms, and finals.

Learning in an environment that combines academics with experience allows you to truly interact with your education. It brings academics to life, adding relevance and practical application to the material. Learning has never been this fun.

First Step to Becoming a Captain!
Academics

For those who have the prior requisite experience, a passion for sailing, and hope to work in the maritime industry, all our 80 & 90-day voyages aboard S/Y Argo offer the Professional Skipper and Crew Training course (PSCT).

Typically only 3 to 4 students will choose to take this course. Students have the opportunity to work towards their Master of Yachts 200 Ton Offshore License by completing the theory portion, which means passing a series of in-depth examinations covering subjects such as Meteorology, Navigation, Tides & Currents, and Collision Regulations.

Time to Say Goodbye

The best way to explain what it means to say goodbye after such an incredible experience is to use the words from someone who had to do just that…

“With the date so close, everyone is already talking about what's next and it’s amazing to hear so many things have changed since the beginning of the trip. We’ve all grown so much, we’ve learned new things, experienced places like Cocos Keeling where very few people have been, we’ve crossed a whole ocean, and the 30 of us have become a family. I believe we’ve all changed, matured, and many of us are forming ideas of our futures. Maybe we all don’t know exactly what we want to be but we have a better idea of who we want to be, what we want to do with our lives, and where we want to go next.”
Keanna R.Cape Town, South Africa
Day 20
By Mara. B

Shaka Brah

Today marked yet another fabulous excursion day for the crew of Argo! We got up to a delicious breakfast of …

Read More
Day 19
By Ana. A

Turtles!

Hello everybody! My name is Ana Amador and today I was the skipper of the day. Today we had a …

Read More
Day 17
By Nicholas. H

Gili Dives, Best Dives

After our arrival to Gili Air the previous evening, we were greeted in the morning with a beautiful sunrise revealing …

Read More
Day 14
By Charlotte. S

There Be Dragons

“Wake up! We’re seeing dragons today!” These were the words we woke up to, undoubtedly no one remembers that as …

Read More
Day 11
By Grace. M

Swimming, Snorkeling, and Sunburn

Early this morning, Watch Team One helped Argo land in Komodo! As the sun was rising, the fog cleared to …

Read More

Trip Logs

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Vocational Certifications

Depending upon previous experience, students will have the opportunity to complete a number of the following certifications during their voyage.

  • Seamester is a PADI 5 Star Resort

    Scuba Certifications

       Open Water Diver
       Advanced Open Water Diver
       Rescue Diver
       Divemaster
       Learn more about scuba
     

  • Seamester is an International Yacht Training partner school

    Sailing Certifications

       International Crew
       VHF Operator
       Navigation Master
       Master of Yachts 200 Ton Offshore Theory
       Learn more about sailing

Need To Know

What is the main focus of this voyage?

Our 90-day Global Sea|mester Voyages offer the most comprehensive experience in terms of the geographical area covered and both academic and vocational classes and certifications earned. During the program, up to 12 academic credits are offered for the Seamanship, Student Leadership, Oceanography, and Marine Biology classes taught aboard. In addition, there are several vocational courses offered for those looking to further their professional development in the maritime industry. For more information on our classes, please visit our academics page.

What Experience Do I Need?

None at all. All you need is a great attitude and a willingness to fully participate in every aspect of the experience.

Who will be my staff?

Six professional staff members live aboard full-time. There will be the Skipper, the First and Second Mate and two Marine Biologists (who are typically scuba diving instructors) and a sixth staff member who could also be an EMT or someone with other special skills. Take a look through our team page for more information.

What's the weather like?

In northern Australia and Bali, we’ll be experiencing spring and early summer conditions which should be very stable and pleasant. It is likely that we will see varying tropical weather conditions during our westbound offshore crossings to Africa. Once in South Africa, we will sail in cooler weather with highs in the mid 60’s and upper 70’s (degrees fahrenheit).

How do I communicate with home?

When we are ashore or close at anchor there will be plenty of opportunities to communicate with friends and family at home. That said, while aboard we have guidelines as to when it is appropriate to use your personal communications devices. The environment we strive to create relies heavily on each individual remaining focused on the group and our experience. Being tied to the modern world of “instant communications” can, in certain circumstances, be a hindrance to the personal and group processes aboard.

Cell Phones: Check with your provider before you go, but so long as you have a sim card, your cell phone will likely work in most global locations.

Internet: While our vessels are not wifi equipped, another way to communicate is by email, text, Facetime or Skype using shore side internet. The internet is often free or available to purchase in most of the locations that we visit.

What is the food like?

Both on the vessel and ashore, the answer is up to you. The vast majority of the meals during your trip are prepared and eaten aboard. For meals aboard each person on the crew takes a turn as head chef to plan and cook the meals for an entire day with the help of another person acting as sous-chef. We all work to stay within a budget, with both students and staff responsible for stocking the vessels. We endeavor to accommodate everyone aboard while providing what any alumni will tell you, was a great dining adventure. During your free time ashore you will have the opportunity to eat more adventurously. With the voyage starting in Australia we’re sure that you’ll have the opportunity to throw a few shrimps on the barbie before heading out. Once across the Indian Ocean, the African influence will be in full force with Biltong jerky being a favorite snack on the last trip Argo made to South Africa.

What's the typical age of the students?

Sea|mester students range in age from 18 through to about 22. Average age is right around 20, yet this can change from voyage to voyage. Give a call through to the office if you are interested in learning more about the student crew.

Nitty Gritty

Flights
As our students fly from all points of the compass, the Sea|mester tuition does not include the cost of travel to and from the program.

This voyage will begin in Darwin (airport code DRW) and end in Cape Town, South Africa (airport code CPT). In the past, there have been some reasonable ticket options from the US, connecting through Sydney or Brisbane and then back from Cape Town.

Booking Travel

When booking travel, students should be aware that the program start date is the date upon which students should arrive aboard the vessel. The program end date is the date on which students should depart the vessel and start their travel home.

For specific information on travel itineraries and costs, we suggest that you contact our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez from TRC Travel Center. Leah has helped us organize our global travel for years. She can be reached on 1.800.329.9000 (Texas 281.528.7727) or by email at leahctn68@hotmail.com

Travel Docs & Vaccinations
Skip the stress and plan ahead

Sea|mester cannot apply for passports or visas on a student’s behalf, but we can provide the information you need to do so yourself. All US and Canadian students traveling on this voyage need to have a passport which is valid for a minimum of six months after the date of departure from the Program. Visitors from certain countries other than the US, UK and Canada may require visas. To confirm whether or not a visa is required for any part of this voyage, please call us on +1.941.924.2900

Sea|mester understands that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, Sea|mester does not supply medical advice. We recommend that all families refer to the expertise of the CDC (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic. We do ask that all students check that their Tetanus and Hepatitis B inoculations are up-to-date.

Tuition
Sea|mester tuition covers the following:
  • Sea|mester academic instruction for the applicable courses offered during the voyage
  • University of South Florida (USF) academic credit for all academic classes offered during the program.
  • Full room and board
  • All group excursions, field trips and destination-focused educational experiences
  • Non-professional sailing instruction and certification costs
  • Non-professional scuba instruction and certification costs

Not included in the Sea|mester tuition fees are personal expenses such as the cost of obtaining passports, visas, vaccinations, airport taxes, extra baggage fees, health and travel insurance, medical and evacuation expenses, personal spending money, e-mail, phone calls, souvenirs, etc. As students come from all over the world, air transportation, including in-country flights, are not included.

Insure Your Investment

Although optional, we highly recommend that you purchase insurance to protect your tuition payment against trip cancellation and interruption as well as make provision for emergency medical transportation services.

This coverage is suggested yet optional; about one half of our students purchase it. You are welcome to choose any travel insurance, yet we recommend that you start by looking at the plans provided by Travelex.

Travelex offers a number of standard plans. For this reason, you will need to visit their website so as to determine which plan best fits your needs, then complete the process online using their ‘Get a Quote’ wizard. Click on the link below to start your quote.
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Voyage Itinerary

Though the fundamentals of our voyages do not change, specific logistics evolve over time and can be subject to change based on any number of factors, most of which relate directly to risk management planning.

For this reason, the map and voyage timeline portions of this page should give you a basic understanding of the places we’ll go and activities we’ll do, but you should expect your voyage to be unique. If you take a look through the Trip Logs for previous voyages, you’ll see that they can differ significantly.

With that in mind, we encourage all students to “live in the moment” while on the program. Travel, even on organized trips, requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. We hope you’ll take the bumps in stride, and enjoy the adventure!

  • Flights
  • Travel Docs & Vaccinations
  • Tuition
  • Voyage Itinerary
  • As our students fly from all points of the compass, the Sea|mester tuition does not include the cost of travel to and from the program.

    This voyage will begin in Darwin (airport code DRW) and end in Cape Town, South Africa (airport code CPT). In the past, there have been some reasonable ticket options from the US, connecting through Sydney or Brisbane and then back from Cape Town.

    Booking Travel

    When booking travel, students should be aware that the program start date is the date upon which students should arrive aboard the vessel. The program end date is the date on which students should depart the vessel and start their travel home.

    For specific information on travel itineraries and costs, we suggest that you contact our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez from TRC Travel Center. Leah has helped us organize our global travel for years. She can be reached on 1.800.329.9000 (Texas 281.528.7727) or by email at leahctn68@hotmail.com

  • Skip the stress and plan ahead

    Sea|mester cannot apply for passports or visas on a student’s behalf, but we can provide the information you need to do so yourself. All US and Canadian students traveling on this voyage need to have a passport which is valid for a minimum of six months after the date of departure from the Program. Visitors from certain countries other than the US, UK and Canada may require visas. To confirm whether or not a visa is required for any part of this voyage, please call us on +1.941.924.2900

    Sea|mester understands that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, Sea|mester does not supply medical advice. We recommend that all families refer to the expertise of the CDC (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic. We do ask that all students check that their Tetanus and Hepatitis B inoculations are up-to-date.

  • Sea|mester tuition covers the following:
    • Sea|mester academic instruction for the applicable courses offered during the voyage
    • University of South Florida (USF) academic credit for all academic classes offered during the program.
    • Full room and board
    • All group excursions, field trips and destination-focused educational experiences
    • Non-professional sailing instruction and certification costs
    • Non-professional scuba instruction and certification costs

    Not included in the Sea|mester tuition fees are personal expenses such as the cost of obtaining passports, visas, vaccinations, airport taxes, extra baggage fees, health and travel insurance, medical and evacuation expenses, personal spending money, e-mail, phone calls, souvenirs, etc. As students come from all over the world, air transportation, including in-country flights, are not included.

    Insure Your Investment

    Although optional, we highly recommend that you purchase insurance to protect your tuition payment against trip cancellation and interruption as well as make provision for emergency medical transportation services.

    This coverage is suggested yet optional; about one half of our students purchase it. You are welcome to choose any travel insurance, yet we recommend that you start by looking at the plans provided by Travelex.

    Travelex offers a number of standard plans. For this reason, you will need to visit their website so as to determine which plan best fits your needs, then complete the process online using their ‘Get a Quote’ wizard. Click on the link below to start your quote.
    Learn More about Travelex

  • Though the fundamentals of our voyages do not change, specific logistics evolve over time and can be subject to change based on any number of factors, most of which relate directly to risk management planning.

    For this reason, the map and voyage timeline portions of this page should give you a basic understanding of the places we’ll go and activities we’ll do, but you should expect your voyage to be unique. If you take a look through the Trip Logs for previous voyages, you’ll see that they can differ significantly.

    With that in mind, we encourage all students to “live in the moment” while on the program. Travel, even on organized trips, requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. We hope you’ll take the bumps in stride, and enjoy the adventure!