Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, it is a great family learning experience. Parents will learn as much as their children.

Yes, it is quite safe to do so. The “Sea Star” is inspected annually by the U.S. Coast Guard. The vessel meets or exceeds all of the required safety standards. The “Sea Star” is extremely well maintained and is most seaworthy. The captain is a an U.S. Coast Guard licensed “Master.” The crew is trained and safety is a top priority with them. As with any chartered outdoor experience, it is expected that the adults accompanying the students will exercise appropriate control over the behavior of the students.

Mid-October through May each year.

Generally we like up to 30 students and 6 adults. However, we can accommodate a few more if necessary.

Generally one adult per 5 or 6 students is best.

Home school groups should plan on a maximum of 30 participants (children and adults combined).

Boarding times can be arranged to satisfy your group’s needs. Morning start times are recommended.

Yes, the first trip would run from 9AM to 12PM. The second trip would run from 12:30PM to 3:30PM.

Up to 30 Students and 6 Adults - $1200
Up to 20 Students and 4 Adults - $1000
Up to 15 Students and 2 Adults - $900

No, at this time we do not have any “open registration” trips scheduled. You would need to be part of a larger group which could then reserve a trip exclusively for that group.

Reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis. Generally 2 weeks to a few months is needed to find an available date.

Yes, generally a 50% deposit or purchase order number is required in advance of the actual trip date.

If we cannot safely complete the trip, it will be rescheduled or your deposit refunded.

About 1 Hour 15 minutes is spent collecting specimens at sea.

Most people do not. You will only be exposed to open ocean for about 75 minutes. If you believe you may still feel uneasy, over-the-counter remedies are available to help alleviate the symptoms.

There is abundant free parking adjacent to the “Sea Star’s” dock.

There is a 20 minute lunch or snack break scheduled after our trawls are completed and we return to our working dock. Students should not be eating at any other time.

Absolutely! It is a great way to record your students enjoying their new “hands on” learning experience.