Adult Educational Sail in Coastal Waters of Puerto Vallarta

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Relaxing and educational sail experience. Opportunities for snorkeling and sailing along the coast of Mexico. Food and drink included.

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For this Seaward Adventure Voyage, embark and disembark in Puerto Vallarta and enjoy wildlife along the coast.

Relax and enjoy delicious meals prepared by the ship's cook, learn and experience the natural wonders of the Sea of Cortez.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do the Seaward Adventure Voyages include?

The whole vessel cost includes up to 12 private berths, all meals that are served on board, all ship's expenses and fuel costs, on-board instruction from our professional crew, and use of the ship's equipment, shore boats, safety gear, etc. (Note: each voyage is different and some will include the option to dine ashore at your own expense). Adult educational sails include beer and wine with dinner.

Can you describe the Seaward?

Seaward, the flagship of Call of the Sea, is an 82-foot, US Coast Guard inspected vessel with a sturdy steel hull and beautiful wooden decks. Built in 1988 to the highest standards and equipped for ocean use, she is safe, comfortable, and a nimble ship underway. Thanks to her powerful and versatile staysail schooner rig, she moves easily under all points of sail. Her thick and sturdy steel hull cleaves the water gracefully. And her interior has the classic elegance of a wooden yacht with a roomy navigator's cabin, comfortable main salon, and large single berths with privacy curtains. Seaward is certified for 21 people overnight, however, we will normally be operating with ten participants and four crew.

Who makes up the crew?

Our crew is comprised of professional sailors and experienced educators who have joined our organization because of their love and knowledge of the sea and their ability to share their experiences. Each expedition will have a Captain, First Mate, Deckhand/Naturalist, and an on-board chef. Captain James Grant will be leading this year's voyages along with First Mate, Jessica Buckley. Feel welcome to read more about our crew here: https://callofthesea.org/meet-the-crew/

What about Safety?

Safety is the number one priority for all of our voyages and we adhere to the highest safety standards. Although nobody can eliminate risk entirely, we can and do manage it properly with careful planning, training, and emergency drills that include man overboard rescue, life raft operation, pumping systems, firefighting, EPIRB operation, and safe on-deck procedures. The Schooner Seaward meets and exceeds all US Coast Guard requirements for offshore vessels. Safety equipment includes: Liferaft, 406 EPIRB, Radar, VHF, radio, SSB radio, Navtex, and all required Coast Guard safety gear.

What is it like to live aboard Seaward?

When we're underway, the ship and crew are operating "24/7," and we encourage participants to join the crew as your experience and abilities allow. Whether you're a novice or experienced sailor, we encourage you to join us in sailing the ship, navigating, studying marine life we encounter, and even sharing culinary skills. While our cook will prepare delicious and wholesome meals, your help is always welcomed in the galley. As this is not a charter boat or cruise ship, we all pull together to make this a truly great and memorable experience. Galley cleanup is shared by all, as are daily cleaning duties above and below decks. Everyone on board is encouraged to get the most out of every day, whether sailing offshore or hiking on a remote island. Once aboard, the participants are assigned a berth and offered to join a watch. On coastal passages, watches can consist of three to four people. While on watch, participants are invited to share in the ship's duties, including steering, navigating, sail handling, and the ship's system checks. Off watch your time is your own, unless extra help is needed on deck.

How firm is the itinerary for each voyage?

In the interest of flight arrangements, we arrive at our destination as close to the scheduled time as possible. However, schedules and destinations are always subject to safe weather and local conditions. We keep a flexible attitude about our destination and the captain will usually provide you with several alternatives, depending on the interests of the participants.

Can I bring my own food or alcoholic beverages?

For Delivery Trips, consumption of alcohol is not permitted while the vessel is underway. Once we have arrived at our destination port, the delivery is complete and you are welcome to enjoy alcoholic beverages responsibly. For Charter Trips, you are welcome to bring your own food and beverages. If you have special dietary preferences or favorite spirits, we will stow them in the galley for your personal consumption. Please note that we enforce a strict "no inebriation" policy on board the Seaward.

What's the climate like?

The Climate in the Sea of Cortez is arid and very agreeable in the winter. This unique climate is the result of a mix of dry desert heat that's complemented by a cool sea breeze. In Baja, even the winter temperatures range from the high-70's to low 90's.

What should I bring?

We recommend bringing quick-drying clothes you can layer. Be prepared for warm sunny weather (bring shorts, sandals, sun hat, sun screen, etc.), cooler weather (bring long pants, long-sleeved, shirts, a jacket, hat, etc.), and for wet conditions (bring a waterproof jacket and foul weather pants for longer voyages). Sun gear (sunscreen and hat), snorkeling gear, a camera, an extra towel, and a cell phone (cell phone service and charges abroad depend on your service provider). Feel welcome to review additional details on an extended Packing List found here: https://callofthesea.org/adult-education-voyages/

What forms need to be completed before the sail?

The completion of the following four forms are required for your participation in Call of the Sea programs:

(1) General Form on dietary restrictions and special requests https://airtable.com/shrOoiiTX1L5vtPCo

This form is required to participate in Call of the Sea Programs. Please complete this form as soon as possible to help the crew provision and prepare.

(2) Adult Medical, Health, and Waiver and/or Youth Medical, Health, and Waiver

Medical Form for Participants under 18 years of age: https://drive.google.com/file/d/120g_pvI87IIEMOeDoJ2EbnVaNulnbNUd/view?usp=sharing

Medical Form for Adult Participants: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14PSEFFUSs_ozuMFgfCg84Qm2PQAfyPfL/view?usp=sharing

Se puede encontrar los formularios en español aquí: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1T1btvHI1Bvbm8CsayPH4XyPqccuOxrmO?usp=sharing

List any dietary restrictions, severe allergies, or medical conditions and to review terms and conditions to participate in Call of the Sea’s programs. The completed and signed form can be scanned and emailed to info@callofthesea.org or mailed to 3020 Bridgeway #278, Sausalito, CA 94965. This form is required to participate in Call of the Sea Programs. Please submit the form no later than four weeks before your scheduled voyage.

(3) Liability Waiver

Liability Waiver for Participants under 18 years of age: https://airtable.com/shrBaJ7WkxWkZTZ1S

Adult Liability Waiver: https://airtable.com/shrMjoYnCwuQCc6jk

This form is required to participate in Call of the Sea Programs. Please submit the form no later than four weeks before your scheduled voyage.

(4) Photo Release Form

Photo Release Form for Participants under 18 years of age: https://airtable.com/shreel3RZmx6Nqf0h

Photo Release Form for Adult Participants: https://airtable.com/shrwK9CrFegkzKlgh

This form is required to participate in Call of the Sea Programs. Please complete this form to specify whether or not you are willing to have your photo taken for Call of the Sea’s social media and marketing. Please submit the form no later than four weeks before your scheduled voyage.

If you have any additional questions, please email info@callofthesea.org.

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