The Expanded Maritime Collaborative

Time & Dates: 4pm – 6:30pm, Every Wednesday from September 21 – October 26
Location: 1010 Valley St, Seattle, WA 98109

The Expanded Maritime Collaborative (EMC) offers a series of 6-week after-school programs for high school students in the Seattle and South King County area. Programs are provided by our  Youth Maritime Collaborative partners including Sound Experience, Center of Wooden Boats, Sea Potential, and Seattle Skills Center. The EMC cohort is made up of youth from Evergreen Goodwill’s Youth Maritime Program, El Centro de la Raza and the African Chamber of Commerce as well as other local organizations that primarily serve youth from underrepresented communities. The purpose of the EMC is to create an opportunity where students can become aware, interested and engaged in the maritime sector throughout the school year. With the EMC, students will have year-round access to experiential learning events, and receive advanced preparation for paid internship opportunities such as the 2023 Summer Youth Maritime Accelerator Project (YMAP).

EMC Program Highlights

2023 Fall/Winter Program Offerings
Center for Wooden Boats: Boat Maintenance & Repair

Time & Dates: TBD
Location: 1010 Valley St, Seattle, WA 98109

In this course, students will have the chance to get hands-on experience in building, maintaining and using historic small boats. During this 6-week afterschool program in Fall/Winter, students will work alongside the Center for Wooden Boats boatwright to learn how to restore, maintain and fix wooden fleets of boats. Students will learn tool safety and proper tool use for hand and power tools. Students will receive a $500.00 stipend upon successful completion of the program.

2024 Spring Program Offerings
Center for Wooden Boats: Small Boat Sailing

Time & Dates: TBD
Location: 1010 Valley St, Seattle, WA 98109

This program is designed to develop skills in leadership, observation, and decision-making while exploring maritime heritage and skills in a dynamic hands-on environment. Students will learn the basics of small boat sailing. Each student will take the helm of a 20’ wooden sailboat, learning how to rig, sail and navigate the waters of South Lake Union. By the end of this course, students will feel confident in renting their own sailboat with no instructor onboard. Students will receive a $500.00 stipend upon successful completion of the program. 

Sound Experience: Spring Break aboard the schooner Adventuress!

Time & Dates: TBD
Location: Shilshole Bay Marina – 7001 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117

In this 5-day program, students will work alongside a professional crew & have the opportunity to become a ship’s apprentice. Students will learn the essentials of being a deckhand and learn safety protocols, emergency response, and the inner and outer workings aboard the great schooner Adventuress! Experienced crew members provide an interactive and hands-on learning experience for newcomers. In addition to the exposure to both traditional and contemporary maritime skills, the students will gain an appreciation for the teamwork and responsibility required for the safe and efficient operation of any vessel. Students will receive a $500.00 stipend and  a 40 hours of sea time certificate upon successful completion of the program. 

SeaPotential: Aquabilities & Marine Science Program

Dates: Wednesday April 24th through May 29th
Times: 3:30pm -7:00pm
Location: Varies each week. 

Through relationship building & career exploration opportunities, Sea Potential cultivates a full cycle of BIPOC representation in maritime. Sea potential focuses on healing activities, ocean justice conversations and promoting youth appreciation and connection to marine ecosystems. This course will keep students on their toes as they find new & exciting destinations to explore each week! Students will receive a $500.00 stipend upon successful completion of the program. (Lunch included).

Week 1: Relationship Building -Students will interact in ice-breaking activities that will foster a strong safe community throughout programming. Gaining a deeper sense of one another exploring our relationships to water, and preparing for what to expect from field trips. 

Weeks 2-5: Career Exposure- 1 field trip per week and 1 reflection day (field trip lengths may vary)

Week 6: Project – Students meet twice during the week to work on a project that supports work being done in a marine science career (Ex: Building hydrophones with Orcasound, water quality sampling with DRCC or Puget Sound Keeper, participate in the floating wetland project, etc.)

Interested in participating?


Email: info@maritimeblue.org

Youth Maritime Collaborative

Where Opportunity Sets Afloat

Guiding youth toward adventurous careers in the maritime industry through paid internships, experiential learning events, and thoughtful career exploration with a specific focus on equity and inclusivity.

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