F U E L

A Developmental Adventure Program

 
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travel the world

See more of our planet in 3.5 months than most people see in a lifetime.

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learn to sail

Build a bedrock of practical skills that will help you the rest of your life.

graduate

earn credits

Earn a semester of college credits as well as maritime certifications & licensing.

 

HELP LAUNCH THE FUEL PROGRAM

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Sample Courses


SEAMANSHIP AND NAVIGATIOn

4 Full Semester Credits

The purpose of this course is to create a solid foundation of knowledge for boating. The course will help develop the skills needed for professional crew positions and bring students from ammeter to professional level sailors. All students that come through our program will complete this course while aboard our ship. In addition, students can receive their Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW-95), and Able Seaman certificate, credentials required for most professional mariner positions worldwide.


LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

4 Full Semester Credits

Students in this course learn leadership theory, methods, and strategies behind effective leadership. Using the challenges of the close and dynamic environment aboard our ship students will progress through roles of ammeter sailors, professional crew, watch leaders, and officers in order to develop their own potential as leaders. Peer-to-peer, group, and self evaluations will be a big part of this course as students explore first hand the most effective methods of leadership.


WEATHER AND CLIMATOLOGY

4 Full Semester Credits

Weather is an integral aspect of successful voyage planning and execution. Understanding what produces local weather requires understanding the global climate and Earth's energy systems. This course will build a macro understanding of global climate but also create an understanding of how to identify and foresee changing local weather events. Students will be learning about the weather they are experiencing as it shapes our daily lives aboard.


INTRO TO MARINE BIOLOGY

4 Full Semester Credits

This course will introduce students, through observation, to marine biology. Students will learn about the diversity of marine organisms and the complicated environments that exist in the ocean. Biology, taxonomy, oceanography and ecology are all topics that will be introduced and explored. Local ecosystems and species observed will be emphasized as we journey through different seascapes.


INTRO TO OCEANOGRAPHY

4 Full Semester Credits

This course will introduce students to the important concepts that help us understand Earth's oceans. Topics will range across biological, chemical, geological and physical oceanography. Ocean currents, wave production and fluid dynamics will all be taught with relation to sailing conditions. The material will be learned through lectures relevant to our experiences during our expedition.


INTRO TO ASTRONOMY

4 Full Semester Credits

Starting with a survey of the night sky and the daily motions of the stars and planets, this course explores our current understanding of the Universe. We trace the evolution of the tools of the astronomer and how those tools have led to our theories of the solar system, the life cycle of stars, the formation of elements, the formation of galaxies and the evolution of the universe.


 

All courses will be taught in an experiential framework onboard our ship. This hands-on, active approach to learning has proven to be more effective than conventional classroom teaching for all types of individual learning styles.

 

give students the educational experience They can't get in school.

 

Have a question? Email FUEL's president