Our Boy Scout High Adventure trip is, by far, our favorite sailing adventure. With the addition of two highly capable and proven yachts, we can now accommodate up to 20 scouts and adult leaders. This week-long trip is specifically designed to follow the time honored tradition of Boy Scout High Adventure. We borrow from our experiences as captains for Florida Sea Base and use this priceless knowledge to enhance our own efforts in providing high adventure opportunities for Boy Scouts ages 11 and up.
DAY 1- Welcome aboard! We begin with a brief orientation that begins the minute your troop arrives. Crew list are established and your yacht for the next week is waiting in her slip. Your captain will go over some of the more important safety procedures and after initial crew positions are established we will slip our moorings and begin the adventure. Once off our moorings we will pick our first destination and begin our mandatory swim and snorkel orientation. The afternoon swim will give way to our first sunset as a crew.
DAY 2- After breakfast and cleanup it is time to haul sail and set our course for our first snorkeling destination. Along the way our crew will begin to learn the basics of seamanship. Deck hands will learn the fundamentals of sail trim, navigators will learn dead reckoning and course plotting, helmsman will become familiar with steering 22 ton vessels through 1 to 3 foot seas. As an added bonus, our staff will begin the first of many reef ecology presentations. Our goal is to give our participants the opportunity to be active partners in coral reef stewardship. Our reef presentations help facilitate this goal by giving simple and fascinating facts. These presentations also provide the necessary backdrop for true discovery as our group prepares for an “informed” snorkeling experience. As we conclude our first presentation we are just minutes away from our first snorkel. After many hours of snorkeling we will get our crew mustered for our late afternoon sail to our anchorage for the night.
Day 3- Much of day 3 is dedicated to fine tuning our sailing skills. Once an individual as demonstrated competency with his crew assignment it will be his turn to teach his mates. This process if carefully monitored by the captain who understands and respects the power of peer instruction. Day 3 also begins our introduction to underwater photography. All interested participants will recieve expert instruction from Capt Trish and will be given ample opportunity to test their skills with the “Geek Cam”. Individual digital photos will be filed and stored with the cumulative activity being a photo contest to be judged by the captains on day 6. Throughout the day we will be stopping a various snorkeling sites with plenty of time in the water exploring the many wonders of coral.
DAY 4- As we greet the morning sun on day 4 we will convene in the cockpit for the day plan. There are several options for day 4 including out island exploration, land-based sight seeing, Bahia Honda barbecue, wreck diving, or more snorkeling. Our Captains will help guide the decision making process but in the end it will be the crews decision on the day’s activity. After a day of the chosen adventure, evening will find us safely tucked in an anchorage close to our graduate level snorkeling experience; “The Barrier Reef” . These reefs are bountiful with large fish including Goliath Grouper, Giant Parrot fish, Eagle Rays, and, if we are lucky, some reef predators. We truly save the best for last.
DAY 5- “The Barrier Reef”. This is the day all of learned skills are tested and sharpened. The crew will be responsible for all aspects of the day’s adventure. They will plot the course, set the sail, steer the ship, and weigh anchor. Your captain will be on station but only in an advisory role. This is trully their chance to shine and demonstrate and test their newly acquired skills. This will be also the last day to participate in the photo contest. There will be lots of opportunities for stunning underwater pictures and individual crews will all compete for awards to given in ceremony on day 6.
DAY 6- We begin with a group breakfast with all the fleet gathered together for our awards ceremony. Here we pick out the outstanding efforts as reported by our captains and acknowledge outstanding achievements. Also the “Geek Cam” award will be once again relived. Captains will then debrief their individual crews and we will take our leave and return to port. Crews will then take part in group cleanup and observe our “no trace left behind” ethos that seals our respect for the adventure. We depart as seasoned crew and welcome the opportunity to share the experience again.
6 day/5 night High Adventure Package:
Call or email for pricing (6 guests per boat*)
meals, snorkel equipment, captain, fishing equipment (licence separate cost)
Additional night in Key West $300/boat extra.
* on the flagship “Namaste” we can accommodate up to 8 scouts
Once you decide on your adventure we will need a 20% deposit to lock in the date. Complete balance is due 30 days before scheduled sail. We accept personal check, cashiers check, money order and all major credit cards. Feel free to call us at 850-525-9624 or E-mail us at email@example.com . All booked charters will be confirmed within 24 hours of payment receipt.