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Maritime Careers (formerly called Boat Building)

The following is an overview for the Maritime Careers course.  It is a year long, double block course (7th & 8th period every day) with mandatory 9th period on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is intended for those cadets at Maritime who may not be interested in attending college immediately following graduation or they are not interested in joining the military.


Below are the highlights of the year long course:



The second through fourth weeks of school, students will be going to the Buffalo Yacht Club and working with volunteer coaches/instructors and learning how to sail on 22 foot sailboats.


**We will be going to the BYC every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during those weeks in September and June.  Students should bring a change of clothes that they don’t mind getting wet in; sneakers or other non-marring shoes are required (Bates are not allowed on the boats).


New York State Safe Boating Certification:

As part of this course, students will be presented with the information to earn their NYS Safe Boating Certification which will allow them the opportunity to operate a small boat or jet-ski (personal watercraft) in New York State.  For additional information, please refer to the below link.


Boat Building:

Almost every Tuesday and Thursday, Cadets will be going to the Buffalo Maritime Center and working to build 15’ rowboats, from planks of lumber to the finished product.  Buffalo Maritime Center’s Hand to Hand Program uses wooden boat building as a tool to teach technical and practical life skills to high school students. Under the guidance of trained mentors, students learn the value of craftsmanship, communication-skills, safety awareness, teamwork, and they experience the pride and joy of building something with their hands.  The construction will be consistent throughout the school year and will culminate with the boats being ‘launched’ into Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park.


**Students will also need a change of clothes for this course.  Older clothes that can be worked in should be kept at school. Eventually, the students will be working with paints and epoxy to complete their boats.


Practical Math:

In conjunction with the Boat Building aspect of this course, students will be working towards completion of their apprenticeship with a local Carpenters Union.  The hours logged working on the boat as well as a Practical Math exam administered in the late Spring will be used to complete their entry-level program.


In the spring time, we will focus on a practical math course that will culminate with an exam administered by a local Carpenters Union and may (if passed) result in apprenticeship opportunities.