The Nautical Science program offers an experience-based approach to the sailing ship and seafaring. Participants learn offshore sailing theory and techniques, navigation and basic oceanography as relevant to seamanship.
The Nautical Science Program includes a range of seafaring experience from 2 person, 12’ small sailing vessels to 120’ square rigged 19th century replica brigantines and from 36’ to 40’ modern cruising and racing sloops to a 51’ traditional wooden schooner. Voyages range from inside the harbor to Catalina Island, depending on the specific course.
Nautical Science Classes
Classes are open only to registered students at USC. All Nautical Science (NAUT) classes are certified by the US Coast Guard. The program consists of a series of four courses providing a progressively more comprehensive background from the introductory level (NAUT 001) to independent study and deck crew experience. Each class offers both lecture and onboard at-sea experiences in sailing and seamanship.
Successful completion of the Nautical Science program also earns sea service credit of 180 days toward a US Coast Guard License. Additional opportunities to earn sea time and enjoy recreational sailing may be found through crewing opportunities on large square rigged vessels.
Note: To receive the full 180 days of sea service credit, students must successfully complete all NAUT classes, including written exams.
Great Traditions of the Sea Video
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