Sea Education Association (SEA) is a leading non-profit, independent educational institution focused on environmental studies and the world’s oceans.
Founded 45 years ago (in 1971)
Based in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts on Cape Cod
One of six scientific research institutions in this vicinity
Full-time faculty in oceanography, history, anthropology, public policy, and nautical science
Dedicated to educating the next generation of ocean scholars, stewards, and leaders
SEA Semester is our flagship academic study abroad program.
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Marist University Student Emily Thompson Reflects on SEA Semester
October 06, 2017
SEA Semester in the News
Globetrotter Magazine: Reflections from Abroad 2017 - 2018
There I was, standing 30 feet above the water, my toes curled over the ledge, about to jump into a frighteningly beautiful ocean trench in Samoa!
I really didn’t want to, but I had to, because I knew I would regret it if I didn’t. The Samoan kids took the plunge, and then Mike leaped, and Erin wanted to, so I had to! I guess I felt peer pressure, but I like to think of it as good peer pressure.
The drop felt interminable, and I didn’t know what to do with myself in the air for that long. Finally the ocean’s surface broke my fall, and the water scooped me up and cradled me as if I were a newborn baby. Compliments for that amazing experience go to the Sea Education Association (SEA), through which I learned so much about nautical science, marine biology, and myself.
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September 22, 2017
Together with the rest of the world, we at SEA have followed news of the hurricanes that have caused such widespread destruction and loss in the Caribbean. Our hearts go out to our friends and collaborators and to the communities affected by the devastation.
Because communications have been interrupted, we still don’t have complete information about the well-being of our Caribbean friends and the condition of many of the places we regularly visit, though we are working hard to find out more. We can report, however, that the SSV Corwith Cramer was not in the region (it is currently in Belfast, Maine) and so our own SEA students and crew were not directly affected.
“Transatlantic” Wins Top Honors at Film Festival
September 01, 2017
Doug Karlson, email@example.com
CONGRATULATIONS to SEA Capt. Chris Nolan!
His documentary, “Transatlantic, A Voyage of Discovery,” about last summer’s SEA Semester voyage from Woods Hole to Ireland, has won the Feature Grand Prize at the International Maritime Film Festival. The festival celebrates the heritage, spirit of adventure, and ingenuity of maritime pursuits.
The 38-minute film follows the students of SEA Semester class C-267 as they challenge themselves in an epic adventure, and forge lasting bonds as shipmates on a lengthy and inspiring ocean passage.
The documentary will be screened at the film festival in Bucksport, Maine, on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 10 am. There will also be a Q & A with the filmmaker, Chris Nolan, at 2:10 pm.
Tickets may be purchased at the festival website.
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Colgate, SEA Grad Finds Success in Salmon
August 24, 2017
SEA Semester in the News
The Salt Life
When salmon are young, they leave their freshwater homes and journey to the ocean, where they spend their adult lives, finding nourishment in salt water. Like the fish that have yielded his livelihood, Christopher Wang ’94 had long felt lured to the sea.
“It was just this feeling,” said Wang, who hitchhiked to Seward, Alaska, the summer after his first year at Colgate. He set up camp on the edge of town and walked a mile to the docks daily to ask fishermen for a job until he got work. “It wasn’t a well-thought-out plan,” he admitted.
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