As Rhode Island's flagship and tall ship ambassador, SSV Oliver Hazard Perry offers a variety of programming to serve all citizens of the Ocean State. Select a program below to learn more and see where we'll be going for our 2021 season! To enroll, or for more info, contact Educational Programs Manager, Jen Kendrigan for more details and to register:

×COVID-19 UPDATE: SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is now docked at her summer dock at Ft. Adams State Park. Check back very soon for more info here on the reopening of the ship for underway programming and consider making a donation to help us continue our mission through the summer. Thank you for your support of Rhode Island's Flagship.

Perry Corps - School Year 2021-2022

Grades: Rising 11th and 12th graders

School Year 2021-2022
The Perry Corps High School Program takes 11th and 12th graders and prepares them to be members of the 21st century workforce. Programming is structured around the academic calendar and extends to include an immersive month-long summer program. Starting in September, participants experience afterschool, single day, and overnight programming on Rhode Island’s Flagship the Sailing School Vessel (SSV) OLIVER HAZARD PERRY both underway and dockside, and at satellite sites including the United States Maritime Resource Center’s (USMRC) facilities in Middletown, RI. The culmination of the program is a twenty day summer capstone experience for the top performing students in each year’s cohort. Perry Corps training consists of a mix of standards-based, industry curriculum, industry exposure, and hands on skills application. Graduates of the program complete a number of Standards of Training Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) competency courses delivered in partnership with USMRC. These US Coast Guard approved courses include Basic Training, Fast Rescue Boat Training, Leadership and Teamwork Skills, and Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch. Trainees also complete aspects of the American Boat and Yacht Council Marine Technology Curriculum, and curriculum covered in the Tall Ships America’s Sail Training Syllabus and Logbook. Throughout their time aboard, trainees learn the operations of the OLIVER HAZARD PERRY and utilize their new skills and knowledge to complete work onboard. Incorporated into their experience, trainees serve as crew and guides for OHPRI’s community programming, which provide them with valuable public speaking experience while helping OHPRI to provide quality programming to those that visit the ship. Questions? Contact

Marine Navigation - Spring Break 2022

Grades: Rising 9th thru 12th graders

4/18/2022 – 4/22/2022
Make the most of spring break and learn how mariners navigate on the high seas! Participants will explore how sailors have traversed the globe using everything from the starts to satellites. Questions? Contact

Year round programs targeting high school students, underemployed adults, and veterans, culminating with an intensive month long experience aboard Oliver Hazard Perry.

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Named in honor of the United States Navy’s first female Program Manager of Ships, OHPRI’s Raye Montague STEAM Initiative provides hands-on experiences for K-12 and university-level students.

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Our educational video series, accompanied by classroom learning tools, is designed to help both students and teachers explore maritime terminology, technology, and history from anywhere in the world.

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Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to provide innovative and empowering education-at-sea programs to promote personal and professional growth.