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 2023 season! To enroll, or for more info, contact Educational Programs Manager, Holly Buresh for more details and to register:

Maritime Careers Training Program

Receive free STCW training through taking this 20-day program!

Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island, in partnership with CCRI, will be offering a 20-day training program that looks to increase ocean literacy, provide basic marine manufacturing experience, and help students find career opportunities in both afloat and ashore career tracks. Hands-on training will include marine systems, basic maritime electrical, diesel/gasoline engines, plumbing, hydraulics, carpentry, OSHA maritime, and rigging. Graduates that complete this program can expect to begin careers as Merchant Mariners, Boat Builders, Production Workers, Industrial Painters, Marine Techs, Marine Electronics Installers, Shrink Wrappers, Wind Maintenance Techs and More. Professional development and employer career fair will help ensure graduates success in this career focused training program.



  • Time Commitment: Full-time for 4 weeks, Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. for a total of 20 days.
  • Program Price: Free
  • Program Start Date: March 27, 2023
  • Program Location: Newport, RI

Perry Corps - School Year 2022-2023

Grades: Rising 11th and 12th graders

School Year 2022-2023
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


BIPOC Maritime History

Come aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry for the week to try your hand at basic navigation and seamanship while learning more about BIPOC Maritime History of our surrounding waters.
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Maritimes Career Training

The Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island is partnering with CCRI to offer a 20-day training program that will focus on increasing knowledge and technical skills for participants exploring opportunities in maritime trades. This program is free of charge. Check out this website for how to apply.
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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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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.