Trainee's Frequently Asked Questions


Please review all FAQs below. If you have additional questions, we are here to help! Give us a call at 401-841-0080 or email us at 

Read a general blog post about the First 48 hour experience to begin

What should I bring?

See our Packing List! Remember that there is limited space onboard; only bring what you really need. Additionally, you will be working, you will get dirty - so bring clothes you don't mind...adding some character to. 

Being an active part of the crew means you will do everything from hauling lines, standing watch (day & night), plotting, navigating, performing boat checks, and maintaining cleanliness on board. You can check out our Life At Sea page for sample schedules and duties!

What is this trip like? What am I doing every day?

Hearty and delicious! All this sailing will make you work up an appetite! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks will be held in the mess deck of the ship. It is important to contain our food consumption to a certain area so we can keep our vessel spick and span. Meals on Oliver Hazard Perry are made fresh daily by our on board cook, and you will even help out in the galley to get meals ready to be served (not to worry, chef experience is not a prerequisite). If you suffer from allergies, or have certain dietary restrictions, don't you fear! We are extremely accomodating to all varities of dietary needs. Make sure when you register to note anything you would like our cook to know prior to your voyage. 

If you must bring your own food, it must be kept in the mess area, and not in your bunks. 

What is the food like?

There are showers on board! While we encourage good practices of hygiene it is important to remember use of water on a sailing vessel is much different than in your household. Water usage is something we must monitor and use respectfully and only at necessary times. Usage can be restricted at crew's discretion, particularly in regards to length of shower times.

There are no hairdryers on the ship, but the ocean breeze will be the perfect hair dryer! Please do not bring any electrical hair tools, such as dryers, straighteners, or curlers. 

Are there showers? What about hairdryers?

How many other trainees will be on board?

There are 28 bunks - split into a 16-person bunk area, and 12-person bunk area for separate sexes. There are also two 2-person cabins for adults, teachers or chaperones with en suite bathrooms, for a potential total of 32 trainees. Plus our 17 professional crew, for a total of 49 people on board overnight. 

Are cell phones really not allowed?

Really! On our teen voyages, we believe that in order to provide our life changing education-at-sea programs trainees must truly be "at sea". Cell phones will be collected by the crew at the beginning of each program and returned at the end. If there is an emergency the crew will be in touch with our office and can provide a phone if necessary.

This policy also applies to any electronic device that has communication capabilities, such as iPads and Apple Watches. 

E-readers are allowed on board for reading, but can only be used when below deck, and must be left in trainee locker when not in use. 

The same communication capability restriction also applies to e-readers. It may not be used if it can communicate via cellular and/or data networks.

What about an e-reader, like a Kindle or iPad?

It depends! It's always best to have seasickness medication on hand while on program. Non-drowsy medication is recommended as you'll be busy and not want to be sleepy!  Seasickness wristbands work well, but if you know you will get sick, please talk with a medical professional prior and obtain a prescription medication. If bringing a prescription on board, please be sure to fill out our mandatory Prescription Medication form after booking so we may provide the information to our Medical Officer.  

Will I get seasick?

Every trainee gets their own bunk and locker space. We keep trainees separated by gender, so you will never share sleeping spaces with the opposite gender. 

Where do you sleep on the boat? Is it coed?

Sandals are allowed on board, as long as they have a strap in the back (e.g., Tevas or Chacos).  No flip-flops are allowed at any time onboard the ship. 

Are sandals allowed on board? 

Any kind of waterproof boots that will be comfortable for a minimum of four hours (in case it's raining during watch) are great. No need for anything fancy - just dry! 

What kind of rain boots should I get? 

Close-toed nonskid/rubber soled tennis shoes or sneaks are the best type of footwear for being on deck and climbing.

What are the best type of shoes to bring?

Trainees are not mandated to go aloft, but we recommend it if you feel comfortable! You can help the crew furl the sails, which is an incredible opportunity. This is taken with the highest level of safety precaution, including a training session on the ground, and the standard of always having a harness when working aloft. If it is beyond your comfort level, we will never force anyone to go aloft that isn't willing.

Speaking of climbing, do I have to go aloft?

The crew will hold onto any items left behind for either two weeks, or one full program after you depart, whichever one is longer. If an item is found, the trainee will be charged for the cost of shipping & handling to mail the item back. So be sure to check your bunk before leaving! 

What if something is left on board?