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Kalmar Nyckel : Volunteers : Summer Crew Training

Summer Crew Training

Knot tying

SUMMER CREW TRAINING CLASS for 2021 is CANCELLED click here to get info about 2022! (which would be sent in spring 2022)

The Kalmar Nyckel's summer crew training class is an intensive course designed for volunteers who are available to live on board during this immersive training.  This physically demanding, two and a half week course includes everything you need to know in order to become a sailing crew member.  You will attend formal classes where you'll learn about setting sails, knots, safety drills, and more.  You will also attend less formal workshops focusing on hands-on knot tying, climbing (optional), line handling, and practical seamanship skills.  When you're not in class, you'll be sailing as a trainee or studying!  There are a handful of ship maintenance days and some watch-keeping duties in addition to the classes, workshops, and sailing.  This class will fully consume most of your time from day one until the end of class.  That being said, a few social activities are planned, so you can relax and enjoy the company of your new crew mates.  You will make many new friends and gain a greater appreciation for history as you learn to sail a 17th century square-rigged ship!  No experience needed!

When is the class and how do I sign up? 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 summer class is cancelled.  We plan to resume our live-aboard classes in 2022.  If you'd like to receive an email about the summer class for 2022 (which would be sent in spring of 2022), click here!  

Where:  Wilmington, DE

Non-refundable fees:  $180.42  ($162.50 payable at registration, $17.92 payable directly to the on-line background check company) The fee includes a $60 materials fee, a one-time fee of $42.50 for a initial USCG drug test, a donation of $60 towards your food, and $17.92 for a background check.  DO NOT SEND $$ or Applications at this time!

This class is open to ages 18 and up, or 14-17 with a parent/guardian participating along side the youth.  All participants must be physically able to perform basic crew responsibilities on deck, as dictated by the USCG and KNF.


Belaying practice


Kalmar Nyckel : Volunteers : Summer Crew Training

Did you know: That Kalmar Nyckel has many beautiful carvings -- from dogs to holly to lion's heads -- as was typical of important ships of the 17th Century?

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