Bosun School

There is nothing better than real sea time under sail to gain experience and the skills of a mariner. But sometimes on these hard working ships there is little time to focus on particular advanced skills, such as wire work and sailmaking. And rarely does the opportunity roll around to actually help rig a ship from the keel up or lay a sail out with a professional sailmaker.

Advance your Skills without the Distractions of the Sea

The purpose of the Picton Castle’s Bosun School is to provide an opportunity to young dedicated mariners to advance their skills in a concentrated fashion without the natural demands and distractions of being underway at sea. Conducted by Capt. Daniel Moreland, the crew of the Picton Castle and special guest instructors, the Bosun School allows you to significantly advance your skill level, making your chances at the best berths in good ships of your choice all the more likely. Once signed aboard your next ship you will have that much more to offer and will be a greater contributor to helping the ship on her mission – which is, after all, what being crew is all about.

Build Skills, Tools and your Résumé

bosuns chairSling your sea bag over the rail and join us for the next running of this highly valuable, unique offering. This particular session of the Bosun School will focus on small boat handling under sail, power and oar; sailing boats of various rigs including a small schooner; sail theory and practice; rigging; sending yards down and crossing yards the safe, efficient and traditional way without using a crane; advanced rope-work; wire seizings; wire splicing; basic sailmaking and sail repair; worming, parceling and serving; wooden boat repair and new construction; first-class varnish work; tar and oil mixtures; proper bosun chair work and more!

Dip your arms in Stockholm Tar, learn tons, have fun, flesh out your resume, become well acquainted with the seaport's excellent pubs, and meet marine artisans and craftspeople with generations of ship work behind them. When you join your next vessel, you’ll take with you an enriched set of skills and actual tools you made yourself.

Enrollment is limited

This program is designed for people preparing for a career at sea with previous experience in traditional vessels or who have sailed in ships and vessels of some kind as either a student or crew member.

Upon completion of the course you will receive a certificate of completion from the program and a letter of recommendation from the Bosun School.

Dates and Details

sewing grommetThe next session of the Bosun School will start in mid-September 2019 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Exact dates, costs and other details will be announced soon.

Applications are accepted from mariners of all nationalities.  For those requiring a visa to enter Canada, only a temporary resident visa is required. 

In order to apply, please send your CV and a letter that tells us more about you, your seagoing experience and your motivation for wanting to become a Bosun School student.  For more information on the School, please call us at +1 902 634 9984 or send us an email.    

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