Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime?
Our Two Weeks Before the Mast (TWBM) program is an opportunity to experience the life of a tall ship sailor. For two weeks, you’ll live aboard one of our vessels learning the basics of knots, sail theory, traditional and modern maintenance skills, and maritime history.
No two experiences are the same. If you’re considering Two Weeks Before the Mast, contact our headquarters to discuss the time of year you’d like to go, ports that are convenient for you to get to, and our friendly team will help set up your dream trip.
The day you report for duty you will be swept into the wild world of tall ships – you will do everything the crew does, from hosting the public, teaching maritime history to kids, and sailing the vessel. One of the best representations of what it’s like are tall ship sailor Lucy Bellwood’s comic books, we strongly recommend you take a peek at those on her website to get a feel for what your day will be like.
Tall ships are real. The work is real, the weather is real, and the ocean is as real as it gets. By signing on to Two Weeks Before the Mast, you are signing up to change your life forever.
Ready to sign up?
Fill out and turn in your application, and the intake form at the bottom of this page, and read all the fine print below. Allow up to 20 business days to process your application. To ask about embarkation and disembarkation ports, time of year, accommodations, and more, call our headquarters at 800-200-5239.
The program fee for Two Weeks Before the Mast is $750.00. If finances are a challenge for you, please contact us for assistance or apply for a scholarship. We will help you find a way aboard. You can pay by credit card here.
Sail Trainees are assigned to either Lady Washington or Hawaiian Chieftain based on staffing needs as determined by the Captains and our headquarters in Aberdeen, Washington. Sail Trainees may request a specific boat, but GHHS cannot guarantee availability. All participants must pass a background test and have a letter from their physician stating they are fit to be able to withstand the shipboard environment. Please note in your application if you are unable to climb in the rigging. Applicants prone to motion sickness should be aware that they may wish to only sign up for inland routes instead of ocean-going routes.
Fill out and submit your application via email, fax, or U.S. mail. Once your application has been processed and approved, we will contact you to schedule your time aboard.
Please allow up to 20 business days to process your application.
For information on this unique two-week experience living and working aboard a tall ship, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-200-5239.
No two experiences are the same.
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Laying aloft on the Lady Washington!
Check out this video of the Lady Washington crew doing what they do best. You can do this too, sign up for our Two Weeks Before the Mast sail training program. Do you want to be a tall ship sailor? Is the sea calling to you?