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Programs for Ages 12-14

Youth can start participating in Sea Potential programs as young as age 12! Our middle school programming provides hands-on introductory experiences with water.

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Programs for Ages 15-17

As the core of our youth programs, we have opportunities for older teens in the Seattle and Tacoma areas throughout the school year and during the summer.

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Community Programs

We also host single-day programs for intergenerational connections with water open to all BIPOC community members ages 12+

Sea Potential Programs for:

Ages 12 – 14

Explore, Experience, and Connect

Between the Tides 2024

Looking for fun times at the beach this summer? Join us for a summer day camp where we will be tapping into the power of observation and visiting a variety of different beaches in the Seattle area! Each day we will travel to a different beach and explore what it means to be in relationship with land and water. Get ready for hands-on learning in tidepools, meditation, writing prompts, and a variety of art-based activities! This program is open to youth who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Based in the Greater Seattle Area

June 24th – July 10th, Every Monday & Wednesday
11am-3:30pm

APPLY TODAY! A limited number of applications will be considered, first-come basis. The last day to apply for Between the Tides is Sun, June 2nd at 11:59 PM PST. Follow us on Instagram and sign up for the Mailing List to be notified for updates about this program. 

Sea Potential Programs for:

Ages 15 – 18

Engage, Learn, and Connect

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Yawl Ready?! Sailing 2024

Do you want to feel the wind in your hair? Have you ever wondered how a sailboat can harness the breeze to sail upwind? Are you interested in stories about sailing from cultures around the world? Sea Potential and the Center for Wooden Boats have teamed up  to make a program dedicated to beginners sailing instruction, building comfortability around water, and multicultural sailing & voyaging history. No experience required, we’ll be starting from scratch! Open to youth aged 15-18 in the Greater Seattle Area who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color. If y’all ready to get yawl ready, sign-up today! $500 Youth Stipend awarded upon completion of program.

April 4th – April 27th
Thursdays 3:30pm-7pm (Apr 4, Apr 25)
Saturdays 11am-4:30pm (Apr 6, Apr 13, Apr 20, Apr 27)

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2024 cohort of Yawl Ready Sailing.

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Aquabilities 2024

So you want to be a marine biologist, or maybe you’re curious about the ocean…you’re in luck! Aquabilities is a marine science exploration program hosted in partnership with the Youth Maritime Collaborative through Washington Maritime Blue. In this after-school field trip based program, youth meet weekly on Wednesday with different marine science professionals in their workplaces and learn about possible career paths. Youth have the opportunity for hands-on experiences in a range of settings from an ichthyology lab to a seal rescue and rehabilitation center!  This program is open to youth who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Based in the Greater Seattle Area

April 24th – May 29th, Every Wednesday
3:30pm-7pm

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2024 cohort of Aquablities. Follow us on Instagram and sign up for the Mailing List to be notified when this program opens next year!

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Intertidal Innovators 2024

Are you more of an artist or a scientist? Join us this summer in this interdisciplinary ecology program! Explore nearshore ecosystems through tech and arts-based projects. Youth will have the opportunity to use equipment from UW’s experimental media lab, as well as multiple excursions to local beaches during field days. A $1000 Stipend will be awarded to students with full participations.

This program is hosted at the University of Washington, in collaboration with UW DXARTS: Digital Arts & Experimental Media, UW Earthlab, and Black in Marine Science.

Dates: July 22, Jul 23, Jul 25, Jul 30, Aug 3*, Aug 6, Aug 8, Aug 13, Aug 15, Aug 16.
Time: 10am-4:30pm
Stipend: $1000

APPLICATIONS CLOSED. We have received the maximum number of applications our team has the capacity to review. Applicants will be notified about the status of their application in mid June. Thank you for your interest! Follow us on Instagram and sign up for the Mailing List for more program updates!

 

*Please note, program may be held on Aug 3 OR Aug 4. Dates will be finalized during the enrollment process.

Ocean Overnight 2024

Do you want to sleep under the stars while listening to the waves? Every summer, Sea Potential hosts an annual overnight excursion for returning youth who have previously completed one program in the past. This is an opportunity for youth to reconnect with friends, create deeper connections with nature, and enjoy visiting the ocean on the coast! This program is open to youth who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and who have previously completed a Sea Potential Program.

July 16th – July 19th 2024
4-day, 3-night Overnight Excursion

Apply Now! Follow us on Instagram and sign up for the Mailing List for program updates!

Sharp Sisters 2024

Sharp Sisters is a joint program hosted with Tacoma Boat Builders for girls and gender-expansive youth. Youth have the opportunity to pursue a woodworking project, get out on the water, and reflect on the relationships between land, water, wood, boats, and people. Over the course of one week, we build community bonds and create meaningful relationships among youth and mentors. Based in Tacoma.

August 5th – August 9th, Daily
10am – 2:30pm

To participate, contact Tacoma Boat Builders.

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Get Into It: Maritime! 2024

Sea Potential’s first highschool cohort of our maritime career exploration program begins in October 2024! Join us as we take a deep dive into what career paths are open just after high school. This program includes field trips with hands-on activities every Saturday. Students have the opportunity to meet and chat with maritime career professionals such as ferry engineers, boat builders, and ship captains. This program is open to youth who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Based in the Greater Tacoma Area

October 19th – December 7th, Every Saturday
11am-3pm

Applications open Summer 2024. Follow us on Instagram and sign up for the Mailing List to be notified when this program opens!

Sea Potential Programs for:

Community

Involve, Engage, and Connect

Not sure what program to start with? Are you over age 12? Maybe you’ve aged out of our youth programs? Do you want to bring a relative along to experience the water? Are you with another community organization and want to get a feel for what our programming is like? If you answered yes to any of those questions, our community programs are for you! Our Pod Pop-Up single-day programs are open to all BIPOC community members ages 12 and up. This is a great opportunity for families and relatives to have a joint experience on the water, visiting the shoreline, or exploring the maritime industry. Community events happen in both the Greater Seattle and Greater Tacoma areas.

Visit the Calendar to view upcoming community events.

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