An optional program, the Orientation at Sea Program gives students opportunities to get to know one another and the school in a learning environment that is unique to Tabor Academy. Students spend six days aboard our 92 ft schooner, SSV Tabor Boy, living and working together with the captain, crew, a Tabor faculty chaperone, and an onboard instructor and program director. Each week, the vessel sails to various anchorages and harbors in Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound. Students become familiar with local geography and some of the region’s history while also learning about coastal ecology, navigation and sail-handling.
Our crew members are current and former Tabor students who are also members of the regular fall and spring Tabor Boy crew, which allows new students to interact with upperclassmen and recent Tabor graduates. The crew teaches the students how to take part in sail-handling and navigation safely and competently while providing them with first-hand insight into what it is like to be a student at Tabor Academy.
Whether it is an exciting sail on Buzzards Bay, visiting local harbors or jumping from the rigging for a swim, there is something for every student in Tabor’s Orientation at Sea Program. The new experiences and challenges the program provides give students a great start to their Tabor careers while helping them meet new people.
When these students arrive at Tabor in the fall, they have not only a strong circle of friends, but also a true understanding of what it means to attend our school by the sea.