Homeschool Programs

Fall 2023 Education Department- Homeschool and Sailing Center Programming

To register call 860-572-5331 or email reservations@mysticseaport.org


The Return of Arts Around the World (new countries!) (ages 7-12) [Max 16]

Mondays, Sept. 18-Dec. 18, 10:00am-1:00pm (no class Sept. 25 or Oct. 9)

Dust off those suitcases; we are off on another voyage around the world and through time this fall!  We will be stopping in Sweden, ancient Egypt, Thailand, Germany and a few more surprise countries along the way. In each country, we will explore the history, geography, climate, philosophies of its people and examine common themes, colors, and symbols in the unique artwork.  We will weave in our own family histories and traditions into this rich and very busy 12- week program.

Members $250 per participant   Non-Members: $300 per participant


Women’s Sailing (adults ages 15+ and all skill levels welcome) (Max 16)

Tuesdays, September 19 – October 31, 10:00am-12:30 p.m.

Always wanted to learn to sail but never had the time? Or are you looking to increase your confidence when you go boating with family and friends? Women’s sailing is for you! We will cover all of the sailing basics in the classroom, and then we’ll get out on the water and practice with our fleet of Dyer Dhow and c420 sailboats in a friendly and fun environment on the waterfront of beautiful Mystic Seaport Museum. This class is taught by female instructors and taught to the level of participants, so whatever your experience, come join us!

Member: $250  Non-member: $300


Afterschool Sailing Club (ages 8+) (Max 16)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 19- November 2, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

This class is for both beginning sailors as well as those who have some sailing experience. Our new-to-sailing students will learn how to sail in a friendly and fun environment. Our returning students and those that know the basics have the opportunity to get out on the water in a fun, less structured environment. Our primary teaching boat is the Dyer Dhow dinghy; participants over 12 with prior sailing experience will be qualified to sail c420s. 

Members $250 Non-members $300


Homeschool powerboating (ages 10+) (Max 8)

Wednesdays, September 20-November 1, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Another session will be run on Mondays and Wednesdays, November 13-29, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

This is the US Powerboating’s (Safe Powerboat Handling – US Powerboating) 16-hour hands-on, on-the-water course. It is for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boat handling skills. No previous experience or certification is required. The US Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) have approved this course and includes Connecticut specific exam questions meeting the requirements for a State of Connecticut Boating Certificate. This class is taught by US Coast Guard Licensed captains that are also US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Instructors.

Members $225 Non-members $250


Homeschool Sailing (ages 8+) [Max 16]

Thursdays, September 21-November 2, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Students will learn how to sail in a friendly and fun environment on the waterfront of beautiful Mystic Seaport Museum. The sailing class emphasizes the basics of sailing terminology, seamanship skills like knot tying and rigging, boat handling, and the enjoyment of sailing.  On days where sailing is not possible, students will also have the opportunity to learn about River ecology, powerboating, and navigation.

Members $225 per participant Non-members $250


Adult beginner sailing (adults ages 15+ and all skill levels welcome) (Max 16)

Thursdays, September 21- November 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
This class is for those adults who have never sailed and have always wanted to learn in a friendly and fun environment on the waterfront of beautiful Mystic Seaport Museum. Participants will be introduced to the theory of sailing (why and how a boat sails), basic sailing and gear terminology, rigging and de-rigging a sailboat, equipment stowage and care, personal safety, knots, safety on the dock and on the water, points of sail, small boat handling, and basic rules of the road.

Members: $250 Non-members: $300


Fall frostbite racing series (all ages) (Max 25)

Saturdays, Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Frostbite sailing is a great way to keep your sailing skills active in the offseason, and late fall is a beautiful time to sail with lots of wind!  Sailors will race in Dyer Dhows, starting at 1pm each Saturday and wrapping up at 3:00pm.

Members $80 for all 4 sessions; $20 per day       Non-members $100 for non-members for all 4 sessions; $25 per session



Mystic Seaport Museum follows all state and local COVID-19 regulations and guidelines. Specific policies and requirements will be determined and shared with participants prior to the beginning of each program.