Bytown Brigantine Academy (BBA)

Summer School Aboard a Tall Ship

Welcome to Bytown Brigantine Academy (BBA)!

An Ontario independent school inspected by the Ministry of Education,  the Academy was established in 2011 and operates for high school students grades 9 to 11.

The Academy

BBA commits itself to provide lasting and meaningful change in our students.  High School courses are taught to emphasize a direct relationship between the learning material of the course & the world ashore.

The Instructors

BBA instructors are creative, energetic and qualified educators who are supported by qualified professional crew aboard ship.   Educators have an experiential education background and a keen interest in Tall Ship Sailing.



High School Credits

GPP30 – Leadership & Peer Support, more affectionately known as “Sailing into LeaderSHIP” AND ALC10/ALC20 – Integrated Arts, more affectionately known as “The Art of the Sailor”. Bytown Brigantine Academy (BBA) will run from September 2020 to June 2021 in a “hybrid” model that will include online learning with in-person training during weekends (located at BBI office in Ottawa) with an opportunity to finalize the credit requirements during summer 2021 sailing season (Calendar to follow).

As an open credit course in experiential leadership, students will develop a greater self-awareness of their leadership skills and receive guidance and support in order to develop such qualities.

Students will develop skills in communication, interpersonal relations, teamwork and conflict management within a demanding yet rewarding shipboard environment.  The sailing ship as an educational platform lends itself to a unique perspective from which to draw an understanding of group dynamics and stages of group development.

“I had a great time. The lessons I learned go far beyond sailing. I learned teamwork skills; like how to work with others, put others before myself, and that the world does not revolve around me. I also learned how to take care of myself and I feel that this experience has made me a more independent person. Thank you Bytown Brigantine for this AMAZING experience, I couldn’t have asked for more. "