Bytown Brigantine Academy

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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.

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.

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.

These training programs are meant to provide an opportunity for keen sailors to reach ahead in their Bytown Brigantine Log Book Levels as well as learn important seamanship skills that they can bring with them on their future voyages with us or any other vessel. These Training Programs can be combined with a High School Credit Course for a 20% discount on the less expensive one of the two courses.



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September 5 2020 - June 7 2021

Junior and Intermediate Officer Training

This program is recommended for experienced BBI sailors age 15 and up looking to become a volunteer or even paid ship’s crew. It will focus on the advanced seamanship required of the service onboard our vessels and others. It will prepare students for the Transport Canada qualifications required of professional crew.

$995 HST included


September 5 2020 - June 7 2021

Leading Seaman Reach Ahead Program

This program includes the Small Boat Practical. Students will earn their Bytown Brigantine Leading Seaman, covering navigation, knot work, and other seamanship. Students will earn their Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card and Radio Operator’s Certificate. They will build all the skills needed to sail. The program will culminate with a sailing adventure using our Navy Whalers.

$995 HST included


September 5 2020 - October 7

Small Boat Practical 

Students will have the chance to get out on the water and work on their small-boat skills. They will earn a Bytown Brigantine Small Boat Endorsement, and after several weekends of practice will be able to navigate by sail, oar, or engine power. This is the first piece of the Seamanship Reach Ahead program, and can be taken by students in any other course.

$250 HST included


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