Sea, Science and Leadership Program (SSLP)

The mission of the Sea, Science and Leadership Program (SSLP) at Massachusetts Maritime Academy is to provide high school students with interactive, educational workshops that build confidence, challenge decision-making skills that develop and strengthen leadership qualities.  SSLP will immerse participants in the educational and regimental lifestyle of a cadet through hands-on workshops that include the use of ship-handling simulators, small boats, an emergency management control room, engineering labs, and the 540 ft. T.S. Kennedy (pending availibility).  SSLP will prepare participants for the college admissions process, build lifelong friendships, and educate participants on the career opportunities that Massachusetts Maritime Academy offers. 

SSLP participants stay on campus and will experience a moderately regimented structure led by some of the Academy’s finest cadets, while learning the true meaning of the cadet motto: Discipline, Knowledge and Leadership. 

While at SSLP, participants will work with their peers through exercises that teach the importance of communication, listening, and camaraderie as a team.  SSLP is designed to be challenging, while at the same time fun!

The 2019 SSLP registration fee of $450.00 includes your three night stay on campus, all meals, activities, and SSLP swag.

Registration for the Sea, Science, and Leadership Program 2019 is now closed.  Please check back in the spring of 2020 for more information on SSLP 2020

So what will you do all week? Here is a glimpse at the start of your exciting adventure with SSLP:

Sunday, July 28, 2019
1600       Registration
1800       Ice Breaker Activity

Monday, July 29, 2019
0600       Fitness Fun with SSLP Staff
0700       Breakfast
0800       Morning Formation on the Parade Field
0830       Interactive workshops such as:

  • Cold Water Survival: Don cold water exposure suits, jump into the ocean, climb into an inflatable life raft and learn the rescue operations of cold water survival.
  • Emergency Management Simulation: Learn how to respond to a virtual oil spill in Boston Harbor by operating response vessels managing cleanup activities through the use of our Emergency Management Control Room.
  • Environmental Issues: Discuss the impact of the changing climate on your local environment and the maritime industry.  Discussions are facilitated by professors and students collect samples during the workshop to highlight topics covered in class. 
  • Firefighting: Experience the thrill and excitement of learning how to assist your shipmates to safety on board vessels while also charging hoses and wearing Scott Air Packs
  • Navigation/Radar Operations: Learn the basic principles of navigation, charts and radar operations including hands-on activities in the Academy’s Radar Laboratory*
  • Ship Handling Simulator: Operate the Academy’s newest marine 360 degree ship handling simulator through virtual New York City Harbor or Hong Kong Harbor.*
  • Small Boat Maneuvering: Utilize Academy motor whaleboats at the waterfront including the use of the Training Vessel Ranger* while learning nautical commands.

*Pending availability

1600      Evening activity   

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
0600       Fitness Fun with SSLP Staff
0700       Breakfast
0800       Morning Formation on the Parade Field
0830       Interactive workshops
1600       Evening activity

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
0600       Fitness Fun with SSLP Staff
0700       Breakfast
0800       Morning Formation on the Parade Field
0830       Group Challenges

1300-1400       SSLP Graduation Ceremony and Camp Closes for 2019!

You will learn more about your detailed itinerary once you are registered.

Thank you to our supporters and sponsors of this program.

Sea, Science and Leadership Program is an all inclusive environment and will not tolerate any acts of aggression, discrimination, or harassment towards participants, instructors, or staff.  Participants and their parent/legal guardian will be required to read and sign a code of conduct in order to take part in the program. 

This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health. Our background check, health care, discipline policies, and grievance procedures are available to parents/guardians of campers upon request.

What to bring