The Mariners Guild is a community of anglers, kayakers, foragers and survival experts. They are wise in the ways of the water, studying the fish, plants, and currents. Join them and begin your study of the ways of the Mariner.
A Mariners Apprenticeship
Through a combination of fishing our local waters, learning about the tides and weather patterns, and kayaking, apprentices become one with the water. The values and respect for our oceans and rivers that apprentices learn stay with them for their entire lives.
Activities may include but are not limited to:
Fishing Students learn how to fish using several different styles and techniques including fly fishing and conventional rod-and-reel.
Foraging Finding our own foods and vegetables to eat is very rewarding! We teach sustainable harvesting techniques. The freshest mussels, clams, limpets, crabs, kelp and several varieties of wild greens and berries make for memorable feasts.
Kayaking or Boating Learn basic techniques for launching, maneuvering and landing your craft. Work together to build new Canoe or Kayak for the team.
River-Shore Survival Learn the basics of shelter, fire and water. Fire making is a staple skill taught and practiced every weekend as we use it to cook our catch, purify water and stay warm. Potable water is always available, however; we teach several methods to collect, filter and purify water for drinking.
Cooking/Preserving Each weekend we teach how to clean, cook, preserve and process our catch. Whether it be fish, greens, shellfish or wild berries, we study the safest way to either cook for immediate consumption, or preserve to eat it at a later date.
How it works
Mentoring Weekends One weekend a month for nine months apprentices train with expert instructors at our epic outdoor locations. We provide transportation. Apprentices grade 1-4 do single day field days. Apprentices grade 5-12 do four overnight expeditions, two in the fall, another two the following spring, along with four additional field days.
Skills Evenings & Open Archery Range There are also learning opportunities every week. Apprentices and their immediate family get free admission to our Skills Evenings (every Thurs) and our Open Archery Range (every Thurs, Fri, Sat).