At Sea Education Association, we live by a simple code:  Ship. Shipmate. Self.  It's about teamwork, attending to others first, and serving something greater than oneself. 
We're thinking about our community during this time and want to keep our shipmates connected with brief updates.  We're all in this together and hope the news, stories and scuttlebutt make this challenging time brighter.

Pacific Crossing 2020 

As the SSV Robert C. Seamans sails from Hawai’i to California, be sure to follow along via “Pacific Crossing 2020.”

SEA will be telling the story of the Pacific Ocean through ArcGIS StoryMaps.  For those unfamiliar with StoryMaps, it’s a software platform that presents immersive stories combining text, interactive maps, and multimedia.

Cued by the location of the ship, as well as reports and data collected by the crew, and under the direction of Virtual Chief Scientist Dr. Jan Witting, faculty on shore and at sea will present oceanographic, historic, and marine perspectives on wide-ranging topics, from ocean plastics to 19th century whaling. These will be in the form of written text, graphics, images, and 20-minute videos.

Go to the Pacific Crossing 2020 StoryMap here, or you may also find a link on our home page, and, of course, you’ll receive updates on our usual social media channels.

We encourage you to follow along on this virtual exploration of the Pacific Ocean!

P.S. Don't miss the latest blog posts from the SSV Robert C. Seamans and the SSV Corwith Cramer, including this recap of the New Zealand - Hawai'i leg by Mate Cassie Sleeper, S-176E.

Class S-291 Presents Virtual Poster Session

The hard work, determination, and enthusiasm of students of SEA Semester class S-291, Oceans & Climate, whose sea component was cancelled due to coronavirus, were on full display last Monday evening when students presented their final research projects at an online Poster Session on Google Meet. Each team made a brief presentation, and then participants joined online break-out groups to ask questions.

“It came off incredibly well,” said Ben Harden, Assistant Professor of Oceanography, who praised the students as well as SEA faculty who organized the online second shore component. “The students were very positive and appreciated the opportunity to continue their studies."
Students from S-291 are looking forward to joining programs in the year to come and cannot wait to experience their sea components.  Thank you to those who have reached out to offer kind words and encouragement.
If you would like to send encouragement, please email Victoria, Alumni Relations, at

Best Chip-mate Ever!

Baking is a time-honored tradition during SEA Semester and has become a favorite pastime with folks staying at home.  Here's one of our favorite chocolate chip recipes: peanut butter chocolate chip, delicious, and just so happens to also be gluten-free, not that you would know... They are so tasty!
Share with your household and be everyone's favorite Chip-Mate.  (Or keep a stash hidden for yourself when you hit a COVID-snag emergency...).  
Click here to print a copy of the recipe in SEA Currents.

All Hands to the Quarterdeck for a special announcement!

The SEA Board of Trustees has created a special matching challenge.  Any gift made to SEA’s Annual Fund in May and June WILL BE MATCHED, up to a total of $145,000.  Your gift will be doubled! 
By making a gift to SEA during this challenging time, you're making a powerful statement about the importance of our mission.  Our work to inspire future generations of students to solve global environmental challenges continues, and support from our donor community powers us through fair winds and rough seas. 
Your generosity makes possible every aspect of our important mission and helps us prepare for the return of students to our programs.  That is an incredible gift!
Let's work together as shipmates and help move SEA forward.
I want my gift to be Doubled!
*P.S. The CARES Act allows new tax deductions for nonprofit giving:
  • The bill makes a new deduction available – as much as $300 (individual)/$600 (filing jointly) in annual charitable contributions for those who don’t itemize.
  • For those who itemize, the charitable deduction is increased. Donors can now deduct 100% of their 2020 donations to public charities, like SEA, from their AGI, except through Donor Advised Funds.
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