The U.S. Brig Niagara’s cornerstone curriculum is its live-aboard sail training program. Open to anyone age 14 or over, Niagara’s itineraries include programs specifically designed for high school students, college students, and adults of any age.


Getting to sail on the Niagara was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I did things I never thought I could do. Working ‘aloft’ ninety feet above the water, under sail and a full moon—the history and the seamanship—it was like stepping back in time. My body hurt. My hands were raw and my head ached and I would go back on tomorrow if I could. Some experiences are just worth it. I’ll never forget my time on the Niagara.The crew was inspiring. I saw amazing things every day. In a world growing ever more virtual, the tactile experience of what it takes to sail a square-rigger and what it means to push yourself for good of the ship was worth every rope burn and sleepless night. I know that my time on Niagara will stay with me for the rest of my life.

– Vanessa V, 2013 Niagara Trainee



General Information

Program Overview packet

2018 Sail Training Schedule <pdf><Online Calendar>

Preliminary Information and Packing List

Program Application Forms

Student Application

Student Contract

Medical Record Form

Medication and International Travel Authorization (Required For Minors)