Booking Info

  • Step 1

    Download, complete, and return Page 4 of the Teacher Reservation Manual to our Education Department.

  • Step 2

    A BaySail representative will reach out to confirm your program date/time.

  • Step 3

    Return your completed contract after reviewing the entire Policies and Procedures listed below – contract is due within 10 days of date confirmation to hold your place.

  • Step 4

    Pay a 50% deposit within 15 days of date confirmation; balance is due 30 days prior to your program.

  • Step 5

    Return your module selections no later than 1 week prior to your program.

  • Step 6

    Review any clothing advisories and small group assignments with your group prior to your program.

Policies and Procedures

We aim to make your experience enjoyable for all and greatly appreciate all of your efforts in making this program possible for your students. For your convenience we have outlined above a checklist of tasks that will guide you as you prepare. Following these steps will also allow our staff to best prepare for your experience. You will find further aids such as a chaperone letter, parent letter and clothing advisory to assist you in preparation for programs on the water on our Teacher Resources page.


A deposit of 50% is due upon booking a program. Any remaining balance is due 30 days before the program date. Please do not bring cash or checks to the boat dock the day of your program. Please make checks payable to BaySail and include the name of your school. If you wish to pay by credit card, please contact our office at (989) 895-5193. We accept Master Card, Visa and Discover.

Time and Date Logistics for 2019 (vary by departure location)

All educational sails are scheduled 8 a.m.—5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you are interested in a weekend or weeknight sail, please contact BaySail’s Education Department for further availability.

  • Bay City programs run mid-April to mid-October | 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Departs from Wenonah Park in downtown Bay City, on the east side of the Saginaw River. Students will be split into three groups. Teachers choose 6 Science Under Sail Modules and 1 whole group -OR- 2 History Under Sail Themes
  • Detroit programs offered April 29—May 3 (Appledore IV) | 9:30 a.m.— 12:00 p.m. | 1:00 p.m.—3:30 p.m.
    Departs from Detroit Port Authority. Students will be split into three groups. Teachers choose 4 Science Under Sail Modules and 1 whole group -OR- 2 History Under Sail Themes
  • East Tawas programs offered May 20– June 2 (Appledore V) | 9:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m. | 12:30 p.m.—3:00 p.m.
    Departs from East Tawas State Dock. Students will be split into two groups. Teachers choose 4 Science Under Sail Modules and 1 whole group -OR- 2 History Under Sail Themes
  • Port Austin programs offered September 17—September 19 (Appledore V) | 9:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m. | 12:30 p.m.—3:00 p.m.
    Departs from Port Austin Marina. Students will be split into two groups. Teachers choose 4 Science Under Sail Modules and 1 whole group -OR- 2 History Under Sail Themes

Program Capacity

Appledore IV: 32 students and 3 adults
Appledore V: 18 students and 2 adults
Dockside: 32 students
Classroom: 30-35 students


Please contact your BaySail representative if you would like to participate in a merchandise order. A form can be found on the Teacher Resources page and must be returned 30 days prior to your trip if you would like to receive your merchandise on the day of your program.

Student Assessment

When you arrive for an onsite program, each student will receive a student logbook to record data gathered throughout their experience. Students will be able to take these with them or may turn them in to their teachers for credit. Pre- and post– activities and assessments are also available upon request. We kindly ask that you share any pre– and post– assessment results with us as this data helps us to evaluate programming as well as provide scholarship opportunities for eligible groups.

Policies and Procedures (Shipboard Programs)

Boat and Crew Safety

Safety is our primary concern. The Appledore IV and Appledore V are U.S. documented vessels inspected and regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard. The ships meet or exceed all requirements necessary for approved operation in the Great Lakes. Vessels carry safety equipment including enough life jackets for all passengers, life rafts, fire detection and extinguishing equipment, rescue gear, and electronic positioning beacons. Ship captains are licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard and are required to maintain current Red Cross first aid and CPR training. All crew receive company safety training and are subject to periodic safety drills. Upon arrival, passengers will receive pre-boarding safety instructions. Everyone will be shown where they may or may not be while on board as well as how to use the ladders and how to properly don a life jacket per U.S. Coast Guard Regulations.

Shipboard Behavior

Students will be expected to fully participate in each lesson and will be directed not to run, shove or push each other while they are on board the vessel. Horseplay can be especially dangerous while underway and will not be tolerated. We also ask that you discourage students from shouting out to those on shore or in passing.


There are public restrooms on shore at the dock. Arriving 15 or 20 minutes early will give your group time to use them without delaying departure. Students will also be asked to notify a crew member if they need to use the bathroom so they can be given instructions on how to properly operate the “head”.

Food, Drink & Electronic Devices

Food, gum, and drinks other than water are not permitted on board the vessels. Electronic devices are allowed on the vessel. There will be opportunities to take photos at designated times. We ask that outside of these designated times, all devices are properly stowed in a fastened pocket throughout the trip to limit any potential loss. BaySail assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen property.

Teacher Resources

It is very important that you read and post the clothing advisory for your students. A parent letter and chaperone letter are available to aid your communications. These templates and other relevant program materials can be found on our Teacher Resources page.

Student Groups & Name Tags

We ask that you divide your students into two or three different groups based on the vessel you will board before arriving at the dock (Appledore IV: 3 groups; Appledore V: 2 groups). Name tags are highly encouraged. These are helpful to our shipboard educators and improve the experience as a whole! Teachers have found that the best name tags are those that can be pinned on to an outer layer of clothing.

Adult Participation

Teachers and chaperones are expected to fully participate with the students by accompanying a particular student group throughout the educational program. Each group should have 1 adult chaperone boarding with it. Chaperones should understand that this is a working field trip. Please instruct them to listen in on your students, help them stay focused, and set the example by listening to and following the instructions of the crew and shipboard educators. There is a chaperone letter available to aid in communication.