Canadian Students at Sea program

The Canadian Students at Sea program provides a unique opportunity for students to engage in all aspects of life in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). Learn and understand more about the RCN through a hands-on and fully immersive experience, both at-sea and ashore. The programs are typically hosted at Canadian Forces Bases Halifax and Esquimalt.

The experience

Participating students will have the opportunity to discover their blue water Navy and have access to ships, submarines and naval installations. Participants will be able to interact with sailors and public servants to observe their skills, competence and commitment in the performance of their duties to protect Canada and defend Canadian interests around the world. As a result, they will have a greater understanding of the RCN’s past, present and future service to Canada.

Who participates

Canadian secondary students who are 16 years of age or older, and post-secondary students who have interest in learning more about their blue water Navy are eligible for the program.

Contact us


Western region – 250-507-7646
Central/Eastern region – 418-931-9612
Atlantic region – 902-440-6131

Email: Strategic Outreach

When it happens

Programs are scheduled throughout the academic year, when RCN ships and submarines sail for exercises and operations.

Where we set off

Though programs usually start in Halifax, Nova Scotia or Esquimalt, British Columbia they can be held in other locations in Canada, even international locations, depending on sailing schedules.

Associated costs

All expenses including but not limited to travel, accommodations and meals ashore are the sole responsibility of participants. However, while onboard one of Canada’s warships or submarines, accommodations and food will be provided.

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