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Docent Volunteer Opportunities Announced At
Top-ranked Maritime Museum Of San Diego

Docent Training gets underway January 7, 2019

(SAN DIEGO, CA) Nov. 28, 2018 — Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to one of the world’s finest collections of historic vessels and 500 years of seafaring history, from sail to steam to submarine, opens docent volunteer training program to newcomers Monday, January 7, 2019. The 501c3 non-profit Museum enjoys an international reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining, and operating historic vessels including the world’s oldest active sailing ship, Star of India. According to Dr. Raymond Ashley, Ph.D., K.C.I., President/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, “The docents and volunteer community here is what is distinctly different and powerful. Their passion and pride shared with visitors is what keeps the experience alive and unique for guests.”

Docent volunteers will learn about worldwide maritime history with a special focus on the 16th through 21st centuries represented by the vessels and artifacts in the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s collection. Docents will engage with museum visitors, fielding their questions and sharing knowledge to enrich the guest experience. Training is carried out through a series of lectures, suggested readings and walking tours.

Aspiring docents are invited to attend the 2019 training series of lectures and ship tours beginning Monday, January 7, 2019 at the Maritime Museum of San Diego on the upper deck of the historic 1898 steam ferryboat Berkeley. Interested members of the community can obtain more information about the Docent Training Program by contacting the Docent Training Coordinator Dr. Jim Cassidy at 661-406-0605 or CLICK HERE to send Email.

This once a year formal training runs for 13 consecutive weeks. Training sessions are Mondays and begin at 9:00 a.m. with a short meet and greet social. Classes run until noon, immediately followed by a 45-minute walking tour of one of the ships, and cover a comprehensive variety of topics.

Volunteers interested in the program yet are unable to attend the Monday morning training classes can participate in the Museum’s special mentorship program whereby docent recruits work one-on-one with an experienced docent to build the necessary skill-set. Membership in the Maritime Museum of San Diego is required to be a docent.

*International rankings by Maritime Insights.com. Ranked first, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England; second, Sydney Maritime Museum, Sydney, Australia; third, San Diego Maritime Museum.

About the Maritime Museum of San Diego
The Maritime Museum of San Diego experience includes admission to a world-class collection of historic sailing ships, steam-powered boats, and submarines, each offering entertaining and educational exhibits. The 501c3 non-profit Museum enjoys an international reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining, and operating historic vessels including the world’s oldest active sailing ship, Star of India. Maritime Museum of San Diego is ranked as one of the nation’s top attractions offering self-guided tours, docent guided-group tours, tall ship charters, year round public events, educational programs, and a distinctive venue for corporate/private events. The Museum is open daily along Star of India Wharf at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-3309.