BEFORE YOU REGISTER
Skill Level and Qualifications
Curiosity and interest are the primary requirements for most of the courses offered at the Barbey Maritime Center. Courses are small and much of the instruction is one-on-one, so a wide range of students can enjoy and profit from each course. Some of the courses require more skills and experience than others, though knowledge of basic hand tools is necessary in most cases. If you are concerned about whether you are skilled enough to take a particular course, please give us a call.
Registration and payment may be made by mail, e-mail or phone. If you'd like to reserve your spot while you prepare and mail your application and deposit, please call or send us an e-mail with your wishes.
If a course you've selected is already full, you will be put on a waiting list and notified when there is an opening. It is helpful to have alternative courses selected in the event your first choice is not available.
Tuition, Deposits, Refunds, Withdrawals, and Cancellations
There is a 10% discount for Museum members.
One-half of your tuition and material cost is due when you register. The balance is due one month before the start of the course. Your deposit, less a $50 fee per course, will be refunded if you cancel at least one month prior to the beginning of the course. If you cancel within 30 days of the course, your tuition and material costs are not refundable but can be credited toward toward future courses. There will be no refund or credit for cancellations within one week of the course.
In case of emergency or insufficient registrations (fewer than 6 individuals), the Museum reserves the right to cancel a course and return all fees. Because of this policy, you are urged to purchase refundable airline tickets or flight insurance. The Museum is not responsible for any expenses incurred (airfare, hotel accommodations or other travel expenses) in the event of course cancellation.
For those courses identified as appropriate for family teams (an adult and a child under the age of 18), tuition and material costs will be charged at the full rate for the adult and half the tuition rate for the child. In some cases there may be material costs for both individuals.
Lodging, Dining and Other Activities
If you will be traveling to Astoria to take a course, there are many choices available to you for overnight accommodations, dining and other activities — both in Astoria and the surrounding area. Please visit the website of the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce to begin your search. For news and current events, visit the website of the local paper, The Daily Astorian.
Course Materials and Tools
All materials used in the courses are charged at the Museum’s cost. Prior to each course you will be sent a list of necessary hand tools as required by the instructor, along with suggested preparatory reading material. Reading material may be purchased from the Museum store.
All courses begin promptly at 9 am and run until 5 pm. Lunch will be provided on-site by the Museum. Because time is limited for most courses, promptness is important. Being absent for introductory information can seriously affect your success in each course, and requires the instructor to repeat material — taking away available teaching time from everyone.