The unique resources here San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offer a world class venue for adult team building. The ships and the waterfront setting pull us back in time to the Age of Sail, a time when San Francisco was known as the Barbary Coast, and our team of facilitators pull you right into the adventure! Join us for a day here in the Park and get a behind-the-scenes experience including access to the ships and small boats, fun and engaging team building activities, and sweeping views of all of SF’s classic sights including Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, and more.
This special slice of SF’s rich maritime history offers some of the most effective hands-on team building activities imaginable. The challenges are real, and our expert facilitators are well versed in training groups to be successful both for their day here on the pier and into the future as a high functioning team. Row our 24’ longboat out on the bay, assemble a traditional bosun’s chair and then raise each other up into the ship’s rigging, move cargo onto and off of the ships using ropes and mechanical advantage, and so much more. Each program is carefully tailored to meet the needs, goals, and expectations of the group. From in-character living history adventures to focused team building problem solving activities, we are ready to build your program for you.
Examples of Team Building Activities
Maintaining the elaborate rigging on a Tall Ship is difficult work. As a group you must safely rig a bosun’s chair, manage and handle lines and raise aloft at least three members of the team to the Yardarm. This task simply can NOT be accomplished without all of the members of the team working together, communicating clearly, and problem solving together. Good luck!
Take an exhilarating row in a traditional longboat and then cast off for a “Behind the Scenes” tour of the Historic Ships of the National Park. If you’re capable head out into the open bay for astonishing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the SF Waterfront. Try your hand at giving commands as coxswain and see why a crew must row together as one.
As deckhand on a Tall Ship you must be masters of line management and moving heavy loads using elaborate block and tackle systems. Your group will start by lowering a dory from davits down into the bay and then bringing it back up on an even keel. One slight tip may cost your group to fail the Captain’s inspection!
These ships existed for one purpose: to move cargo around the world. As such, cargo was king! Your team will work together to lift barrels from the dock to the ship using a system of blocks and lines known as the cargo rig. You’ll have to work together in order to operate this elegant and powerful system!