Los Angeles Maritime Institute

Our Mission

The Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) serves to empower youth to discover their greater potential through extraordinary at-sea experiences aboard educational sailing vessels built to train and equip young people with 21st century leadership skills, and inspire maritime and STEM career paths.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in San Pedro, California.

Upcoming Events

  1. Jan
    18
    Volunteer Orientation
    Volunteer Orientation

    This is the first step in joining our volunteer program! We will give an overview of our programs and show you what you need to get on board. After this step is usually a crew training sail. We would appreciate an RSVP if you plan on attending. You can RSVP by sending an email to […]

  2. Jan
    25
    ¡Explora La Costa En Un Barco De Vela!

    One Saturday per month, at 1:00pm, Los Angeles Maritime Institute invites you to join us for a coastal awareness educational experience and exploration sail aboard one of our tall ships. The ship departs from Berth 78 in San Pedro’s Ports o’ Call Village for a 3 hour round trip excursion along the Palos Verdes coastline. Our […]

  3. Feb
    14
    Sweetheart Sail

    Two Sweetheart Sails this Year! So Much Love! Valentines Dinner Sunset Sail Friday, Feb 14th, 2020 4:30 – 6:30 pm A Sweet and Savory Sail with our Valentine Sweeties! Join us for a Sunday afternoon sail with a number of sweet and savory delights along with tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. The perfect way to […]

  4. Jun
    22
    Catalina Sea Camp Adventure

    Youth 11-17, get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s Tallship Summer Camp is an exciting 5-day voyage to Catalina Island. Spend the summer on the beautiful Southern California coast in a way that most people never experience. While at sea and on the island, we will explore topics in marine […]

Latest LAMI News

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LB Post: Explore the Coast #1 thing to do this weekend

Posted: December 19, 2019

The Long Beach Post has listed our Explore the Coast/Explora la Costa Sail as The #1 thing to do this weekend!

Swift of Ipswich is Back in the Water

Posted: December 13, 2019

About a week before that crisp, damp Friday morning, December 6th, 2018, the final trunnel was hammered into the hull of the Swift of Ipswich. The last thru-hull was inspected, the new bottom paint dark as a starless night, her topside red and yellow as the sunrise, every hull plank and keel bolt longing for […]

Youth Initiatives on Microplastics

Posted: February 6, 2019

Youth Initiatives on Microplastics Research and Action Campaign in LA   TopSail Youth Crew members from the LA Maritime Institute microplastic research team presented their findings taken on board our tall ships to the National Association of Biology Teachers national conference in San Diego. With additional support from AltaSea, 5Gyres, and Algalita, the students are […]

“School is Where the Kids Are” 

Posted: August 21, 2018

LA Maritime Institute holds Tribute to founder and visionary Jim Gladson By Mark L. Friedman, RL contributor The tall ships of the LA Maritime Institute, Exy Johnson and Irving Johnson, were in full sail and fully loaded as the ashes of LAMI founder Jim Gladson were distributed at sea, on Sunday, August 12. The cannons […]

LA Youth Energized by Algalita Innovators Conference

Posted: August 20, 2018

By Mark Friedman,  Los Angeles Maritime Institute Marine Science Educator More than 50 youth from the South Bay attended the Algalita Innovation Forum on the weekend of Aug. 3 featuring youth-developed innovations to reduce ocean plastic pollution. The three-day conference featured panel discussions and presentations about the latest commercial innovations as substitutes for plastic bottles, […]

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Educator Resources

We have a collection of Educator Resources and Educator Resources in Spanish. These are freely available educational materials that explore marine biology and marine life, ocean pollution, and microplastics.