EER116: Sailing and Exploring the Dominican Republic with Kids


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The Dominican Republic with kids. Cruising the Caribbean and learning math and science through sailing. These are just a few topics from today's episode of Epic Education Radio.


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Sailing and Exploring the Dominican Republic with Kids

Meet Cole. He already has 20 stamps in his passport and is an integral part of a sailing team and he 's not even old enough to drive yet.

Cole's sailing partners are his mom, Krista and his father, Brad. Together, these three have explored many south Pacific destinations as backpackers and much of the Caribbean as sailors.

I spoke to them from the Dominican Republic, where Cole was just about to start school. Joining a local school for a while in the Dominican Republic is a great way for kids to make friends, learn more about the culture and practice the language in a real-world scenario.

In this Epic Education Radio interview, Brad and Krista talk about parenting and education on the boat and what a typical day is like for a sailing family (hint: there isn't a "typical" day). We also talk about the real risks and rewards of a sailing life, including stories of danger and triumph on the high seas.

Listen in if you're interested in boatschooling, sailing with children, and what it's like anchoring in the Dominican Republic with kids.

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  • 02:00 Intro
  • 04:18 A day in the life in the Dominican Republic with Kids
  • 06:20 Education
  • 07:56 Schooling in the Dominican Republic with Kids
  • 12:49 Math & Science in sailing
  • 15:25 Money
  • 19:03 The boat
  • 21:10 Family support
  • 23:03 Online/offline resources & online banking
  • 26:40 Food & stocking up
  • 28:19 Chores & duties on board & weather windows
  • 32:52 Dangers
  • 37:20 Destinations to visit in the Caribbean with kids


  • Names: Brad and Krista and their son Cole
  • Hold passports from: Canada
  • Type of travel: Sailing family
  • A few places they've been: Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Laos, Cook Islands, Mexico, and much of the Caribbean, including the Dominican Republic, where we spoke from




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