I was seeing Facebook postings about Maine Maritime Academy and "Jump the Ship", so I wanted to see what this was all about. I had never heard about it, and my, once I heard about it, I thought what a great class bonding experience!

The annual Ship Jump from the Training Ship State of Maine is a long-standing tradition for first-year students. Born out of practical training needs for students entering seagoing careers, the event also serves as a class unification activity and is symbolic of a willingness to embrace the numerous adventures and challenges typical of a Maine Maritime Academy education. Dr. William Brennan, MMA President, took the first jump at 8:00 a.m.

I spoke with Cristin Wright, a graduate of Ellsworth High School in 2013, and now a first year student at Maine Maritime Academy. She explained that the everyone had two practice sessions in the MMA pool before they jumped so everyone learned the right technique. When Cristin jumped, she said it felt like she was falling for much longer than it actually looked before she hit the water, which was quite chilly! Cristin said it was a complete blast and would definitely do it again!

Here are some of Cristin's pictures from Ship Jump 2013!