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Commercial / Merchant Mariners

From basic safety to the 500 - 1600 Ton Master's License, the courses in this path are tailored to the commercial mariner wanting to upgrade or renew career enhancing certifications and licenses:

Merchant Mariners
Ferryboat Captains
Able Bodied Seaman
Watchkeepers
Captain's License
Captain's License Upgrades

Course Titles - Click on Any Title Below and Read a Full Description of the Course
Professional / Upper Tonnage Courses
Preparatory Courses
Automatic Radar Plotting Aids
On-Line Instruction

Captain's License: OUPV or Master
up to 100 Ton

On-Line Course

Captain's License: OUPV Upgrade to Master Near Coastal or Master Inland
to Master Near Coastal
On-Line Course

Able Seaman
On-Line Course

Assistance Towing Endorsement
On-Line Course

Rules of the Road
On-Line Course


Professional / Upper Tonnage Courses

Captain's License: OUPV or Master up to 100 Ton

Course Tuition: $1250.00

Why settle for less when you're qualified for so much more? Other maritime education companies offer you a Captain's License course that only qualifies you for a OUPV/6-PACK license, which is limited to operating uninspected vessels only, carrying six or less paying passengers.

Our 2 week U.S. Coast Guard approved Captain's course meets the written examination requirement for not only the OUPV/6-PACK License; but also for the following licenses::

  • Master or Mate Near Coastal not more than 100 tons
  • Master or Mate Inland not more than 100 tons
  • Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels up to 100 tons

Please visit the license requirements page for the USCG requirements for each of these licenses. If you are qualified for the OUPV License, taking our course also qualifies you for the Master Inland License. Our staff can answer your questions about which level of license you are qualified for.

Course subjects include:

  • Rules of the Road, International and Inland
  • Deck General, Code of Federal Regulations
  • Navigation General including Aids to Navigation
  • Chart Plotting Navigation

Additional course materials needed:

  • USCG Navigational Rules of the Road Book, International and Inland
  • Maritime Institute's "Mariner's Guide to Rules of the Road" Training Aid
  • Plotting Tools: We recommend Weems and Plath Roll Plotter #120, Ultralight Divider #176 and
    Triangle #101
  • Calculator
  • Mechanical pencil.

These items are all available for purchase online at our "Ship's Store" or at our San Diego location.Order from Maritime Institute and save!


General Information


Tuition:
Tuition listed here is current however, tuition is subject to change.

Deposits:
A $100.00 NON-REFUNDABLE registration fee is included in the tuition price. Please contact our office for cancellation and refund policies. NOTE: Coast Guard fees are not included in these prices.

Maritime Institute Policy:
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Supplies:
Prices shown do not cover plotting gear (dividers, parallel rule etc.), 'Rules of the Road' book, physical, drug screening and U.S. Coast Guard fees.

On-Line Course
Captain's License: OUPV or Master up to 100 Ton

On-Line Tuition: $795.00

Why settle for less when you're qualified for so much more? Other maritime education companies offer you a Captain's License course that only qualifies you for a OUPV/6-PACK license, which is limited to operating uninspected vessels only, carrying six or less paying passengers.

Our 2 week U.S. Coast Guard approved Captain's course meets the written examination requirement for not only the OUPV/6-PACK License; but also for the following licenses::

  • Master or Mate Near Coastal not more than 100 tons
  • Master or Mate Inland not more than 100 tons
  • Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels up to 100 tons

Please visit the license requirements page for the USCG requirements for each of these licenses. If you are qualified for the OUPV License, taking our course also qualifies you for the Master Inland License. Our staff can answer your questions about which level of license you are qualified for.

Course subjects include:

  • Rules of the Road, International and Inland
  • Deck General, Code of Federal Regulations
  • Navigation General including Aids to Navigation
  • Chart Plotting Navigation

Additional course materials needed:

  • USCG Navigational Rules of the Road Book, International and Inland
  • Maritime Institute's "Mariner's Guide to Rules of the Road" Training Aid
  • Plotting Tools: We recommend Weems and Plath Roll Plotter #120, Ultralight Divider #176 and
       Triangle #101
  • Calculator
  • Mechanical pencil.

These items are all available for purchase online at our "Ship's Store" or at our San Diego location.Order from Maritime Institute and save!

On-Line Course
Captain's License Upgrade: OUPV to Master Near Coastal or Master Inland; or Master Inland to Master Near Coastal

On-Line Tuition: $325.00

This twenty-four (24) hour USCG Approved Online (distance learning) course meets the written examination requirement to upgrade the following licenses:

  • OUPV License to a Master Near Coastal or Master Inland License
  • Master Inland License to a Master Near Coastal License

Course subjects include:

  • Deck General
  • Basic Safety

Note: If you have not taken a Rules of the Road examination within one (1) year you will be required to take one. You can take our USCG Approved Rules of the Road course, or you will be able to test at the USCG REC once you receive your approval letter.

Captain's License Upgrade: Master 100 Ton to Master 200 Ton  

Course Tuition: $950.00                  

The Upgrade Master 100 Tons to Master 200 Tons Course will satisfy the examination requirements for upgrade of your MMC from Master 100 gross tons to Master or Mate of not more than 200 gross ton. To receive the upgrade from Master 100 Ton to Master 200 Ton you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have 360 days of sea time documented while holding a license.
  • You must have time on vessels over 100 Ton to receive the full 200 Ton license. This time is calculated by the USCG, they look at the tonnage on all the sea time you have submitted and make their determination. If you do not have time on vessels over 100 Ton but you have time on vessels between 50 and 100 Ton you can receive the license but it will limit you to vessels of 150 Ton until you get time on vessels over 100 Ton.

Course subjects include:

  • Deck Safety
  • Deck General
  • Navigation General
  • Cargo Handling and Stability
  • Tide Tables and Currents
  • Terrestrial Piloting
  • Chart Navigation

Note: Your USCG Approved Final Exam is taken with us; not at the USCG. If you have not taken a Rules of the Road Exam within one year, you will be required to take one. You can take the exam at the REC or you can take our USCG Approved Rules of the Road Course that meets the testing requirement

Captain's License Upgrade: Master/Mate 500-1600 Ton and 3rd Mate Unlimited

Course Tuition: $1950.00

The one hundred twenty (120) hour Master / Mate 500 to 1600 Ton and 3rd Mate Upgrade course is designed as an Examination Preparation course for a student that will be required to take the Master or Mate license examinations at the USCG.

The courses include preparation for Rules of the Road, Deck Safety, Deck General, Navigation General, Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation examinations.

International Yacht Training: Master of Yachts Certification

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When it comes to facing the elements at sea, textbook knowledge is no substitute for practical experience. There is no doubt that aspiring yachtsmen and women must prepare themselves as much as possible before being able to truly take full responsibility for themselves, their vessels and their crews.

IYT Master of Yachts certification is of vital importance because it is an established and globally recognized measure of competency for the commanding of power and sail vessels. This certification not only makes yachting a pleasure, as it should be, but also a safer pursuit for all those who wish to participate now and in the future.

What Are the IYT Master of Yachts 200 Ton Certificates? The IYT Master of Yachts courses are professional courses. These courses are designed to provide the highest standard of maritime education for the professional yachtsman and woman and for those who are serious about obtaining the best nautical qualifications available. They are ideal for those who greatly want to expand their knowledge and experience and increase their confidence in commanding a yacht.

What Are the Advantages of Holding an IYT Master of Yachts Certificate?

  • The IYT Master of Yachts certificates are the most internationally recognized qualifications for yachting worldwide and are currently accepted for commercial use by 25 different Governments.

    IYT Master of Yachts qualifications are recognized by marine insurance companies worldwide.

  • IYT Master of Yachts qualifications give the yachtsman and woman a much increased level of confidence in their ability to handle a yacht due to our intensive level of on the water training.

  • IYT Master of Yachts certificates are accepted by yacht charter companies on a worldwide basis

What Are the Minimum Entry Requirements to Apply for the IYT Master of Yachts 200Tons Offshore Course? Formal requirements to hold the IYT Master of Yachts 200GT Limited Certificate: Although candidates may attend the course before these requirements are met, no certificate of competency will be issued without the following:
      Sea Time

  • Candidates must have logged 50 days on board a yacht at sea as an active member of the crew. For the purpose of this requirement, a day is defined as a period of 24 consecutive hours. Parts of a day may not be included in this total, but a day is not invalidated by a candidate leaving the yacht for a few hours during a cruise. The term "at sea" is defined as being on a vessel outside of any harbour - natural or artificial - in which a cruising yacht could secure or anchor for a prolonged period of time.

  • Candidates must have logged 3,000 miles in a yacht while cruising at sea. This mileage must be logged on genuine cruises or passages but not short day trips. At least 2000 miles must have been completed on coastal voyages and not ocean crossings. The candidate MUST have spent considerable time in a position of responsibility, preferably engaged in actual vessel handling.

  • Candidates must have five varied passages with rhumb lines of over 60 miles, during two of which the candidate must have been undertaking the duties of captain or watch keeper.

  • 48 hours on watch at night underway as an active member of a yacht’s crew. For at least six hours of this night time experience, the candidate must have been acting as the vessel’s captain/watch leader. "Night", in this context, is defined as the time between sunset and sunrise.

  • Evidence of sea time may be in a variety of formats but the document must clearly state the mileage (minimum 3 000 NM), night watch keeping hours (at least 48) and the position of responsibility in which the candidate was functioning (at least watch leader). Contact details of the person signing off on the sea time must be included and in cases where the candidate is the skipper of the vessel the document must be signed by the owner or agent.

       Medical -  A current Seaman's Medical Certificate and eyesight test which confirms that the candidate
          is able to perform the relevant duties on a yacht, including being able to see and distinguish lights and
          signals of other vessels and navigational marks in typical weather conditions.

      STCW ’95   -  Valid certificates for the four elements of basic safety training:
           
PSSR   -   Sea Survival   -    Fire Fighting   -    First Aid

       Identification -  A copy of the candidate"s passport or national identity document.

  • Copies of documents must be certified. This can be done during the course but we require to have had sight of the originals. Otherwise copies must be certified by a Notary Public or similar.

  • * Verification of the above yachting experience must be original and signed by the skipper of the yacht in which the candidate was sailing. Candidates claiming sea time during times when they were acting as skipper may sign their own entries but independent verification may be required and checked by IYT.

What Does the Program Consist Of?
The program consists of three separate courses as outlined below. Each course stands alone and can be taken individually or together. They can be taken in any of our participating partner schools and it is not necessary to complete them all at the same time or at the same location if you do not wish to. However, it is recommended that all three courses be taken in as quick a succession as possible in order to retain as much information before the final on-board examination with an IYT examiner. For the complete syllabus of the Master of Yachts Limited course click here

  • A seven day comprehensive high level shore based course with assessment papers and written examinations incorporating subjects including navigation, tidal calculations, international collision regulations, pilotage, meteorology, anchoring, berthing, buoyage, safety, passage planning, general ship knowledge and seamanship. Candidates are advised that a considerable amount of private study and varied cruising experience is required in addition to the formal instruction provided.

  • A five day practical course which is conducted on board a yacht (either power or sail)covering seamanship skills such as nautical terminology, tides, ropework, anchors/anchoring, boat handling, docking, yacht presentation, general boating skills, weather, navigation, ability to command, situational awareness and passage planning. This will be a preparation course for your final IYT Master of Yachts Limited Examination.

  • A 6 hour VHF Radio Operators course. This course covers the general rules and procedures for the safe operation of a VHF marine radio. This course will either be conducted on board the yacht or in the classroom prior to joining the practical course. For more detailed information on this course click here

  • The 5 day STCW Basic Safety Training courses consisting of:
    A personal survival course -  This course is compliance with STCW '95 Code A - VI/1-2 and consists of one and a half day in a classroom covering subjects such as emergency situations, evacuation, survival craft and rescue boats, personal lifesaving appliances, survival at sea, emergency radio equipment and helicopter assistance. The remainder of the course is spent in a swimming pool performing an actual life raft inflation and inversion and the simulation of other abandon ship procedures. The theory and practical are both followed by a short written examination.

    A fire fighting and prevention course  -  This course is compliance with STCW '95 Code A - VI/1-2 including shipboard firefighting organization, the elements of fire and explosion, types of ignition, fire and smoke detection, breathing apparatus use and automatic alarm system familiarization. Candidates will fight and extinguish actual fires using personal survival equipment, appliances methods and various agents. The course includes seminar and practical instruction taught by licensed and certified firefighting professionals. It takes two days to complete and is followed by a short written examination.

    A First Aid and CPR course  -  This course is compliance with STCW '95 Code A - VI/1-2 and consists of approximately seven hours of theory and practical demonstration covering basic First Aid and CPR in marine situations. The course is followed by a short written examination.

    A 4 hour Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities course  -  This course is compliance with the STCW '95 Code A - VI/1 - 2. The course covers safety on board a boat, types of emergencies, knowledge of shipboard plans, safe working practices and is followed by a short written examination.

What is Required for My Final Master of Yachts Examination?
All of the courses and criteria must be fulfilled before a candidate may apply to take the final on-board examination.

What Does the final Exam Consist Of?
The final exam will be conducted by an independent IYT Master of Yachts examiner and takes the form of an extensive oral and practical test on a yacht (either power or sail). Candidates can expect to be examined on any subject covered by the syllabus of the shore based or practical courses and to be questioned on any aspect of their yachting experience to date.

    Able Seaman

    Course Tuition: $850.00

    The Able Seaman is an excellent starting point for one wishing to transition into the merchant marines. All those wishing to become upper level deck officers will be required to hold an AB ticket. You can test with us right at the conclusion of the course instead of having to test with the U.S. Coast Guard at a Regional Exam Center; the course includes Marlinspike Seamanship as a bonus (a $150.00 value)

    Applicants who successfully complete the course and who present the Maritime Institute Certificate of Training at a U.S. Coast Guard Regional Exam Center within one year of the completion of training will satisfy the written examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.05-9 for the Deck General & Navigation General and Deck Safety & Rules of the Road exam modules for any Able Seaman endorsement.

    Marlinspike Seamanship is included with the Able Seaman Course, and any applicant successfully completing the eight (8) hour Marlinspike Seamanship section of the course and presenting our Certificate of Training at a U.S. Coast Guard Regional Exam Center will satisfy the knot tying practical examination requirements for any Able Seaman endorsement.

    An Able Seaman may be called on to use emergency, lifesaving, damage control, and safety equipment. Able seamen perform all operations connected with the launching of lifesaving equipment. An Able Seaman is expected to be able to operate deck machinery, such as the windlass or winches while mooring or unmooring, and to operate cargo gear.

    Note: This course does not satisfy the training or assessment requirements of Section A-II/4 and Table A-II/4 of the STCW Code for Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch.

    On-Line Course
    Able Seaman

    On-Line Tuition: $780.00

    Maritime Institute's one-week Able Seaman course is a real value. You can test with us right at the conclusion of the course instead of having to test with the U.S. Coast Guard at a Regional Exam Center.

    Applicants who successfully complete the course and who present the Maritime Institute Certificate of Training at a U.S. Coast Guard Regional Exam Center within one year of the completion of training will satisfy the written examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.05-9 for the Deck General & Navigation General and Deck Safety & Rules of the Road exam modules for any Able Seaman endorsement.

    An Able Seaman may be called on to use emergency, lifesaving, damage control, and safety equipment. Able seamen perform all operations connected with the launching of lifesaving equipment. An Able Seaman is expected to be able to operate deck machinery, such as the windlass or winches while mooring or unmooring, and to operate cargo gear.

    Note: This course does not satisfy the training or assessment requirements of Section A-II/4 and Table A-II/4 of the STCW Code for Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch.

    Able Seaman OSV Survival Craft

    Course Tuition: $200.00

    Applicants who successfully complete this eight and one half (8½) hour Survival Craft (Restricted) course and who present the Maritime Institute Certificate of Training at a U.S. Coast Guard Regional Exam Center within one year of the completion of training will satisfy the written "Survival Craft" examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.05-9 for an endorsement as Able Seaman-Offshore Supply Vessel (exam module 441xx).

    (Note: This endorsement is given provided that all other requirements of 46 CFR Subpart 12.05, including sea service, are also met. This course does not satisfy any requirements for an endorsement as Lifeboatman).

    Apprentice Mate Steersman Upgrade

    Course Tuition: $300.00

    Applicants successfully completing this sixteen and one half (16½) hour Apprentice Mate (Steersman) Upgrade course and presenting the Maritime Institute's Certificate of Training at a Regional U.S. Coast Guard Exam Center within one year of the completion of training will satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR 10.205(i) for original issuance of a license as Apprentice Mate (Steersman) of Towing Vessels (Near Coastal or Inland).

    Prerequisite: Applicant must either hold a license as Master Not More Than 200 Gross Tons or satisfy the examination requirements for a license as Master not more than 200 tons within the previous twelve months.

    This course will not satisfy the navigation problems examination requirements for a license valid upon Western rivers.

    Assistance Towing Endorsement

    Course Tuition: $100.00

    This four (4) hour USCG Approved course meets the written examination requirement to receive an Assistance Towing endorsement on your OUPV 6-Pack or Master's License. This endorsement is required if you will be engaged in towing a disabled vessel for payment.

    Any USCG license of 200 tons or less, including an OUPV license, may be endorsed for Assistance towing. This endorsement authorizes the holder to engage in commercial assistance towing within the scope of their license.

    Course subjects include:

    • Rules of the Road
    • Towing terms and definitions
    • Towing equipment, Towing Hazards and Towing Setup

    On-Line Course 
    Assistance Towing Endorsement

    On-Line Tuition: $100.00

    This four (4) hour USCG Approved course meets the written examination requirement to receive an Assistance Towing endorsement on your OUPV 6-Pack or Master's License. This endorsement is required if you will be engaged in towing a disabled vessel for payment.

    Any USCG license of 200 tons or less, including an OUPV license, may be endorsed for Assistance towing. This endorsement authorizes the holder to engage in commercial assistance towing within the scope of their license.

    Course subjects include:

    • Rules of the Road
    • Towing terms and definitions
    • Towing equipment, Towing Hazards and Towing Setup

    Basic Safety Training - STCW-95 Approved

    Course Tuition: $850.00

    This five (5) day course is comprised of First Aid & CPR ,Basic Firefighting, Personal Survival Techniques, and Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities. Students are trained and must demonstrate proficiency in all disciplines.

    The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers sets qualification standards for masters, officers and watch personnel on seagoing merchant ships. STCW was first adopted in 1978 by conference at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, and entered into force in 1984. The Convention was significantly amended in 1995.

    The Amendments require that seafarers be provided with "familiarization training" and "basic safety training" which includes basic fire fighting, elementary first aid, personal survival techniques, and personal safety and social responsibility. This training is intended to ensure that seafarers are aware of the hazards of working on a vessel and can respond appropriately in an emergency

    Bridge Resource Management                                                     

    Course Tuition: $700.00

    Any applicant who has successfully completed your Bridge Resource Management course will satisfy the B ridge Resource Management requ irements of 46 CFR 11.202(e); AND, the Bridge Resource Management requirements of Section A-ll/1, Table A-II/1, and the "Application of Leadership and Team Working Skills, and the "Use of Leadership and Managerial Skills" of Section A-Il/1, Table A-II/I , and Section A-11/2, Table A-11/2 of the STCW Code, As Amended.

    Bridge Resource Management is the effective management and utilization of all human and technical resources available to the bridge team to ensure the safe completion of the vessel's voyage.

    The course focuses on bridge officers' skills including teamwork, teambuilding, communication, leadership, decision-making, and resource management.

    Celestial Navigation for OICNW or OCEANS

    Course Tuition: $1500.00

    Any applicant who has successfully complete this ten (10) day Celestial Navigation (Operational Level) course, will satisfy ALL the celestial navigation examination requirements of 11.40l(d) for an increase in scope from Near Coastal to Oceans endorsement for ONE of the following:

    • to any deck officer credential up to Master or Mate not more than 500/1600 GT,

    • OR, to a credential as Master or Mate of Offshore Supply Vessels,

    • OR, to a credential as Master or Mate of Uninspected Fishing Industry Vessels;

    • OR, the Celestial Navigation training requirements of Section A-II/1, Table A-II / 1 of the STCW Code, as amended, for certification as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on vessels of 500 or more GT.

    The Certificate of Training must be submitted to the USCG within one year of the completion of training.

    Deck License Renewal - Up to 200 Ton

    Course Tuition: $150.00

    This eight (8) hour course provides mariners an opportunity to renew their U.S. Coast Guard Deck license (up to 200 ton only) by satisfactorily completing the one day classroom presentation and end of course examination.

    No sea-time is required. Certificates will be awarded to those candidates who complete an open-book examination with a score of at least 90%.

    FCC License Exam - Marine Radio Operator Permit (MROP)

    Course Tuition: Call for Cost

    A Marine Radio Operator Permit is required to operate or work on radiotelephone stations aboard vessels of more than 300 Tons; or that carry more than six passengers for hire in the open sea; or any coastal / tidewater area of the United States; and aboard certain vessels that sail the Great Lakes.

    This four (4) hour study course is intended to allow anyone to review the Federal Communications Commission, Marine Radio Operator Permit examination question pool (Element 1).

    At the completion of the review, the applicant is able to test for the MROP license.

    Flashing Light - Visual Communications

    Course Tuition: $150.00

    This 1 day course meets the Coast Guard requirements for morse code by flashing light signalingg Individuals applying for either an original or upgraded deck license over 1600 Tons on ocean or coastwise waters must pass a signaling examination (flashing light).

    Applicants who successfully complete this course will satisfy the practical signaling examination requirements (flashing light) of 46 CFR 10.401(h) and will be considered to have successfully demonstrated the equivalent of the following assessment - OICNW-4-1A from the National Assessment Guidelines for Table A-II/1 of the STCW Code.

    Applicants who have successfully completed this course need not present a completed Control Sheet for this assessment in application for STCW certification.

    Hands-On Training

    Course Tuition: Call for Cost

    Have one of our seasoned licensed captains give you personalized hands-on training either on your own boat, or on one of our fleet of power and sail vessels. Training is tailored to the student's needs.

    Magnetic and Gyro Compasses

    Course Tuition: $500.00

    Applicants who have successfully completed this twenty-one (21) hour course will satisfy the Magnetic and Gyro compass training requirements for certification as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on vessels of 500 or more gross tons.

    In conjunction with this course, any approved instructor is authorized to sign-off for a successful demonstration on the students' Control Sheets for the following assessments from the National Assessment Guidelines for Table A-II/1 of the STCW Code: OICNW-1-5A; OICNW-1- 5B; and OICNW-1-5C.

    The course covers the theory of the earth's magnetism and the application of variation and deviation to courses and bearings and general gyro and autopilot operating procedures

    Marlinspike Seamanship

    Course Tuition: $150.00

    Marlinespike Seamanship is the set of skills needed for tying knots, splicing, making lashings, and proper use and storage of rope.

    Applicants successfully completing this 8 hour Marlinspike Seamanship Course and who presents the Maritime Institute Certificate of Training at a U.S. Coast Guard Regional Exam Center within one year will satisfy the knot tying practical examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.05-9(c) for any Able Seaman endorsement.

    Navigation and Deck General Supplemental

    Course Tuition: $150.00

    Applicants who successfully complete this 7-hour Navigation & Deck General Supplemental course and present the Maritime Institute Certificate of Training at a Regional U.S. Coast Guard Exam Center within one year of the completion of training, will satisfy the Navigation General examination requirements to increase the scope of a license as Mate 500/1600 Gross Tons from Near Coastal to Oceans provided that they have also completed the ninety (90) hour Celestial Navigation (Operational Level) course.

    Radar Observer - Unlimited

    Course Tuition: $750.00

    This five (5) day course provides training to mariners who wish to obtain a U.S. Coast Guard endorsement as a Radar Observer (Unlimited). A Radar Observer endorsement is required for all ocean routes; all towing vessel greater than 26 feet with the exception of commercial assistance towing operations; and all licenses with tonnage limitations over 200 tons.

    Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate is issued a U.S. Coast Guard approved Radar Certificate establishing competency in the operation and utilization of marine radar equipment.

    This endorsement may be added to any U.S. Coast Guard Deck Officer License and is a requirement depending on the license you hold or if you are operating certain vessels.

    This endorsement is good for five (5) years from date of issue. The endorsement can be renewed by taking the renewal / refresher course.

    Radar Renewal / Refresher - 3-Day Renewal

    Course Tuition: $450.00

    This three (3) day course is for a renewal of the Unlimited Radar Observer endorsement. The course is recommended for candidates that have not done radar plots for a long period of time.

    Radar Re-Certification Exam - Renewal Test Only

    Course Tuition: $200.00

    This course is a renewal test for the Unlimited Radar Observer renewal for the advanced mariner that does radar plotting on a regular basis.

    Testing on the first and second triangles and practical plotting on the radar scope (2 tests each) Approximately four (4) hours.

    Rules of the Road

    Course Tuition: $150.00

    This ten and one half (10-1/2) hour course teaches the international navigation rules and regulations for preventing collisions at sea and the Inland Navigation Rules; also known as the Rules of the Road; or the Nav Rules.

    A "must do" essential starter course for unlicensed captains new to recreational boating, yachting or fishing.

    On-Line Course 
    Rules of the Road

    On-Line Tuition: $150.00

    This ten and one half (10-1/2) hour course teaches the international navigation rules and regulations for preventing collisions at sea and the Inland Navigation Rules; also known as the Rules of the Road; or the Nav Rules.

    A "must do" essential starter course for unlicensed captains new to recreational boating, yachting or fishing.

    Ship Construction and Basic Stability

    Course Tuition: $800.00

    This forty (40) hour 5-day course provides the background knowledge for a thorough understanding of the calculations for vessel stability and trim, basic ship construction features and terminology, and principles of stability.

    Subjects include: ship dimensions, ship stresses, hull structure, rudders and propellers, displacement, buoyancy, static and initial stability, list, trim and free surface effect, principles, terms and procedures used in the determination of transverse, longitudinal and damage stability of ships.

    Also included is analyses of case studies involving loss of stability and how to perform trim and stability calculations. The course covers ship design and construction as it relates to all types of vessels as well. Topics include hull structure and components, vessel design process, design stresses, tonnage measurements and load line assignments.

    Applicants who successfully complete this course will satisfy the Ship Construction and Basic Ship Stability training requirements for certification as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC).

    Shipboard CPR and First Aid

    Course Tuition: $75.00

    This United States Coast Guard (USCG) compliant Adult CPR & First Aid training program includes anatomy & physiology of the ABCs and Obstructed Airway and Basic First Aid training courses.

    Course discusses how to handle life-threatening situations involving injury or sudden illness at sea. U.S. Coast Guard air-sea rescue methods and evacuation methods from vessels at sea is also covered.

    Any applicant who has successfully completes this eight (8) hour course will satisfy the Basic Safety and Elementary First Aid training requirements of the STCW Code and the First Aid & CPR training requirements for original issuance of a license if presented within one year of the date of training.

    Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation Course for Upper Tonnage

    Course Tuition: $1650.00

    This one hundred four (104) hour thirteen (13) day course is designed to teach the student the technical and practical concepts of Terrestrial Navigation.

    Areas covered include terrestrial coordinates, nautical charts, navigation publications, plotting and position lines, navigation aids, compass corrections including Azimuths and Amplitudes, charts and chart work, logbooks and voyage planning.

    The computation of tides, and tidal currents is also covered. This course aims to meet the mandatory minimum requirements for knowledge, understanding and proficiency in Table A-II/2 of STCW 1995 for the function Navigation at the Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC) Level.

    Applicants who successfully complete this course will satisfy the Terrestrial Navigation and Coastal Navigation training requirements for certification as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC).


    Preparatory Courses

    Automatic Radar Plotting Aids

    Course Tuition: $850.00

    The four (4) day thirty-two (32) hour Automatic Radar plotting aids course is designed as an Examination Preparation course for a student that will be required to take the Mate (operational level) license examination at the U.S. Coast Guard.

    This course covers technical and practical applications of radar and ARPA for those who will be in charge of navigational watch or a member of a bridge team. Information is presented that is necessary for the deck officer or bridge team member to stand safe bridge watch.

    This includes the theory, operation, limitations and practical applications of radar navigation, collision avoidance and radar and ARPA systems.

    Basic Meteorology                                                                             

    Course Tuition: $895.00

    This five (5) day USCG Approved STCW-95 course will satisfy the Meteorology training requirements for certification as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC).

    The practical assessments conducted in this course will be accepted as the equivalent of OICNW-1-7A; OICNW-1-7B; and OICNW-1-7C from the National Assessment Guidelines for Table A-II/1 of the STCW Code.

    Applicants who have successfully completed your course need not present completed "Control Sheets" for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

    The course covers ocean weather phenomena as they impact vessel operations and the role of the ship's officer in observing, recording and analyzing developing weather patterns. Knowledge of the characteristics of various weather systems, reporting procedures and recording systems.

    Subjects include atmospheric pressure, wind, fog, storms, hurricanes, clouds, visibility, climatology, weather instruments, weather systems, and weather forecasting and avoidance.

    Basic Ship Handling                                                                      

    Course Tuition: $1650.00

    This two (2) day sixteen (16) hour Basic Shiphandling course is designed as an Examination Preparation course for a student that will be required to take the Mate (operational level) license examinations at the U.S. Coast Guard.

    Topics covered include effects of wind and current, shallow water effects, anchoring and steering control systems. The fundamentals of shiphandling for a vessels with double and single screw theory is explained. The theory of emergency stopping; flanking; docking and undocking procedures; and basic anchoring are also covered.

    Cargo Handling and Stowage

    Course Tuition: $650.00

    This five (5) day forty (40) hour course is designed as an Examination Preparation course for a student that will be required to take the Mate (operational level).

    The course covers the technical principles of sea transport of cargo and skills in the assessment of cargo securing arrangements. Also covered are the duties undertaken by the deck watch while loading and discharging cargo in port, and the care of cargo in transit.

    Subjects include: inspection and preparation of holds, ROROs, cargo segregation, securing cargo, cargo handling equipment and safety, confined space entry and an overview of ship types (tankers, bulk carrier, container etc).

    Electronic Navigation

    Course Tuition: $325.00

    This forty (40) hour Electronic Navigation course is designed as an examination preparation course for a student that will be required to take the Mate (operational level) license examinations at the U. S. Coast Guard.

    The course is designed to assist the mariner in making navigational decisions with practice using the software programs and electronic equipment aboard Ship.

    Search and Rescue

    Course Tuition: $400.00

    This two day sixteen (16) hour Search and Rescue course is designed as an Examination Preparation course for a student that will be required to take the Mate (operational level) license examinations at the U. S. Coast Guard.

    The course provides the trainee with knowledge of the contents of the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue Manual (IAMSAR), and the procedures necessary to respond to a distress signal at sea. Subjects include: communications, operating procedures, SAR resources, search areas, and search patterns.

    Watchkeeping

    Course Tuition: $800.00

    This seven (7) day fifty six (56) hour Watchkeeping course is designed as an Examination Preparation course for a student that will be required to take the Mate (operational level) license examinations at the U.S. Coast Guard.

    Topics include application of the Rules of the Road, correct bridge procedures, and preventative actions to avoid close quarters situations in accordance with the COLREGS and watchkeeping procedures including Bridge Resource Management.

    The course provides the background knowledge needed to gain a thorough understanding of the principles of maintaining a safe navigational watch following the principles of proper bridge resource management. Subjects include: COLREGS, keeping a safe watch at sea, at anchor, and in port, pollution prevention and record keeping.


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