Available courses

The navigational rules of the road explain how vessels avoid collision with each other taking into consideration factors such as the nature of work being done by vessels and mechanical failures.

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The navigation general module covers the fundamentals of navigation and not the specifics. Topics like weather patterns and aids to navigation are examples of navigation general topics.

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Chart navigation involves physically plotting out navigation problems on a chart. The chart may be purchased from the bookstore

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The deck general module covers a broad variety of topics including knots, ship handling, safety, and pollution prevention.

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The Towing Endorsement, when added to your licenses, allows you to engage in commercial assistance towing within the scope of your license. It is the most common endorsement to add to your Captain's License.

The Sailing Endorsement, when added to your Master Captain's License, allows you to take more than six paying passengers sailing. 

The Train the Trainer module allows existing captains and students to become US Coast Guard (USCG) approved Qualified Instructors for US Captains Training. The curriculum provides training experience and shows evidence of instruction in effective instructional techniques, as well as effective assessment techniques required by the USCG.

The License Renewal is for those captains who do not have the 360 days of sea time required to renew their license.

An able seaman (AB) is a Naval rating of the deck department of a merchant ship with more than two years' experience at sea and considered "well acquainted with his duty". An AB may work as a watchstander, a day worker, or a combination of these roles. Once a sufficient amount of sea time is acquired, then the AB can apply to take a series of courses/examinations to become certified as an officer.

This course covers what you need to know to get your captain's license in hand.

FCC Commercial Radio License 

Basic radio law and operating practice with which every maritime radio operator should be familiar. Questions concerning provisions of laws, treaties, regulations, and operating procedures and practices generally followed or required in communicating by means of radiotelephone stations.

Element 3 - General Radiotelephone Electronic Fundamentals

General radiotelephone. Questions concerning electronic fundamentals and techniques required to adjust, repair, and maintain radio transmitters and receivers at stations licensed by the FCC in the aviation and maritime radio services.

Element 8: Ship radar techniques. Questions concerning specialized theory and practice applicable to the proper installation, servicing and maintenance of ship radar equipment in general use for marine navigational purposes.

Element 7 - GMDSS-STCW-GOC

GMDSS radio operating practices. Questions concerning GMDSS radio operating procedures and practices sufficient to show detailed practical knowledge of the operation of all GMDSS sub-systems and equipment; ability to send and receive correctly by radiotelephone and narrow-band direct-printing telegraphy; detailed knowledge of the regulations applying to radio communications, knowledge of the documents relating to charges for radio communications and knowledge of those provisions of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea which relate to radio; sufficient knowledge of English to be able to express oneself satisfactorily both orally and in writing; knowledge of and ability to perform each function listed in §80.1081 of this chapter; and knowledge covering the requirements set forth in IMO Assembly Resolution on Training for Radio Personnel (GMDSS), Annex 3.

Element 7R - GMDSS-STCW-ROC-FCC-El-7R

Restricted GMDSS radio operating practices. Questions concerning those GMDSS radio operating procedures and practices that are applicable to ship stations on vessels that sail exclusively in sea area A1, as defined in §80.1069 of this chapter, sufficient to show detailed practical knowledge of the operation of pertinent GMDSS sub-systems and equipment; ability to send and receive correctly by radio telephone and narrow-band direct-printing telegraphy; detailed knowledge of the regulations governing radio communications within sea area A1, knowledge of the pertinent documents relating to charges for radio communications and knowledge of the pertinent provisions of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea; sufficient knowledge of English to be able to express oneself satisfactorily both orally and in writing; knowledge of and ability to perform each pertinent function listed in §80.1081 of this chapter; and knowledge covering the pertinent requirements set forth in IMO Assembly Resolution on Training for Radio Personnel (GMDSS), Annex 3.

Element 9 - GMDSS Radio Maintenance Practices and Procedures. 


Questions concerning the requirements set forth in IMO Assembly on Training for Radio Personnel (GMDSS), Annex 5 and IMO Assembly on Radio Maintenance Guidelines for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System related to Sea Areas A3 and A4.

The course meets the requirements for controlling the operation of the ship and care for persons on board at the operational level.

The course meets the Management Level requirements for masters and chief mates controlling the operation of the ship and care for persons on board at the management level.

This course is for all personnel who are not assigned specific duties in connection with a security plan but are involved in the work of ports facilities and vessels and are therefore affected by the requirements of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002.

This course is for vessel personnel who are assigned specific security duties in connection with a Vessel Security Plan (VSP).

The course is designed for those who may be designated to perform the duties and responsibilities of a Vessel Security Officer (VSO) and in particular the duties and responsibilities with respect to the security of a ship, for implementing and maintaining a vessel security plan and for relevant Facility Security Officers (FSOs).