Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW)

This course is required for all mariners assigned to lookout and watchkeeping support duties on ocean going vessels. It is supplemented by a period of required sea service of not less than two months, where trainees conduct related practical training and assessments. This course provides the knowledge and understanding of the duties and responsibilities of a Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW). While in training under supervision they will complete the necessary onboard assessments to acquire a full Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch.


Basic Safety Training (BST)

This is required by the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) 2010 code for all mariners with safety or pollution control duties.  Basic Safety Training combines all four elements of basic safety. These courses are designed for seafarers in order to provide immediate life-saving first aid until the arrival of first–aiders of greater training. This course is created to meet the standards of competency in elementary first aid, fire-fighting, personal safety, and personal survival.


Able Seafarer Deck (AS)

This course is designed for mariners at the entry-level position. It provides the trainee the knowledge, understanding and proficiency to work safely and efficiently aboard today’s merchant vessels. Marlinspike seamanship proficiency is demonstrated by actually tying various knots, bends, hitches, and splices.


Lifeboatman (LFBT)

This course covers all aspects of survival in accordance with the newest regulations prescribed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).


Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation/Compasses (TCNAV/CO)

Attendees will learn aspects of traditional navigation. Through this course, trainees will become proficient in Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation, as well as the use and correction of magnetic and gyro-compasses.


Radar Observer Unlimited (ROP-5)

This course is required for all officers who serve on vessels equipped with RADAR. Attendees will develop the skills needed for risk assessment, collision avoidance, and navigation. Trainees use commercial RADAR equipment with land masses, environmental effects and vessel returns. The curriculum exceeds USCG and IMO requirements for radar training. “Hands-on” simulation is conducted in the Schools’ interactive radar simulator.


Leadership & Managerial Skills (LMS)

This will cover all pertinent areas of senior leadership concepts, techniques, and skills as currently reflected in academic writings and as collected from "real life" experiences of individuals who have been in positions of leadership.  Course instructors have been or are responsible for the success of the ships and/or maritime organizations and the individuals who work to support those organizations.  Additionally, the course provides communication, interpersonal conduct, and meeting/group interaction techniques and skills that assist and augment the attendee's efforts to be a successful, safe, and effective leader.


Basic Stability (STB)

The course provides students with a basic understanding of ship stability and construction. Through this course, trainees will become conversant in ship construction and proficient in basic stability and trim theory and its practicable applications.


Search & Rescue (SAR)

This course provides a thorough knowledge and understanding of the IMO Merchant Ship Search and Rescue Manual (MERSAR) such that trainees will be able to use it effectively when faced with a search and rescue situation. This Search and Rescue Course presents the student with policies, organization, and procedures involved in the Search and Rescue process as generally practiced by the U.S. Coast Guard and other countries as well. It is expected that students completing this course will gain a broad understanding of the subject matter beyond skills and operational procedures learned in training for qualification in daily seamanship and navigation training. Attaining this higher level of understanding will enable better understanding, knowledge and expertise to accomplish search and rescue functions.


Emergency Procedures (EP)

Students learn procedures for dealing with emergency situations and the training that is necessary to maintain an effective response. The development and use of checklists is stressed throughout the course. It is expected that students completing this course attain a broad understanding of the subject matter. The student gains knowledge regarding the critical importance of drills, training and the preparedness that is essential to shipboard safety. Through this course, trainees will become proficient in knowledge and understanding of Emergency Procedures, which may be necessary at sea or in port.


Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA)

This course is required for all officers who serve on vessels equipped with Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA). Attendees will learn collision avoidance and navigation. Trainees use commercial ARPA equipment with landmasses, environmental effects and vessel returns. The curriculum exceeds IMO requirements. “Hands-on” simulation is conducted in our RADAR lab.


Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

This course is required by persons assigned to operate Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) equipment onboard STCW mandatory vessels. This course provides professional mariners with a complete understanding of GMDSS theory and equipment. This course is designed to provide mariners with a comprehensive overview of radio and satellite communications as well as the proper and legal operation of marine radio communication equipment. Additionally, it provides specific information on the use of Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and emergency communications and operations in compliance with USCG and IMO requirements.


Advanced Firefighting (FF-BADV)

This STCW 95-required course examines firefighting techniques and control of firefighting operations with emphasis on organization, tactics, and command functions. Because of the intense management focus, this course does not incorporate any live firefighting activities.


Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS)

This USCG-approved ECDIS course meets the STCW 2010 requirements and is the same as our ECDIS course but moves at a slower pace and ensures the basic terminology is understood by all attendees. The five day EDCIS course is designed to enhance the safety of navigation by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to fully utilize ECDIS. The course incorporates live marine ECDIS equipment, networked with interactive blind bridge simulators. The ECDIS used is the Transas Marine NaviSailor software and meets IMO performance standards.


Watchkeeping (WKP BAS)

This course focuses on taking action to avoid close quarters situations in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 (COLREGS) and watchkeeping procedures, including Bridge Resource Management (BRM). Additionally, this course is designed to assist professional mariners in gaining knowledge of Bridge Resource Management (BRM) principles and proficiency through the practical application of those principles. Attendees gain instruction and discussion on the effective use of all available resources to enhance navigation safety. Emphasis is on the BRM behaviors necessary to achieve effective teamwork and how to minimize accidents caused by human error. The Full Mission Simulator is extensively used to apply techniques and behaviors learned in the classroom.


Vessel, Company & Facility Security Officer (VCF)

This 3-day course covers Vessel/Ship, Company, and Facility Security knowledge and skills that are necessary to work efficiently and safely as a security supervisor. Students will learn about security procedures, and be able to determine correct initial actions, lead a security team, and take tactical command in the event of a security breach of their facility or aboard their vessel.


Basic Cargo Handling (CHS BAS)

This course prepares the student for undertaking deck watch duties while loading and discharging cargo in port and care of cargo in transit. The goal of this course is to provide trainees with knowledge, understanding, and proficiency in monitoring the loading, stowage, securing and unloading of cargoes. It includes procedures for safe entry into confined spaces and handling dangerous goods but does not include specialized cargo operations, for example Liquefied Natural Gas/Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LNG/LPG) or chemical tanker operations.


Celestial Navigation (CNAV)

Celestial Navigation covers the most common forms of position fixing by celestial bodies. Subjects for this course include nautical astronomy, sextant, sight reductions, time of sunset, time of sunrise, and star identification.


Medical First Aid Provider (MEDPRO)

This course is designed for seafarers responsible for providing immediate first aid to ship’s personnel and to assist the Ship’s Medical Person-in-Charge with providing definitive medical care. Attendees will learn and develop skills needed to recognize and assist in medical emergencies, promote the methods needed to maintain the well-being and safety of ship's personnel, conduct patient assessments, and other essential shipboard medical procedures.


Basic Shiphandling (SHS BAS)

This course utilizes full mission simulation to reinforce theoretical lessons. Students practice turning circles and stopping distance in deep and shallow water, man overboard procedures, and basic anchoring. Students will demonstrate their knowledge, understanding, and proficiency in basic shiphandling on a Full Mission Simulator and by written test.


Basic Meteorology (WX BAS)

The goal of this course is to provide trainees with Knowledge, Understanding, and Proficiency in Meteorology at the Operational Level for Officers in Charge of a Navigational Watch. It provides students with a knowledge of the characteristics of various weather systems, reporting procedures, recording systems, and onboard meteorological instruments. Attendees will gain the ability to apply the meteorological information available.


Flashing Light (FL)

This course assesses trainees in reading Morse code signals sent by light at a rate of four words per minute, and in the use of the International Code of Signals (Pub. 102) in decoding Morse code signals. Students must be able to translate the Morse Code alphabet prior to attending the Flashing Light (FL) session.