Whether you are looking for a new career in the marine industry, expanding your boating skills or learning to sail for the first time, Chapman School of Seamanship can provide you with world class training.
Located in Stuart, Florida, Chapman School of Seamanship has more than three decades of experience in training students from around the world in areas of mariner training such as navigation, seamanship, boat handling in power and sail and the nautical information needed for licensing in pursuit of a career as captain or crew. Chapman School also offer STCW 95, a separate course in USCG licensing from OUPV to 200 Ton Masters and Yacht Surveying. In addition, Chapman School is an approved American Sailing Association (ASA) facility.
Whether you want to go down to the sea in ships to cruise the world in a cabin cruiser or enjoy boating on your own waters as a recreation, Chapman School offers mariner training, power boating and sailing for youth and adults. Chapman School offers ASA sailing lessons for levels 101 to 107. This includes certification in boating basics, coastal cruising, bareboat chartering, coastal navigation and advanced coastal cruising. Chapman School recreation programs also offer certification training in Florida Boating Basics.
Chapman School provides courses for youth with career goals as well as for competent recreational boaters.
West Marine is based in Watsonville, California which operates a chain of boating supply and fishing retail stores. They operate over 300 retail stores in North America.
The company was founded in 1968 by Randy Repass in Sunnyvale, California with the name West Coast Ropes, selling nylon rope from his garage. The first retail West Coast Ropes store opened in 1975 in Palo Alto, California. With the acquisition of assets from West Products in 1977, the company changed its name to West Marine Products, Inc. In 1978 West Marine established a wholesale division called Port Supply. In 1991, the first West Marine stores opened on the East Coast of the United States in Miami and Annapolis and in 1993 the company went public on the NASDAQ exchange.
West Marine currently provides over 100,000 products online, in stores, and via mail-order catalog. In July of 2008, West Marine opened its first franchise store in Istanbul, Turkey. The newly setup company, East Marine Denizcilik ve Turizm A.Ş trades as West Marine Turkey and is majority owned by Rahmi Koç and İbrahim Yazıcı. June 2009 saw the opening of the second franchise store in, Bodrum, Turkey with more stores planned around the coast of Turkey. Check out..