US Coast Guard License, Yacht & Power­boat Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Edu­ca­tion at the Mar­itime School of Florida

Mass Maritime

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.

Training Programs

Career Edu­ca­tion Programs

  • Pro­fes­sional Mariner Train­ing (PMT - 360 hours): This pres­ti­gious pro­gram pro­vides grad­u­ates the valu­able skills nec­es­sary for a career in both the com­mer­cial and plea­sure yacht sec­tors of the marine indus­try. For expe­ri­enced mariners, the PMT pro­gram opens new doors and advance­ment opportunities.
  • Yacht & Small Craft Sur­vey­ing (YSCS - 180 hours): Dubbed “The Indus­try Stan­dard,” this pro­gram will pre­pare you to enter the field of marine sur­vey­ing as a con­fi­dent pro­fes­sional. You will be able to pre­pare ves­sel appraisals for con­di­tion and value in the pur­chase or sale of ves­sels. You will also be able to assist insur­ance com­pa­nies in obtain­ing an insur­ance value and a “to do” list to make the ves­sel insur­able. A great pre­req­ui­site to insur­ance adjusting.
  • Fun­da­men­tals of the Dam­age & Claims Sur­vey: To pre­pare a marine sur­veyor in gen­eral prac­tice with the nec­es­sary knowl­edge and skills in order to deter­mine and report the nature, cause and extent of dam­age to a yacht or small craft.
  • USCG License Train­ing: Licens­ing pro­grams are offered to the mar­itime pro­fes­sional who has the time on the water, but not the cre­den­tial. Taught by expe­ri­enced instruc­tors, these courses pre­pare the stu­dent with the skills, train­ing and test­ing to pur­sue licenses from the OUPV - Oper­a­tor of an Unin­spected Pas­sen­ger Ves­sel up to Mas­ter 200 Gross Tons. This train­ing may also include Assis­tance Tow­ing Endorsement.
  • Career Devel­op­ment & IMO Com­pli­ance Pro­grams: Designed to help the mar­itime pro­fes­sional to move steadily through the stages of deck hand to deck offi­cer. They are in response also to STCW - 95, the stan­dards for US Coast Guard approval, IMO com­pli­ance and the ISPS code. These cur­rently include, BST - Basic Safety Train­ing, BST - Renewal, BRM - Bridge Resource Man­age­ment, AB - Able Sea­man and MROP - Marine Radio Oper­a­tors Permit

Recre­ational Programs

  • Chap­man Power­boat Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (CPC) Pro­grams: This mul­ti­level, power ves­sel train­ing pro­gram pro­vides stan­dard­ized instruc­tion and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for both novice and advanced recre­ational boaters. All instruc­tion is pro­vided by pro­fes­sional, United States Coast Guard licensed Cap­tains through a com­bi­na­tion of class­room and “learn at the helm” ses­sions. With the com­ple­tion of each cer­ti­fi­ca­tion level, stu­dents acquire the knowl­edge, skills and expe­ri­ence nec­es­sary to safely and con­fi­dently skip­per a ves­sel in a wide vari­ety of sit­u­a­tions. The pro­gram includes, Boat­ing Essen­tials, Power Boat Han­dling, Basic Power Boat­ing, Coastal Crus­ing, Power­boat Char­ter and Off­shore Pas­sage (OCONUS)
  • Recre­ational Sail Pro­grams: Sail­ing Pro­grams & ASA Cer­ti­fi­ca­tions and Celes­tial Nav­i­ga­tion & ASA 107

Sum­mer Boat­ing Courses for Youth

Chap­man School pro­vides courses for youth with career goals as well as for com­pe­tent recre­ational boaters.

  • Sum­mer Basic
  • Sum­mer Advanced
  • Sum­mer Voyager

CHAPMAN School Features

Founded by the late Charles F. Chap­man and the late Glen D. Cas­tle, the Chap­man School has trained over 17,000 stu­dents since open­ing its doors in 1971. Since its incep­tion, the School has grown from a sin­gle ves­sel to a mod­ern cam­pus of class­rooms, labs, dor­mi­to­ries, and large train­ing fleet - both Power and Sail. The Chap­man School cam­pus encom­passes 8 water­front acres in South Florida, located just min­utes by water from both the Inter­coastal Water­way (ICW) and the Atlantic Ocean. The Schools loca­tion of less than 90 nau­ti­cal miles from the Bahamas also allows con­ve­nient access to some of the best cruis­ing waters in the Caribbean for our Off­shore Train­ing Programs.

  • Cam­pus Loca­tion: The Chap­man School of Sea­man­ship is located near Stu­art, Florida on the south­east coast of the state, 40 miles north of West Palm Beach, 110 miles north of Miami.
  • Accred­i­ta­tion & Cre­den­tials: Des­ig­nated The Mar­itime School of Florida by the State Leg­is­la­ture, Licensed by The Com­mis­sion of Inde­pen­dent Edu­ca­tion, Florida Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion, Approved by the United States Coast Guard under sub­part C of part 10, Title 46, Code of Fed­eral Reg­u­la­tions, Approved by the State of Florida and the National Asso­ci­a­tion of State Boat­ing Law Admin­is­tra­tors (NAS­BLA), and Char­tered by The State of Florida as a non-​profit edu­ca­tional institution.
  • Train­ing Areas: Mar­itime Career Edu­ca­tion, Recre­ation and Youth programs
  • Fleet: The School main­tains a fleet of power and sail­ing ves­sels for teach­ing prac­ti­cal, under­way boat­ing skills. All ves­sels in the train­ing fleet come from con­tri­bu­tions to the Boat Dona­tion Pro­gram for the ben­e­fit of students.
  • Library & Museum: The Chap­man Library & Museum is a cam­pus based mar­itime ref­er­ence library and marine arti­facts col­lec­tion which offers stu­dents and vis­i­tors alike a quiet place to broaden their nau­ti­cal knowledge.
  • Cam­pus Life: The Chap­man Cam­pus offers you the oppor­tu­nity to live and study in a learn­ing com­mu­nity atmos­phere. The stu­dents who live and study here are all work­ing towards the same goals whether recre­ational or pro­fes­sional. The cam­pus also has air con­di­tioned dor­mi­tory style apart­ments which include a kitchen, bath, bed­room, din­ing area, liv­ing room and cov­ered porch. A laun­dry room is avail­able for stu­dent use and there is a large swim­ming pool with sun-​deck and cov­ered patio.

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