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

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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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