The Academy is no longer functional. Please visit our New Hampshire Section or United U.S. Section for Similar Training Programs
American Maritime Academy (AMA) offers courses ranging from one-day boating basics classes to two-year Professional Mariner Program. The courses and curriculum have been carefully thought out to provide the professional mariner, recreational boater, and those desiring a maritime career the best education possible.
The Academy also offers courses up to 200 Ton Masters and Apprentice Mate (Steersman). All the courses are taught by USCG-certified instructors, with testing done at the Academy. AMA is an approved US Coast Guard test site and all exams can be taken on-site upon completion of any class it offers.
The Portsmouth campus is located between Portland and Boston, and is easily accessible.
The Academy is no longer functional. Inconvenience regretted
Update: Academy is Closed
Professional Mariner Program
The Professional Mariner Program (PMP) is a junior college-type curriculum designed for students who either just graduated from high school or who are looking to change careers. This program can either serve as training for a maritime career or as preparatory training for entrance to a state or federal maritime academy. Courses of study range from one to four semesters, depending on your level of commitment. Each successive semester provides you with the knowledge, sea time, and training needed to earn more advanced US Coast Guard (USCG) licenses and ratings. A semester consists of 14 weeks of full-time intensive classroom study and on-water training. Some of the courses of study include: Navigation, Radar, Medical Provider, Engineering, Meteorology, Math, Deck Safety, History, Rules of the Road, Towing, Deck General, and Marlinspike Seamanship.
USCG Approved Courses
- OUPV (6-Pack)
- Master, 100 Tons Upgrade
- Master, 100 Tons
- Master, 200 GRT/500 GT Upgrade
- Master, 200 GRT/500 GT
- Apprentice Mate (Steersman) Upgrade
- Apprentice Mate (Steersman)
- Commercial Assistance Towing Endorsement
- First Aid/CPR
- Radar Observer (Unlimited)
- Radar Observer Recertification
- Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA)
- STCW 95 Basic Safety Training