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US Coast Guard Approved Maritime Training Programs for Professional Mariners and Entry Level Personnel in Jacksonville, Florida

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Established in 1998, Bluewater Maritime School provides training to professionals in the maritime industry. The school is approved by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the courses are submitted to the Coast Guard for review to ensure they comply with the regulations and established requirements.. Bluewater Maritime School, Inc. is subject to regular and drop-in audits by the Coast Guard to ensure that instructional and instructor requirements are being adhered to by the school.


Bluewater Maritime School is approved for Veterans training under the Montgomery GI Bill. The school is also approved for veterans rehabilitation training. The Veterans Administration (VA) conducts regular audits of BMS to ensure compliance with requirements. Also the School is approved by the state of Florida for vocational rehabilitation training, and as a WorkSource educational facility for the maritime industry.

The Location in Jacksonville, Florida is convenient to all of the Southeastern United States. The School prides itself in a professional and comfortable approach and helps you further your career and become a true professional.

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Training Programs




USCG Captain’s & Master License Courses

  • Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV): The goal and learning objective is to ensure the student, upon successful completion of the 64-hour course, will have met the testing requirements for application to the USCG as an Operator of an Uninspected Passenger Vessel.
  • 100 Ton Masters License Upgrade from OUPV: This 22-hour course is designed to permit a student who already holds an OUPV License to be upgraded to a Master of an Inspected Vessel of up to 100 Gross Registered Tons upon successful completion of the course.
  • Assistance Towing: This 4.5-hour course is meant to meet the testing requirements of 46 CFR 10.482b.

Other USCG & STCW Courses

  • Able Seaman with Lifeboat Limited: This 44-hour course of instruction is designed to provide to the Able Seaman a training experience that combines formal classroom instruction with actual hands-on performance and demonstration.
  • Rating Forming Part of the Navigational Watch: The purpose of this 40-hour course is to provide training for mariners for a Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch endorsement. This course meets the requirements of NMC Policy Letter 14-02, and the assessments required as part of Table A-II/4 of the STCW Code.
  • SafeGulf: Orientation designed specifically for the US Offshore and E&P Industry.
  • Specially Trained Ordinary Seaman Program: Program graduates have training that sets them above most of the applicants who they will be competing against for entry-level positions as merchant mariners. Components of the program include 3 STCW courses, which are United States Coast Guard approved and overseen, and lead to merchant mariner credential endorsements
  • Tank Ship Familiarization (Dangerous Liquids) (Tankerman - Assistance): This course satisfies the requirements of 46 CFR 13.401(e) (1) for original issuance OR 13.120(b) (2) for renewal of Tankerman Assistant (DL) and meets the standards of competence required by 46 CFR, of Section A-VI-1-1 of the STCW Code for Basic Oil And Chemical Tanker Cargo Operations.
  • Advanced Firefighting
  • Basic Firefighting
  • Basic Training
  • Basic Training Refresher
  • Basic Training Revalidation
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Leadership and Managerial Skills              
  • Martine Security Awareness
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
  • Personal Survival Techniques
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft (Life Boat)
  • Radar Observer Recertification
  • Radar Observer Unlimited
  • Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties
  • Vessel Security Officer

LAST UPDATED ON July 25, 2021