About Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy Boot Camp

 

Eight Week Fast Track Program

Total: 295 Hours / $4,970 (financial assistance may be available)

Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy’s Maritime Boot Camp is a fast track, eight-week daytime program geared toward bringing people into the maritime industry. The boot camp consists of a four-weeks of classroom training followed by up-to four weeks in an  internship with a maritime company. The successful program completer who secures all required United States Coast Guard documents, attends all sessions and passes all tests, will be recognized as an Ordinary Seaman (OS). OS are unlicensed members of the ship with general responsibilities, thought they will sometimes become an Able Seaman.

Courses: 135 Hours

  • 40 Hours: Coast Guard Approved Basic Safety Training (Includes First Aid, CPR Basic Safety and shipboard Firefighting)
  • 32 Hours: Deckhand Familiarization and Deck Seamanship
  • 8 Hours: Vessel Personnel with Specific Security Duties
  • 16 Hours: Engine Room Familiarization
  • 4 Hours: Crowd Management
  • 35 Hours: Maritime Industry Overview and Career Preparation.

Internship: up to160 Hours

  • The internship duration varies depending on the company’s schedule.  A company with a 2 week “hitch” might  complete 160 hours in 2 weeks, whereas others could be 4 weeks at 40 hours a week.  There is no guarantee of sea time during the internship, but you gain the opportunity to work alongside marine professionals in the field to put into practice knowledge gained in the classroom. Student internship placement is based on multiple factors, including classroom performance, host company needs, and other considerations.

Total: 295 Hours / $4,970

Characteristics of Mariners

  • Enjoy working outdoors and on a team
  • Willing to take instruction from others
  • Willing to work day or night shifts and long hours
  • Accept responsibility and accountability for duties
  • Hard working
  • Love traveling

Payment Options:  cost $4,970.00

  • If you plan on paying your tuition yourself, you must be paid in full to begin class. You may reserve a spot in the class by paying a non-refundable deposit of $1,000.00. The remainder of the payment is due 10 business days before the beginning of the program.
  • If you are between the ages of 18 and 24 years old, you can check with boot camp coordinators to determine if you are eligible for funding through Hampton Roads Workforce Council’s “Out of School Youth” funding. Eligibility for this funding is determined by federal guidelines, and eligibility does not guarantee acceptance. This program funds a limited amount of students each year.
  • If you are 18 years old or over, you may be eligible for a tuition voucher through Virginia Career Works- These are OneStop centers on Glen Rock Road for the Southside,  on Butler Farm Road for the Peninsula, or other regional workforce centers if you are out of the area. Eligibility procedures and requirements vary depending on each workforce center, and does not guarantee acceptance. This program funds a limited number of students each year.
  • If you are out-of-state, you will want to check to see if your workforce board will approve a program accepted by the Virginia Workforce Agencies and whether they cover additional expenses such as transportation and housing.
  • Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy is unable to accept Federal Financial Aid, but may be able to work with you for other types of tuition loans on a case-by-case basis.

Once applicants have determined their source of funding, they should let boot camp staff know, and proceed with next steps. Contact coordinators  at bootcamp@mamatrains.com with questions.

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