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-week training program and a four week 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. The internship program as an OS will provide you with 10 days of completed of the 180 day requirement of days of service on ocean or near coastal vessels.
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
- 8 Hours: Crisis Management / Human Behavior
- 7 Hours: Crowd Management
- 40 Hours: Maritime Industry Overview and Career Preparation.
Internship: 160 Hours
- 4 weeks of maritime company closed by administrators
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
- 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 17 ½ and 24 years old, you can check with boot camp coordinators to determine if you are eligible for funding through Opportunity Inc’s “Out of School Youth” grant. 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 the Workforce Development Centers- These are OneStop on Glen Rock Road for the Southside, The Peninsula Worklink Center 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 Caroline or Janice at 757-200-9145 with questions.