Interested in learning the basics of boat handling, basic navigation and chart plotting/reading, especially on the intracoastal waterways, understanding navigational signage, and how to DOCK your boat in tight spaces safely? The Chapman School of Seamanship will make you a confident owner/captain of your own boat in 5 days! My husband and I were privileged to have Captain Gary as our instructor in the classroom and on a twin-engine inboard 30'+ vessel and it was wonderful! We currently live in Iowa and own a boat on a fresh-water lake. We chose to take this course as our 25th wedding anniversary celebration, as a step toward our Florida boating retirement dreams. Practical, hands-on, and time on the water. We received our certificate of completion in level CPC 1000, which doubles as completion for a Florida boat owner's requirement. We are planning our next level course now. I highly recommend this course!
Bill and Sharon
Sharon "Learing at the Helm" with Captain Gary
2011 PMT GRADUATE
As a Chapman Alumni I am proud to have gone to such a great school. I knew from 8th grade that I wanted to be on the ocean no matter what it took. I had been on the water all my life.
I began my search for schools once I left high school and stumbled upon Chapman School. I immediately applied and also went down to tour the facilities. Everything from the apartments to the classrooms exceed expectation. The location couldn't get any better either.
With the hands on learning and great staff I was able to pass the Professional Mariner Training Program including the 100 Ton Masters Coast Guard exams with flying colors. This has lead me to an exciting career in the maritime industry. In March of 2012 I was able to become a ferry Captain in Maine for two seasons aboard two different vessels. However the school always says to go big in your dreams. So of course I kept aspiring to bigger and better opportunities.
In April of 2014 I was interviewed and hired on as a Chief Mate for American Cruise Lines. Currently I have worked as Chief Mate on the Queen of the Mississippi a 300' paddle wheel cruise ship and Chief Mate on the 166' Ocean Going cruise ship so far. This fall I will be sent out to the Queen of the West a 250' paddle wheel cruise ship. My goal with this company is to become a captain.
Chapman's has helped me achieve my goals and become a better vessel master. Thanks to all the staff!
Capt. Scott E.
U.S.C.G. 100 Ton Master Near Coastal
In 1979, Jim Russell met the entrance requirements of the California Maritime Academy except for his age. He was older than 24 and thus ineligible for admission. A friend told him about the Chapman School of Seamanship then located in Palm City, Florida so he enrolled in what is known today as the Professional Mariner Training course. In a recent interview, he recalled there was “…no A/C in the dorm rooms but they did have a galley with a cook and the meals were pretty darn good.” He remarked that Captain Castle, co-founder and Administrator of the School at the time, “…was a no-nonsense guy and ran things accordingly.”
On graduating from the Chapman School, Jim returned to his home state of California and began a long career in the marine industry. He cut his teeth delivering boats up and down the West coast of California and Mexico and elsewhere in the U.S., but the money was less than he could get in other sectors of the industry. He moved onto the yacht tender Chaperone at Indiantown, FL and served on her working for America’s Cup yachts Freedom and Enterprise as they defended the Cup against an aggressive Australian team.
Returning to California, Jim went to work on oil field support vessels offshore Santa Barbara rising through the ranks to Captain for C & C Boats and Ocean Marine Services. In 1985 he moved to tug boats as mate/engineer and soon became a tug captain hauling oil barges, cargo barges, cranes and related equipment. In 1990, Jim moved into harbor tugs and became captain of a 5,000 HP Azimuth Stern Drive (AZD) tug. In 2007, Jim became Port Captain for Foss Maritme in charge of 26 captains and mates, and 9 tugs in San Diego and Long Beach, CA.
Jim Russell left tug boats to become a surveyor and recently graduated from the Chapman School Yacht & Small Craft Surveying course.
We want to extend our deepest thanks to you and all your staff, for what, I can only say is a blessing in our son Joshua's life.
Joshua attended Chapman's a few years back and took the Summer Youth Basic, the CPC 1000 and Youth Voyager programs.
Joshua always struggled in school with accommodations in place, so for him to feel comfortable in a classroom environment was an impossible task in hand.
But, at Chapman's he found his love for life! With the drive he obtained, through all the emotional support and everyone believing in him as well as his own skills, he finally completed the USCG License Training Program and passed the examination for his Captains License. He is proud to hold his USCG Captain's License, his advanced Divers card, and STCW.
Immediately after he completed his training, he was successful in acquiring a position on a new 207' private yacht being launched in Italy, and he will be one of the first on board! He had three interviews and the Captain was hesitant at first as he was only 19! "and so qualified for such a young age”, his passion showed through in his personality and carried him to succeed.
He is now in Italy and as soon as the boat is launched, he will be experiencing his first transatlantic trip. A dream none of us could have ever imagined.
So, thank you Chapman's! My other son will be with you next summer!! And now that my husband and I are purchasing a larger vessel, I will be attending courses myself.
All the instructors are very experienced and excellent at passing their knowledge to every type of student. I looked forward to every class, especially navigation with Captain Jack. All the knowledge I gained was priceless and will stick with me throughout my life.
After graduating Jack said enjoy the break and a month from now start looking for work. Again opportunity found me, when Bruce called to notify me of a live aboard job on a 223 foot motor yacht that cruises to the Caribbean all winter and to the Mediterranean all summer. I couldn't be more excited and I started a week later. I'm absolutely loving every minute of my job. I never thought I would start such an incredible job so soon after graduating. I wish I would have gone to Chapman straight out of high school.
Big thanks to Chapman and the entire staff for all their work and care. You really can tell they love what they do. And you will love your experience there and the lifetime career assistance.
I am thrilled I took the OUPV and Master's course at Chapman's. Not only was I amazed at how much I learned and retained, thanks to the excellent instruction of Tom Swank and the way the school structured the course work -- including films which dramatically drive a lesson home. I passed with flying colors on the first try --can't beat that!
Thank you Chapman's!Call me Captain