PMT - Course Description

Seamanship - Total: 170 hours

Rules of the Road (26 hours) - A comprehensive study of the Nautical Rules of the Road designed to prepare the student for safe and competent operation of vessels on inland and international waters.
Marlinspike (14 hours) - A "hands-on” study of bends, hitches, splices, blocks and tackle, the care and inspection of wire rope, as well as other shipboard "arts of the sea.”
Coast Guard Deck General Exam Preparation (26 hours) - This course is designed for the various Coast Guard examinations up to the 100 Ton Master’s license. Several Coast Guard sample examinations are given throughout the course.
Seamanship & Boating Safety (26 hours) - A study of a variety of subjects from basic nautical terminology to the theory of operation of both sail and power-driven vessels. Practical applications in towing, anchoring, firefighting, pyrotechnic and survival equipment.
Weather (14 hours) - Weather is defined as a science of the atmosphere and its phenomena. Includes the basic principles of meteorology and the practical aspects of oceanography. Also covered are weather warnings and displays, basic cloud formations, the use of a barometer, weather disturbances and storms, winds, waves and swells, and simple forecasting methods.
Boat Handling Power & Sail (62 hours) - Boat handling teaches the theory and operation of power and sail boats. While on board our training vessels, students are instructed in all basic aspects of boat handling and safety procedures, using skills learned in the classroom. This practical training includes dockside procedures, underway maneuvering, anchoring, man overboard drills, including an eight hour voyage. Students are required to provide their own deck shoes and Type-1 Coast Guard approved PFD.
Job Search & Resume Preparation (2 hours) - A group seminar based on a discussion of potential job opportunities, maritime qualifications necessary, avenues of approach, the attitudes and qualities most often successful in the job search area and the introduction to resume preparation.

Navigation - Total: 114 hours

Nav General (14 hours) - Prepares the student to sit for the Nav General Exam up to the 100 Ton Master’s Near Coastal license.
Piloting and Coastal Navigation (68 hours) - The art of conducting a vessel through channels, harbors and along coasts. Once familiar with nautical charts and the marine compass, students are shown various methods of accurately establishing a vessel’s position, and projecting later positions by means of deduced reckoning. Further study will cover the effects of currents and tides, publications and tables followed by 8 hours of practical underway navigation runs.
Electronic Navigation & Communications (32 hours) - Includes the theory and operation of marine electronic equipment such as VHF and SSB radios, GPS,  Loran, Radar, weather FAX, and Chart Plotters.  Practical applications are taught in both the electronics lab and onboard training vessels.

Boat & Engine Maintenance - Total: 76 hours

Boat Maintenance (30 hours) - Practical “hands on” instruction in basic boat repair and prevention necessary to insure proper conditions on any vessel. Designed to develop safe and careful work habits and to create competency in routine boat upkeep. Topics include varnishing and painting techniques, fiberglass care and repair, caulking and maintenance of wooden hulls, etc. Combines classroom theory with practical projects in the maintenance shop.
Marine Mechanical Systems (38 hours) - Designed to give a practical understanding of the operation and routine maintenance of basic mechanical systems aboard small craft with emphasis on diesel and gasoline inboard engines. The subject matter is presented in the classroom and demonstrated in the Chapman School’s engine shop facility and on our vessels.
Vessel Systems (8 hours) - A hands-on crawl through practical approach to learning and maintaining various electrical/mechanical systems onboard most types of vessels. The training includes identification, tracking, drawing and developing inspection and maintenance procedures for equipment such as engines, generators, water makers, air conditioners, AC/DC distribution systems, fresh and hot water systems, waste systems, galley equipment, steering and control systems, and many other systems found throughout a vessel.

STCW 95 - Basic Safety Training - Total: 40 hours

Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities - (4 hours)

Individual shipboard responsibilities, teamwork, communications, health & hygiene, safety equipment, oil pollution and waste regulations, and handling shipboard emergencies.

Personal Survival Techniques – (12 hours)

Designed to teach students the principles of survival at sea.

First Aid - (8 hours)

Designed to prepare the student for emergency treatment of injuries that can occur in a Maritime or Industrial environment. Graduates may receive credit for meeting the CPR and First aid requirement for Coast Guard Licensing.

Basic Marine Firefighting - (16 hours)

Students are taught the theory and application of shipboard firefighting.

***Please note that Firefighting will be held at Port Canaveral Maritime Academy.

Marine Radio Operator - Total: 4 hours

This course confers the authority to operate licensed radio stations in the aviation, marine and international fixed Radio Services– Includes FCC Exam.

Vessel Security Awareness - Total: 4 hours

Provides the knowledge required for crew members involved in working at port facilities and on vessels. Includes the meaning and requirements of the different security levels; emergency procedures & contingency plans; recognition & detection of weapons, dangerous substances, & devices; recognition on a non-discriminatory basis of the characteristics and behavioral patterns of persons likely to threaten security; & techniques used to circumvent security measures.