Deckhand / Mate Training

Educational Objectives

  • To prepare men and women for an advanced recreational boating and cruising lifestyle.
  • To prepare men and women to operate and maintain their vessels for safe, efficient and pleasurable voyaging.
  • To provide a foundation for students with limited "sea time" to enable them to obtain a Merchant Mariner Credential and to enhance their career prospects entering a maritime industry career.
***Students in this program may also choose to transition into Mariner Training or Professional Mariner Training ***

Deckhand / Mate Class Schedule 2023

Course No. Start Date End Date Holidays
01-23 01/09 02/10  
03-23 03/20 04/21  
05-23 05/30 06/30  
08-23 08/07 09/08 09/04
10-23 10/16 11/17  


General Program Requirements

Attendance Requirements

For the 88 hour portion of the program covering; USCG STCW Basic Training; USCG Maritime Security Awareness; USCG Able Seaman Offshore Supply Vessel- "OSV" and the FCC Marine Radio Operator Permit, 100% attendance is required.  Students must attend at least 85 hours (89%) of the final 96 hour portion of the program.  These requirements are strictly enforced whether the absense is excused or unexcused.

Class Schedule

Classes meet daily, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm for all 5 weeks of the program.

Unexcused Absences

More than fourteen (14) hours or two (2) full class days of any unexcused absences in any (3) three week period is considered excessive and  may result in dismissal from the School. 


Any student who takes extensive leave beyond allowed attendance policy limits due to any special circumstances such as prolonged illness, family emergency, etc., will be permitted to re-enter the program at the phase of training that is identical to the one he/she left. 

Earlier phases of training may be repeated at no additional cost as determined by the School.

If a student has been terminated for attendance reasons and can provide evidence to assure that the cause of poor attendance has been eliminated, the student may be re-admitted  on a probationary  basis for a three (3) week period. Seven hours or one full class day of any unexcused absence during this time will cause termination.

Student Responsibilities

Students are required to observe proper standards of personal conduct. Justification for dismissal from the School would include any action that interferes with the ability of fellow students to study, the overall safety of the campus facilities or the smooth running of Chapman School.

Proper dress, including shoes, shirt and pants or shorts must be worn in the classroom and the Administration Building.  Work clothes are recommended for shop and boat maintenance lab work.  To safe guard against infection from minor scrapes or punctures, we suggest obtaining a current tetanus booster.

Grading & Graduation

Tests & Examination

Examinations will be scheduled throughout the program at the end of each course. Instructors may average quizzes or other grades with the examination to determine each grade. The grades that are turned in to the office may be reviewed by the student upon request.

Final Grade

The final course grade will be based on the average of all course grades. Each course grade will be weighted based on the number of hours in each course.  To qualify for graduation the final average must be 70% or higher.

Student Progress

All student records will be kept on file for the viewing by the student and authorized parties.

A standard system of weighted percentages is used for recording student progress. To remain in good standing, a student must maintain an average of 70% or better. If the grades on record at any time period appear to place a student in academic jeopardy, a progress report will be issued and a student/administration conference will be held. The student will be given a period of time during which he/she must pass course work that will bring the average up to satisfactory.

If grades are not brought up to passing, the student may be terminated for unsatisfactory progress. Re-entry will be at the discretion of the School’s administration.


Successfully passing the exams in compliance with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Federal Communications Commission (FCC) & National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) standards will qualify the graduate for the following:

1.  - STCW VI/1 Basic Training

     - STCW VI/6 Maritime Security Awareness

     - Able Seaman- Offshore Supply Vessel -"OSV"

     - FCC Marine Radio Operators Permit

     - NASBLA Safe Boating Certification

2.  Sea Time for all boat handling components of the program. Sea Time will be accredited as deck department sea service associated with bridge watch keeping duties under the supervision of the Master or qualified officer.

Requirements for Graduation - The Chapman School awards a certificate indicating satisfactory completion of Deckhand / Mate Training. All attendance requirements must be met and any financial obligations to the School satisfied. A final average of 70% or higher is required.

Job Search Assistance - An active job search assistance program is maintained. Assistance is afforded to those who maintain satisfactory academic progress and proper standards of personal conduct. The instructors and administration are consulted in these matters.