PMT - Course Description

Deck General


A study of  basic nautical terminology and legal requirements of vessels.  

Lifesaving/Survival at Sea 

Life saving and survival equipment, rescue techniques, and techniques for survival at sea.

Marlinspike Seamanship      

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.”

Vessel Maneuvering / Handling

The  theory of operation of both sail and power driven vessels.

Fire Prevention / Fire Fighting 

Firefighting techniques, pyrotechnic and survival equipment.

Emergency Procedures 

The application of vessel emergency procedures to vessel operations.


Practical applications and techniques in towing and anchoring.

Maritime Law 

· International-MARPOL 73/78

· National-Loadlines & Vessel Documentation

· Credentialing of Seaman

· Manning requirements



Weather Characteristics

The science of the atmosphere and its phenomena. Includes basic principles of meteorology and practical aspects of oceanography. Also covered are winds, weather warnings and displays, basic cloud formations, using a barometer, weather disturbances and storms, and simple forecasting methods.

Tides and Currents Tables 

Use of these tables in voyage planning.



Boat & Engine Maintenance

Basic Engines
Provides a practical understanding of the operation and routine maintenance of basic mechanical systems aboard vessels, 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.
Boat Maintenance
Practical “hands on” instruction in basic boat repair and prevention. Topics include varnishing and painting techniques, fiberglass care and repair, caulking/maintenance of wooden hulls. 
Engineering Systems
A "hands-on" 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.  Cargo operation, pollution prevention and trailering are also covered.

Navigation & Position Determination

Using nautical charts and the marine compass, students are shown various methods to accurately establish a vessels position and to project later positions via deduced reckoning.  Additional elements cover the effects of currents and tides through use of publications and tide tables.
Electronic Navigation
Includes the theory and operation of marine electronic equipment such as VHF and SSB radios, GPS, Radar, Weather Fax, and Chart Plotters.  This training is supplemented by simulation exercises.  Practical applications are taught in both the electronics lab and onboard training vessels.
Compass Principles 
The principles of compass operation, diviation tables and error correction.


Navigation Rules 
Comprehensive study of Nautical Rules of the Road designed to prepare students for the safe & competent operation of vessels on inland & international waters.
Watchkeeping Principles
The correct procedure to adopt when standing watch.  Helm responsibilities and observation techniques.
Aids to Navigation 
Identification and understanding of the use of Aids to Navigation on waterways.

Underway Boat Handling Exercises

Vessel Maneuvering, Handling & Practical Assessments 
Vessel theory and operation of power and sail boats. Instruction in all basic aspects of boat handling and safety procedures,building on theoretical skills learned. This practical training includes dockside procedures, underway maneuvering, anchoring,  and man overboard drills. 
Students are required to provide their own deck shoes and Type-1 Coast Guard approved PFD.
Simulator Practical Exercises
Simulated exercises incorporating "real world" vessel conditions, vessel traffic, obstacles and lack of visibility.
Navigation Assessments and Practical Exercises
Assessment & sign off of competencies by qualified instructors through practical demonstration of skills by students as listed in log book and asssessment sheets.

STCW - Basic Training

Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities  

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

Personal Survival Techniques 

Designed to teach students the principles of survival at sea.

First Aid

Prepares student in emergency treatment of injuries that can occur in a Maritime or Industrial environment. 

Basic Marine Firefighting 

Students learn the theory & application of shipboard firefighting.

Please note that Firefighting is held at Port Canaveral Maritime Academy.


Marine Radio Operator

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

Maritime Security Awareness

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.


Commercial Assistance Towing Endorsement 

Towing theory, practical demonstrations and USCG testing.

Auxiliary Sail Endorsement 

Sail theory, practical application and USCG Testing.

Job Search & Resume Prep

Group seminar with discussion of job opportunities, maritime qualifications necessary, avenues of approach, attitudes & qualities successful in the job search area and introduction to resume preparation.