Each vessel carries a captain, three mates, a chief scientist, three assistant scientists, an engineer, and a steward. The mates and assistant scientists pair up together to lead a watch of about eight students. The mate runs the deck, teaches navigation and sail handling, and ensures the safety of all on deck. All mates are required to have some level of Coast Guard licensing. The assistant scientist runs the lab, leads gear deployments, and assists with student projects. Most scientists have master's degrees or significant outside experience. The steward provides three meals and three snacks a day for over 30 people onboard the boat. The engineer is responsible for maintaining the engine room and ship's systems.
Throughout the course of the year, we hire about 80 people to fill these positions onboard the two vessels. Crew members usually stay on board for two SEA Semesters in a row, or a Semester coupled with short trips or a yard period. Most crew members return year after year. Many are alumni of the program, but this is definitely not a prerequisite for working onboard.
Upcoming Crew Training: December 2013
SEA is accepting registrations for training classes, open to mariners and aspiring mariners interested in advancing their skills. This December 2013, the following courses are scheduled:
I. Wilderness First Responder (WFR):
The Wilderness First Responder program is the ideal medical training for leaders in remote areas including outdoor educators, guides, military, professional search and rescue teams, researchers, and those involved in the marine environment disaster relief. The curriclum is comprehensive and practical. It includes the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments for days and weeks if necessary.
This is a 7-day course offered at SEA, December 6 – 12, 2013 Course Fee: $850.00
II. WFR- Recert :
To be eligible for renewal of certification in this course, students must have successfully completed a Wilderness First Responder Recertification course taught by Wilderness Medical Associates within three years of the end date of the last course taken.
This is a 3-days course offered at SEA, December 13-15, 2013 Course Fee: $400.00
III. Bridge Resource Management (1600 Tons) (BRM):
BRM provides training to mariners seeking an STCW endorsement at the management and operational (Master/Mate) levels.
This is a three day course offered at SEA, December 2 – 4, 2013 Course fee: $550.00
IV. Basic Safety Training (BST):
BST consists of four modules, and is designed to satisfy the basic safety training and familiarization requirements of STCW. These modules include:
a. 12-Hour Personal Survival Techniques
b. Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (offered at New England Maritime, Hyannis, MA)
c. 4-Hour Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities
d. 8 Hour First Aid & CPR
BST modules are offered at SEA, with the exception of Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, which is taught at New England Maritime.
All four BST modules are scheduled over a 5 day period, December 16 – 20, 2013 Course Fee: $950.00
100% attendance is required for USCG approved courses to be eligible for a course completion certificate.
These USCG approved courses and WMA courses are being offered to SEA Faculty, Staff and Crew as well as other interested Mariners. Prices include housing and lunch each training day while at the SEA campus
Current SEA Faculty, Staff and Crew may inquire about tuition assistance for these trainings.
If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Weitzen at email@example.com. For information about Training and Licensing- Click Here.
We hope to see you in December!