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Upcoming Training Classes

Crew Trainings offered at SEA: 2021 - 2022

SEA is accepting registrations for training classes, open to Mariners, Aspiring Mariners and Outdoor Educators interested in advancing their skills.  These USCG approved courses are being offered to SEA Faculty, Staff and Crew as well as other interested Mariners and Outdoor Educators. 

If you are interested in pre-registering or have any questions about these course offerings, please contact us at


Wilderness First Responder (WFR) / USCG Medical Care Provider:

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 curriculum 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. Certification is from Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA).

This Medical Care Provider course is also approved by the USCG to satisfy the Medical First Aid training requirements of 46 CFR 12.13-1: and the competency to apply immediate first aid in the event of accident or illness on board of Section A-VI/4 and Table A-VI/4-1 of the STCW Code, as amended.

Course Dates: Dec. 7-13, 2021
Course Tuition: $850

For more information use this link to see the course description on the WMA website:



Wilderness First Responder- Recertification Course (WFR- Recert):

The WMA Open Recertification course is open to graduates of all wilderness medical training courses of 64 hours or longer with a current Wilderness First Responder certification. Successful graduates of this course will receive Wilderness Medical Associates’ Wilderness First Responder, re-certification.

Class Dates: Dec. 3-5, 2021

Course Tuition: $400

For more information use this link to see the course description on the WMA website:



Basic Training (BT)- previously known as Basic Safety Training (BST):

BT consists of four modules, and is designed to satisfy the basic training and familiarization requirements of STCW.  These modules include:

a. 12-Hour Personal Survival Techniques
b. Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
c. 4-Hour Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities
d. 8 Hour First Aid & CPR

BT modules are offered at SEA, with the exception of Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting.

Course Dates: Dec. 14-18, 2021
Course Tuition: $1200



Bridge Resource Management (BRM- 1600 tons):

BRM provides training to mariners seeking an STCW endorsement at a management and operational (Master/Mate) level.

Class Dates:  2022




Leadership and Managerial Skills (LMS):

LMS course covers the principles of the leadership and management in a shipboard environment.  The goal of SEA’s LMS course is to meet the requirements of 46 CFR 11.3. Through lectures, discussions of case studies, and hypothetical situation exercises, the learning objective for this course is to provide watch officers with a practical understanding leadership and teamwork as applied to resource management, task and workload management, and decision-making techniques -- as per the guidance outlined in Section A-II/2 and A-III/2 of the STCW code.

Class Dates: 2022




Celestial Navigation/ Ocean Navigation (500 - 1600 tons Oceans):

This is an 80-hour (10 days x 8 hours/day) course designed to satisfy the USCG oceans naviation professional examination requirements for increasing the scope of an endorsement from Near Coastal to Oceans for Mate or Master of self-propelled vessels less that 500 or 1600 Gross Registered Tons (GRT).

An applicant of USCG credentials who has successfully completed this Celestial Naviation (<500/1600 tons) (PRANAV-107) course within 1-year of making their application will satisfy the oceans navigation professional examination for increasing the scope of an endorsement as Mate or Master of self propelled vessels of less than 500 or 1600 GRT, from near coastal to oceans.  Applicants may be credited for completion of assessments 1.1A, 1.1B, 1.1C, 1.1D, 1.1E and 1.1F from NVIC 12-14, provided they submit assessement sheets signed by either the instructor approved for this course or by authorized USCF personnel.

Pre-requisites: Coastal Naviation Experience or Coastal Navigation Training.

Class Dates: 2022




*Discounts Offered:

SEA is offering a 10% discount on course tuition to:

  • Crewmembers of Tall Ships America member vessels
  • Tall Ships America members
  • U.S. Sailing Association members
  • SEA Semester Alums

Current SEA Faculty, Staff and Crew may inquire about tuition assistance for these trainings.


Registration and Logistics:

If you are interested in pre-registering or have any questions about these course offerings, please contact the  SEA Marine Department at

  • The classes are held on the SEA campus in Woods Hole, MA.
  • Housing is available in dormitory style cottages on campus for a maintenance fee of $25 per course.  
  • Food provided: Lunch, a light breakfast, morning and afternoon snack are provided on days class is held on the SEA campus (firefighting excluded). Dinner is not provided.
  • Proof of full vaccination for Covid-19 is required to attend these trainings.


100% attendance is required to be eligible for a USCG Approved Course Completion Certificate.


We look forward to seeing you in Woods Hole!