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100Ton to 200Ton US Coast Guard Upgrade Course (DOWNMI-526) *

40 Clock Hours

24 hour upgrade Master 100 tons to Master 200 tons Course Tuition: 4 Day $625.00

Course Description:

This course is highly recommended for mariners who have the sea time. In our current licensing environment with fluid interpretation of the regulations and additional regulations looming on the horizon, we strongly recommend that the mariner get the highest & best license they can now.  See USCG checklists http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/checklists.asp.

This course consists of 3 tests. Rules of the Road, Navigation Practical (Plotting) and a General Subjects examination. The Rules and Navigation exams are the same as you took for your 100 ton masters exam and little to no work will be done with these topic in class. Therefore you must come prepared to take those examination. If it has been some time since you took these exams, we have a set of training manuals that you should purchase in advance of the class. The General

 

Subjects exam is the new material that will be covered in this course. Expect 3 days of class and the following day for morning testing.

USCG Approval description:

Any applicant who has successfully completed your 24-Hour Upgrade Master 100 Tons to Master 200 Tons course and presented your certificate of training WITHIN ONE YEAR of the completion of training will satisfy all examination requirements for upgrade of a merchant mariner credential from Master of Steam or Motor Vessels of Not More than 100 Gross Registered Tons Upon Near Coastal Wasters to master of Steam or Motor Vessels of Not More than 200 Gross Registered Tons Upon Near Coastal Waters. This course will not satisfy any other merchant mariner credential examination requirements.

100 Ton Master/Mate

Course Tuition: $1,360.00

Course Description:

100 Ton Master or Mate course is usually the first deck officer’s license that a mariner will receive.  It is issued as a 100 ton license that may be limited to 25 or 50 tons or may go as high as 200 gross tons (with the upgrade course) and rated for Inland or Near Coastal waters. Oceans endorsements can also be done here but will require additional training and are somewhat costly and perhaps unnecessary for the water you will be operating in. When starting out we recommend that the mariner endeavor for the Near Coastal and/or Inland endorsement substantially reducing your wait time with the NMC.

 

This is a very thorough course. Studying is definitely required. This course is the foundation for all upper level deck officer licenses and one should come mentally prepared for this exciting challenge. Our passing rate is very high, but will require your dedication. No less so than the responsibilities of being a master of a vessel.

 

 

100 Ton Master/Mate Able Seaman Combo *

80 Clock Hours Course Tuition: $1,855.00

Course Description:

100 Ton Master or Mate course is usually the first deck officer’s license that a mariner will receive.  It is issued as a 100 ton license that may be limited to 25 or 50 tons or may go as high as 200 gross tons (with the upgrade course) and rated for Inland or Near Coastal waters. Oceans endorsements can also be done here but will require additional training and are somewhat costly and perhaps unnecessary for the water you will be operating in. When starting out we recommend that the mariner endeavor for the Near Coastal and/or Inland endorsement substantially reducing your wait time with the NMC.

 

In order to upgrade from 100/200 ton master to upper level deck officers licenses you will need among other things an Able Seaman’s ticket. Because the AB course is repetitive of the 100 masters general subject module, we can offer you the AB course during the GS module. You will need another battery of tests and a fee will be charged in addition to the masters course. Clearly one can see the financial and time savings in this offering. You may also do the testing within one year of the class.

 

This is a very thorough course. Studying is definitely required. This course is the foundation for all upper level deck officer licenses and one should come mentally prepared for this exciting challenge. Our passing rate is very high, but will require your dedication. No less so than the responsibilities of being a master of a vessel.

 

500 / 1600 Gross Tons (3000 ITC) 3rd and 2nd Mates *

80 Clock Hours

Course Tuition: $1147.50 for 1 week and $2295.00 for two weeks. 

"Any part of a day shall be considered as a full day unless otherwise agreed upon." 

Adv. Nav. 40 Hours

Course Description:

This is usually a custom program designed to meet the students schedule and needs. Typically students the most work in terrestrial and celestial navigation. Students should check with their REC for prior approval before taking the course. Course is geared to all endorsed waters: Inland, Near Coastal or Oceans. Price will vary depending on needs of student.

This course is for those who are testing out at the 500 or 1600 Master / Mate or 3rd & 2nd Mates level with the USCG. This is a preparation course for the USCG examinations. It is a challenging course because some of the material is not commonly used in all discipline in the merchant fleet. This course is commonly customized to meet the needs of the student.

Normally I will give you our text book to work through in advance. The text is $45.00. Than you can come back to me with a focus on what you want to have done. This course is offered during our Celestial Navigation course or by appointment. Please call for an appointment date.

If you need or wish additional CG examination preparation please contact us 207-382-3037.

 

Able Seaman (DOWNMI-1) *

40 Clock Hours

Course Tuition: 5 Days $995.00

Course Description:

The Able Seaman is an excellent starting point for one wishing to transition into the merchant marines. It will give you an opportunity to see what is out there and how much further you may wish to proceed, if at all, in the licensing game. All those wishing to become upper level deck officers will be required to hold an AB ticket.

The AB license has several different levels and one should review the “Able Seaman Certification Requirement Guidelines” listed below and the “checklists” found on the NMC’s web page: Instructors will go over the requirements at the beginning of the AB class for further clarification.

Please see the USCG checklist page for further information: http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/checklists.asp

 

The AB certificate issued by DMI alone will not get you your AB endorsement. You must also complete a Basic Safety Training (BST) class and complete a Proficiency in Survival Craft (PSC) course. Please refer to the description of these courses.

USCG Approval Description:

Any applicant who has successfully completed your 40 hour Able Seaman course and presents you Certificate of Training at a Regional Exam Center WITHIN ONE YEAR of the completion of training, will satisfy the written examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.05-9 for the “Deck & Navigation General/ Deck Safety” and “Deck General & Safety / Rules of the Road” exam modules for any Able Seaman endorsement; AND the written “Survival Craft” examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.05-9 for any endorsement as Able Seaman restricted to vessels without lifeboats (exam module 441xx) AND the practical (knot tying ) examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.05-9 for any Able Seaman endorsement.

Advanced Fire Fighting (MIDCFA-15) *

32 Clock Hours

Course Tuition: $ 920.00

Course Description:

This is a 32 hour advanced firefighting course that meets the requirements of section A-VI/3 and table A-VI/3 of the STCW Code and the fire prevention and firefighting requirements of 46CFR 11.202(b)(2) and the advanced firefighting training requirements of 46 CFR 11.205(d) and

11.401 (g)(1) for a credential. You must have completed a basic firefighting course in the past to take this advance fire course and bring proof of basic fire course to the first day of class. Downeast Maritime Inc. Basic Fire Fighting course will be offered the same month as advanced fire for students needing to meet this requirement. This course involves both classroom and practical firefighting evolutions. Advanced Only (4 days) $800.00 Basic and Advanced Combination (6 days) $1210.00.

This course is offered by Midcoast First Aid through Downeast Maritime.

 

Advanced Fire Refresher (MIDCFA-697)

Course Tuition: $475.00

Course Description:

Advanced Fire Refresher: This two day course aims to provide refresher training for candidates in specific duties and responsibilities related to firefighting leadership, command, and fire separation and planning in accordance with Section A-VI/3 of the STCW Code. The emphasis of this training will be on command, organization and tactics.

This course is offered by Midcoast First Aid through Downeast Maritime.

 

Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation (MIDCFA-777)

Course Tuition: $400.00

Course Description:

Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: This is a one day course that any applicant who has successfully completed will get a certificate in Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation course that will satisfy the requirements of STCW Code Section A-VI/3 and 46 CFR 11.201(h)(1), and 11.303(d), provided that the mariner has at least 1 year of sea service within the last 5 years. NIVC 09-04 Tasks 1.3.A, 1.5.A, 2.1.A, 2.1.B, 3.1.A, 3.1.B, 4.1.A, 4.1.B, AND 4.1.C for in advance firefighting revalidation will be completed during this course. 

 

Advanced (Terrestrial) Navigation *

80 Clock Hours

Course Tuition: $2295.00

Course Description:

This new course is designed to prepare mariners for one of the most challenging modules required for deck licenses of 500 to unlimited tonnages. Namely modules #145 and #205 are considered the most difficult to pass, as it takes 90% to pass with only 10 questions given. This 80 hr course requires some prior navigation experience, such as holding a 200 Ton license and or, the ability to do time-distance-speed problems, understanding TVMDC, and a good understanding of how to use a non-programmable calculator. The student “must” possess the necessary materials and instruments before starting the course, as they will not be provided by Downeast Maritime. Please see checklist below.

 

Course Locations: Thomaston Classroom or Coosaw Classroom depending on space. Minimum / Maximum Classroom size: 2 / 6 students.

Instructors: Dr. Shawn Ahearn and Capt. Lindsey Pinkham

TERRESTRIAL NAVIGATION CHECKLIST

CALCULATOR Texas Instruments Ti-30 PENCILS + Erasers

TRIANGLES (2)

DIVIDERS Weems & Plath UNIVERSAL PLOT SHEETS MANUEVERING BOARDS #5090 NAUTICAL ALMANAC (1981 Reprint)

TIDE AND CURRENT TABLES (1983 Reprint) BOWDITCH 1981 VOLUME II

H.O. 229’s for LATITUDES LEGAL PADS + NOTE PAPER

 

Auxiliary Sail (DOWNMI-45) *

4 Clock Hours

Course Tuition: 4 Hours $110.00

Done by appointment: The most appropriate times are during the master/mates course.

Course Description:

The auxiliary sail endorsement is normally attached to a master’s license as an endorsement to operate sailing vessel also equipped with power. This is a relatively simple course and examination. However, a word of caution, if you are a competent sailor, as most are, you are probably somewhat specialized in this field. Therefore, it is imperative that you study the CG questions on sail. They are attempting to cover a very broad topic area that may or may not agree with how you perform certain operations or your opinion how it should be done. They are the boss, there answers are the right answers. I will be happy to provide you will the address to those who make the questions and after you pass this test so you can discuss your views with them.

This could make your life more complicated and is not recommended.

 

USCG Approval description:

Any applicant who has successfully completed your 4-hour Auxiliary Sail course and presents your Certificate of Training at a Regional Exam Center within one year of the completion of training, will satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR 10.205(I) for an Auxiliary Sail endorsement to any deck license up to 200 gross tons.

 

Basic Training - STCW - 5 Days $1,299.00 *

40 Clock Hours

Course Description:

BST is a course that the USCG currently requires for all Ocean and AB endorsements. This USCG approved BST course includes: Personal Survival Techniques, Personal Safety and Responsibility (Both 2 Days), Basic Firefighting (2 Days) and First Aid and CPR (1 Day).

 The four courses listed above maybe taken separately if needed. Fulfilling the requirements of the Personal Survival Techniques and Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities will meet the requirements of the Proficiency in Survival Craft Restricted with the completion of additional testing. A fee of $225.00 only will be charged if taken in conjunction with BST &/or within one year. Please see course description for further information.

 

The Personal Survival Techniques component requires a session of practical training in the pool with survival gear and so forth. Mariners need to bring a set of cloths (pants, swim gear, shirt and towel) that will be worn in the pool. Showers available.

 

Basic Fire Fighting component requires training at a fire facility. This can be dirty, sweaty work. In the summer it is hot with all the turn out gear on. Therefore feel free to bring an extra set of clothes. No showers available. Please dress appropriately for winter. Also note that the USCG requires a proper fitting mask on the SCBA units. 

 

 USCG Approval Description:

 Any applicant who has successfully completed your 14-hour Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities course will satisfy the Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities training requirements of 46 CFR 10.205 (1)(4) and Section A-VI/1 and Table A-VI/1-4 of the STCW Code. (DOWNMI-357)

 

 Any applicant who has successfully completed your 15-hour Personal Survival Techniques course will satisfy the Personal Survival Techniques training requirements of Section A-VI/1 and Table A-VI/1 of the STCW Code and 46 CFR 10.205(1)(1). (DOWNMI-363)

  

 Any applicant who has successfully completed your 16-hour Basic Fire Fighting Course will satisfy the:

 

A.) The Basic Safety Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting training requirements of Section A-VI/1 and Table A-VI/1-2 of the STCW Code and 46 CFR 10.205(1)(2); AND

B.) the Basic Fire Fighting training requirements of 46 CFR 10.205(g) and 10.401(g)(1) for a license; AND

 C.) the Fire Fighting training requirements of 46 CFR 13.113(d)(2)(I)(A), 13.113(e)(1)(I)(A) or (B), 13.201(e), 13.301(e), 13.401(d) or 13.501(e) for any tanker man endorsements.

 Elementary First Aid and CPR($295.00) component of BST are conducted by Mid Coast First Aid owned and operated by Capt. Lindsey Pinkham, a DMI instructor. USCG approval for this course is owned by Mid Coast First Aid at 207-380-4661

 

Basic Safety Training Refresher (DOWNMI-68)

Course Tuition: $775.00

Course Description:

Any applicant who has already previously completed a full Basic Safety Training and need to meet the requirements of 46 CFR 11.206(b) may take a Basic Safety Training Refresher in place of a full Basic Safety Training Course. This course is three days and is comprised of day of each the following firefighting, elementary first aid, and personal survival. There is both classroom and practical components to each day of the training. Anyone who successfully completes this course ill meets the requirements VI-I of the STCW Code.

Basic Training Revalidation- $475.00

Any applicant who has already previously completed a full Basic Safety Training and need to meet the requirements of STCW as amended 2010 Basic Training Revalidation maybe taken in place of a full Basic Safety Training Course. This course is two half days and is comprised Personal Survival Techniques and Fire Prevention/Fire Fighting to meet the requirements of section A-VI/1 of the STCW code and 46 CFR.

USCG Description:

Applicants who successfully complete Basic Training Revalidation course will satisfy the continued competency requirements for Personal Survival Techniques and Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting as amended 2010, section A-VI/1, 46 CFR 11.302(d) and 46 CFR 12.602 (d) provided that they have at least 1 year of sea service in the last 5 years.

Basic Safety Training with PSC-R *

40 Clock Hours Course Tuition: $1,524.00

This is a great course to take to meet the PSC requirements for your AB ticket. Generally speaking this is a day and a half of class with a strong pool, survival, and life raft training. You will be in the pool with a set of clothes on. Tee shirt or regular shirt, pants (without holes in them) and swim gear.  Towel etc. for afterwards.  A lot of fun!  This training is very similar to our BST survival training. In fact if you take our BST, and it must be ours, within one year, you may test out on PSC restricted during this course.  Pay for the BST and the charge is $200.00.

 

Celestial Navigation for 200 Gross Tons *

40 Clock Hours

Course Tuition: $1030.00 200 GT (DOWNMI-104) Note: 1st week is also for the 200 ton level.

Course Description:

This is a big one. Used for hundreds of years as a primary means of navigation. Even in our modern age, once you understand C-nav you will question why anyone would ever go to sea without knowing it. In the beginning it can be very challenging and somewhat abstract.

Fortunately we have approximately twenty years of very successful teaching experience with this subject. Mariners should come to class with a strong understanding of terrestrial navigation so that valuable time is not lost relearning those skills.

USCG Approval description:

Any applicant who has successfully completed your 40 hour Celestial Navigation (200 Tons) course presents you Certificate of Training at a Regional Exam Center WITHIN ONE YEAR of the completion of training, will satisfy the celestial navigation examination requirements of 46 CFR 10.215(c) and 10.401(d) for any deck license up to Master Not More 200 Gross Tons.

 

Celestial Navigation for 500-1600 Gross Tons *

80 Clock Hours

Course Tuition: $1600.00 for 2 + $1895.00 for 1 500/1600 GT (DOWNMI-107) Note: 1st week is also for the 200 ton level.

Course Description:

This is a big one. Used for hundreds of years as a primary means of navigation. Even in our modern age, once you understand C-nav you will question why anyone would ever go to sea without knowing it. In the beginning it can be very challenging and somewhat abstract.

Fortunately we have approximately twenty years of very successful teaching experience with this subject. Mariners should come to class with a strong understanding of terrestrial navigation so that valuable time is not lost relearning those skills.

USCG Approval description:

Any applicant who has successfully completed your 80 hour Celestial Navigation (500/1600 Tons) course presents you Certificate of Training at a Regional Exam Center WITHIN ONE YEAR of the completion of training, will satisfy the celestial navigation examination requirements of 46 CFR 10.215(c) and 10.401 (d) for any deck license up to Master Not More Than 500/1600 Gross Tons. Unfortunately this approval letter does not specify the exam modules but these are the ones used in the past 186xx or 206xx.

 

CPR for the Community and Work Place

Course Tuition: $55.00

Course Description:

This CPR course is taught off the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) standards. The goal of this class is to teach the student basic CPR skills, automated external defibrillator (AED) use and foreign body airway obstructions management. Any student who successfully completes this course will be issued an ASHI certification card. CPR for the Community and Work Place (Original) and (Renewal)

 

CPR for the Professional Rescuer

Course Tuition: $85.00

Course Description:

This course is for those individuals who are entering a medical profession or are currently in a medical profession and need to renew their CPR. This course covers CPR, AED use, foreign body airway obstructions and scene management. Any student who successfully completes this course will be issued an ASHI certification card.

Elementary First Aid (MIDCFA-183) *

10 Clock Hours

Course Tuition: $295.00

Course Description:

Elementary First Aid: This is an introduction to basic first aid and CPR, which will give students the knowledge to deal with medical emergencies till more qualified trained personnel arrive.

Any applicant who successful completes this course will satisfy the Basic Safety-Elementary First Aid training requirements of Section A-VI/1 and Table A-VI/1-3 of the STCW Code and 46 CFR 11.202(b)(3). If presented within one year of completion date of training the First Aid and

 

CPR training requirements of 46+ CFR 11.205(e)(1)(ii) and 11.205 (e)(2)(iii) for original issuance of an officers endorsement.

This course is offered by Midcoast First Aid through Downeast Maritime.

Flashing Lights (Visual Communications) *

10 Clock Hours

1 Day Course Tuition: $200.00

Course Description:

Flashing Lights is done by appointment. Generally speaking, we try and schedule the appointment during a celestial navigation course. This is an oldie but goody. There was the day when this was used quite a bit, not so much anymore, but who cares. In our efforts to be more like the Europeans, i.e. STCW, anyone wishing to obtain an upper level deck officers license is required to have this course.

Mariners are strongly encouraged to obtain the practice flashing lights disk from hawsepipe.net to practice. Depending on your skill level you may even be able to practice from this or other web pages without having to purchase the software. We will be using 4 words per minute which is considered very slow.

USCG Approval description:

Any applicant who has successfully completed your 1-day Visual Communications (Flashing Light) course will satisfy the practical signaling examination requirements (flashing light) of 46 CFR 10.401(h) if presented WITHIN ONE YEAR of the completion of training AND will be considered to have successfully demonstrated the equivalent of assessment OICNW-4-1A from the National Assessment Guidelines for Table A-I1/1 of the STCW Code. Applicants who have successfully completed your course need not present a completed “Control Sheet” for this assessment in application for STCW certification.

Fishing Vessel Drill Instructor

Course Tuition: $415.00

Course Description:

Your course curriculum and instructors credentials have been evaluated and are accepted as meeting the Coast Guard standards for fishermen training requirements as set forth in title 46, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 28.270(a) and (c). Course for larger groups are scheduled by appointment.

 

Leadership and Teamwork (DOWNMI-768)

Course Tuition: $985.00

Course Description:

Any applicant who has successfully completed your Leadership and Teamworking Skills (DOWNMI-768) course will satisfy:

  1. The Leadership and Team working Skills within 46 CFR 11.309; 46 CFR 11.319; CFR 11.321; AND, the specific tasks from the National Assessment Guidelines found in NNIC 12- 14(Tasks 18.1, A-18, 5,A); AND,

  2. The Leadership and Team working Skills within 46 CFR 11.329; AND the specific task form the National Assessment Guidelines found in NVIC 17-14 (Tasks 16.1A-16.4.A)

 

Leadership and Management

Course Tuition: $1200.00

Course Description:

Any applicant who has successfully completed your Leadership and Managerial Skills (DOWNMI-751) course will satisfy:

The Leadership and Team working Skills within 46 CFR 11.309; 46 CFR 11.319; 46 CFR 11.321; AND the specific tasks from the National Assessment Guidelines found in NVIC 12-14 (Tasks 18.1.A-18.5.A) for an endorsement as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch.

The Leadership and Team working Skills within 46 CFR 11.39; AND the specific tasks from the National Assessment Guidelines found in NVIC 17-14 (Tasks 16.1.A-16.4.A) for an endorsement as Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch.

The Leadership and Managerial Skills requirements within 46 CFR 11.305; 46 CFR 11.307; 46

CFR 11.311; 46 CFR 11.313; 46 CFR 11.315; 46 CFR 11.317; 46 CFR 11.325; 46 CFR 11.327;

46 CFR 11.331; 46 CFR 11.333; AND

The specific tasks found in NVIC 10-14 (Tasks 18.1.A-18.2.A), NVIC 11-14 (Tasks 18.1.A- 18.3.A), NVIC 15-14 (Task 7.1.D, 11.1.A, and 14.1.A, and NVIC 16-14 (Task 14.1.A)

Applicants who have successfully completed your course need not present completed Task Control Sheets for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

 

Limited Masters - Launch Tender *

16 Clock Hours

2 Day 16 hours Course Tuition: $315.00

Course Description:

This is a wonderful license to start your career or maintain it. This license is issued as either a Master or Operator license. At 17 years old you can get the operator’s license and at 18 it is upgradable to the Masters level. Operators can only carry 6 passengers regardless of what the vessel is rated for and Master can carry what the CG has rated the vessel for. In busy harbors this can be great summer income while being outside playing on boats. It is also an excellent way to build sea time while doing more boat handling in one summer than some master ocean unlimited will do in an entire career.

This license use to be issued by the Regional Examination Centers. Today you must go through all the steps as anyone else trying to get a license. Therefore, it is imperative that the candidate plan ahead, this means the dead of winter, and start the process. Otherwise you will not be ready for the summer season.

We have had Doctors, lawyers, cadets from the Merchant Marine Academy's, Master Ocean unlimited and everyone in between work launch tender jobs. A splendid experience and a great way to meet new people.

USCG Approval Description:

Any applicant who has successfully completed your 16- hour Limited Master - launch Tender course and presents your Certificate of Training within one year of completion of training, will satisfy the safe boating course requirements of 46 CFR 11.456(b) and 11.467(g)(2); AND the examination requirement of 46 CFR 11.456(c) or 11.467(g)(3) for original issuance, renewal, or re issuance of a license as Limited Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels or Master of Self Propelled Vessels Engaged In Launch Tender Service Upon Inland Waters (Not More Than ½ Nautical Mile from Shore). Applicants must present evidence of current employment with a yacht club, marina or other organization as specified in 46 CFR 11.456 an 11.467(g) and their license will be limited to their employment with that organization and to the specific geographic location or body of water in which that organization is located.

 

Marine Radio Licenses

Schedule: Done by appointment

$35.00 (exam proctor fee for element 1) Marine Radio Operators License (MROL Element 1) & $45.00 Global Marine Distress Ships Systems (GMDSS Element 7). If both Element 1 and 7 are taken at the same time $75.00

We are an examination center for the FCC exams done in conjunction with the National Association of Radio Telegraph Engineers or INARTE.

 

INARTE owes the tests and has the FCC approval. We act as a licensed proctor for the tests. Registration for the tests are done with Exemplar Global at www.exemplarglobal.org or 1-800- 722-2440. Once you are registered with them all that is left is for us to do is to make an appointment for you to take your exam (s).

Exemplar Global has information regarding obtaining the FCC pool of question to study from.

 

Master/Mate 100 Ton Course (DOWNMI-281) *

90 Clock Hours

90 hours (Two Weeks) Course Tuition: $1,360.000 Books included values at $189.00 Commercial Assistance Towing included as an endorsement:

Please see USCG checklists: http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/checklists.asp.

Course Description:

100 Ton Master or Mate course is usually the first deck officer’s license that a mariner will receive. It is issued as a 100 ton license that maybe limited to 25 or 50 tons or may go as high as 200 gross tons (with the upgrade course) and rated for Inland or Near Coastal waters. Oceans endorsements can also be done here but will require additional training and are somewhat costly and perhaps unnecessary for the water you will be operating in. When starting out we recommend that the mariner endeavor for the Near Coastal &/or Inland endorsement substantially reducing your wait time with the NMC.

In order to upgrade from 100/200 ton master to upper level deck officer licenses you will need among other things an Able Seaman’s ticket. Because the AB course is repetitive of the 100 master’s general subject module, we can offer you the AB course during the GS module. You will need another battery of tests and a fee of $450.00 will be charged in addition to the master’s course. Clearly one can see the finical and time savings in this offering. You may also do the testing within one year of the class.

This is a very thorough course. Studying is definitely required. This course is the foundation for all upper level deck officer licenses and one should come mentally prepared for this exciting challenge. Our passing rate is very high, but will require your dedication. No less so than the responsibilities of being a master of a vessel.

A quick word on what’s called the Operator of Un- inspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV) or Six Pack licenses (and no this does not have anything to do with how much you can drink). If you have the sea time for a six pack, you have the sea time for a Masters License. Do not accept less for yourself. Go for the professional Masters License. You will have some additional classroom time, but it is well worth the effort. The beach is full of six pack operators.

Navigation Tools: Students will need 2 navigational triangles (parallel rulers are not as good), a TI 30xa calculator, a set of dividers that do not wobble, and a good white eraser.

 

Commercial Assistant Towing endorsement is included with this course. It is a separate test and will be given to the mariner. Please note that this is not for full size tug boats. That is called a towing master or mate. This would be used to tow most commonly yachts broken down although it does have some other applications. An excellent endorsement to your license. If you take this outside of our 100 Ton Masters course the fee is $95.00 for approximately 4 hours.

Individual Modules for the Master level Courses Rules of the Road - $360.00

General Subjects - $500.00 Navigation - $500.00

If you choose to apply courses for Master's License Requirements at a later date, pricing will be upgraded to cover full course tuition fees and all testing requirements must be fulfilled.

USCG Approval description:

Any applicant who has successfully completed your 90 hour Master 100 Ton course and presents your Certificate of Training at a Regional Exam Center WITHIN ONE YEAR of the completion of training, will satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR 10.205(i) for original issuance, 46 CFR 10.209(c)(iii) for renewal, and 46 CFR 10.209 (f) for re issuance of a license as Master of Steam or Motor Vessels of Not More Than 100 Gross Tons (except oceans); AND satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR (b) for an Assistance Towing endorsement.

 

Medical Care Provider (MIDCFA-310) *

40 Clock Hours

Course Tuition: $900.00

Course Description:

This class will give students more in depth knowledge to deal with medical emergencies when they occur and how to manage the injury and the patient as a whole till they can get to more definitive care.  Any student who successfully completes this course will satisfy the Medical First Aid training requirements of section A-VI/4 and Table A-VI/4-1 of the STCW Code and 46 CFR 12. 13-1.

This course is offered by Midcoast First Aid through Downeast Maritime.

 

Navigation and Deck General Supplemental

PENDING

Any applicant who has successfully completed your Navigation & Deck General Supplemental course and presents your Certificate of Training WITHIN ONE YEAR of the completion of training, will satisfy the Navigation & Deck General examination requirements to increase the scope of a license as Master 500/1600 Gross Tons from Near Coastal to Oceans. Scheduled by appointment.

 

Original Radar Observer Inland & Unlimited (DOWNMI-399) *

50 Clock Hours

5 Days Course Tuition: $750.00

Radar is required for all upper level licenses and towing vessels. In addition, most companies will require a radar endorsement for employment. Mariners generally find this course challenging and well worth the effort.

You will need to come prepared to do speed, distance and time calculation, with or without a calculator, and know how to do them cold. You may use a speed wheel. But here again you will need to know how to use it before arriving. Valuable time is wasted if we must take the time to relearn this skill. In addition please bring navigational triangles (parallel rulers are sort of OK), and a good white eraser.

USCG Approval description:

Any applicant who has successfully completed your 5 day Radar Observer (Unlimited) course will satisfy the requirements of 46 CFR 10.480 for an endorsement as Radar Observer (Unlimited).

Any applicant who has successfully completed your 42 ½ hour Radar Observer (Inland) course will satisfy the requirements of 46 CFR 10.480 for an endorsement as Radar Observer (Inland).

Radar Recertification *

10 Clock Hours

1 Day Course Tuition: $225.00

Course Description:

Radar Re-certifications are done by appointment. Please call in Maine 207-380-4661 or in South Carolina 843-589-2853.

Any applicant who has successfully completed your 1-day Radar Observer Recertification course will satisfy the requirements of 46 CFR 11.480(d) for renewal of any Radar Observer Endorsement.

 

Proficiency in Survival Craft (PSC) “Lifeboatman” (DOWNMI-372) *

32 Clock Hours

4 Day Course Tuition: $1035.00

Course Description:

This is actually a two part course. The first two days is are our PSC restricted course. This course would be the same as above except it limits you to vessels without lifeboats.

USCG Approval Description:

Any applicant who has successfully completed your 31 ½ hour Proficiency in Survival Craft course will satisfy the Survival Craft training requirements of Section A-VI/2 and Table A-VI/2- 1 of the STCW Code and 46 CFR 12.10-3(a)(6) for any endorsement as Lifeboatman; AND if presented WITHIN ONE YEAR of the completion of training, the written and practical examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.10-5 for a Lifeboatman endorsement (exam module 481xx) and written “Survival Craft” examination requirements for service on vessels not equipped with lifeboats (exam module 441xx or 706xx)

 

Proficiency in Survival Craft “Restricted”- PSC-R (DOWNMI-377) *

12 Clock Hours

2 Day Course Tuition: $450.00

Course Description:

This is a great course to take to meet the PSC requirements for your AB ticket. Generally speaking this is a day and a half of class with a strong pool, survival, and life raft training. You will be in the pool with a set of clothes on. Tee shirt or regular shirt, pants (without holes in them), and swim gear. Towel etc. for afterwards. A lot of fun! This training is very similar to our BST survival training. In fact if you take our BST, and it must be ours, within one year, you may test out on PSC restricted during this course. Pay for the BST and the charge is $225.00.

This is also considered the first two days of the Proficiency in Survival Craft PSC Lifeboatman. If you wish to get your lifeboat man two more days are required and the charge for the last two days is $450.00.

USCG Approval description:

Any applicant who has successfully completed your 15-hour Proficiency in Survival Craft “Restricted) course will satisfy:

A.) the training requirements for section A-VI/2 and Table A-VI/2 of the STCW Code restricted to service on vessels that are not equipped with lifeboats provided that they have also satisfied the requirements of Table A-VI/1-1 for Personal Survival Techniques and Table A-VI/1-3 for Elementary First Aid: AND

B.) if presented within one year of the completion of training, the written “Survival Craft” examination requirements for service on vessels not equipped with lifeboats (exam module 441xx or 706xx).

 

Safe Boating

Course Tuition: $45.00 group rates 6 or more available

Course Description:

Required for teenagers, ages 12-15, if they are handling power vessels. The course is encouraged for all new mariners who want to acquire a solid base of water knowledge and know-how.

Testing may be completed on site at Downeast Maritime. Safe Boating is a 10 hour introductory level course covering basic rules, knot tying, seamanship, state laws, etc.

 

Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation – OICNW

PENDING

Course Description:

Any applicant who has successfully completed your Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation course will satisfy the Terrestrial Navigation and Coastal Navigation training requirements for certifications Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC). The practical assessments conducted in this course will be accepted as the equivalent of the following assessments from the National Assessment Guidelines for Table A-II/1 of the STCW Code: OICNW-1-2A; OICNW 1-2B; OICNW 1-2C; OICNW 1-2D; OICNW 1-2E; OICNW 1-3A;

OICNW 1-3B and OICNW 1-3C. Applicants who have successfully completed this course need not present completed "Control Sheets" for these assessments in application for STCW certification. Please call for further information and to schedule.

 

Train the Trainer *

50 Clock Hours

1 Week Course Tuition: $1695.00 Done by appointment

This 5 day leadership course allows our senior instructor to train and qualify other wishing to teach up to any tonnage ocean endorsements and for STCW rated courses. This high honor acknowledged to us by the USCG for STCW is offered on request on or off site to companies, groups or individuals. This course can also be modified somewhat to meet the needs of an organization.

 

Towing Endorsements *

10 Clock Hours Course Tuition: $110.00

Course Description:

Allows for legal commercial assistance towing operations, other than boatyards. Towing Endorsement Training requirements will be met during your Masters License course.

Commercial towing vessels 26' and over require a radar endorsement as well.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Maine Campus
Phone: 207-380-4661
145 Main Street, Thomaston, Maine 04861

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South Carolina Campus
Phone: 843-717-9969
3770 Coosaw Scenic Drive, Ridgeland, South Carolina 29936

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