An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until August 10, 2017
USCG Approved First Aid CPR & AED Class included
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All Coast Guard Exams are taken in house
All course presentation times are PST (Pacific Daylight Time) UTC/GMT -8 hours Pacific Time.
You need a computing device with a webcam, and microphone. We need to see you, and we need to hear you. No smart phones, the screens are too small. iPads and tablets are acceptable, laptops, and desktops are preferred.
Reliable, broadband internet connection. Keep gaming, and Netflix watching by other users of the connection to a minimum to ensure a consistent connection.
You must be in a distraction free space for the duration of each class. Background interruptions, such as family, pets, office traffic, street noise should be mitigated to the maximum degree possible. You should place a sign someplace conspicuous to warn those around you that you are in a class, and that anyone within camera range can and will be seen and heard.
You must me logged into the classroom 30 minutes before class begins for roll call and attendance logging. This is a requirement for class participation, and mandated by the United States Coast Guard. This will also allow for enough time for any communication with instructors to troubleshoot any connection problems before class begins.
Student Study Guides and Training Chart:
You will receive your Student Study Guides and Training Chart via USPS three (3) days before class begins. These Items are non refundable, and are valued at $350.00 USD. Should you cancel your enrollment to the class, this must be done one week before class starts, or you will be charged for your student materials.
You Must be an American Citizen *
*Non citizens holding a valid green card are eligible for six-pack licenses applicable on vessels of not more than 5 tons
• 18 years of age (19 for Masters)
• A minimum of 360 days of sea experience on Inland or Near Coastal waters applicable for evaluation. A “day” at sea is anything more than four hours in a twenty-four hour period.(for details go to:“Documenting Sea Time” USMA will guide you through the formalities of documentation. Prior to registering for class however, you should “rough out” your sea time to be reasonably sure that you meet the minimum 360 day requirement.
•TWIC card (go to: “Communications” button on Home Page”. This is NOT a prerequisite, but will have to be obtained before applying for licesnse.
• Birth Certificate or Valid Passport
• Remember: The first night of class is on us with no obligations! We will cover all the particulars of the licensing process and documenting your sea-time.
Prior to the start of class, you should begin organizing your sea time. Practice by using the sea time forms USCG Sea Time Form as a guide. We will be formalizing your time in class, so use this only as a rough draft.
Review the following to get a feel for Sea Time requirements and how to document your time.
The following checklist is everything you need to apply for your 100 Ton OUPV & Master license.
You will receive all of the forms and checklist upon registration. This is a complete list and will satisfy all Coast Guard requirements for evaluation for 100 Ton OUPV & Master License. We urge to to use it in leiu of the Coast Guard checklist in that theirs includes requirements for many types and levels of licences and can become a bit confusing when trying to extract information pertinent only to OUPV & Master 100 Ton licenses.
These items should be compiled, copied (for your records) and presented in person to the REC you are dealing with. Two forms of personal identification will also be needed when turning these in at the REC. You may schedule on line appointments by going to http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/rec_information.asp and selecting your local REC.
U.S. Maritime Academy Training Certificate
(Issued upon graduation-present original, it will be returned after evaluation)
TWIC Identification Card
You must have registered for TWIC card prior to application evaluation
Coast Guard Application Form (CG-719B)
Download form under “Downloads” on Home Page
Sea Service Form (CG-719S)
Physical Examination Form (CG-719K)
(must be within 12 months of application)
Drug Test Report 5 substance SAMSHA (CG-719-P)
(within 6 months of application)
Proof of Citizenship
(present copy of Birth Certificate or Baptismal Certificate or current U.S. Passport then provide original when taking oath at CG REC.)
First Aid/CPR Certification (you will get this class with us)
(must be within 1 year of application date and only Red Cross or
American Heart Association, HSI or ASHI courses applicable. Find classes here)
(Check or money order payable to U.S. Coast Guard-$100 evaluation
with application, then $45 issuance at time of Oath)
The following are links or contacts pertinent to the maritime industry and are all used in our curriculum. Scroll down and link to the publication of intrest.
National Maritime Center
The main site for all your communication with the Big Boys.
Here you will find the latest information concerning your application, updates, new procedures, etc. Also available are “fillable” forms. In short, it has it all.
Information and links to contact local Coast Guard and Regional Exam Centers (REC) regarding applications and licensing. Addresses, phone numbers and web addresses are provided
On line appointments for REC
As part of the ongoing merchant marine licensing centralization project all RECs are now set up for on-line appointments. Mariners desiring an appointment at an REC (including Seattle) may do so by first clicking on the link above, then clicking on the appropriate state where the REC of their choice happens to be located. So for example, to make an appointment at REC Puget Sound (Seattle), first click on the link, then on Washington State, which then maps you to our particular REC’s web page, which then contains a link for appointments.
As stated on the web page, mariners are highly encouraged to make an appointment prior to coming to the REC. In other words, those who took the time to make appointments will take priority over walk-ins.
Original Licensed captains will need to apply for and obtain a Transportation Workers Identification Credential. TWIC is basically an ID card. Information is available at the site above. Hint: go to TWIC FAQ’s and scroll down to find locations of enrollment centers. You also can pre register and facilitate the process for a smaller fee. You will need to bring your SS card, Drivers License or Passport or Birth Certificate. In most cases, you may show up at the TWIC center on a first come basis.
A receipt for your TWIC card is accepted for application filing.
Currently there is a 6 week turn around and fees are $129. Renewals are currently $60 (every 5 years). It is NOT required that you renew your TWIC – and if you opt for this then go to “Downloads” for waiver form.
On line status of your License application
Here’s a new feature that allows either individual applicants (and/or employers of same) to check on the status of one’s merchant marine application on-line. Simply follow the below steps:
1. Click on blue address above to link to web site
2. Click on the “Merchant Mariners” link located on the left side.
3. Click on the “Merchant Mariner Application Status”
4. Enter the mariner number / application ID, or the last name, last four digits of SSN, and date of birth.
U.S. Maritime Hats, Shirts & Apparel
Notice To Mariners
As of April, 2004 the Coast Guard is no longer printing Notice To Mariners. They are only available electronically. This site should work.
Light Lists are available for viewing and downloading at this link however the General Information front matter is not available at this time
Coast Pilots are now being published privately.
They also may be viewed and downloaded at this link
Chart No.1 Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms
This publication is still being published by the government but
may be viewed and downloaded here.
Rules of the Road
The definitive publication of the rules published by the Department of Homeland Security. We include this text in hard copy for all classes, but it may be downloaded and viewed here as well.
Rules of the Road study shareware
This is a good shareware program for studying the Rules. It fits nicely into our class discussion of the Rules.
Home Study preparation
This site offers actual Coast Guard Exam questions on the various subjects encountered at the REC testing. If you are using our home study program to prepare for CG examinations it is agood site to utilize.
Code of Federal Regulations
The complete CFR is now available at this link
Gross Tonnage Calculation
This is a Coast Guard generated gross tonnage calculation program that you can use to determine the gross tonnage of your vessel. It is simple to use and does the calculations automatically after plugging in specs.
Vessel Documentation Center
This site will get you information concerning your Documented vessel.
Vessel Documentation Data retrieved using craft name
This will search for information on a documented vessel using the name of the vessel. Vessel Documentation Data retrieved using craft registration #
This will search for information concerning your vessel using the registration #
Great sites for learning those knots!
You can order these online or at your local marine store:
Ship To Shore
3403 Harborview Dr.
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
3119 Judson St
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Captains Nautical Supply
10% discount when you tell them you are in our class
1120 NW Ballard Way
Seattle, WA 98107
The United States Maritime Academy was founded in 1987 by Captain Jeffrey Sanders in Honolulu, Hawaii. Captain Sanders sailed throughout the islands preparing hundreds of mariners with his unique style for their Coast Guard Captain’s License examinations. His students passing rate was extremely high by national standards and his reputation grew.
In 1993 He sailed his vessel ‘orpheus to Puget Sound and expanded USMA to the Northwest and the Great Lakes.
In 1995 Captain Sanders was chosen to be amongst the first instructors in the country to teach approved license training classes in lieu of Coast Guard examination preparation. For the first time in maritime history students could receive their Captain’s License without sitting for Coast Guard examinations. In 2002 he collaborated with Captain Roger Slade to write four textbooks and a complete curriculum for OUPV and Masters 100 Ton Coast Guard License training. These were approved in the first round by the National Maritime Center, Dept. of Homeland Security in 2003. U.S. Maritime Academy is presently assembling a core of professionals to offer its unique style of License training throughout the United States and to carry on the USMA philosophy.
Know where you are. Don’t hurt anybody. Keep your boat afloat.Captain Jeffrey Sanders
U.S. Maritime believes that your training for 100 Ton Licenses should be the most thorough of all your maritime education endeavors. Therefore we have made it our specialty. In many cases it will be your first (and perhaps last) formal exposure to the nuts-and-bolts of the Coast Guard Licensing requirements: Chart Plotting; Navigation General; Rules of the Road and Deck General/Safety. No matter how far you go up the licensing ladder, you will never embrace these subjects as completely as you will for your 100 Ton License. This is where it all starts. We believe complete comprehension of these areas paramount to your success on the water.
Our philosophy reflects our commitment to students to learn this material well. USMA does not believe in the “computer cram approach”. Our program is spread out over weeks rather than days. We wrote our own textbooks and use established maritime publications as references so that students will become familiar with literature that will become part of their on-board library for the rest of their lives. We are educators first and hope to instill in our students a curiosity in their chosen field that will encourage them to continue their maritime education and apply it on the water.
U.S. Maritime encourages you to obtain the highest level of license appropriate to your experience. Therefore we have combined our training program to include both the “Six Pack” and the Master licenses in one package. One tuition, one class, both licenses.
USMA guides you through the entire licensing process including the gathering and documenting of sea time and Coast Guard application evaluation procedures.
Northwest Maritime Academy
Northwest First Aid
Thomas logs approximately 3000 hours a year in Maritime safety training courses from Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats (PSCRB), Fast Rescue Boat (FRB) operations, OUPV & 100 Ton Captains Licensing, training of first responders in basic through advanced First Aid to Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) training.
Thomas resides in the Maritime Community of Gig Harbor, Washington. A former Assistant Director for Fremont Maritime Services/India Tango where he specialized in Maritime Safety and Response Training; Thomas continues to work with the United States Coast Guard/AUX as a COXSWAIN and former Division Staff Officer (SO-CS) in the 13th Coast Guard District, Flotilla Staff Officer (FSO-CS) in Communications.
The worst time to plan for an emergency, is in the middle of one.Captain Thomas Bliss
Thomas holds the following certifications and qualifications:
• United States Coast Guard Licensed Master Mariner
• United States Coast Guard Approved Captains Licensing Instructor
• United States Coast Guard Approved STCW Search & Rescue (SAR) Instructor
• United States Coast Guard Approved STCW Basic Safety Training (BT/BST) Instructor
• United States Coast Guard Approved Search & Rescue (operational) level Instructor
• United States Coast Guard/AUX COXSWAIN
• Maritime Emergency Response Training
• Cold Water Survival, Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities Instructor.
• Vessel Security Officer (VSO) Instructor (International Course Author)
• EMR-Emergency Medical Responder & Instructor
• HSI-Medic First Aid Instructor
• Red Cross First Aid-AED-CPR Instructor
• American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Professionals (BLS) Instructor
• NIM’s/FEMA Incident Command Systems ICS 100, 200, 210, 700, 800
• Basic & Advanced Marine Firefighting
• TTT From Pacific Maritime Institute
An avid boater and photographer; Thomas loves to share the wonders of the Pacific Northwest with friends and family from the water, of course!
Thomas is a Licensed Training Partner to The American Heart Association, The American Red Cross, ASHI & HSI-Medic First Aid
For the past 23 years Thomas has resided in the Maritime Community of Gig Harbor, Washington.