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The Seafarer Collective is a program of the non-profit maritime organization, Grays Harbor Historical Seaport. Our mission is to provide accessible 

learning platforms and career mentorship to aspiring mariners. ​ 

TSC offers self-paced online courses, community industry panels, mariner mentorships, and USCG licensing support. Scholarships and grants are available to qualified applicants in an effort to support equal access to TSC resources and learning pathways.   

Each course is uniquely designed to prepare 

students for volunteer crewing opportunities onboard a variety of vessels. At the conclusion of their coursework, many Seafarer Collective students will apply to the National Maritime Center to receive an entry- level Merchant Mariner Credential or 

Able Bodied Seaman Endorsement.​



Expert Teachers

TSC Instructors know what it takes to be successful on the water. They are experienced mariners that have served as Captains, Engineers and Able Seaman across the industry. TSC Instructors strive to place the power of professional success directly into the hands of our students.    

Our Course Benefits

Online Community

Students can access the course online any time of day from a laptop or tablet, wherever they are based. Coursework is geared towards motivated learners who want to work at their interested pace with the support and encouragement of an instructor and other classmates. 

Flexible Curriculum

TSC's blended curriculum uses an impactful mix of online coursework, professional development coaching, and USCG credential support to set students up for successful careers on the water. A dynamic curriculum means we can meet the mariner wherever they are, even if they are sailing.


We believe that equity and diversity are essential to a thriving, modern maritime workforce. In order to fulfill our mission to change the face of the maritime industry, we must take into account our society’s inequalities, including those based on race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and geography.


Through the direct support of women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, registered tribal members and the coastal residents of the waters that we impact, we will continue to break barriers and create opportunities that challenge the status quo.

Whether you are interested in commercial tugboats, cruise ships, traditional tall ships, or are just considering your options in the maritime industry, TSC is here to guide you as you navigate your first steps in exploring what it means to be a mariner.  

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