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Mon, Jun 17



Entry-Level Mariner Course: Ordinary Seaman

This distance learning maritime training course utilizes a blended curriculum that provides an impactful mix of online coursework, hands-on volunteer crew opportunities, professional development coaching, and USCG credential support to set students up for successful careers on the water.

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Entry-Level Mariner Course: Ordinary Seaman
Entry-Level Mariner Course: Ordinary Seaman

Time & Location

Jun 17, 2019, 8:00 AM – Aug 11, 2019, 8:00 AM


About the event

The Entry-Level Merchant Mariner Course take place in two phases:

Phase 1 - Online Coursework

Students complete eight modules of uniquely designed distance learning curriculum on Eliademy, where they work through entry-level maritime education with an online instructor. This phase is expected to take 8 weeks and is self paced throughout each week. Topics of this course include entry-level deckhand skills, basic engine room lessons, and professional development exercises. At the end of this phase (depending on timing), students will submit the necessary paperwork for their Merchant Mariner Credential with an OS rating, have developed a maritime resume and will have already investigated jobs in the maritime field.

Phase 2 - Volunteer Crew

Once students complete their online coursework, they receive a formal evaluation from their instructor. If ready to continue their education, students are encouraged to join a GHHS vessel or alternate tall ship as Volunteer Crew for 2-8 weeks to gain hands-on experience. Students serve as crew members on their assigned vessels, and participate in the daily activities and responsibilities of a working ship.


  • 8-Week Entry-Level Mariner

    This course is made up of 8-weeks of guided online maritime learning, and an optional 2-8 week onboard volunteer training experience (Additional $799 for room+board) Students must have access to a computer, Internet, and 5-10 hours a week of time to dedicate to their coursework and assignments. Students are encouraged to apply for their Merchant Mariner Credential at the end of their 8-week course with the support of their instructor.

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