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STCW Basic Safety Training in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and North America

The following list is a selection of institutions offering STCW-compliant courses in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and North America:

Training SchoolsDescription
Bluewater Crew Training USA, formerly known as International Crew Training (ICT)
750 W. Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

Tel: 1-954-779-7764 (Contact Amilee Luke)
Email: trainingusa@bluewateryachting.com
Website: bluewateryachting.com
Facebook: @bluewatercrewtraining
Instagram: @bluewaterlife
International Crew Training (ICT) has teamed up with Bluewater Yachting to create the largest and most comprehensive global yacht crew training and placement organization. Now known as Bluewater Crew Training USA, you will find the same personnel, same attention to customer service, same prices. Like a university with three campuses, Fort Lauderdale, Palma and Antibes, crew will be able to train at any of the locations. And all three locations will honor Bluewater ONE Account training vouchers. The best of all the training materials from each location have been unified into a single reference library so the crew will work from a single set of notes no matter which Bluewater location they find themselves.

Bluewater Crew Training USA, formerly International Crew Training (ICT), moved into their new state-of the-art, purpose-built expansive training center in 2015. Built in association with Yacht Chandlers, the training center houses a climate controlled indoor swimming pool for year-round water survival training just steps away from your classroom, so weather is never an issue. The facility includes a workout center, racquetball/quash court, a comfortable crew lounge, and door-to-door van transportation between your crew house and the training center.

The Bluewater Crew Training USA team has been training professional yacht crew for over 20 years. Now operating under the Bluewater Yachting ISO9001 quality management system, the school is also a DNV-certified maritime training center. All of Bluewater Crew Training USA’s deck and engineering programs are MCA and/or USCG certified, and Bluewater Crew Training USA was awarded the very first PYA interior GUEST program certification in the world.

Bluewater Crew Training USA is also an RYA approved training center providing Yachtmaster, Powerboat level II, and PWC training just to name a few. Courses are fully STCW compliant and their course certificates give you the right qualifications to find a job on a superyacht anywhere in the world. Their staff will assist you in honing your resume’, perfecting your interviewing skills, finding networking events, and of course, teaching you what it takes to get a great job. Call, email, or find them on Facebook.
Maritime Professional Training (MPT)
1915 South Andrews Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Tel: 1-954-525-1014
Toll Free: 1-888-839-5025
Fax: 1-954-764-0431
Email: info@MPTusa.com
Website: MPTusa.com
Facebook: @mptusa
Instagram: @mpt1915
Maritime Professional Training (MPT) offers programs to meet all levels of certification and training requirements. MPT offers over 100 different courses, including STCW, that are approved by the MCA and USCG, the RYA, the PYA G.U.E.S.T., and many other organizations and maritime administrations around the world for yachting professionals and commercial mariners. MPT has been offering practical and classroom training for over 30 years.

MPT offers many programs for new crew called STCW “PLUS” which discounts packages of classes taken together. MPT also offers a course called the Career Seminar which teaches new crew how to write a resume and how to get into the industry and how get a job, and more useful tips everyone wishes someone had told them when they started. This course is free with your STCW class and includes dinner.

MPT’s Student Services Staff and Career Counselors will help you every step of the way until you are trained and on a boat! Check MPT’s website for schedule information; STCW offered almost every week year-round.
Savvy Maritime Academy
1885 W State Rd 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Tel: 1-954-319-3594
Email: info@savvymaritimeacademy.com
Website: savvymaritimeacademy.com
Facebook: @SavvyMaritimeAcademy
Instagram: @savvymaritimeacademy
Newly launched in January 2022 (read "Dockwalk" article here), Savvy Maritime Academy is out to raise the standards of entry-level yacht crew training with their focus on practical, hands-on training that takes place in their 10,000-square-foot facility in Fort Lauderdale. The school's founder, Captain Brian Muston, has been in the yachting industry for 30 years, and the academy's staff of four have a combined total of 73 years of experience working on large yachts.

While SMA does not yet offer the official STCW set of courses, the school does offer an extremely comprehensive, eight-week Deckhand Academy that covers a wide range of skills and know-how that will arm any starting deck crewmember with more training than even a full season onboard could give him or her: Everything from Polishing to Docking and from Painting to Tender Driving is covered in this in-depth curriculum. The first five sections of training cover subjects that include an Introduction to the Yachting World, Certificates and Contracts, Habitation, Social Understanding and Awareness, and Mental, Emotional, and Financial Preparedness.

Current yacht crew may want to consider attending Savvy Maritime Academy's 10-day Tender Driving Course, which will provide much more practical instruction than the normal 2- to 3-day training (the basics) that is currently required for a license. In SMA's course, a full eight days are dedicated to practical sessions in their 31-foot center console, ensuring the crewmember will have the knowledge, ability, and peace of mind to drive in almost any sea conditions and situation.

Savvy Maritime Academy's 10-day Interior Crew Training Course also goes well beyond the basics that are covered in most entry-level courses for interior crew. The packed curriculum covers (among other stew skills) housekeeping, guest service, bartending, flower arranging and bed making. Beyond that, interior-training enrollees gain exposure to deck skills that will come in very handy when joining a yacht, including hands-on training in basic knot tying, line and fender handling, and docking training.
Seven Seas - Preparatory Academy
4850 Millenia Blvd
Orlando, FL, 32839

Tel: 1-407-748-8302
Website: maritimesafetyacademy.com
Facebook: @sevenseasprep
LinkedIn: @maritime-safety-academy
Instagram @sevenseasprep
Based in Central Florida, Seven Seas Preparatory Academy offers a variety of courses from STCW Basic Training to Deckhand and Interior Crew Training. They also offer 2-Day Blended STCW Basic Training, for those seeking an alternate to the regular 5-day course. Locations for practical’s include Orlando, Port Canaveral, Fort Lauderdale, and Clearwater. All courses are USCG approved and MCA recognized.

With over 25 years of experience on luxury ships, Seven Seas Preparatory Academy instructors bring real life experience to the class and offer the highest quality of training.
Resolve Maritime Academy
1600 SE 17th Street, Suite 300
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Tel: 1-954-463-9195
Fax: 1-954-764-3303
Email: syoung@resolveacademy.com
Website: www.resolveacademy.com
Facebook: @ResolveMaritimeAcademy/
Twitter: @ResolveAcademy
Instagram: @resolveacademy
Resolve Maritime Academy was founded in 1994 and provides a wide range of safety and maritime training to the cruise, offshore, oil and gas, and yacht industries.

They not only develop new courses on a continual basis, but Resolve Maritime Academy customizes them for their clients. Realism is further enhanced through the use of their custom built 4 story live Fire Trainer; 2 story Wet Trainer and LNG practical training pit. Their NT Pro 5000 Class-A Full Mission Bridge and ERS 5000 Engine Room Simulator are both Transas USA platforms.
STAR Center
2 West Dixie Hwy.
Dania Beach, FL 33004

Tel: 1-954-921-7254
Toll Free: 1-800-445-4522
Fax: 1-954-920-4268
Email: email@star-center.com
Website: www.star-center.com
STAR Center is a not-for-profit maritime training school. Opened in 1983 in Toledo, Ohio, STAR expanded to its current location in Dania Beach, Florida (just south of Fort Lauderdale) in 1986, consolidating all training there in October 2008. STAR Center’s courses meet USCG, STCW, and IMO Model requirements.
SeaSchool Headquarters
8440 4th St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33702

Toll Free: 1-800-237-8663
Email: hqstaff@seaschool.com
Website: www.seaschool.com
Facebook: @seaschool
In operation since 1977, SeaSchool offers U.S. Coast Guard approved STCW BST courses in several Florida locations, including its headquarters in St. Petersburg, with STCW BST courses offered year-round in Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville. At various periods throughout the year, SeaSchool also offers STCW BST in South Carolina and Alabama, as well as some other locations in the U.S. and Caribbean. Please check the website for times of year and U.S. locations.
SeaSchool Fort Lauderdale
2323 South Federal Highway
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316

Toll Free: 1-800-542-4551
Email: ftlauderdalestaff@seaschool.com
Website: seaschool.com
Facebook: @seaschool
In operation since 1977, SeaSchool offers U.S. Coast Guard approved STCW BST courses in several Florida locations, including its headquarters in St. Petersburg, with STCW BST courses offered year-round in Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville. At various periods throughout the year, SeaSchool also offers STCW BST in South Carolina and Alabama, as well as some other locations in the U.S. and Caribbean. Please check the website for times of year and U.S. locations.