Why be a Salty Tar?


Having the best qualifications places your career first and makes the most of your time away from home.


The highest authority in domestic shipping, the US Coast Guard, approves our courses. Test with us, not with them.


Take courses online or offline using our Android and iOS apps. Now you can get ahead while at sea or on land.


Renewals and upgrades come with steep discounts for your loyalty. Never pay for the same training twice.

Hey! My name is William Davies, founder of the Salty Tar Boat Company.

I started my maritime career about twenty years ago and worked on tall ships, yachts, tug boats, cruise ships, oilfield supply vessels, and in the Alaska fisheries from Deadliest Catch crab boats to trawlers over two-hundred feet in length. I’ve worked as a deckhand, cook, mate, chief engineer, and captain.  If I could give my younger self some advice it would be to get licenses early and advance fast – but I didn’t have the resources available to me then. That’s why I founded this school; to provide support and answers I couldn’t find elsewhere.

Try our basic orientation for free to see if things work out, then sign up for any course for a 3o-day risk free guarantee. Change your mind and get a full refund, no explanation necessary. I’m that confident you will like the change.

Hands On

We have several training vessels available for hands on learning, from a sailing dory to a full on traditionally rigged schooner. See what our boat programs have to offer.

Can’t afford school and looking to start a career? Want to learn the ropes and get licensed? Internship-style apprenticeships are available. Find out more.