Frequently Asked Questions.
We all have questions. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Hopefully we can help below; answers are categorized to direct you to the right one as quickly as possible.
No. We offer three types of courses, 1) those approved by the USCG, 2) those non-approved by the USCG, and 3) boat programs.
USCG approved courses enable you to apply for qualifications for your Merchant Mariner’s Credential (or MMC) which furthers your career in respect where USCG qualifications are needed.
Non-USCG approved courses are designed to enrich your skills in some other way, such as by obtaining your First Aid & CPR certificates which are approved by a separate accredited organization. Other Non-USCG approved courses may involve in-house certification such as our course on Knot Tying & Basic Seamanship, which is aimed at increasing practical skills.
Boat programs are focused on and around boats, which we believe is the core reason why anyone seeks maritime training or qualification to begin with. Most of these programs are 1-day courses focused on easily built skills, such as Basic Small Craft Handling, but some are longer 2-day or 3-day courses such as Coastal Exploration which include aspects of practical navigation, anchoring, and trip planning. We have a few apprenticeship programs which fall under the category of boat programs, as well. You can read more about apprenticeship programs here.
No, but most are. It is a requirement to be licensed by the United States Coast Guard as an officer to teach related certification; a captain must proctor another captain candidate, and an engineer must proctor another engineering candidate. Some of our instructors teach non-USCG approved or in-house material and for these purposes they must meet a required level of proficiency.
Some of it is. With the use of our Salty Tar Learning System app, available in the Apple store for iOS devices and in the Play store for Android devices, you are able to download the entire curriculum for your enrolled courses. This will enable you to take your course offline. Your progress will sync the next time your device is connected to the internet.
Our offline courses, such as the boat programs, are conducted entirely in-person, either at a training facility or aboard a training vessel.
About Boat Programs
We own several of the training vessels. The rest are owned independently and are operated on an affiliate basis. They must meet the same requirements as our vessels; all must comply with the certification requirements of the law in their area and be duly operated by qualified captains.
You are welcome to come to a private arrangement with the owners and operators of these vessels but our interaction, oversight, and guidance only extends as far as our approved curriculum relating to the vessel.
Contract details are available for review and are provided before your purchase of a course. Because these are subject to change, please read the contract associated with your course and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
While specific details may vary, which is why it is important to read the contract prior to purchase, cancellations on the part of the vessel typically result in a credit of equal or greater value for a future trip.