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Maritime Program offering 40-hour Basic Safety Training course last week in March

Article by: Melinda Eddleman

Last summer, Del Mar College’s (DMC) Workforce Programs and Corporate Services Division initiated their Maritime Program and began offering courses covering basic safety and security training for available jobs. With the Coastal Bend continuing to experience growth in this industry sector, Corporate Services has scheduled their 40-hour Maritime Basic Safety Training course for March 23-27.

The course is U.S. Coast Guard approved and required for all mariners.According to Texas Workforce Commission 2018 data, individuals who fit into the sailors and maritime oilers category can earn an average salary of about $44,100 in the Coastal Bend. Job openings for this group averages over 370 positions annually.


The Maritime Basic Safety Training course costs $1,200. Additionally, $1,000 scholarships may be available for a limited time thanks to a safety training grant provided by Texas Mutual Insurance Company, leaving the out-of-pocket cost for students of only $200.

Questions about the course and scholarship opportunities? Contact DMC Workforce Programs and Corporate Services at 361- 883-WORK (9675) or visit www.delmar.edu/continuing-education/career.html.

Ready to register? Call 361-698-1328 or stop by the Center for Economic Development in person at 3209 S. Staples.

Note: Del Mar College will be closed the wekk of Spring Break, which is scheduled March 9-13.

The Maritime Basic Safety Training course covers four disciplines, and students must demonstrate proficiency in each, including:

• Basic Fire Fighting (16 hours): teaches knowledge and skills to correctly handle a shipboard fire, appropriate measures for ship personnel’s safety and correct use of fire appliances. Due to potential risks, students may have mustaches but must be clean-shaven on the rest of the face.

• Personal Survival Techniques (12 hours): teaches appropriate responses to emergency situations, measures appropriate for personal and others’ survival and correct use of survival equipment. Swimming is required in this class.

• Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (4 hours): prepares new mariners for a life at sea based on the different environment on a ship as compared to being ashore.

• First Aid /CPR (8 hours): teaches safety and basic first aid principles and techniques, automatic external defibrillator (AED) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) using accepted standards of the American Red Cross. A certificate from the American Red Cross will be awarded upon completion.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion for each class successfully completed during the five days but not a Coast Guard license. However, individuals who successfully complete the course will be able to apply for a Merchant Mariner’s Credential, which is the first step to obtaining a license.

The Maritime Basic Safety Training course provides the knowledge and skills leading to entry-level jobs in the industry, including barge or tug/tow companies, a recreational boating outfit, a line handling company or stevedore/longshoreman organizations, among several other types of maritime employers.The course has no prerequisites, but students must have basic swimming skills. Men must be clean shaven for the live burn, and a DOT 5-Panel Drug test is required prior to the start of the course

.The College’s Workforce Programs and Corporate Services Division, in conjunction with San Jacinto College’s Maritime Technology and Training Center and the Southeast Maritime and Transportation Center, is working toward establishing a full training program that addresses multiple skills levels that local maritime employers seek. Additionally, support comes from Coastal Bend companies and organizations, including the Port of Corpus Christi, the Aransas-Corpus Christi Pilots, Signet Maritime Corporation, G&H Towing, Kirby Inland Marine, Port Industries of Corpus Christi and Valero, to expand the initiative.


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Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.