Seamanship Certificate Program

This program is designed to prepare individuals as boat operators and to take Coast Guard licensing examinations as well as to train marine technicians in the seagoing disciplines.

Fieldwork is conducted throughout Southern California and the Channel Islands from Dana Point and Newport Harbors.

Boats include 28 to 48 ft. sailing and power vessels as well as safety sail training and introductory boating experience on Saddleback's fleet of 14 foot Capri sailboats.



About the Program

The Marine Science Technology Seamanship Certificate Program is designed to prepare individuals as crew and operators of ocean going vessels, and technicians to assist scientist and engineers and research personnel, both aboard ship and ashore. It may also prepare students for Coast Guard licensing examinations and to train marine science technicians in the seagoing disciplines of sailing, boating safety, Vessel Command and Organization, navigation, weather, and Marlinspike Seamanship. Fieldwork is conducted throughout Southern California and the Channel Islands on seagoing vessels.

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Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website.

Course ID Title Units
MST 201  Marlinspike Seamanship 2
MST 202  Marine Weather 3
MST 210 Coastal Navigation 3
MST 214B* Advanced Cruising Under Sail 3
MST 215*  Vessel Command and Organization 3
 Select from Restricted Electives 9
Total Required Units 23

Restricted Electives:

Course ID Title Units
MST 211  Celestial Navigation 3
MST 212  Sailing, Seamanship, and Boating Safety 3
MST 214A*  Intermediate Ocean Sailing 3
MST 218* Electronic Aids to Navigation 3
MST 219*  Marine Ecological Survey/GIS 3
MST 224  Channel Islands 1.5

*Course has a prerequisite, co-requisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description in catalog.

Associate Degree

Associate in Science Degree

Completion of the certificate program and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate in Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in the catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.

Suggested coursework not required for the major: ET 101; DR 100, PHYS 2A.