Sea School

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Company Overview
“The best coaches produce winners. And in the right hands, champions emerge. In worldwide maritime training, that champion is Sea School. Our strategies, programs and great people set us apart.”
Sea School is a leading provider of marine training for U.S. mariners. Since 1977, we have provided innovative and technologically advanced training solutions to meet the evolving needs of the industry. In response to market demands, we have expanded our offerings of USCG approved courses through a series of new STCW programs and recently begun providing services for foreign governments.

Our Mission
Our mission is to be the training company of choice for mariners, companies and governments both domestic and foreign. Our strategy is to deliver innovative business solutions with enthusiasm, integrity and the utmost regard for the safety and the protection of the environment.
At Sea School, we never forget we operate in a service industry. This is why everything we do, from developing leading-edge technologies to hiring the best people in the business, is driven by our goal of meeting the needs of our customers. We apply lessons from the past to challenges of the future to which propel to success ensuring our customers remain in the “winner’s circle.”

Sea School was founded in 1977, however, each of our key officers has been a “founder” within their own area of expertise. Just as we have built our school, one course at a time, we have built our team one person at a time.
Shortly after founding Sea School, Ron Wahl (1934-2008) invited Robert L. Arnold, current Executive Director, to join him in creating a “new breed” of maritime training school. Together, they set out to design a school for the “next generation” of mariners capable of operating highly sophisticated vessels of the future. Over the years, they have been instrumental in assembling a management team to operate a growing fleet of schools currently with $1.3 million in new programs alone.
Sea School’s technical team is comprised of individuals with extensive experience designing and constructing marine programs all over the world. Their backgrounds include naval architecture, engineering, safety, ship-handling and repair, project management, military service and maritime academy training.
Sea School’s current executive team - VP Ken Wahl, COO Cathy Bancroft, and Exec. Director Robert L. Arnold - is made up of individuals who had advised the company in the past and met the standards of character, chemistry, credentials and competence. Each of these professionals brought their own unique blend of skill sets to become “founders” of their respective departments.
Today, we are well equipped to handle the increased demands on USCG compliant companies. Our teams have years of experience in business and information systems, safety consulting and marine transportation.
Whether a client seeking to become a captain or needs an entire program created to train shipboard staff, Sea School is ready to help. We can assist with marine operations, maritime business development, boating safety, engineering, construction, maintenance, risk management, human resources, purchasing, accounting, legal or IT. In short, we are a team made up of like-minded individuals who have built a state-of-the-art Company from the keel up, and we do the same for our clients.
Entrepreneurial Culture
Sea School has one of the largest fleets of new-generation marine training facilities along with the most talented staff in the industry. With nearly 40 years of experience, Sea School’s senior management has demonstrated a knowledge to succeed in business and set a course for others to follow. Our management, systems, and philosophy, are all designed to empower our employees with a sense of ownership. This approach has consistently resulted in growth and financial returns well above our industry-peers. Together, we have developed an entrepreneurial culture that pervades every aspect of our operation with an unprecedented level of energy and enthusiasm.

STCW Training Centers

Sea School have their training centers in the following locations:

  • see our Website for details, USA, United States of America
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America
  • Jacksonville, FL, United States of America
  • St. Petersburg, Florida, United States of America
  • Charleston, SC, United States of America
  • Toledo, OH, United States of America
  • Freeport, NY- Long Island, United States of America
  • Panama City, Florida, United States of America

Customer Reviews

Sea School reviews as published on Google:

  • Marc Kenney

    Marc Kenney

    Average rating: 2 months ago

    I took the online OUPV, Masters 100, Auxiliary Sail, and Assisted Towing classes. Super informative, professionally written with videos and I could call an instructor anytime I had a question. I took the OUPV test in St. Petersburg and met Victor Tufts...who served in the USCG with my brother in Gitmo! Talk about a small world!! I felt right at home and scored very high in all sections. I firmly recommend Sea School because the instructors there not only know what they’re talking about, but can put it in a perspective that an average boater can understand. You guys rock!!

  • Mike Bujwalo

    Mike Bujwalo

    Average rating: 4 months ago

    Always an enjoyment learning from the dedicate instructors and staff. Always helpful even without an appointment

  • Vargas Charters

    Vargas Charters

    Average rating: 5 months ago

    Great school! Highly recommended. The staff really cares about your success and help through the entire process, not only with getting your license, but afterwards too.

  • Miranda Jean Hearn-Holman

    Miranda Jean Hearn-Holman

    Average rating: 2 months ago

    Only place I trust for all my licensing needs

  • Troy Schuberg

    Troy Schuberg

    Average rating: 5 months ago

    Best place for Captain's license!

  • Chris tofer

    Chris tofer

    Average rating: October 23, 2020

    I've been boating since the 60's and thought I was pretty on top of my game. Then I took the OUPV and Master upgrade classes at the St Pete Sea School and really expanded my knowledge and skills. When it was time to submit, Victor was instrumental insuring all of my paperwork was in order. These guys really have the entire program down and I highly recommend engaging them to expand your seamanship skills.

  • Jeffrey Lebowski

    Jeffrey Lebowski

    Average rating: August 30, 2020

    Excellent facility for obtaining your Captains license!

  • John McChesney

    John McChesney

    Average rating: August 1, 2020

    From all indications, Sea School is an excellent institution and provides a great instructional experience. However, I remain frustrated and extremely disappointed (after 4+ years of patiently waiting) they have not followed through on their promise to work with the Veterans Administration (VA) to enable veterans such as myself to utilize our hard-earned Post-911 GI Bill educational benefit to pay for US Coast Guard captain’s license certification courses (in my case the OUPV . . . AKA: 6-pack license captains license) and related expenses at the St. Petersburg Florida Sea School campus. I can’t understand why they won’t take the time and effort to make this happen. Definitely doing our veterans a disservice.

  • Matt Burgett

    Matt Burgett

    Average rating: January 14, 2020

    Nadia at Sea School provided excellent customer service, you can really tell she takes pride in her work.

  • gerald genna

    gerald genna

    Average rating: September 4, 2019

    We Hold Your Hand Til' It Holds A License... is their slogan but not sure who’s hand they were holding surely not mine and my hand has be empty for months. 4 times my paperwork has been returned incorrect from USCG. Do yourself a favor and have your instructor look over your app before sending to Coast Guard. This experience has coated me many Opportunities to be paid as a captain.
    I’d like to say thank you to Judy at FT Laudable office for helping me.

  • Sean Finucane

    Sean Finucane

    Average rating: July 24, 2019

    First class crowd! Went out of there way to rig me up,can't thank them enough!

  • Hoke Jenkins

    Hoke Jenkins

    Average rating: January 10, 2019

    I earned my OUVP and Master Near Coastal licenses at Sea School. The teachers are great and the classes interesting. The books and materials are first rate. They do hold your hand all the way till you succeed.

  • Frank Bird

    Frank Bird

    Average rating: December 18, 2018

    Just got my license in the mail today. Great place very nice people and super easy process.

  • Lisa Lowman

    Lisa Lowman

    Average rating: October 15, 2018

    Just finished the OUPV course with Capt Bill Kaupas and I can't say enough good things about it! Phenomenal instructor with so much knowledge and he made the class fun. Worth every penny to do the class in person.

  • Simeon Palmer

    Simeon Palmer

    Average rating: September 4, 2018

    The class was enjoyable and informative

  • Dawn Rothenhoefer

    Dawn Rothenhoefer

    Average rating: June 8, 2018

    Fantastic experience! I recently received my Master MMC. All of the instructors are very knowledgeable. Capt. Bill is an exceptional instructor! The school really does help navigate the USCG paperwork. Vic reviewed my application and when there was a question he handled it immediately. Have recommended Sea School to many and will continue to do so. Thank you!

  • Jamie raulerson

    Jamie raulerson

    Average rating: March 27, 2018

    Paid Bob 35 extra dollars to review application and it came back incomplete . He was quite rude when i asked to take a picture with him. I lost money on this application so I'm gonna have to re apply and spend more money. Poor communication.

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