Chapman School of Seamanship

Chapman School of Seamanship


About Us

Chapman School of Seamanship is a world-renowned 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Maritime School encompassing nine waterfront acres in Stuart, FL. Since opening our doors in 1971, we have trained over 30,000 students with our “Learn at the Helm” hands-on approach. Offering a wide variety of programs for recreational boaters, youth boaters, and individuals wishing to pursue careers in the marine industry, Chapman provides comprehensive training for all.

Founded by the late Charles F. Chapman and the late Glen D. Castle, the Chapman School maintains a large fleet of power vessels to teach practical, underway boating skills. These vessels, all contributed through the school's Boat Donation Program, benefit our students, who receive hands-on training, and our donors, who support maritime education.

Our programs include:

Career Programs:
Yamaha Marine Maintenance Certification Program
Professional Mariner Training
Yacht & Small Craft Surveying
Damage & Claims - Basic
Damage & Claims - Advanced
USCG License Training
USCG IMO Compliant Programs
CPR/First Aid
Government & Corporate Contracts

Recreational Programs:
Mariner Training
Deckhand/Mate Training
CPC 100 - Boating Essentials
CPC 200 - Power Boat Handling
CPC 1000 - Basic Power Boating
CPC 2000 - Coastal Cruising
CPC 2000 - Bahamas Crossing
Private Boating Instruction/Lessons

Youth Programs:
Summer Basic
Summer Intermediate
Summer Advanced
Summer Voyager

Video Media


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Rep/Contact Info

Mr. Brandon Hemberger