The Mountwest Maritime Academy, formerly known as the Inland Waterways Academy, at Mountwest Community & Technical College offers United States Coast Guard approved Maritime training to prepare personnel for the River Towing Industry. The Academy has been serving the needs of the river industry since 2001. These unique and rewarding careers are not for everyone, but the opportunities are there for individuals who are motivated and dedicated.
The Academy has invested in four simulators used for both Steersman and Radar certifications. The simulators are used to educate students in practical situations and responses and are evaluated and compared to industry standards and regulations. This adds an extra dimension to the curriculum and greatly enhances the traditional learning experience.
The Mountwest Maritime Academy provides training for various levels of the river industry from entry-level Deckhands, those with experience ready to become Steersman, and seasoned mariners wanting to expand their qualifications, to include:
Standard First Aid CPR and AED - Adult
This is the American Red Cross 8-hour course in Standard First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, and Automated Electronic Defibrillators. This class also meets the First Aid requirements of Basics Safety Training under the STCW Code. IWA also offers Medic First Aid courses.
Deckhand Basic Training
This 7-day course is designed to acquaint the prospective entry-level deckhand with life on the river and to assist the deckhand in obtaining a job on a commercial towboat. Safety training and hands-on skills are emphasized.
This one-day Train the Trainer course is for the experienced mariner who desires to become certified as a Designated Examiner by the U.S. Coast Guard. A Designated Examiner certifies the competency of persons working in the maritime environment who are advancing their licenses or certifications.
Current Huntington firemen provide expert instruction in our firefighting courses.
Basic & Advanced Firefighting
This is a U.S. Coast Guard approved comprehensive 4-hour course in the theory and practice of marine firefighting. The course includes both classroom instruction and hands-on training in exterior and interior firefighting. This course is required for all candidates for an engineering license and for all deck licenses over 200 tons. The course is also approved by the U.S. Coast Guard for international operations under the STCW code.
Tank Barge Firefighting
This class is required by the U.S. Coast Guard prior to issuance of an endorsement as Tankerman-Person in Charge. The class familiarizes the prospective tankerman with the theory and science of firefighting and provides hands-on experience in extinguishing large fires.
The Mountwest Maritime Academy offers a number of U.S. Coast Guard approved Radar Observer and Radar Observer Recertification courses for Western Rivers and Inland Waters. The cost varies depending on the nature of the course.
This 5-day class prepares the licensed towboat officer to expand the scope of his or her license from the limited Western Rivers route to the Inland Waters route. Navigation and Rules of the Road are stressed. Prerequisite: License as Master, Pilot, or Steersman (Apprentice Mate) of Towing Vessels on Western Rivers.
This 10-day course prepares the experienced deckhand to obtain a license as a Steersman of Towing Vessels on Western Rivers from the U.S. Coast Guard. This is the first license on the path to becoming a Master of Towing Vessels. Classroom subjects include Deck Safety, General Deck and Environmental Subjects, Navigation and Rules of the Road. Prerequisite: 18 months of experience as a deckhand.
This 40-hour course is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and is designed for the boatman (licensed or unlicensed) who will be transferring liquid dangerous cargoes in bulk. Prerequisite: The U.S. Coast Guard requires observation of a number of transfer of liquid dangerous cargoes prior to issuance of the endorsement. Also, Tank Barge Firefighting is required.