Become a Qualified Seaman Equipped to serve in Missions

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Our Vision

This School of Navigation and Seamanship will be a 6-month course designed to train those with little to no knowledge of seamanship to a level of competency that will be valuable aboard small vessels. Students will receive hands-on training by serving as crew onboard a 100 foot sailing vessel. Students will receive classroom instruction and immediately put what they have learned into practice. The course will cover the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Day Skipper theory course with the opportunity to earn RYA Certification.


Missions with ships

Overnight Sailing

Overview of marine engineering

Boat Systems




Sail, Study, Serve

Understand the principles of navigation and seamanship and apply them with confidence while conducting a vessel in a sea-lane. Effectively meet and respond to an emergency understanding Safety of Life at Sea. Work as a team in preventing and responding to an emergency at sea and in port. Navigate a vessel in extreme conditions and situations and identify dangers concerning crew, passengers, cargo, and the ship. Learn the principles of leadership and its disciplines and apply them with an understanding of Biblical principles. Understand the basic principles of Engineering and engine maintenance and operation. Gain confidence in preaching the Gospel and understanding the Biblical perspective of shipping and sea life. Have a world view and international awareness of evangelism by the use of ships.

Get sea time toward your career

Upon successful completion of this 24 week/24 credit SONS with SONS Field eperience there will be opportunities to earn more Sea Time by serving on board one of our ships as a crew in Micronesia, Panama, Papua New Guinea, or Mexico. The cost of this deployment is approximately $450 USD per month plus International Health Insurance and visa and travel expenses..

School Details

Start Dates

April 10, 2025


Total cost for 24 weeks: $6445. Includes food, accommodation, and tuition. Does not include airfare.


  • Completed DTS
  • Paid application fee
  • Completed application and health forms
  • English proficiency

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Online Syllabus Document