Welcome to Marine Studies at HLSCC

The Marine Studies programmes were developed in response to the rapidly expanding marine industry that, throughout the Caribbean, is in need of trained and qualified personnel. The training needs of young people and persons active in the marine industry are addressed through the Maritime Studies and the Marine Technology programmes.

Students seeking a Certificate of Higher Education must complete the appropriate general education requirements as well as the programme requirements listed. No course/s taken as programme requirements will be counted as general requirements. Students must earn a grade of C- or above in each of the programme requirements.

Certificate of Achievement Maritime Studies

Globally the shipping and yachting industries are requiring that vessel operators be properly trained in accordance with international standards. This programme will introduce students to the various aspects of the maritime industry. Upon completion, students will have the necessary proficiency to test for U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Royal Yachting Association (RYA) qualifications.

Note: Students who wish to pursue either the United States Coast Guard (USCG) or the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) qualification must do so through their own initiative and must fulfil the necessary requirements set by the licensing agency. The College will advise the students in procedural matters and where possible facilitate the sitting of the required examination.

Certificate of Achievement Marine Technology

These programmes are designed to train students as entry level technicians for the marine industry. Students can specialise in Marine Electrical and Mechanical Studies or Yacht Maintenance.

Upon completion of this programme, students will be able to:

Distinguish between the different engine designs and operating principles used in marine propulsion and auxiliary systems.

  • Demonstrate competent use of technology based engine diagnostic equipment.
  • Select and safely operate hand and power tools.
  • Demonstrate safe working practice and safe handling of hazardous materials.
  • Demonstrate competent use of marine refrigeration equipment.
  • Demonstrate competent use of marine electrical equipment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of technical mathematics

Associates Degree Marine Technology Concentration

This programme is designed to train students in the operation and maintenance of marine propulsion and auxiliary systems, found on small to medium size sail and power yachts, and their tenders. Upon completion, students will have the entry level qualifications required for the local marine industry, especially the bareboat charter business.

For further information on these programmes please contact:

Marva Wheatley-Dawson, MBA
Dean of Workforce Training

Cheryl Doward
Senior Administrative Officer