Read anything you can on maritime safety issues.

USCG are really good guys. Ask them to inspect your vessel. Go to their web site.

Take a boaters safety class!

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NOAA Charts

NOAA Charts Lake Michigan

NOAA Charts Interactive (International)

Coastal Pilot Information: 

Topics in the Coastal Pilot include channel descriptions, anchorages, bridge and cable clearances, currents, tide and water levels, prominent features, pilotage, towage, weather, ice conditions, wharf descriptions, dangers, routes, traffic separation schemes, small-craft facilities, and Federal regulations applicable to navigation.

Coastal Pilot General

Coastal Pilot Great Lakes

Coastal Pilot Lake Michigan

USCG Resources:

USCG Vessel Safety Check

Navigation Rules, DHS/USCG

Weather Links:

National Doppler Radar Interactive for Region

Great Lakes Regional Radar Map Interactive for Region

Chicago Regional Forecast Interactive

Great Lakes Coastal Forecasting System

Education Links:

United States Naval Academy              

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy          

U.S. Coast Guard Academy                

Great Lakes Maritime Academy            

Maritime Links:

Naval Sea Cadets Corps

Navy League of the United States

International Shipmasters Association

Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping

Maritime opportunities


U.S Merchant Marine Academy


300 Steamboat Road

 Kings Point, NY 11024

Phone:   516/773-5000


The Great Lakes Maritime Academy

NMC Great Lakes Campus


715 E. Front St.

Traverse City, MI 49686

Phone:   231/995-1200; 

                877/ 824-7447

Mailing Address:

1701 E. Front St.

Traverse City, MI 49686

Phone:  877/824-7447


United States Naval Academy


121 Blake Road

Annapolis, MD  21402

Phone:  410/293-4361


United States Coast Guard Academy


31 Mohegan Avenue

New London, CT 06320

Phone:  800/883-USCG (8724)


California Maritime Academy


200 Maritime Academy Drive

Vallejo, CA  94590

Telephone:  707/654-1000


Maine Maritime Academy


Castine, ME

Telephone:  800/227-8465 (Out of State)

                       800/464-6565 (Maine)


Massachusetts Maritime Academy


101 Academy Drive

 Buzzards Bay, MA  02535

Phone:  508/830-5000


State University of New York Maritime College


6 Pennyfield Avenue

Throggs Neck, NY  10465

Phone:  718/-409-7200


Texas Maritime Academy


Seawolf Parkway

Galveston, TX  77554

Phone:  409/740-4414


Calhoon MEBA Engineering School


27050 Saint Michaels Road

Easton, MD 21601

Phone:  410/822-9600


Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education


P.O. Box 75

Piney Point, MD 20674

Phone:  301/994-0010


Pacific Maritime Institute


1729 Alaskan Way South

Seattle, WA  98134

Phone:  888/893-7829


Marine Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies


692 Maritime Blvd.

Linthicum Heights, MD  21090

Phone:  866/656-5568


Webb Institute


298 Crescent Beach Road

Glen Cove, NY 11542

Phone:  866/708-9322


International Maritime University of Adaptive Sciences


4573 Dolphin Dr.

Lake Worth, FL  33463

Phone:  800/977-7576


Maritime Scholarships

  • A.R. "Babe" Schwartz Honorary Scholarship 
  • Blue Water Shipmasters' Fund Scholarship
  • California Diving & Aquatic Studies Scholarship
  • Charles H. Bussmann Scholarship
  • Kenelm W. Coons Marine Affairs Scholarship 
  • Marine Technology Scholarship 
  • Mel Sheeham Scholarship 
  • Regional Water Authority Scholarship
  • Robert Christian Eckhardt Honorary Scholarship
  • Robert F. Rich Scholarship Fund
  • ROV Student Scholarship
  • Skoch Scholarship 
  • The Florida Harbor Pilots' Scholarship Program 
  • Tommy L. Richards Scholarship 
  • Wilbur N. Landers Scholarship 
  • William M. Kennedy Scholarship