Academic Catalogs

Professional Mariner

The maritime industry offers exciting and dynamic careers including opportunities to travel. Successful students will receive US Coast Guard recognized certificates which are important for many jobs. Graduates work on supply boats, ferries, tugs, barges, cruise ships, and private vessels.  Land-based jobs include marine electrical work and entry level engine repair.  Some graduates continue their education at a maritime academy.  Internships are available to eligible students. 

Department Contact Information

Professional Mariner Department: professionalmariner@occ.cccd.edu 

Karen Prioleau
kprioleau@occ.cccd.edu
(949) 258 - 8918

Sarah Hirsch 
shirsch3@occ.cccd.edu
(949) 258 - 7091

Professional Mariner Department Website

MARA A1361 Unit (9 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
Introduction to Sailing  
Prerequisite(s): Ability to swim 50 yards and tread water for five minutes; This prerequisite will be validated in class during the first week of the course.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC.

Introduces the novice to the fundamentals of sailing through dockside lectures and hands-on experience in Lido 14 dinghies. Points of sail, basic terminology, tacking, jibing, theory, and safety are emphasized. Same as KIN A136. Students completing MARA A136 may not receive credit for KIN A136. may be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing MARA A136

    MARA A1371 Unit (9 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
    Intermediate Sailing - Intro to Keel Boats  
    Prerequisite(s): MARA A136 or KIN A136; and Ability to swim 50 yards and tread water for five minutes; and Basic sailing ability; These skills will be validated the first week of class.

    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

    Transfer Credit: CSU, UC.

    Introduces the intermediate sailor to the fundamentals of sailing through dockside lectures and hands-on experience in Shields 30 sloops. Points of sail, basic terminology, tacking, jibing, theory, and safety are emphasized. Same as KIN A137. Students completing MARA A137 may not receive credit for KIN A137.

    Catalog Program Pages Referencing MARA A137

      MARA A1381 Unit (9 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
      Introduction to Ocean Sailing  
      Prerequisite(s): Ability to swim 50 yards and tread water for five minutes; Knowledge of basic sailing principles; This prerequisite will be validated in class during the first week of the course.

      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

      Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

      Introduces the fundamentals of ocean sailing through dockside lectures and hands-on experience aboard large sailing vessels. Sail handling, winch operation, steering, reefing, and line handling are emphasized. Same as KIN A138. Students completing MARA A138 may not receive credit for KIN A138. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

      Catalog Program Pages Referencing MARA A138

        MARA A1390.5-1.5 Units (4.5-13.5 lecture hours; 13.5-40.5 lab hours)  
        Kayaking  
        Prerequisite(s): Students must be able to swim 100 yards and tread water for five minutes; This prerequisite will be validated in class during the first week of the course.

        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

        Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

        Designed to teach the fundamental kayaking techniques needed to become a safe and effective kayaker. There will be a fee for use of equipment and use of the off-campus facility. Same as KIN A139. Students completing MARA A139 may not receive credit for KIN A139. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

        Catalog Program Pages Referencing MARA A139

          MARA A1503 Units (54 lecture hours; 18 lab hours)  
          Coastal Navigation  

          Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

          Transfer Credit: CSU.

          Starting with the basics of navigation, students will be able to interpret charts, plot positions and courses, utilize navigational publications, and determine the effects of tides and currents relating to coastal piloting. Passage planning and boating safety legal requirements will be included. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

          Catalog Program Pages Referencing MARA A150

            MARA A1512 Units (36 lecture hours)  
            Maritime Industry  

            Grading Mode: Standard Letter

            Transfer Credit: CSU

            Students will learn about marine industry careers, maritime terminology, types of vessels and vessel protocol. Job skills and career paths for the marine industry are covered. Personal conduct, customer service skills, resume writing and interviewing skills are included to improve employment opportunities. This is a required course of the Professional Mariner Program. A facility fee will be charged for field trips.

            Catalog Program Pages Referencing MARA A151

              MARA A1523 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
              Boat Handling and Seamanship  

              Grading Mode: Standard Letter

              Transfer Credit: CSU.

              Students learn safe boating practices and regulations. Practical training while operating small motor boats includes docking procedures, underway maneuvering, anchoring and overboard rescue drills. Time on the water provides experience in crew teamwork, standing watch, maintaining a lookout and general seamanship. This is a required course of the Professional Mariner Program. A facility fee will be charged. PREREQUISTE: Student must be able to swim 50 yards, tread water for 10 minutes.

              Catalog Program Pages Referencing MARA A152

                MARA A1534 Units (72 lecture hours; 18 lab hours)  
                Marine Basic Safety Training  
                Prerequisite(s): Student must be able to swim 50 yards and tread water for 10 minutes.

                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                Transfer Credit: CSU.

                This course is the basic safety training (BST) as specified by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). Basic firefighting, personal survival, personal safety, social responsibility, and first aid in marine situations are covered in this hands-on program. Students with satisfactory level of completion will be qualified for First Aid and CPR cards and Certificates of Completion for STCW-95 compliance as well as a World Sailing Safety at Sea certificate. This is a required course for the Professional Mariner Program. An optional facility fee will be paid to a Fire Training Facility.

                Catalog Program Pages Referencing MARA A153

                  MARA A1542 Units (36 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
                  Yachtkeeping and Engine Maintenance  

                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                  Transfer Credit: CSU

                  This course offers hands on experience in Yachtkeeping; cleaning interior & exterior surfaces. Students will learn the practical operation and routine maintenance of mechanical systems aboard vessels, diesel inboard engines and gasoline outboard engines. Skills practiced include painting, varnishing and routine engine maintenance. This is a required course of the Professional Mariner Program.

                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing MARA A154

                    MARA A1562 Units (36 lecture hours)  
                    Maritime Environment  

                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                    Transfer Credit: CSU.

                    Students will learn about the systems that drive global weather patterns and conditions commonly found along major shipping routes as well as hubs of recreational yachting. Global and regional physical oceanography will be covered as it relates to navigational challenges to the mariner. Understanding oceanography and weather will aid the student in understanding pollution regulations and the responsibilities of the mariner to the environment in which he or she works. This is a required course of the Professional Mariner Program. A facility fee will be charged for field trips.

                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing MARA A156

                      MARA A1572 Units (36 lecture hours)  
                      Radar Observer  
                      Prerequisite(s): Professional Mariner Level 1 Certificate of Achievement or equivalent.

                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                      Transfer Credit: CSU.

                      Students will learn fundamentals of marine Radar, its uses, limitations, and how to interpret data from a radar system. Primary focuses will be on Radar Navigation and Collision avoidance. Students with satisfactory level of completion will be qualified for a Certificate of Completion for U.S. Coast Guard Radar Observer license endorsement, establishing competency in the operation and utilization of marine radar equipment. This endorsement may be added to any U.S. Coast Guard Deck Officer License.

                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing MARA A157

                        MARA A2002 Units (120 other hours)  
                        Professional Mariner Internship  
                        Prerequisite(s): MARA A150, MARA A151, MARA A152, MARA A153, or MARA A155.
                        Co-requisite(s): MARA A201.

                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                        A supervised internship related to classroom-based learning at a maritime related work site. This course is designed as a supervised internship course for the Professional Mariner student. The student will gain experience in a marine related position that bridges classroom based learning with career goals. This 120-hour unpaid or 150-hour paid work experience course is designed to assist students to acquire career awareness, work habits, attitudes and skills for the professional mariner program. Credit for occupational work experience may be accrued at the rate of one to 8 units per semester for a total of sixteen units. Additionally, this course is for 2 units and students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit earned. Transfer credit: CSU.

                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing MARA A200

                          MARA A2011 Unit (18 lecture hours)  
                          Professional Mariner Internship Lecture  
                          Co-requisite(s): MARA A200.

                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                          Transfer Credit: CSU.

                          This course provides instructor-guided preparation related to classroom-based learning at a maritime related work site. This course is designed as a supplement to the supervised internship course for the Professional Mariner student.

                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing MARA A201

                            MARA A2104 Units (68 lecture hours; 12 lab hours)  
                            USCG License Exam Preparation  
                            Advisory: Due to the requirements to obtain a license from the US Coast Guard, students are expected to have 360 days of documented sea service.

                            Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                            Transfer Credit: CSU.

                            Students will learn the required material to take the USCG exams for an OUPV or 100 Ton Master/Mate endorsement. Topics include rules of the road, navigation and chart plotting, deck general, deck safety and environmental protection, and navigation general. If a student has less than 360 days documented, then prior approval from the instructor is required.

                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing MARA A210

                              MARA A2151 Unit (18 lecture hours; 9 lab hours)  
                              Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW)  
                              Prerequisite(s): MARA A152 with a minimum grade of B, or sixty days of sea time as a deckhand, watchstander, or greater responsibility.

                              Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                              Transfer Credit: CSU.

                              Students will be trained to stand watch as a competent member of a bridge team on commercial and private vessels. Steering, following helm commands, understanding the navigation rules for collision avoidance, and emergency procedures are included. Along with required sea time, this course is intended to qualify students for the international "Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping" (STCW) designation as "Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch" (RFPNW). It is designed to satisfy RFPNW training requirements as designated by the US. Coast Guard and the International Maritime Organization.

                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing MARA A215