Keeping the Crew Happy !

Eleven ( 11 ) REASONS ( and counting ! ) WHY you should choose the Maritime School of the West Indies

Thank you for considering the Maritime School of the West Indies as YOUR Maritime Crew Training School.

Our Maritime School of the West Indies has been around for many years ( we actually started the first Crew Training Courses in the Caribbean as the first school ) and we've been doing pretty well.

There are several good reasons WHY you should enroll in the Maritime School instead of going to others.

Number 1

When you sign up for a course ( whichever one, STCW, Master of Yachts 200 Ton ( previously called YachtMaster ) the Small Powerboat and RIB course and all the others, you can be SURE that we will effectively run the course, even if we should have less candidates than anticipated !

Many students and crew have told us that they enrolled for a course in an other school and that the course was canceled only a few days in advance ( and no way for them to enroll quickly in an other school while it was high season or to get there airline ticket re-imboursed ).

Over ALL the years in business, we have NEVER cancelled a course, so that's your warranty !

Number 2

Our Island St.Maarten-St.Martin is well know all over the world as a mega yacht mecca with many high end marinas and hundreds of yachts that visit not only in the high season but long before and after the busiest months.

A GREAT possibility for you to find a JOB on board one of those yachts.

Our crew placement department will also help you.

Many of the management companies or /and Captains/Owners KNOW our MSWI school so they often contact us FIRST to find crew because they know that we have CERTIFIED crew.

Number 3

Our Maritime School places a lot of students EACH CARIBBEAN SEASON on board yachts and many others on yachts in the Mediterranean while we are working there in the summer. ( Over 50 each season on both sides of the Ocean !)

When you do one ( or more ) courses at our Maritime School you will be automatically listed in our database which we show to Captains, owners or/and management companies that are looking for crew.

Number 4

Almost ALL of the Captains, owners or/and management companies know that when a crew member has attended our Maritime School, they are COMPETENT and received the course (s) in the best circumstances and instructed by the BEST teachers.

That's the reason WHY so many are ASKING us for crew instead of filtering trough agencies who have crew available from all kind of schools.

Number 5

St.Maarten with the Airport Juliana International and St.Martin with l"Esperance Airport Grand Case have flights coming in from all over the planet.

Many direct flights are landing EVERY DAY out of the US, Canada, Europe and elsewhere while local airlines service Grand Case airport from all over the Caribbean.

Please calculate your fees for air fares ( and taxes ! ) and compare with St.Maarten-St.Martin before booking a flight to somewhere else!

From both airports to the school or a crew house is only a short drive.

Number 6

We know that most of you are serious :) but, maybe when the course (s) is over you want to go party.

St.Maarten-St.Martin is also know for that.

Nightlife is THE BEST in the Caribbean RIGHT HERE, and only on the French side there are over 300 restaurants.

Try to find THAT somewhere else.

Number 7

When you see the rates of our courses, the rates are the rates.

Way lower than in Europe, the BEST in the Caribbean.

NO additional taxes or surprises as in some other schools...

NO additional book fees or other material costs.

To the contrary, we offer some discounts for cash payments, group payments etc.

And, in addition, we have THE BEST EXPRESSO COFFEE in the world.

Number 8

Check out ( or ask us ) the rates and possibilities for crew houses, guest houses or even hotels.

St.Maarten-St.Martin offers BETTER and CHEAPER accommodations than anywhere else.

We also have an appartment for rent right in Marina Royale where the school is located.

We rent this out mainly to captains when they are here with a partner because it is a little more expensive than a crew house but of course, it is private. Check it out on THIS page.

Our Maritime School can help with transport to the school and the school is easy accessible by DINGHY AND TENDER from all the Dutch side Marinas in Simpson Bay ( Ile De Sol, Palapa Marina, Simpson Bay Marina ) and others like Marina Fort Louis on the French side.

Number 9

Our Maritime School works not only with all the Yacht Agencies in St.Maarten and St.Martin but also with many many others in the USA, all of the Mediterranean agencies and others in Europe, the entire Caribbean and many other countries.

We are in constant contact not only to help you LOOK FOR A JOB but also when you are already a crewmember to propose you higher ranking and promotions.

Number 10

All courses are of course in English and our staff speaks English, but also French, German, Dutch, Spanish and more.

So even if you are French or Spanish we are able to help you with the courses and make sure that you will succeed !

Number 11

St.Maarten-St.Martin has free ports and is a duty free Island, so while you are here you can go shopping, buy the new iPhone, your next watch, parts for the yacht you're on and more.

Everything here is WAY cheaper than on other Islands.

More sail yachts, mega yachts, super yachts, tall ships and others are spending their season in St.Maarten-St.Martin than anywhere else.

Ever wondered why more crew find jobs here ?

Our main Maritime School of the West Indies (International Yacht Training in the Caribbean) office is on the French side in the Simpson Bay lagoon, St.Martin in Marina Royale 20

(on the dock in the Maritime Services and Training building) in the center of Marigot.

e-mail: info@MaritimeSchool.net

Office phone+590 590 510 495

Cell Phones: +596696261612

Saint Martin French West Indies

We are closed during the Caribbean summer months from the third week in May and open again as from September 1.

All the courses are in ENGLISH as most of our courses are MCA recognized.

All necessary books for the courses are provided by the Maritime School of the West Indies.

As soon as we have received your final payment we will sent you the books if you pay for the shipping costs.

Otherwise, you can pick up the books at any time at the school or you will receive your books at the start of the course.

The Maritime School of the West Indies in St.Maarten-St.Martin has two classrooms at the moment in the school building, but when we are conducting several classes at the same time we can use other locations in addition to the school or also hotel conference rooms.

We are officially affiliated with IYT WORLDWIDE in Canada

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