Charting a Course: The PTMA Pathway to Maritime Careers

By Robin Mills, NWM Program Director Pride, inspiration, and validation. I felt all of it and more tonight at the end-of-the-year celebration for the Port Townsend Maritime Academy (PTMA), our maritime Career and Tech Education (CTE) program. Northwest Maritime developed PTMA in 2018 in partnership with Port Townsend School District and Bremerton’s West Sound Technical Skills

Summer Fun at Northwest Maritime

This summer, make your way to Northwest Maritime’s Port Townsend campus for memorable maritime adventures. Perfect for day-trippers or those seeking a casual visit, our summer activities offer something for everyone. Visit Our New Welcome Center Your adventure begins at our new Welcome Center, the gateway to our campus and the hub of activity at

R2AK VIII: Race Preview

In 2015, the Race to Alaska was unleashed like a rubber duck in a tsunami. It grew from a wild dare to a testament of human grit and marine mastery, as intrepid souls raced from Port Townsend to Ketchikan with no motor, no support, and just enough sense to bring a poncho.

SEVENTY48 2024: Paddles Up, Community Strong

Since its inaugural splash in 2018, SEVENTY48 has evolved from a daunting challenge into a yearly beacon for the PNW paddling community. This isn’t just a race; it’s a rallying point where endurance meets enthusiasm, where paddlers gather not only to compete but to connect and push their limits together. This year, a record-breaking 135

Northwest Maritime’s Welcome Center Debuts May 9

Northwest Maritime Center will celebrate the opening of its new Welcome Center on May 9 with a Grand Opening celebration for the community. The former “Chandlery” store space has been transformed into a new Welcome Center for the campus, including exhibits on Port Townsend’s maritime history, maritime culture, and Northwest Maritime Center’s programs, a front

Bravo Team: Preparing for Adventure in the San Juan Islands

Bravo Team is excitedly preparing for adventure. With most of the students onboard to head up to the San Juan Islands in early May. We have been working hard to learn the skills necessary for such a trip.  Students have been introduced to some of the main navigational equipment for planning a multi-day journey, and