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Port Townsend Maritime Academy

Satellite Skills Center of West Sound Technical Skills Center

In partnership with the Northwest Maritime & Port Townsend Schools

Port Townsend Maritime Academy is a free half-day program that provides juniors and seniors with the opportunity to gain maritime experience, skills, and certifications while exploring different careers in the maritime industry. In addition, students are able to earn up to three credits in English language arts, physical education, and career technical education. 

Some students plan on pursuing careers on the water or in the marine trades, while others are open to the idea. What all the students share is an interest in learning outside the traditional classroom environment through an experiential, hands-on course of study.

Who: Juniors and Seniors from the following districts are eligible to attend—Port Townsend, Chimacum, Quilcene, Coupeville, Sequim, North Kitsap, Central Kitsap, South Kitsap, Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, North Mason, and Peninsula

When: Each school year, Monday-Friday mornings from 8:30-11 AM

Where: Northwest Maritime Center, job sites, and Port Townsend Bay

Units of Study:

  • Rowing
  • Outboard and Inboard Boat Operation
  • Outboard Engine Maintenance
  • Navigation
  • Boatbuilding and Tool Use
  • First Aid, CPR, and AED certificate
  • Sailing
  • WA State Boaters Card
  • Knots
  • Safety at Sea
  • Maritime Careers

Enrollment is now open for the 2024-25 school year through West Sound Tech!

Questions? Email Karl at kjordan@ptschools.org

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Port Townsend Maritime Academy Students Earn Drill Conductor Card

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Port Townsend Maritime Academy Students Dive into Outboard Operations

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Port Townsend Maritime Academy Kicks Off the 2023-2024 School Year

Port Townsend Maritime Academy is kicking off the 2023-2024 school year with a whole host of fresh new faces, and a few familiar ones. Our students come from as far away as Bremerton to meet together each morning at the Northwest Maritime Center.  We’ve been getting to know each other through shared experiences and team-building…

From Classroom to Coastline: A Look at the Achievements of PTMA Graduates

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Logo: Northwest Maritime Center