Courses Offered

All firefighting, navigational radar, and safety classes are held in New Orleans East.

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Firefighting and Safety Courses and Descriptions

Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting

  • 40-hour course
  • USCG approved
  • 3-day classroom training followed by 2-day field training
  • Training includes:
    • Fire Prevention
    • Classification of Fire Extinguishing Agents
    • Fire Concepts and Behavior
    • Situations and Assessment
    • Hose Handling
    • Portable Extinguishers
    • Fixed CO2 System and Foam Demonstration
    • High Velocity Fire Fog
    • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
    • Smoke Maze (Search & Rescue)
    • Compartment Fire (Horizontal Attack)
    • Galley & Cabin Fires 

Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation

  • 8-hour course
  • USCG and STCW approved

Students will receive field-only practicals, addressing the topics of firefighting equipment, fixed systems, hazardous materials, and emergency procedures. 

In order to be eligible for this course, mariners must have taken the complete U.S. Coast Guard Advanced Fire Fighting Training, AND have one year of cumulative sea time within the last 5 years.

Starting in 2017, officers will need to renew firefighting coursework every five years. This is a provision of the Coast Guard’s final rule based on the STCW Manila Amendments of 2010.

In the U.S., the Coast Guard has issued a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC), which outlines the new requirements for re-establishing Advanced Firefighting competency: “Mariners holding STCW officer endorsements are required to demonstrate continued proficiency for the revalidation of the Advanced Firefighting endorsement.”

The primary goals of this course is to provide mariners with a sound working knowledge of the causes of fires so as best to prevent them, and to develop skill and confidence to respond appropriately in the event of fire. Specifically, this course is intended to provide both theory and practical experience in control and extinguishment, thereby reducing the threat of shipboard fire and the potential loss of life and property.

Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher

  • 16-hour course
  • USCG and STCW approved

Students will receive 9.5 hours of classroom instruction and the remainder of the time will take place on the field and ship simulator structure, addressing the topics of firefighting equipment, fixed systems, hazardous materials, and emergency procedures. 

In order to be eligible for this course, mariners must have taken the complete U.S. Coast Guard Advanced Fire Fighting Training.

Starting in 2017, officers will need to renew firefighting coursework every five years. This is a provision of the Coast Guard’s final rule based on the STCW Manila Amendments of 2010.

In the U.S., the Coast Guard has issued a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC), which outlines the new requirements for re-establishing Advanced Firefighting competency: “Mariners holding STCW officer endorsements are required to demonstrate continued proficiency for the revalidation of the Advanced Firefighting endorsement.”

The primary goals of this course is to provide mariners with a sound working knowledge of the causes of fires so as best to prevent them, and to develop skill and confidence to respond appropriately in the event of fire. Specifically, this course is intended to provide both theory and practical experience in control and extinguishment, thereby reducing the threat of shipboard fire and the potential loss of life and property.

Leadership and Managerial Skills

  • 35-hour course
  • USCG approved

This U.S. Coast Guard approved course is intended to provide a person with the knowledge, skill and understanding of leadership at the management level (not operational level) on board a vessel.

The course is designed specifically for Management Level Masters, Chief Mates, (II/2, II/3), Chief Engineers, and Second Engineer Officers (III/2, III/3) who are required to hold an STCW licensed endorsement.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are seeking an endorsement as Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch, or Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch at the Operational Level, Delgado does not offer either of these courses at this time.

This course will meet STCW requirements for the application of leadership skills, in accordance with the 2010 Manila Amendments, specifically as stated in tables A-11/1,A-111/1 and A-111/6, Function: Controlling the operation of the ship and care for persons on board at the operational level.

This course is further constructed to mirror the IMO Model Course1.39, Leadership and Teamwork, 2014 Edition

On completion of the course the trainee should be able to demonstrate sufficient understanding and knowledge of leadership and team working and have the relevant skills to competently carry out the duties of officer in charge of a navigational watch on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more, or officer in charge of an engineering watch in a manned engine-room or designated duty engineer in a periodically unmanned engine-room. The knowledge, understanding and proficiency should include, but not be limited to, those listed in Column 2 of tables A-11/1, A-111/1 and A-111/6:

  • Working knowledge of shipboard personnel management and training.
  • Knowledge of related international maritime conventions, recommendations and national legislation.
  • Ability to apply task and workload management.
  • Knowledge and ability to apply effective resource management.
  • Knowledge and ability to apply decision making techniques.

STCW Basic Safety Training

  • 5-day course
  • USCG approved

This course defines basic training requirements for maritime employees to work and stand watch aboard certain maritime vessels that fall under the requirements prescribed in Regulation VI/I, and Section A-VI/I of STCW 95.

The course includes four training modules, which may be scheduled independently.

Module 1 - Personal Safety/Social Responsibilities (4 hours)

  • Precautions to prevent pollution in the marine environment
  • Understanding orders in relation to shipboard duties
  • Contributing to effective human relationships on board vessels 

Module 2 - Water Survival (12 hours)

  • Survival at sea in the event of ship abandonment
  • Types of emergency situations
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Evaluation procedures
  • Use of equipment in survival crafts and rescue boats
  • Principles of survival at sea
  • Emergency radio equipment
  • Water escape techniques
  • Survival action once on surface

Module 3 - Basic Fire Fighting (16 hours)

  • Shipboard fire fighting procedures and organization
  • Theory of fire types
  • Sources of ignition fire hazards
  • Spread of fire
  • Classification of fire and applicable extinguishing systems
  • Fire detection and alarm system
  • Use of protective equipment (SCBA)
  • Exercises in extinguishing fires

Module 4 - First Aid/CPR (8 hours)

  • Assessment of casualties and threats to own safety
  • Body structure and functions
  • Positioning of casualty
  • Unconscious casualties and resuscitation
  • Bleeding and wounds
  • Management of shock
  • Burns and scalds
  • Rescue and transport casualties
  • Bandages and use of first aid emergency kit

Medical Care Provider

  • 24-hour course
  • USCG approved

This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct a primary and secondary survey of a sick and/or injured person, immobilize the patient, and begin immediate treatment to preserve life. These are all skills which typically must be performed before obtaining radio medical advice. 

The following topics are covered in this course:

  • The well-being of the First Responder (Medical First Aid Provider)
  • Medical, legal, and ethical issues
  • Lifting and moving patients
  • Airway management
  • Scene assessment
  • Vital signs
  • Trauma and medical patient assessment
  • Bleeding and shock
  • Soft tissue and musculoskeletal injuries
  • Head and spine injuries
  • Cardiac and diabetic emergencies
  • Poisoning and overdose
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Sterilization
  • Radio medical advice
  • General pharmacology

Tank Barge Dangerous Liquids

  • 32 hour course
  • USCG approved

This course provides training for any person with immediate responsibility for the loading, discharging and care in transit or handling of cargo.

Any applicant  successfully completing this  course will satisfy the training requirements of 46 CFR Table 13.121(e) for an endorsement as Tankerman–PIC (Barge DL, and satisfy the training requirements of 46 CFR 10.227(e)(iii) for renewal of a Merchant Mariner Credential endorsed as Tankerman PIC (Barge DL) appropriate, and upon approval by the Commandant.

Pre-requisites: This course is open to experienced seafarers who have not necessarily served on board a Tank Barge as part of the regular complement but who have completed an §13.407-approved firefighting course, and an approved course on first aid. There is no minimum entry standard prescribed for this course.

NOTE: This course is not the fully-fledged, 40-hour, Tankerman DL course.

Vessel Security Officer

  • 13-hour course
  • USCG approved

This course is designed to satisfy the requirements of the Maritime Transportations Security Act of 2002 and the International Ship and Port Security Code.

Course Pre-requisite: Must be a U.S. Coast Guard credentialed mariner who is employed (or is to be employed) by a vessel owner or operator.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Learn how to inspect vessels to ensure security measures are in place.
  • Learn how to ensure security awareness and vigilance on board the vessel.
  • Ensure consistency between security requirements and the proper treatment of vessel personnel affected by those requirements.
  • Ensure TWIC programs are in place and implemented appropriately.

Navigational Radar Courses and Descriptions

Automatic Radar Plotting Aids

  • 32-hour course
  • USCG and STCW approved

This course covers the following topics:

  • Demonstrations of practical assessments to satisfy the ARPA training requirements for certification as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage.
  • Choose appropriate modes of display.
  • Select plotting and graphics controls suitable to the circumstances.
  • Make appropriate use of operational alarms.
  • Acquire and track targets to avert collision.
  • Extract course, speed, and nearest approaches.
  • Enable early action to avoid close-quarter situations.

Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems

  • 40-hour course
  • USCG approved

This course provides trainees with the knowledge, skill and understanding of ECDIS and electronic charts to the thorough extent needed to safely navigate vessels whose primary means of navigation is ECDIS. The course emphasizes both the application and learning of ECDIS in a variety of underway contexts, through sophisticated navigation simulation. The course includes applicable assessments of competence for STCW endorsements as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch (OICNW), Chief Mate, and Master.

Global Marine Distress and Safety System

  • 70-hour course
  • USCG and STCW approved

This course prepares radio personnel to meet the criteria and competency levels set under the International Convention Standards of Training, Certification of Watchkeeping (STCW) for the use of GMDSS systems.

Participants successfully completing this course will satisfy the training requirements of 46 CFR 10.205(n) and Table A-IV/2 of the STCW Code.

Topics include:

  • Principles of communication
  • Use of GMDSS equipment
  • Distress alerting
  • Communication procedures

Radar Observer

  • 40 hour course; taught over 5 days
  • USCG approved

This course is designed to satisfy the general requirements 46 CFR 10/305 and 46 CFR 10.307. It provides both classroom and simulator experience to prepare mariners for the United States Coast Guard Radar Observer endorsement for unlimited and inland waters.

The unlimited class is a five-day, 40 contact-hour course. The inland class is a four-day, 32-hour course.

Classroom and simulator experience is intended to prepare mariners for the USCG Radar Observer endorsement.

Emphasis will be given to the following terms and concepts:

  • Relative stabilized verses relative unstabilized
  • True motion verses relative motion
  • Relative course and relative speed
  • Contact course and contact speed
  • Bearing and range
  • Time to closest point of approach
  • Parallel indexing

Steersman/Apprentice Mate

Note: Students will need a laptop for portions of this class.

  • 18-day course
  • USCG approved

Certification for Master of Towing Vessels for endorsement of a U.S. Coast Guard License, as per 46 CFR 10.464, 46 CFR 10.465 and NVIC 4-91.

The license obtained from this course will be endorsed for one of the following routes:

  • Oceans
  • Near-coastal waters
  • Great lakes-inland waters

The United States Coast Guard, upon issuance of this license, will determine the appropriate route.

Successful completer must present the Certificate of Training at a Regional Exam Center within one year of completion of training, to satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR 10.205 (i) for original issuance of 46 CFR 10.209 (c) (iii) for renewal  of a license as Apprentice Mate (Steersman) of Towing Vessels (Near Coastal or Inland).

This course will not satisfy the navigation problems examination requirement for a license valid upon western rivers.

During this course, mariners will learn the responsibilities required as they transition from working on the deck of a vessel to the wheelhouse alongside pilots and captains. 

Topics covered in this course include the following:

Rules of the Road

  • Inland and International Rules
  • Browse Navigation Rules online

Deck Safety

  • Basic Firefighting
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Rescue Procedures
  • Stability, Trim and Stress

Deck General

  • Marlinespike Seamanship
  • Purchases, Blocks and Tackles
  • Shipboard Management
  • Watchkeeping
  • Vessel Maneuvering

Navigation General

  • Electronic Navigation
  • Instruments and Accessories
  • Aids to Navigation
  • Charts, Navigation Publications and Notices to Mariners
  • Compass Corrections
  • Weather Charts and Reports
  • Characteristics of Weather Systems

Chart Navigation

  • Distance off
  • Bearing Problems
  • Chart Navigation
  • Dead Reckoning
  • Fix or Running Fix
  • Tides & Tidal Currents

Western Rivers Navigation

  • 2-day course
  • USCG approved

Western Rivers include the Port Allen area and all navigable routes above the New Orleans Huey P. Long Bridge heading north, with the exclusion of Great Lakes. This course provides training to prove competency in Western Rivers operations.

This course prepares individuals to obtain credentials for employment on Western Rivers in accordance with Requirements for Original Licenses and Endorsements as set forth in 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 10.205(i) for original issuance, 46CFR 10.209(c)(iii) for renewal, or 46CFR 10.209(f) for re-issuance of a license as Apprentice Mate (Steersman) of Towing Vessels for Western Rivers.

Topics include the following:

  • Aids to Navigation
  • Publications
  • Locks
  • Bridges
  • River Operations
  • Chart Work

Radar Recertification/Renewal

  • 1-day course for recertification
  • 2-day course for renewal
  • USCG approved

The renewal course consists of day of review and one day of testing for those mariners wishing to renew their Radar Observer Endorsement for unlimited and inland waters.

Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed Radar Observer training. 


For licensing requirements, please visit the U.S. Coast Guard website.