My experience at the Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy was life changing. MAMA Trains helped me to gain the proper skills to excel within the Maritime industry. The instructors are very hands-on and thorough in training each student. I got the attention and help I needed to be successful. Everyone is willing to teach anyone who is willing to learn. Before I came to the academy, I worked at a grocery store with no guidance or knowledge on how to begin a career as a U.S. Merchant Seaman. The day I walked into MAMA Trains, my life changed for the better. Every course assigned mimicked the responsibilities one would have aboard a vessel. The academy gives you realistic representations of what one would endure in their career. I learned how to survive should there be an emergency, fight fires, do CPR, crowd management, and much more. I would recommend Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy to anyone who is in pursuit of a maritime career.


MAMA is the premier facility for USCG License testing and Recertification! The Administration and Staff are among the most professional and friendly people I have had the occasion to train with.

I have attended other Maritime Training Facilities through my advancement from AB to my present position of First Officer. I can honestly say that the staff at Mid Atlantic were by far, the most helpful and willing, always ready to answer any questions that I had. They made me feel welcomed and instilled in me a sense of confidence that I could attain my goal of Unlimited Chief Mate.

The facility is well equipped and has everything needed for the inquiring Mariner to achieve excellence. The staff was willing to stay after normal hours for those dedicated students to put in the extra time needed. They are extremely accommodating and are there for your success.

All my Instructors were Mariners with their share of salt and seas behind them. Although their experience level dwarfed that of most of the students, they still treated us like family.

If you are sitting for any USCG License examinations, I strongly recommend you e-mail Mr. Edward Horton and set up a follow-on meeting. He personally counseled me on my examination strategy which led to me passing all 9, Chief Mate/Master exams the first time. Ed holds a plethora of information with regards to USCG examinations and he is always ready to share his knowledge with others. Mr. Edward Horton is by far, THE BEST INSTRUCTOR I have had the pleasure of learning from.

Steven B. Santos

I received the majority of my education for my 3rd Mates license from the Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy and it is one of the best schools I have had the pleasure of attending. All of the staff were amazing and incredibly helpful. The facilities were great and the teachers amazing. Every teacher I had while attending was more than willing to go above and beyond to ensure that each student not only learned what was required for their tests but that they understood all of the material. Every teacher I had while at MAMA was willing to stay late to ensure that I understood all the material. Admissions was just as awesome as the teachers. Admin was able to walk me step by step through any paperwork I had questions about. From their paperwork to paperwork for the coast guard. All of the staff were incredibly knowledgeable about the coast guard regulations and what each and every student needed to succeed. This school was recommended to me by one of my Captains and I know I will continue to recommend it to others who wish to pursue a career in the maritime field. I know I’ll be coming back to MAMA for all of my future classes.

Jon Scalsky

My name is Ryan Hall, former Quartermaster of the U.S. Navy and recent student of Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy. After I got out of the Navy I wasn’t sure how to translate my experience into a civilian job, and one day while at the movie theater a commercial for Mid-Atlantic came on and gave me the idea to go by the school and check it out and see what they might have to offer.

It turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made. I came in and talked to the military liaison, QM1 Marshall Adams (ret), and right from the start he was very helpful and knowledgeable. After getting all my paperwork out of the way, I was signed up to start taking classes toward my 100 Ton Master and a maritime-based career that I was accustomed to.

The teachers in every aspect were most helpful and answered every question no matter how obscure. After all my classes were done and I had Credentials in hand, each student was given a list of places to apply and websites to go to for many job opportunities.

The most helpful part was when one of the largest companies came to recruit new hires, the staff at Mid-Atlantic called and told me to come back to the academy for the Hornbeck Offshore recruiting event. There I did an interview with the Fleet Recruiter and was immediately hired.

Long story short, Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy helped me get my dream job.

Ryan Hall, Student

I am writing a review and to be succinct; I wouldn’t have passed my exams without your test prep classes and help (at least not the first go-round!).

I had that “when the moon is at perigee what is the current?” question sure enough and rather than taking an hr stumbling towards a solution….THE ANSWER IS: 1 kt!

When time is money the tuition for your “test prep” is unquestionably the way to go and I can’t imagine anyone going in to test as a hawespiper being fully prepared. The goal is to be done with the testing and out working as a mate and the work you do ensures that. THANKS!

As for feedback on the Baltimore REC; they are good in spite of the chaos that occurred the week before testing if you remember. “Construction will be going on in the exam room so we’ll have you test in a corner” the proctor was relaxed, allowed us to bring cell phones, backpacks, whatever into the exam room. As is known, in the modules other than C nav there’s plenty of time. There is no break room for us (I brought snacks) not even coffee. Though there is a Corner Cafe a block away. I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express a few blocks away which was not good. There was a lot of noise and even if I had quiet neighbors, I could hear the tv next door so it wasn’t great for studying and getting quality sleep before testing which might be the most important thing.

I got tripped up in the chart plot (Long Island) on a DR question which I had trouble with when I first did the plot so I did the question a 2nd time and hadn’t plotted the starting point correctly to begin with. It is one of those questions where each answer is only .1 or .2 mi for each other so on my 2nd plot I should have plotted all the answers and picked the best. I guess I got in a hurry and when I saw one solution was very close to what I had, I thought “that’s it!” It was not.

Your technique for analyzing solutions for the 3star fix worked for me. With the running fix advanced for the 1200 position report. LAN was at 11:45 so I calculated that which is quick and advanced the DR 15 min to noon and my resulting latitude was precisely what was given in the answer so I chose it and was right.


I am writing to thank you for the outstanding job that your schoolhouse has done for me in pursuit of my Merchant Mariner Credentials. From your Administrative staff to your instructors you have a first class school. It is due in no small part to your school that I completed my 200 Ton Master, DDE Unlimited Steam and Motor, and 2nd Assistant Engineer courses in 8 months from initial submission to NMC for review of my career.

Your Front office staff to include but definitely not limited to Fred was outstanding. They were always available and helpful. They helped me set up my GI Bill so that my out of pocket expenses were minimized. Their efforts and help were also essential in ensuring that my Package to NMC was accepted and processed with no errors the first time. I also saw them on several occasions help other students with issues that impeded there learning but was not the responsibility of the schoolhouse. This shows a level of commitment by a school that I wish all had.

The teaching staff is first rate. On the deck side I had many instructors and they were all great. Marshall Adams for instance used humor and his actual experiences to aid in student understanding. He was also very effective in differentiation of instruction for students and different learning levels. This enabled me to complete all requirements for my 200T master and various endorsements.

In engineering Bill Muth and his staff of instructors was also top notch. The 4-week DDE Unlimited course I can say is Dead On and was essential in my successfully completing my test requirements not just for DDE unlimited but also 2rd Assistant Engineer. Without this course and the help and guidance of the instructors this would have been nearly impossible. Again we had students at different levels of understanding and Bill took the time to ensure that all of his students were able to comprehend the information with having the other students feel like they were being held up.

It is without reservation that I will highly recommend your schoolhouse to others in pursuit of their Merchant Mariner Credentials. I am sure that I will again attend the school when I am ready to upgrade my licenses.

Mike Waranis, MMCS

Just want to thank you and everyone there at Mid Atlantic. I passed my Chief Mates License exam, it went really well. I took all 9 exams in three days and let Richard know that I got a 100 on Stability.

Michael Autuori Jr.

“When I left active duty military service in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, I approached Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy to learn how I might go about getting my mariner credentials to operate onboard civilian maritime vessels. When I walked into their facility, their Military Liaison staff immediately sat down with me, went over what my military service record contained and told me what licenses I could work towards based on my sea time and experience. The credentialing process is extensive, and to put it mildly, rather confusing. Mid-Atlantic’s team knows it inside and out, capable of clearly defining the path ahead for me, and as the months went by, handled all the formal letters and paperwork submissions to the National Maritime Center. Their administrative staff was very friendly and always followed up with me on information that wasn’t readily available when I stopped by to see them. All of the instructors at Mid-Atlantic, without exception, are very experienced and competent at their subject matter. Throughout the months of classes, it felt like they were personally invested in my success, taking the time, on and off the clock, to ensure I grasped the material and that I was ready for the culminating certification examinations at the end of my STCW courses. In particular, Ed Horton was a drill master when it came to test preparation, but he knew exactly what was needed to succeed, pushing me every step of the way, providing the guidance needed to appropriately make ready for the test center. I am now certified 2nd Mate Unlimited Oceans and 1600 Ton Master Oceans thanks to Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy and the extra mile their instructors and staff went on a regular basis.”

LT Ryan P. Coleman , USNR

I recently completed the third officer program at Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy and received my Third Officer endorsement. I can not say enough about the excellent instruction I received there. The administration is efficient and friendly, the classrooms are comfortable, and study materials are excellent. Everyone at the school is dedicated to the progress of each student Each student is given as much individual instruction as needed to help them understand the enormous amount of information required to pass their coast guard exams. The philosophy of the school is more like a family than a business. I have called instructors on a Sunday, to ask for help on a difficult problem. They are always available and willing to help.

Ed Horton is the head of the third mate program. On our first meeting he laid out a schedule for me to finish classes as soon as possible. He followed my progress through the entire process and suggested strategies for me to succeed. After all the classes and assessments have been completed, students can chose to use the study room which is filled with all required references. Ed and the other instructors walk in and out all day to answer questions. They continuously judge your progress and give their opinions on when you are ready to test . It is an excellent system and very successful. Sincere thanks to all the team at Mid-Atlantic. I highly recommend this school.

Don Bowman

I was on active duty with the U.S. Navy for 14 years and was involuntary separated back in 2016 and joined the U.S. Navy Reserve in 2017. So, I was looking for a second career which would keep me out to sea and making good money then I found out and went to a MSC career day and I was hooked ever since. I would like to say thanks to Ed Horton, John Pasanen, Chad Kiser, Chuck (Last Name) and Captain Richard Gordon and the staff at Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy, I now have a 500-ton Masters and 3rd Mate Unlimited License to go along with my MMC.

With Ed Horton, John Pasanen and Captain Richard’s guidance I was able to prepare for all 6 exams comfortably in a brand-new state of the art facility that is equipped with all the materials and supplies needed to studying for License in any capacity. The doors were always open early and I was welcomed to stay until the evening hours therefore making it possible to put in the hours needed to accomplish my goals on a daily basis.

Once I wrapped up my studies at school and headed home for some final studying before testing. I was encouraged to call these Guys, without hesitation, making themselves available to me for any last-minute questions I might have.

Finally, I am very happy to say that with this special guidance, help and assistance I was able to confidently sit and pass all 6 exams in a 3-day period at the Coast Guard Center in Baltimore, MD.

I’ve never tried any other Maritime schools in the past but now I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else in the future with the success I have achieved with MAMA. In the words of one of the MAMA Instructor name Mike Skelton “If it was easy everyone would do it”

I would recommend other merchant mariners or anybody that wants to get into this career to reach out to Ed Horton at the Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy.

I look forward to visiting my Friends at Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy for additional endorsements I am sure to need in the future, Thanks Ed.

Sincerely, Lamar Grady

Lamar Grady

Trying to upgrade your license can be stressful with the ever changing regulations, classes, and other requirements. Trying to keep straight what you need and how to get it can be a bit overwhelming. With the help of Ed Horton and the rest of the staff at Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy, this process became easy to understand. The staff will help you lay out a game plan for completing the requirements and will help make adjustments with the ever changing schedules of us sailors.

I can’t say enough about the staff at this school. Not only do they do a fantastic job with their classes, but they go far above and beyond the requirements of their jobs. They are all truly invested in the success of their students and are all willing to dedicate extra time to students that need it. The staff is like a family and the teachers will continue to check in on the progress of previous students. The personnel at the front desk make you feel welcome and provide tons of assistance in scheduling and are always pleasant to work with.

Although I have taken other classes there, most of my time at MAMA was for my chief mate upgrade classes/test prep. The classes were conducted in a way which really prepares you for the Coast Guard exams and for your upcoming responsibilities on a ship. The training aids available, such as the simulator, allow for interactive training that can bring a much better understanding of things then book work only. As someone who struggled with Cel. Nav. in the past, I can tell you that Ed is a wonderful instructor and breaks things down to an easily understood level.

I spent some time doing test prep at the school in the weeks before my coast guard test. The staff always made themselves available for questions and were continuously checking in to see if any assistance was needed. Many even made themselves available for questions after normal hours by phone or email. Ed helped me come up with a study plan and helped me stick to it. All of the teachers (including ones I had not taken classes with but had chatted with during my time there) provided a ton of emotional support and helped push me through. I went on to pass all nine test on the first try and know this would not have been possible without the assistance of the MAMA Team. I would highly suggest Mid Atlantic Maritime to anyone needing to take regulatory classes or looking to advance their career.

My biggest thanks to the MAMA team for all of their support and assistance,

Kaitlin Troutner

I have taken all my License Upgrade Courses for 2nd Mate as well as ALL my Upgrade courses and Assessments for Chief Mate/Master AGT at Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy (MAMA). MAMA is by far the BEST maritime academy to prepare License Candidates for a sea-going career, and to ensure candidates pass licensing examinations with full confidence of subject material.

I have been to many Maritime Training facilities and MAMA has always proven to be the full “Up-round.” While taking classes and test prepping for Chief Mate/Master, MAMA should be a Mariners top choice for more one-on-one instruction you receive from both retired Captains in the USMM, and former Quarter Master’s, Boatswains Mates, and DC ratings in the Navy. The level of expertise is second to none at this institution: The small classroom sizes, willingness by the instructors to accommodate busy life-styles, and dedication ON and OFF the clock from instructors proves the level of professionalism.

Mr. Ed HORTON, Deck Dept. Head of MAMA, has an infinite amount of knowledge for ANY License a candidate is going for. His knowledge of USCG Licensing examinations will without a doubt prepare you for passing any USCG examination. He works tirelessly on and off working hours to ensure the student is prepared and learns the material.

ALL instructors seemed invested in the students and have proven to be a credit to themselves, Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy, and the Maritime Industry in its entirety.

I encourage ALL mariners to look into MAMA for License preparation of any level, license renewal training, or entry level position training.

Zachary C. Dias, USMM

I have been a student at Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy since early January of 2018. I’m currently pursuing my Chief Mate’s License. I have had numerous advanced level courses with Captain Rockwood, Captain Swanbeck, and Ed Horton. They are all fantastic! All three gentleman have extraordinary backgrounds in the maritime industry. They bring a high level of enthusiasm throughout the school day. They are willing to work with students on their own time until the course material is well understood. I highly recommend Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy to any Maritime professional trying step foot in the industry or looking to upgrade their license.

Thank you.

3/O Anthony Conseco

I would like to thank the staff and instructors at Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy for their excellent service while I was taking my Chief Mate courses. At the top of the list is Edward Horton. He is truly a great asset to Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy. Mr. Horton will go that extra mile to help students even during his own free time. He has a genuine passion to see others succeed. It is very rare to find that in instructors nowadays. Yet all the instructors were great and very knowledgeable in the subjects they were teaching. The facility, course material and equipment was top notch. Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy has truly come a long way from when I took my Third Mate course. I would definitely recommend Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy to others that are interested in pursuing their Merchant Marine Officers license. I will continue to use Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy for all my maritime training. Again thank you for all the hard work.

Thank you.

Dale Cramer, USMM Chief Mate

Over the past year, I have relied heavily on Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy in order to advance from Second Mate, AGT, Oceans to Chief Mate, AGT, Oceans. I completed the USCG required courses at MAMA and utilized the self-prep option prior to testing at REC Baltimore. I was able to pass all nine exams in two days, with high scores in each module.

MAMA instructors are the utmost professionals and will do everything available to ensure their students receive and understand the material presented. Oftentimes, I would complete a course and take with me study aides or other electronic material that could be drawn upon while studying for future exams. The Advanced Stability course is an excellent example of this: after completing the course, I had a flash drive filled with useful notes, sample problems, and general stability theory.

The study preparation options at MAMA are the final step before testing. Being able to settle down in a quiet environment, with all study materials available was immensely helpful. Special thanks to Ed Horton, who made my two weeks of prep time worth the cost. Utilizing practice tests he would give me each morning, I was able to identify weak areas that needed more work, as well as other sections that I was more confident in.

Thank you.

Jim Ensz

Thanks to Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy, my transition from military to civilian life has been smoother than I could have ever imagined. The assistance that I received with scheduling classes, converting my military qualifications into civilian qualifications, and submitting my package to the U.S. Coast Guard for licensing was amazing. From day one you and your staff put together a plan that I understood and never once did you stray from that plan. The whole process was very straight forward and streamlined.

While taking classes at MAMA, I never had one complaint about an instructor. MAMA’s instructors are very knowledgeable and in most cases have DECADES of experience in the Merchant Mariner world. The instructors at MAMA truly did go the extra mile to make sure I understood the subject and they were more than happy to come in early or stay late to assist me with stuff I didn’t understand.

Instructors also helped me by sharing their experiences from the Merchant Fleet which helped me better understand what I wanted to do once licensed.

Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy’s staff took a time that should have been stressful in my life and made it very easy. The dedication that MAMA’s staff has is second to none. Thank you so much for all of your hard work. I will most definitely be coming back for more courses as I proceed
through my career.

Robert D. Kruse

Thanks again for the help Ed!! And Carrie!! And to the MAMA Staff!!

Once again your tips on “How to test” made the difference and I passed the Oceans Endorsement for Third Mate Unlimited.

As you probably remember, they added a 147XX Nav General test for the Oceans Endorsement. Lapware was “Overkill” as they stated in their testing program. They had it as a 45 question test. It was actually 20 questions with 80% necessary to pass.

At least 6 were IALA -A questions. Which countries use it. Cardinal Marks – Identification as well as what they can/can’t designate. 2-3 questions on which pubs to use Sailing Directions planning versus enroute, tide tables versus tidal current.

Cel Nav, I had a bit of problem with but by leaving the ones requiring to most time till last, I was able to get through it with only 2 wrong answers. That was probably the single best tip that you gave me in class. Focus on what you know, and work through the ones you dont at the end..

I really appreciate your help and patience coaching me through both this one and the February class to get my Third Mate Oceans ticket. It will prove to be a great addition to the collection of patches on my hero jacket.

You have a very good method of getting these subjects across to us folks that don’t spend much time in school. I trust MAMA sees that and will do what’s necessary ( lots of raises, company car, first class air tickets, etc.) to keep you on board. We poor slobs need you!

I also have to send compliments to the MAMA Staff. Without the flexibility of how the Exam Prep is designed, particularly the ability to come and go as necessary, I would be at this for another year or so trying to fit into schedules. I don’t know why all of the schools don’t do this. It seems natural because of the schedules we all keep.

Anyway, thanks again to you, Carrie, and the MAMA Family for all your help.

Lawrence Williams

I just passed my last Chief Mate exam, stability. I missed one, not sure which one but possibly a mix up on change of trim. The test took less than 1 hour to complete and this time I felt very well prepared, I took a similar stability exam two weeks before and failed. Prior to my second attempt at stability I spent a week in self study at MAMA. There I was provided practice exams and all related materials from Ed and when needed very clear and detailed explanations from Richard, something I wasn’t getting from [another source].

Two weeks earlier I took 5 exams, Rules, Deck Gen A/B, Deck Safety and Nav Gen. For this salvo I felt very well prepared, scored over 90% on the first four and an 80 something on Deck Safety. I Was more than ready for each of these five exams, just prior I spent a week in CAP with Ed, this method of study combined with Ed’s style of “early is on time” played a key role in my success here. On Tuesday 20 November I took T-Nav. The exam was almost verbatim of the tests I had just taken in Georges class, where we thoroughly knocked the cobwebs off the sailings, thanks to his class I Scored a 100% on T-Nav!

The Chart Plot was straight forward, Block Island, although. I almost tripped up on the first question, visibility of a light. Although vis was over 10 miles I still ended up having to go to the Nominal range graph in Bowditch. Wednesday 21 November I took C- Nav , I had recently taken this class from [Caroline] at MAMA. Her exam and daily class lectures were spot on and I did not see anything that we hadn’t just addressed in the C- Nav or T- Nav class.

I studied at MAMA for over 4 months taking Colregs, Adv. ship handling, Adv. Meteorology, Med Pic, Ships Business/law, Stability, Adv. Cargo Handling, Radar Renewal, Flashing Lights, Adv C-Nav, Adv T-Nav and CAP . MAMA’s Staff of Professionals from Fred, the first and coolest person all students first encounter to each of your seasoned instructors is a great value. I especially thought the classes in the simulator were excellent, I had an ample amount of time at the “CONN” and through these very real scenario gained insight on my personal decision making process.

I left this program, I think, a better and safer ship handler. I wanted to let your staff know that I truly appreciated both their professionalism and sincerity. I would definitely recommend MAMA to all professional mariners, and I plan on coming back for all my pre-quals as they come due. Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy was a real pleasure to attend.

V/R Pete Lenardson, Chief Mate USNS Flint

I am writing this to you in regards to all of the schooling I have had from your Norfolk, VA office. I am pleased to tell you I recently finished the 3rd mate CAP class and because of your instructors I passed my tests with flying colors and received my license. I am truly grateful to your school, and especially your instructors. Ed Horton mainly was the instructor I was with the most and he is a fantastic teacher. Honestly I believe he could teach terrestrial and celestial navigation to my 8 year old daughter. I was truly pleased with all the classes and instructors and am looking forward to returning their when I start my chief mate classes. I have been recommending your school to a number of people, and I have been recommending your instructors even more. I truly appreciate the knowledge your school gave to me and the attitude and charisma the instructors had during my time there.

Joshua Glover

I had attended Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy for many of my required STCW courses and never have I been dissatisfied. The entire staff from the scheduling personnel to professors are professional, knowledgeable, and helpful in every way possible.

Most recently I came to MAMA for self study for my Chief Mate/Master exams. The facilities provided me with everything I needed as far as practices exams, publications, charts, diagrams, and various other study materials. All of the instructors would frequently check on my progress and provide me with any assistance if needed. I liked that no matter what question I had, there was always someone there to aid me in finding out the solution to my problem. One individual that provided with the most support was Ed Horton, Head of the Deck Department. He constantly provided me with all the materials I needed, answered any questions I had, supply positive reinforcement and was always readily available to provide assistance or guide me in the proper direction.

I would recommend MAMA to anyone looking to complete required STCW courses, assistance in license preparation, or even answering various questions about the maritime industry.


I would like to express my sincere thanks to Ed Horton, the instructors and staff of Mid Atlantic Maritime for their professionalism, expertise and dedication in helping me achieve a milestone in my career.
The path to third mate unlimited is a long and arduous journey full of ups and downs, yet I was guided in every way possible along the path to success by Ed Horton and his staff to successfully complete the seven tests required for third mate unlimited.
Mid Atlantic Maritime provides an academic but friendly environment to learn and the instructors will offer their personal time to answer questions on weekends and after hours. The success of their students is paramount with everyone employed at Mid Atlantic!
This modern and up to date facility provided everything I needed to obtain the required assessments and certificates to submit a package to test for third mate and the test prep/self study with Ed Horton helped fine tune the classroom knowledge to successfully pass the USCG tests. I highly recommend this academy for those who want to advance their maritime career.

Once again I would like to thank the instructors and staff of Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy for their expertise, patience and especially for believing that I could achieve my goal.

Shannon Alves

A big thanks and appreciation to so many at MAMA including Captain Ed, Ray, Karen, Lamont, Dave, Marshall, Ed and all the instructors for the amazing support to me along this journey that has set me up for success back at sea. The Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy staff was of great assistance with navigating the complexities of the Merchant Mariner Credential application process that took me all the way from my first AB credential to my maximum possible merchant mariner’s license.

The MAMA instructors and staff showed true concern for my learning, exam preparation, and completion of the process that has led to issue of my original license as Chief Mate of Self-Propelled Vessels of Unlimited Tonnage Upon Oceans and Master of Less Than 1600 GRT Upon Oceans with all the STCW endorsements. Every course and STCW assessment that I needed was available through Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy. The instructors and course schedules were flexible enough for me to meet my deadlines and the MAMA facilities met all my needs. It was evident that the instructors and staff cared about the success of every student.

The Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy Staff expertise has also helped me through the best use of my education and training benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill as well as helping me with industry connections. I highly recommend Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy for anyone considering a sea-going career as a merchant mariner. I look forward to taking my renewal courses as needed through MAMA. Why would I go elsewhere?

Paul Wiedenhoeft, Chief Mate / 1600 ton Master

If you are looking for premier maritime training here in the Hampton Roads area, that really cares about the mariner. Then you should enroll at Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy. I am a 28 year Navy veteran and a recent graduate from MAMA, earning my Master 1600 Ton Oceans license.

From the first day I walked in to talk to the military advisor about enrolling I was treated extremely well and professionally. All my questions were answered thoroughly. The facilities are modern and you can tell that the staff are very proud of the school. Everyone there is extremely friendly and professional.

All of my instructors were very knowledgeable and went the extra mile to ensure that all the students understood the topics. I never once left a class feeling that I wasn’t prepare for a test or didn’t have the knowledge level required to accomplish the homework. Yes, there is homework, but if you have a question after working hours the instructors are available by phone and they encourage that you do call.

I really owe Richard Gordon, John Pasanen, and Ed Horton a huge thanks, without their help, encouragement, and guidance I doubt that I would have been able to complete all of the requirements to pass the exams at the REC. They are a group of top notch instructors that really care about the success of the students. I spent a few months doing self-study preparing for the exams and whenever I was there at the school house they would stop by to check on me, to see if I needed any help or had any questions. This is true for all the staff, they really go out of their way to greet you and make you feel welcome.

Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy will always be my go-to for all of my training in the future. Thank you again for all the great training and mentorship!

Scott Buckingham, QMCS(Ret.), USN
 / Master 1600 Tons Oceans

With the abundance of maritime training schools available to the aspiring mariner it can be difficult to select that one which will suit your needs best. I can say, without a doubt, that you can look no further than Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy (MAMA) and rest assured that the campus, course materials, and faculty will exceed each aspect of your expectations. Through MAMA I completed the prerequisite training courses that were necessary for me to upgrade to Chief Mate, AGT, Oceans. I can attest that MAMA sets the standard that all other maritime training schools should strive to meet. The instructors successfully walked the fine line of teaching the material in a way that could be practically applied to the work place, while at the same time preparing me to pass my license exams by a large margin. Unlike other schools, this is no “license farm”; you will walk away from your time at MAMA fully capable of performing the skills learned through your courses in the workplace.

After finishing the courses that were required in order for me to apply for my Chief Mate license I made the decision to take the final step, test preparation, through Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy. Like most incumbent deck officers, my free time is valuable and scarce, I wanted to ensure that my first time studying for the exams would be my last. Upon arriving at MAMA on day one of test preparation I was instantly affirmed that I had made the right decision. All of the required publications, charts, plotting equipment, and reference material was available in the classroom that was provided to me for my studies. Moreover, I was provided with expert assistance in all things navigation by Instructor Ed Horton, with matters of stability handled by Captain Rich Gordon, and all remaining questions I had were able to be answered by any one of MAMA’s incredibly well-versed instructors. Due to my demanding work schedule I was unable to complete any studying for my exams prior to my test prep at MAMA. For this reason I can say that my success on the nine exam modules I took for my Chief Mate license can be totally attributed to my studies at MAMA.

If when looking at the examination and classroom requirements that are necessary for your next raise of grade you feel overwhelmed, take your first step at Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy. They will plot your trackline to success and make every effort to ensure you are fully equipped to reach your destination.

Michael A. Cook, Chief Mate USMM


Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy is a highly respected, state-of-the-art maritime training center. Above all, we established our courses for people seeking to enter the exciting maritime profession. Similarly, we teach mariners seeking to advance their careers too. MAMA offers over 90 USCG approved engineering and deck courses. We also offer custom-tailored courses. We provide outstanding training to civilian and military mariners from around the globe.

Our expert staff of instructors use real-world teaching techniques with cutting edge technology. Our “hands-on” equipment systems maintenance and interactive simulations are state-of-the-art. Also, our courses are inexpensive. Check out our pricing on each course page.

Finally, we are also located in a resort area with so much to do while you are here. You may want to stay an extra day or two and take in the sights.



In 2007 Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy (MAMA) bought the assets of Tidewater School of Navigation and began operations in June 1, of 2007. Capt. Jim Miller was instrumental in the start-up of the MAMA enterprise at that time, along with others. In October of 2008, The Maritime University, (TMU) was formed as the Engineering branch of MAMA. January 2011, both MAMA and TMU became MAMA/TMU LLC as a single entity known to all as Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy or MAMA.