Level 1
The Maritime Assistant will work towards getting the International STCW diploma and will assist maritime professionals in their daily work. The Maritime Assistant learns the basics in boat handling (i.e. navigation, sailing, dingy driving). Thus the student gains knowledge and skills to work on boats and in other marine services on shore.
You are good candidate for the Maritime Assistant program if you enjoy being outdoors, water sports, and working around boats.
The program consists of a work based internship where you work approximately 50 % in the field. The other 50% you will follow classes.

Course : Maritime
Availability:Day Only Program
Duration:1 years


The Maritime Assistant works under direct supervision of a manager and according to instruction and (time) planning he or she receives from the manager. The Maritime Assistant is responsible for his or her own work. This work is regularly checked by the manager. Teamwork is a part of the Maritime Assistants work, and he or she can consult colleagues and notify a manager when necessary.


The Maritime Assistant works according to routines, standard procedures, and combinations of (standard) procedures. The tasks vary from basic to complex, depending on the problem and the context of the problem.


As a student in the Marine Assistant program, you will learn to communicate effectively with others and gain insight into the various types of boats. You also learn basic first aid, swimming, safety, boats, and basic engineering.
- Accuracy
- Resourcefulness
- Flexibility
- Self-reliance
- A helpful attitude
- Result-oriented work attitude
- Affinity with boats and the sea
- An analytical and conceptual intellect
- Oral and written command of English
- Ability to function in as a team member


After successfully completing the Maritime Assistant program, you may continue into the Boat Master/Boat Engineer program at NIPA, choose another career pathway, or go directly into the workforce. If you choose to go directly into the workforce, you may find employment opportunities in a number of areas, including harbors, docks, marinas, shipyards, and charter boat organizations. If you choose to continue with the NIPA Boat Master/Boat Engineer program, even more opportunities in the maritime industry will be opened up to you.


This program consist of classes in school and practical training in the workplace. A few days a week you will work at a company as a student employee. The practical training allows you to practice your skills and to learn all about the profession from professionals in real situations. This also means you will already have some work experience when you finish the program.


Submit your application

There are no entry requirements to enter a level 1 course.

Level info:
Level 1 Assistant.

Transitional options:
NIPA is using the SBO module system in transitioning from one year to the next.
This implies that grades obtained in the previous year will be carried over to the following year.
Students can thus follow the modules from the following year even if they did not successfully complete modules from the previous year, which can be retaken.

In order for a student to obtain an SBO diploma, they would have to successfully complete all partial qualifications.

There is also an opportunity to achieve partial qualification certificates.
In this system, the student is always rewarded, for achieving satisfactory grades.

Most SBO programs allow students to transition to higher levels depending of the structure of the program and if the program is being offered by the institute.

With a level 1 diploma, a graduate would be eligible to enter into a level 2 course.

5 reasons
to join NIPA:

  1. If you live in St. Maarten / St. Martin, you won't need to leave family and friends while you pursue your studies.
  2. NIPA has a dedicated staff of professionals to guide, support and motivate you throughout your studies.
  3. You will gain technical and vocational skills at an affordable price.
  4. You will receive extensive opportunities for further education and career development.
  5. Your experience will be life-changing.
I love where I work, and NIPA has helped me grow in my job.
Jean Charles Mackenson
working at IGY Marinas,
St. Maarten Apprenticeship

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Cay Hill, St. Maarten.

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