Bridge Watch

Bridge Watch - Technical Certificate
Skills and Interests

You’re ready to launch into a hands-on career aboard vessels with the skills needed to fill multiple roles.

Work Environment

On board ship for a period of time.

Program Location:

Marine Institute Campus, Ridge Road (St. John's)

Program Length:

8 months (in-class instructions plus safety training)


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Practical Experience:

One work term (60 days)

Application Deadline:

Fall Admission:  April 15. Applications received after this deadline will be assessed as resources and space allow.

Program Description

In the Bridge Watch program, you'll acquire academic skills, marine safety training, sea experience, and hands-on training. You'll be doing this by using facilities in our rigging room and on our training vessel. We work hard to train you to be effective members of a ship's watch, both on deck and on the bridge.

Our goal is to prepare you for the Transport Canada's Bridge Watchman exam. Completing the test successfully earns you a Bridge Watch Certificate, making you employable as a deckhand in the marine industry.

Program Structure

This 8 month program features 16 weeks of in-class instruction, 60 days sea placement, and required 3 weeks marine safety training.

Admission Requirements

Completion of a high school diploma.

Proof of satisfactory physical fitness, visual acuity, colour vision, hearing, etc. prior to writing Transport Canada exams. It must be provided by way of a signed Transport Canada Seafarer's medical from an approved physician.

What Alumni Say

"I had a great experience, which I am now applying as an employee. My life has changed."

-Tia England
MI Graduate