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.

For More Information:

2020-2021 Undergraduate Viewbook

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