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    If you do not select any of these questions then please do not complete the application as you won't qualify!
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    Applicant must be older than 18 by June 28th 2021.
  • Applicant must have lived in the U.S. Virgin Islands since early childhood.
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    Please provide the date for when you will finish your current, or further education....
  • Could be anything at all you have done outside of school...
  • There will be jobs available immediately after completion of the Marine Apprenticeship in the marine industry either as crew or as a marine technician / marine maintenance if you are interested...
  • Please state which and when you will enrol and for how many years...
  • For example... (you can specify others these are just examples): - Have you experience with car or boat engines? - Have you ever sailed or been on a power boat? - Do you play any sports? - What activities do you enjoy in your free time?
    This question does not affect your selection for the VIPCA Marine Apprenticeship

VIPCA established a 501(c)(3) charity arm called the Marine Rebuild Fund (MRF) with the aim of boosting VI employment opportunities in the marine industry by creating marine education training / development programs. MRF is fiscally sponsored by Community Foundation Virgin Islands (CFVI).

MRF raises funding year-round for the annual five week intensive “Marine Apprenticeship” which provides training in the marine industry to young adults from St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix in partnership with Cruz Bay Watersports.

  • 5 day sailing course at St Thomas Yacht Club
  • 7-day sail and power-boat operation with passengers including seamanship, upkeep and customer service with Cruz Bay Watersports
  • Power-boating
  • Swimming
  • SCUBA diving
  • First Aid and CPR (certification)
  • Boating Safety (certification)
  • Navigation, Rules of the Road and other theory
  • Marina and dock management
  • Charter Vessel Maintenance and Charter Business Operation
  • Technical skill and proficiency on diesel engines, outboards, electrical systems, plumbing
  • US Coast Guard - half-a-day at the MSD and onboard a coastguard vessel
  • Five-day STCW Basic Training (Standards of Training and Certification of Watch-keeping) worth $1200 per student.

A mentorship and scholarship program follows these apprentices to careers as captains and crew with VIPCA’s continued support of their careers being made successful in the Marine Industry.

VIPCA has partnered with My Brother’s Workshop and created “My Brother’s Workshop – Marine” and since 2018 there has been year-round MBW Marine Vocational Training provided for at-risk youth in marine maintenance services to complement the yearly Marine Apprenticeship program on the water. Contact for more info.

Sponsor A Marine Apprentice

You can sponsor a student for $2,500 for a 5 week intensive on-the-water training including the STCW certification which is itself worth $1,200 and permits graduating students to work immediately onboard a vessel in international waters. Donate to Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands and specify that your donation is for the "Marine Rebuild Fund"