The Captain School Key West, a USCG approved school, is owned and operated by Dr. Mark and Kim Woods. We formed our School in 2013, after Mark retired from the Florida Keys Community College as Program Director of Marine Engineering.
Dr. Mark, a retired Navy Diver/Nuclear Engineer (Submariner), has owned and operated dive charter businesses since 1985 in Idaho Falls, Guam, Washington State, South Carolina, Chicago and the Florida Keys. Mark has a PhD in Adult Education with a Masters in Learning and Teaching with Technology and has been a Florida Keys resident since 2004.
His wife, Captain Kim is a Network Engineer and owner of Teal Technologies, Inc. She has lived in the Keys full-time since 2001 and became a licensed Captain in 2007. She currently holds a 200GT Near Coastal License.
Our main classroom is in Key West, FL, however we do teach throughout the Florida Keys, Mississippi, North Carolina, Maine and coming soon to Miami! We also provide specialized professional training for:
Army (Special Forces)
FBI (Hostage Recovery Team)
National Parks and Services
Metson Marine Services Group and many more. We are available for all of your contract training needs!
Captain School Key West is the only school that teaches and tests with current local charts and current navigational publications in the classroom with hands-on instruction on the water! And YES, you test with us!
We offer 3 different types of training to meet your individual needs. Now you can choose between Traditional Classroom Training, On-the-Water Training, Online Training or a combination of all! Should you decide to switch to another format, you only pay the difference in price!
Courses include: 6pack (OUPV), Masters up to 200/500GT, Sail/Tow Endorsements, MROP, GMDSS, CPR/1st Aid/AED, STCW Basic Training, STCW BT Revalidation, Crowd/Crisis, GMDSS, Security and Celestial Navigation. We will also be rolling out a new course that is an Immersion Course and License. This course will be held on a large sailing Cat and/or Motoryacht while underway with students taking our course and acting as crew! This will be quite the experience for those looking to go cruising and get their license in the process!
Mark and Kim’s mission is to provide a learning experience that all levels of mariners can benefit. Our motto, ‘Mentoring the Modern Mariner’ applies to all levels of marine: military, commercial, and recreational.