The Bahamas Maritime Cadet Corps
is a program instituted under the Bahamas Maritime Authority, which falls under the Ministry of Transport and Aviation, to introduce and prepare high school students of grades 10 through 12 for employment in the maritime industry. The program is conducted in conjunction with the Ministry of National Security via the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the Ministry of Education. An executive director administers the program.
Classes are conducted twice weekly between the hours of 1600hrs (4:00 pm) and 1800hrs (6:00 pm) during regular school semesters, in Nassau, Abaco, Grand Bahama, Inagua and Eleuthera.
Tenth graders are taught the basics in Ship Types, Seamanship and Vessel Husbandry while eleventh graders continue to develop their knowledge of first year topics with the addition of Fire Fighting, Navigation, Rules of the Road and practical exposure to life at sea during school breaks and twelfth graders are further exposed to life at sea in addition to becoming internationally certified by undertaking the STCW course conducted by the Bahamas Maritime Training Institute and held at the RBDF base.
All students are urged to achieve Maths,English and One Science (Physics, Chemistry and Combined Science) to continue their tertiary education in the field.