Inland Waterways Academy

The Inland Waterways Academy at Mountwest Community and Technical College offers United States Coast Guard approved Maritime training to prepare personnel for the River Towing Industry. The Academy has been serving the needs of the river industry since 2001. These unique and rewarding careers are not for everyone, but the opportunities are there for individuals who are motivated and dedicated.

The Academy has invested in four simulators used for both Steersman and Radar certifications. The simulators are used to educate students in practical situations and responses and are evaluated and compared to industry standards and regulations. This adds an extra dimension to the curriculum and greatly enhances the traditional learning experience.

The Inland Waterways Academy provides training for various levels of the river industry from entry-level Deckhands, those with experience ready to become Steersman, and seasoned mariners wanting to expand their qualifications.

Training at the Academy includes:

*Current Huntington Firemen provide expert instruction in the Fire-Fighting courses.

Captain John F. Whiteley is the Executive Director of the Inland Waterways Academy. Captain Whiteley holds a BS from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY, and holds a license as Master of Steam or Motor Vessels of not more than 1,600 Gross Registered Tons (3,000 ITC tons); Chief Mate of Steam or Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons upon Oceans; and Radar Observer (Unlimited). Captain Whiteley served on active duty with the United States Coast Guard and was assigned to the Marine Inspection Office New York and Marine Safety Office San Juan. He has 17 years of seagoing experience in a licensed capacity, including four years on towing vessels.


4200 Ohio River Road / Huntington, WV 25702

Ph (304) 697-5616            Fax  (304) 697-5611

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