I am a past graduate of the United States Maritime Academy. Captain Sanders was my instructor. It is difficult to express how much knowledge I received from the Captains course offered by the United States Maritime Academy. Captain Sanders not only taught us what to do on the water, but why we are doing it, and the reasoning behind it. When I received my Masters License I felt like I had been trained by the "best" in the business!
Throughout the years I have talked to many Captains that have taken the condensed "weekend" courses that basically have you "memorize the test". It is apparent when talking to some of these Captains that they don't always have a complete understanding of how or why things work on the water.
I respect the way your company teaches the course. I would not hesitate to hire a graduate of the United States Maritime Academy.
Captain Mike Bobincheck