About Us

The Captain School Space Coast, a USCG approved school, is owned and operated by Dr. Mark and Kim Woods.  We formed our Captain School Key West school in  2013, after Mark retired from the Florida Keys Community College as Program Director of Marine Engineering.  In 2020, we have teamed up with the City of Miami Fire Department Fire College to bring our one-of-a-kind learning platform to Coconut Grove. In 2023 we opened the Captain School Space Coast  and will be taking over the Captain School New Orleans in 2024!!

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 retired 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, Coconut Grove, Miami, FL, Merritt Island and coming soon to New Orleans!!!

We also provide specialized professional training for:

Navy (SWIC)

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, Captain School Miami, Captain School Merritt Island  and Captain School New Orleans are the only schools that teach and tests with current  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 TrainingOn-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 and a change fee.  You do not lose your money!

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.

For more information, please contact

Call (305) 481-6981
and we are on Facebook too!
3585 N. Courtenay Blvd, #7, Merritt Island, FL  32953

We are mentoring the modern mariner!