The Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship (“SHLSS” or “School”), affiliated with the Seafarers International Union of North America, Atlantic, Gulf, Lakes and Inland Waters, AFL-CIO (SIU) is a vocational school dedicated to preparing students for successful careers as U.S. Merchant Mariners. The School has been training individuals for careers at sea since 1967. The SHLSS provides entry-level training for individuals who wish to begin a seafaring career. This program is called the “Unlicensed Apprentice Program.” SHLSS also offers classes for experienced seafarers to help them to upgrade their skills. There are eligibility requirements for both the Unlicensed Apprentice Program and the upgrading classes. Seafarers must meet additional eligibility requirements in order to participate in the upgrading classes.
The School is located on the campus of the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education. The campus consists of more than 60 acres on the waterfront in Piney Point, Maryland, which is approximately 60 miles from Washington D.C. The campus includes the SHLSS, as well as the Joseph Sacco Firefighting and Safety Training School; various classroom facilities, including a cooking lab for hands-on training and culinary demonstrations; the Paul Hall Library and Maritime Museum; marine simulation equipment; and the Seafarers Training and Recreation Center, which contains dining facilities, living quarters, and recreational and laundry facilities. Hands-on-training is also conducted on board the Freedom Star, a vessel which is docked at the campus’s waterfront.