Sept. 18th 6pm to 8pm NWWB Meeting: Seattle Maritime Academy Bridge & Engine Room Simulator Demos and Much More

Note: Sept. meeting only time change 6pm to 8pm – you’ll be glad if you’ve kept our meeting night open, don’t miss this interactive on-site program and PLEASE RSVP limited to 35.  Snacks great but no wine this time. Directions to the program location are below.

NWWB Meeting Mon. Sept. 18th 6pm to 8pm: Seattle Maritime Academy

Join us at the Seattle Maritime Academy to hear Director Sarah Scherer as she shares her maritime background and presents her vision and goals for the SMA. After Sarah’s presentation, you’ll be treated to a Bridge and Engine Room simulator experience and tours of the facility not to be missed!


Because of the proximity to the Pacific Ocean and other water resources, the maritime industry has a rich history in the Northwest. The demand for mariners has steadily increased and updated training facilities have become necessary.  The Washington State Legislature recently allocated $20 million to design and build a new Seattle Maritime Academy (SMA) building as a hands-on professional/technical maritime center for training and education. The new building boasts seven lab spaces including an engine room simulator, a bridge simulator, an 18-station simulation computer lab, a hydraulics and refrigeration lab, and a diesel lab with full machine shop with specially designed ventilation that will allow for students to work on and run the diesel engines inside the building. The new facility also boasts a student computer lab with 20 computers. The increase in capacity allows the school to increase enrollment in the two certificate programs to 22 students each as per USCG standards.

The Seattle Maritime Academy prepares men and women for successful careers in passenger transportation, fishing and seafood processing, international trade, military operations and other maritime sub-sectors. At the Seattle Maritime Academy, students…

Gain knowledge and insights from experienced faculty—all of whom are active or retired merchant mariners.

Get practice on simulators and other equipment used on vessels in a safe environment.

Engage in an at-sea internship to get real-world experience and acquire the required sea time for your U.S. Coast Guard upgrade.

Train in the only program of its kind serving Washington and Alaska that is fully accredited by the U.S. Coast Guard.


Sarah Scherer has been at the helm of the Seattle Maritime Academy as its Director since February 2016.  Sarah’s maritime career started in 1989 as a Cadet at Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) which is also the Texas Maritime Academy. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Sciences and an Unlimited Tonnage Third Mates License from the US Coast Guard, she enjoyed working in various parts of the Maritime Community. Her sailing endeavors included work on supply boats, tugs, landing crafts, high speed catamarans, seismic and fisheries research vessels from the South Pacific Ocean to the Bering Sea. One of her shoreside adventures included being the Assistant Scientific Support Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii and Oceania with NOAA HAZMAT providing scientific support during Oil or Hazardous Material Spill Incidents to the USCG or US EPA. Her introduction to commercial shoreside operations began with Foss Maritime Company in the Health & Safety Department.  In Dec 2007, she earned a Master’s Degree from the Leadership Institute of Seattle in Leadership and Organizational Development. She continued her career as a Regulatory Training Manager for Crowley Maritime Corporation on the Gulf and East Coasts. Sarah stepped away from the maritime industry for a couple of years doing leadership and organizational development. She moved back to Seattle and into the fishing industry as a Safety Manager for Coastal Villages Region Fund.

Date: Monday, September 18th 2017

Time: 6:00pm – till 8:00 pm (Sept. only)

Location: Seattle Maritime Academy 4455 Shilshole Avenue NW, Seattle WA 98107

(In Ballard west of Fred Meyer and South of Trader Joe’s Here’s  a link to Google Maps 

Please RSVP to Vivian at or Marilyn at

Snacks will be appreciated but no wine for this meeting.

Upcoming Programs of Northwest Women in Boating

October 16th, 2017
Jennifer Ott, assistant director of and an environmental historian, will speak on the pubication Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal.

November 20th, 2017
Have you seen the colorful Dragon Boats on the water? The gals from Club Sake will talk to us about all aspects of Dragon Boating from personal experiences to the historical.


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