About Columbia Pacific Maritime

    Columbia Pacific Maritime is a US Coast Guard approved school
    operated out of our home located in the Parkrose district of NE
    Portland, Oregon. The school is centrally located near lodging
    and restaurants, and only a few minutes from the Portland
    International Airport (PDX).  

    It is the mission of Columbia Pacific Maritime to provide
    approved classes that satisfy US Coast Guard training and or
    exam requirements for professional mariner deck credentials in
    a small classroom environment with frequent scheduling options.

    To accomplish this mission statement we schedule all classes
    over consecutive days seven days a week on a two-week
    rotating schedule; and each class size is limited to a
    manageable number that promotes student success.

Columbia Pacific Maritime Staff

    Pat Degner is the office manager. Office hours are from 7:
    45AM to noon daily. Please contact Pat for all scheduling
    information. She can be reached by calling (503) 841-6066. If
    there is no answer leave a message and she will return your call
    as soon as possible.

    Nichole Thompson assists Pat as part-time office help to
    insure that calls are answered and messages are returned in a
    timely manner. You will see more of her as our business grows.

    Dennis Degner is the Director and full-time instructor. He is a
    professionally licensed captain with 40 years of commercial
    sailing experience on vessels of from 40 to 208 feet long; and
    he has over 20 years of experience teaching US Coast Guard
    approved courses.

    John Degner is an instructor who works part-time when he is
    not sailing as mate on towing vessels. John is a professionally
    licensed captain who has been sailing on commercial vessels as
    a credentialed mariner since 2006.

Contact Information

    School Address                         View on Google Maps >>
    10580 SE Washington Street
    Portland, Oregon 97216

    Business Office / Mailing Address
    13211 NE Thompson Court
    Portland, Oregon 97230

    Phone: (503) 841-6066

    If you have a question regarding professional requirements or
    the application process you can email them to Dennis and,
    unless we are on vacation, I will get back to you the same day or
    within 24-hours at most.

Columbia Pacific Maritime INC
Dennis A. Degner (c) 2016

Columbia Pacific Maritime Inc.

A US Coast Guard approved Maritime
Training School located in Portland,

We provide courses for professional
Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)
deck endorsements.
Class & Scheduling Information

Call Pat at (503) 841-6066.
If you do not get an answer please
leave a message and she will return
your call ASAP.

License & Application Questions

I will generally respond with an answer
the same day.

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What to expect at our school

Morticia Addams (Addams Family) stated that
normal is an illusion; giving the example that
what is normal for the spider is chaos for the

On the first day of a professional mariner
class you will feel like the fly. My job, as the
instructor, is to relate the information to you in
a manner so that you see it as the spider; and
I am very good at my job.

Dennis A. Degner, Director & Instructor
ColPac Maritime
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