Compass Courses Training Deemed Essential Washington Business

By Karen Robes Meeks

Edmonds, Washington-based Compass Courses has been deemed as an essential business, and classes are running as scheduled. “We’re ready to provide mariners with the quality training that seafarers worldwide have come to expect,” says owner Julie Keim. The classes adhere strictly to USCG, CDC, State, and Federal guidelines to comply with current COVID-19 safety protocols and will continue to follow any changes/updates made to these guidelines.

“We’ve reduced class sizes and we’re requiring all students and instructors to wear a face mask or covering, to practice proper hand hygiene, and to observe appropriate social distancing while in our facilities,” Keim says.

All the company’s fire training is now being performed at Clatsop Community College’s Maritime and Environmental Research and Training Station (MERTS) in Astoria, Oregon. Their state-of-the-art facility is designed to provide training for all levels of professional mariners and is one of the most comprehensive training centers in the United States.

“We’ve partnered with Starline Luxury Coaches to provide transportation for up to twelve students on board a 56-passenger bus, configured to allow proper social distancing,” Keim says. She notes that students should come prepared with a mask and be ready to follow social distancing rules. Call 425-778-1923 to enroll or visit

By Sarah Spangler