Out of our 45 years of operating marlin tournaments to help fund a youth
program (BSA) grew the committee's desire
to launch the Marine Vocational Program
(MVP). On November 15, 2015 the MVP was designated a U.S. IRS 501 (C)-(3) Non-Profit. Efforts now are totally focused on providing tne youth
of the U.S. Virgin Islands with a career path in the marine and hospitality industry.
MVP Mission Defined: The concept is simple - start students out young (min. 10 yrs.) and
instill in them an appreciation for their surroundings.
While having fun learning to swim, snorkel, sail and catching fish... they also become readied for advanced training in a variety of MVP courses. At 18 years of age students earn their MVP
diploma (while having been encouraged to also gratuate high school) and are among the first to be chosen for local employment. They are also advance readied for careers in the Merchant Marines,
U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy.
In theory... years later MVP students will pass along their learning and understanding of the need to protect the natural resources of these beautiful islands.
Startup and Developments: The MVP began with a 'Learn to Swim' training program that was offered free of charge to students and parents on St. Thomas.
In a short period of time the interest of the community grew and several boats were donated, immediately advancing student training. Our startups have since learned
dockside skills including line handling, knot tying and splicing. Safe boating started by learning how to row a dingy and they've since become quite adept at maneuvering and
holding course on our 28' Cape Dory (single diesel, lobster boat hull) - and all the while - trolling for good eating fish! They've also
become accomplished snorkelers and recently PADI scuba training (basic certification) has been added to their curriculum. Future training will include sailing and the understanding of
engine mechanics, global navigation, tourism hospitality and a study of the many opportunities for employment.
Readers are invited to sponsor individual training programs offered by the MVP. Cash donors and property contributors (boats, cars, trucks, etc.) receive a letter recognizing their
tax deductible donation.