Advanced Maritime    Education
Smart, Affordable Captain's Licensing TM

(Describe when you were founded, the most important thing your company does, what you care most about, and what sets you apart from similar businesses.) 

Advanced Maritime Education is family-owned and operated right here in Larkspur, CA. Since our company opened its doors in 2006, we’ve treated every customer like they were a part of our family. Other companies may offer similar services, but our services are the best, and come with a personal touch.  
Serving the boating community since 1982, Capt. Robert McCreary has sailed and piloted recreational and commercial passenger and event cruise vessels professionally since 1986. His experience includes national-level maritime education oversight, charter business administration, seminars, transportation, tourism, recreation, television, radio, corporate events, and U.S. Coast Guard captain’s licensing.

A U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton licensed captain, ASA and Red Cross certified instructor since 1986, Robert is a published educator with instructional design experience ranging from end-to-end program implementation to captain's license training. 

Capt. Robert McCreary
USCG 100-Ton Master (5th Consecutive License Issue)
Previously a Coast Guard certified instructor and examiner for three USCG-approved captain’s licensing schools, Robert also served as the American Sailing Association’s National Education Coordinator, administering educational standards and instructor training to more than 300 charter yacht sailing schools and 3500 instructors worldwide. Robert was named ASA Outstanding Instructor for 2015.

Robert currently pilots commercial dining cruise vessels, skippers coastal and offshore deliveries of new yachts for dealers from Vancouver to Ensenada, serves as a yacht racing tactician and coach, presents boat show cruising and racing seminars, and is a yacht purchase and owner consultant. 

Learning to sail on Oakland's Lake Merritt in 1974, Robert has since taught small- and big-boat sailing and powerboating at all levels to adults and children up and down the West Coast and in the Rocky Mountains, founding and advising several community-based and commercial sailing schools, and  programs designed for physically challenged, inner-city youth, women, and  seniors.

Capt. John Beard
Third Mate, Unlimited Tonnage - All Oceans
Celebrating decades of maritime education, Capt. John Beard is a 1976 graduate and Board Member of the California Maritime Academy. John served most recently for 34 years with Golden Gate Ferry as Vessel Master, including 10 years training captains as Supervising Vessel Master.

As captain of numerous private yachts on San Francisco Bay, John also holds Able Seaman (Any Waters, Unlimited), Lifeboatman, and Radar Observer Unlimited certifications.

A lifelong educator, John is a big-boat vessel handling instructor, a certified Master golf instructor, a certified instructor in self-defense, group exercise leader, and is an EFT 
Level II in energy medicine.

John began his career at a young age in the Sea Scouts, earning the Quartermaster Award (similar to Eagle Scout). After graduating from CMA, he sailed as Third mate with the Army Corps of Engineer on Dredges, and as Third mate with Matson shipping and Lion Oil.