About the Competition

The Nautical Skills Competition (NSC) is a series of challenging exercises designed to test knowledge and ability in maritime skills in a fun and competitive environment. Founded by the Master Mariners of Canada’s (MMC) Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) Division, in collaboration with the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University, the NSC is designed for Nautical Science cadets at the post-secondary level, in an effort to promote the maritime sector, encourage team building and professionalism, and to foster a culture of safety.

The NSC started in 2012 as a way for the MMC NL Division to mentor and reach out to the younger generation of upcoming seafarers. It has become one of the largest and most successful events in the Division’s annual calendar. It has also become a way to engage the maritime industry, nationally and internationally, through sponsorship. Their monetary and non-monetary support assists the MMC to promote leadership and strong work ethic and helps to recruit youth, both men and women, into the nautical field.

It’s become an event that students look forward to every year. By participating in the event, they are able to network with some of the region’s most experienced Master Mariners, interact with fellow cadets, and put their education to the test in a pursuit for top prize and their name on the Captain Jim Thorpe Plaque.

NSC 2024 will be held on February 9-10, 2024!