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Maritime Tactical Operations Training Program

5 Training Days
Locations Offered: 


The Maritime Tactical Operations Training Program (MTOTP) involves extensive hands-on instruction pertaining to tactical boarding procedures aboard High Interest/High Threat Vessels (HIV/HTV). During the Laboratory and Practical Exercise phase, students conduct several underway “HIV-Low-Freeboard” tactical boarding operations utilizing a 65’ motor vessel. Students conduct “High-Freeboard” boarding operations on several static boat platforms and conduct several High-Freeboard “Hook and Climb Insertion” techniques on a 494 foot long “break-bulk” freighter. This is a physically demanding course.


  1. Applicant must be a law enforcement officer/agent with arrest authority in the prevention, detection, apprehension, detention and/or investigation of felony and/or misdemeanor violations of federal, state, local, tribal, or military criminal laws.
  2. Must be in good physical condition with no medical restrictions. 
  3. Must be able to perform: 
    • 1 ½ mile run (under 13:48) or 400 meter swim (under 12 minutes)
    • 5 dead hang pull-ups (untimed)
    • 5 dead hang chin-ups (untimed)
    • 32 push-ups (untimed)
    • 38 sit-ups (under one minute)

Required Training Materials


Program Syllabus/Curriculum

  • Boarding Procedures
  • Commercial Vessel Familiarization
  • Tactical Water Survival
  • Tactical Boarding Procedures
  • Tactical Boarding Procedures Practical Exercise
  • Tactical Vessel Clearing
  • Shooting From an Unstable Platform
  • Maritime Fitness Test

Program Registration

Federal organization personnel should contact their agency training officer to register for training, email questions to or telephone 912-267-3344. 

State, local and tribal officers requesting training should register online. If organizational support is required or you have additional needs, please email or call us at 1-800-743-5382.

International (non-US) personnel should email or telephone 912-261-4023.

Program Contact Info

Charleston: (843) 566-8579