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The American Salvage Association's (ASA) Education Committee is committed to promoting general maritime industry interest with a focus on marine salvage, and to help develop maritime industry expertise through interactive experience with ASA salvage professionals.

The Committee's goal is to support career development in all maritime disciplines inclusive of, but not limited to, the development of both licensed and unlicensed seafarers, encouragement for licensed officers to reach senior officer status and to gain experience at sea. For non-seafarers, the promotion of math, sciences, engineering, naval architecture, diving, environmental sciences, robotics, marine insurance, maritime law, ocean engineering, accounting, logistics, and other related fields is a focus of the Committee.

ASA’s Education Committee has also established a charter membership in ASA (see application, attached), at no charge, for students under the age of 30 to allow for networking opportunities within industry, internships, and attendance at industry events. Membership for students and young industry professionals is complimentary.

The ASA Education Committee has also created a foundation and scholarship fund that assists students pursuing goals that are consistent with the goals of the committee in furthering their education. For more information, please fill out the form below.

Submit a Charter Membership Application


Links and Resources

Education Committee Brochure

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Maritime Industries Academy: The Maritime Industries Academy High School in Baltimore offers a specialized maritime curriculum to encourage careers in maritime. For information on the MIA, see their brochure. Support for the school is provided by the nonprofit Maritime Industries Academy Foundation.


Committee Leadership

Rebecca Garcia, Chairman


Committee Members

Gary DeMarsh
David DeVilbiss
Kevin Teichman
Rik van Hemmen
Vicky Verastigui
Marion Weinand
Doug Martin
Tim Williamson
Lindsay Malen


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