Meet our Instructors

West Coast Maritime Training Approved Instructors

1. vgCaptain Virgil Elkinton – (Managing Director of West Coast Maritime Training, Ltd.):

Education: M.S. in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University (2016);

                  M.S. in Human Resources Management from Chapman University (1998);

                  B.S. Nautical Sciences and Marine Transportation, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (1984).

Current active licenses:

            Master Unlimited Tonnage, Oceans

            Master towing, Oceans endorsement

            Offshore Installation Manager (OIM) -with current well-control cert

            First Class Pilot

            Dynamic Position, Unlimited from the Nautical Institute

            STCW including all current endorsements and compliances


2. Captain Todd W. Malloy (USN Retired):

Education: Master of Arts in International Security Affairs, Naval War College, Newport, RI, 2005:

                  Master of Arts in Strategic Planning, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, 1991;

                  Bachelor of Science, US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 1981.

Capt. Todd is a true leader and has served our country in various assignments in the Navy. He has commanded several ships, served as deputy commander of a Destroyer squadron, Surface Operations Officer for the Carl Vinson Strike Group, Commanding Officer of the Naval Station, Newport, RI overseeing 30 commands and 9,500 people, Interim Dean of the US Navy War College, and the Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the USS John Stennis Carrier Strike Group.

3. Captain Christopher Hammond

Education: MBA in Shipping and Logistics, London, UK (2012)

                  B.S in Marine Transportation from California Maritime Academy (2006).

Current active licenses:

            Master Unlimited Tonnage, Oceans

            Cayman Islands Shipping Registry CoC.

            Dynamic Position

            STCW including all current endorsements and compliances.

Capt Hammond is a chief mate/master on some of the largest yachts in the world, some of them owned by mid-east royalty. He has a train the trainer certificate and has taught during his time off at the community college, Seattle Maritime academy.

4. Todd Harter

Captain Harter holds a chief mate unlimited license having worked his way through the ranks where he sailed for many years as a master 1600 tons. Additionally, he has a towing endorsement. He has been an approved Coast Guard instructor having taught at Passport Marine in Pensacola, Florida. He has a huge wide variety of vessel experience. In addition to his licenses and endorsements, he also holds an unlimited DP certificate from the Nautical Institute.



Testimonials from our students:

  • Testimonials from our students:

    “Greetings All, Just completed the 5 day Leadership class with Cap' Virgil. He has a SOLID maritime background, and put on a great class.” MtSkier From g captain forum dtd 15 April 16

    “Good Class!” Capt Boe E.

    "Thank you for such a valuable and interesting class. Well worth it!” Capt Joe L.

  • Testimonials from our students:

    "Hearing horror stories from co-workers (all of who took this course at other different places), I was dreading this class. I could not be any more pleased with the class and the quality of instruction. Highly recommend." -Frank D.

    "Best Management and Leadership Therapy ever." Capt August L.

    "Class was informative." - Audra

  • Testimonials from our students:

    "I was impressed with the quantity and quantity of the information presented. I would highly recommend this course for meeting the STCW requirements" – Richard L.

    “Virgil Elkinton has a vast and varied amount of sea experience (which) makes him an ideal educator” Capt John H.

    “The Class was well organized and presented excellently” Capt. Mike W.

  • Testimonials from our students:

    "An Excellent and engaging instructor. Clearly well versed and interested in the subject material. Very relevant topics to both today’s work place and shipboard management. Just because certain behaviors are not illegal does not mean they are ethical -does not mean that they can be tolerated in the workplace. The loss to the company can be very high in real dollars terms for not dealing with those workplace issues." - Larry O’

    "Virgil went above and beyond normal USCG requirements and has created one, if not one of the best and most interesting classes that I have attended. Kudos!" -Capt. Jeff R.

  • Testimonials from our students:

    "Capt. Virgil was a great instructor for this class. He showed great enthusiasm for the subject. I know I will be using what I learned in class both in my professional and private life." - Capt Russel F.

    "Learn something interesting about yourself, SURPRISE!" - James C.

    "Experience always shows up in an instructor." – Thumbs Up! Mike L.

  • Testimonials from our students:

    "The instructor is fun, energetic, and presents the information in a connectable way. Enjoyed the exercises! Personal quizzes brought them home & did the tests with (my) significant other- We had fun and learned a lot." – Trygue. W.

    "A solid foundation in Leadership and Management theory." – Mike. L.

    "The class was more than I expected. Was really expecting and HR seminar. This was a very informative (class) and provided a litany of useful tools for work and life." – Lee W.

  • Testimonials from our students:

    "I found the class very informative. The instructor’s first-hand real world experience helped mold this “required” class into a course of instruction that I not only found helpful, but I could apply in my own circumstances." – Ron L.

    "Virgil was an excellent instructor. He involved all students in the class material, held our attention, and provided good information and thought provoking ideas and feedback." – Doane B.

    “Thanks Virgil. Well Done with the course. Very Informative.” Capt. Micah C.

  • Testimonials from our students:

    "Virgil went above and beyond normal USCG requirements and has created one, if not one of the best and most interesting classes that I have attended. Kudos!" -Capt. Jeff R.

    “Great school teaches you what you need, also easy to ask questions about any materials in the study guide.” -Andy T.

    “Thorough. Informative.” -Leigh M.

  • Testimonials from our students:

    “Although the class was mandatory, Capt. Virgil was excellent and made the material interesting and useful. I will be implementing many tools learned in this class in my professional and personal life.” -Brian H.

    “Interesting and informative course…It will help me be a better manager at sea.”- Michael H.

    “Great job, Virgil! Well delivered, fun topics. Made the required rewarding and relevant.” – Scott W.

  • Testimonials from our students:

    “I definitely recommend Capt. Virgil to future mariners. These experiences are well/greatly related to the course. Great class,” -Ray V.

    I really appreciated Virgil’s enthusiasm in class and his passion for this material. He was able to very successfully relate the principles of leadership and management to the shipboard environment.” -Jon K.

    “Great course. Good location. I was able to squeeze this in my busy schedule because of the many classes available. Thanks!” -Dave R.

  • Testimonials from our students:

    “Virgil is very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject matter while making it relatable to the mariners.” -Ryan W.

    “Virgil is the best 30,000 foot pilot I have ever flown with. He covered a sleepy subject with life and excitement.” -Chris B.