Today, the maritime tradition is as strong as ever, as services to transport food and daily supplies are still prevalent between the islands, sloop sailing in annual regattas continues to be an active sport among local fishermen and boat builders for community development.
The maritime tradition in The Bahamas is steeped in the Bahamian cultural heritage. As an island nation, the sea and maritime affairs are natural parts of the transport and communication networks of the islands. Today, the maritime tradition is as strong as ever as services to transport food and daily supplies are still prevalent between the islands and sloop sailing in annual regattas continue to be an active sport among local fishermen and boat builders for community development. Many young people have been participating in the seafaring and maritime tradition through junior regatta opportunities, but not many of them have pursued formal opportunities in maritime education.
Locally, formal professional level training programmes are almost non-existent. This is astounding and regrettable as The Bahamas is the fifth largest global maritime nation. As of 2011, there was only one approved Bahamian maritime institute providing training for personnel to command the fleet of ships which are owned locally and those registered in The Bahamas. Therefore, the urgency for The Bahamas to train more of its citizens as licensed seafarers to leverage its global maritime potential is great.