For complete information on the Athletics Department please visit the department website.
Intercollegiate athletics at Cal Maritime provides an active link with other college campuses and is an important part of our co-curricular education program. A variety of sports are available for men and women. Men’s teams compete in basketball, crew, golf, rugby, sailing, soccer, and water polo. Women’s teams compete in basketball, crew, sailing, and water polo.
The athletic teams are known as the Keelhaulers, an old sailing term. This unique name has generated considerable publicity for Cal Maritime over the years, including a listing as one of the top 25 collegiate nicknames in the country.
Approximately one fourth of the student body participates in one or more intercollegiate sports each year. In order to be eligible, student athletes must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
A new state-of-the-art physical education complex was completed and opened in October 2014. The Bodnar athletic field has been renovated, with the addition of a turf field, two-lane running track, and updated lighting.
In addition to a staff of dedicated coaches, Cal Maritime has a National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) certified athletic trainer who oversees a recently expanded training room with state-of-the-art equipment.
Cal Maritime is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes as a charter member of the California Pacific Conference. The Keelhaulers are also part of the Collegiate Water Polo Association, Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA), Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association (PCIYRA), and USA Rugby.
Physical Education Program
As time and academic schedules allow, students participate in a variety of physical education classes in swimming, sailing, weight lifting, and the martial arts.
Classes are also offered to help students improve their quality of life, focus on nutrition, fitness, and weight management. In these classes goals are set and students receive specialized, tailor-made counseling from their instructors.
Intramurals and Recreation
Intramural and recreational programs have traditionally been an important part of life at Cal Maritime. Activities include competition between divisions in flag football, basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball, and softball. Individual tournaments are held in a variety of sports, including tennis, badminton, table tennis, swimming, weight lifting, and fun runs.
Available facilities include: playing fields, sports courts, an outdoor 50-meter Olympic-sized swimming pool, a gymnasium for basketball and volleyball, an Olympic free-weight and circuit training room, and cardio room.
The outdoor heated pool is available to students several hours a week with a certified lifeguard present, as are the weight training and cardio rooms for use with supervision.
During the annual summer training cruises aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear, students and staff have access to a well-equipped state-of-the-art exercise and weight room equipped with a variety of bicycle and rowing ergometers and weight machines, along with mirrors and a TV monitor for viewing exercise videos.
The director of Athletics and Recreation also oversees clubs sponsored by the Associated Student Body. These include lacrosse, volleyball, cycling, and fencing.
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Students are required to register in the appropriate sport and fill out the necessary medical forms prior to participation. All student athletes are required to maintain a minimum over-all cumulative GPA of 2.0. Participation is subject to the approval of the coach.