My Coast Guard Master 50 Ton Inland license arrived in today's mail!! Now starts a new adventure. Well, not really now, I still have a day job. But over the next few years I'll be looking for opportunities to serve on boats to increase my experience, especially in the Atlantic ICW.
CONGRATULATIONS JIM! 'To United States Merchant Marine Officer" It is a certificate of professional competence and well earned, The Inland License is superior to the Ocean Operators License (6 Pack License) which allows you to take up to 6 passengers off shore near coastal.
Congratulations!! Very cool!!
congratulations, I know that much time is spent in working towards this license. Great news!
I started in March of this year with a class offered by Boatwise Marine Training, a local (Boston area) outfit. Tuesday and Thursday evenings, all day Saturday and Sunday, for a month. The exam at the end substitutes for the Coast Guard exam. Then it's just a matter of documenting 720 days on a boat, either your own or someone else's. Lifetime experience counts, but a certain percentage has to be in the last five years. A medical exam, drug test, and a TWIC (Transportation Workers Identity Card) from the TSA are the other requirements. (The TWIC card has the added benefit of getting you thru airport security faster.)
I took a US Power Squadron navigation course when I was in high school, my dad wouldn't let me take the family boat out alone unless I finished that class. That training was repeated in the Boatwise class, plus a lot more. A LOT more!!
Thanks for all the kind words.
Congratulations Jim. As a retired Coast Guard Reserve officer, I have nothing but the greatest respect and admiration for your drive to complete the course. It takes a lot of perseverance and sacrifice to follow it to the end.
Thanks, Cliff. Coming from someone with your experience, that means a lot.