I begin my journey on becoming a Harbor Pilot in November 2018 with SIU. I would have began my journey with a Maritime Academy out of high school, but I went to a D1 University with full focus on college football. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out as well as I would have wanted it to, so now I am directing all focus on a new path - maritime. I just graduated (December 2017) with a 4-year degree that seems to not help with anything maritime related, so I decided to write this in hopes of advice from all that take interest.
I will be taking the deck route at SIU, but after the program I am wondering what I need to do in order to stay on track? I know in Florida to become a Harbor Pilot you need to work as a deck officer for at least two years. My main concern is getting to the Deck Officer position. How many sea days? What positions do I need to upgrade to? etc
I hope everyone had a good 4th