My name’s Jason, I hail from the cubicle farms of eastern Virginia. I’m currently trying to get a commission in the NOAA Corps which would land me 13 weeks at Kings Point and then the enjoyable dynamic career on the seas I’ve been chasing for a while. Just one more month until I hear whether I got it this time or I’m applying again.
While I wait, I’m still rotting in a cubicle. I’m curious about what it takes to get “in” as a licensed mariner. I don’t have any working experience on boats. My only experience is as a small-boat crewmember and coxswain trainee in the USCG Auxiliary (recreational boats).
From what I can see, if I wanted to get a license I need hours on a commercial boat. Is that right?
I may have never been on a commercial boat before, but I CAN tell Anabasis what relative bearings are, I can navigate from a chart, I can steer, and I’m fairly certain I can handle a mop or paintbrush. I would have thought that, if I could pass the exams, I could do the task, but that doesn’t look to be the way it works. I have actually applied for several entry-level positions with various tug companies but never heard back from any of them. I can only assume there are enough folks who grew up mucking about in boats that they don’t have needs for a boat minded programmer.
So, what are my options?