So, I am looking to get my Master of Towing added to my License and have been looking at two different ways.
I could go take one of the TOAR courses, pay the admission fee, go stay in a hotel, blah blah blah and at the end I would still need the time on a towing vessel to get my Master of Towing. I have heard that many of the companies look down on these TOAR courses due to them not giving much real world experience and that it can be fairly easy to get signed off on these?
I was considering working in my off time (28 days) for a small inland towing company and helping out for a reduced rate or whatever was needed to make the situation mutually beneficial for both parties so that I could get my TOAR signed off and get the seatime needed to actually get my MOT. This would also include real world experience which I feel would be better than just going to a class and also would stop me from paying for the course and the additional expenses that come along with that route.
What are your thoughts? I am not looking for permanent work as I have a job but I cannot get my MOT with my company.
If route two is possible, does anyone know of any small tug companies in the area (Florida Panhandle) that may need additional help? I tried calling around to Eastern Shipbuilding and a few others in the Port of Panama City but just got put on hold for a long time with no answers as to companies that service the area.