I recently upgraded to 3rd Mate as well as the Large OSV however I still have the near coastal restriction. I have reviewed some of the topics on this board and need clarification of the process.
As I understand it, you must first take a class. There is an operational level class and a management level class. You can test in-class for the lower level but must test at the Coast Guard for the upper level. Correct?
Now, can I take just one class and test at the Coast Guard and satisfy the requirements for both licenses or must it be separate?
Furthermore, there are classes that are only 2 weeks in length and then (most) there are those that are 3 weeks in length. Is it the longer one that is for the Management level (ie Ch. Mate/Master)?
What is my best and most efficient route to upgrade to an Oceans endorsement? While it’s not absolutely necessary (won’t give me a raise either) it does seem a little pointless to have an unlimited tonnage license while restricted to within 200 miles from land.