Hello! First post here. I have spent some time searching the forum for my answers but can’t seem to find anything specific, so if there is already a thread that pertains to this, please point me in the right direction.
I have been out of the maritime industry since April of 2019, I worked in offshore oil and gas for about 3 years. I am currently an OS with enough sea time to get my AB limited. I plan on enrolling in an AB class within a month or so. About a week ago I ordered an AB study guide from a third party company and just started studying yesterday. I can either enroll in a class that will be held a week from now or I can enroll in the next class in a month. My concerns are that if I enroll in the class two weeks from now that I wont be prepared enough and potentially fail the class. I know most of these training centers water down these classes to an almost grade school level so that everyone understands and has a fighting chance, but for some reason my mind keeps telling me that this is going to be the hardest class I’ve ever taken and some how I am going to fail in some kind of cosmic fashion.
Am I pumping this class up too much? Is it something that I need to spend a month preparing for before the instructor even gives their first instruction? I have met some AB’s aboard a few different vessels and can say that I’m not entirely sure how they ended up there. So should I chill out and take the class in two weeks and trust the process or should I be more prepared?
Thank you for your input, I’m working on getting back into the industry and I want to have the least amount of hiccups as possible.