Hi everyone. I’m 24 years old and interested in beginning training for a maritime career. I grew up around lakes, and worked on freshwater charter boats, but have no real experience in the industry. I have looked at a number of schools/training centers throughout the US, and am probably, at this point, most intersted in SeaFarer’s, though I know they aren’t accepting applications right now for unexperienced students. Ultimately, I would to make captain, and definitely want to focus on a career in the bridge.
Working on charter boats (i.e. yachts), around ports (i.e. tugboats, pilot boats, etc.), or on an inland ship interests me the most, but I’ll start wherever, doing whatever is necessary for a newcomer to the industry. Any information/guidance as to the best route(s) would be great. I know there are certain licensing and documentation requirements necessary before stepping foot on a vessel, but I’m not sure about what school/programs and courses would be best for my particular interests.
THANKS FOR ALL THE HELP,