I am working towards my 1600 ton mates license; I need about 100 more days of sea time and still need to take several more prep courses. I am planning to sit for my mates sometime this fall.
I was thinking that while working on the mates license, maybe I could get a start on getting my DP certificate! My understanding is that I will need to take the introductory class then I will need 30 days of onboard training. Once I have completed that, I then can go back to school and take the advanced DP course, then get another 180 days of onboard training, then send off for my DP certificate? It seems to me that by getting my DP training underway now I can make the most out of the next few months?
However my training cordinator has informed me that the school we were sending some of our AB’s to in NOLA is no longer offering the schooling for unlicensed mariners.
My question to any of you who might know is. Is it still possible for me to get the DP training and certification somewhere while working towards my mates license as an AB? Or do I have to have my mates before going to DP school? I am not sure if this is something new with the USCG or just a new policy within my company? Having to spend another 180 days on the deck while waiting to get the proper onboard training completed for my DP seems to be a huge loss of potential income. I am working down here in the GOM on OSV’s and MPSV’s with one of the larger boat companies. It is my understanding that getting hired as a mate without DP is not going to happen? Any tips or ideas on where or how I might be able to kill two birds with one stone would be appreciated.