So I made a thread about 2 weeks ago but it was mod-edited and i could not post replies in it for some reason. In anycase things have changed, here is my current postion:
Im a us citizen.
Ive done a stcw course approved by the mca at a maritime college in trinidad & tobago, for 3rd mate unlimited. (i have dual citizenship & tertiary education is free for nationals)
Ive passed all the courses except the celestial navigation. I can redo the course but the only offered time is in January next year.
At this point I have a year of free time so i figure it would be best to get some seatime (esp. as after the courses are completed, im going to be sent off as a cadet anyway for seatime) to jumpstart my seagoing career.
Im considering heading to the us to get a twic & mmc and try to get a job/experience.
I have 2 questions.
- I can do the stcw BST here. it is mca accredited but is that also accepted by the uscg?
- Is it advisable to go this route? any better suggestions?
thanks a lot guys.