Thanks for the links, they were exactly what I was looking for. Over here we don’t stand bow watches anymore since the cameras were put up there and we don’t have separate watchman, just three watchstanding wheelsman and five deckhands.
At 23 I gave higher ed a shot for two years in mathematics, while I enjoyed the material, going for a nine to five job and a cubicle wasn’t for me, and not many credits will transfer, I think maybe just two classes was what it was when I looked into it. Plus the price tag is a bit high for my liking when i can spend the time getting paid moving towards the same goal.
A couple things on the requirements… I see they require 25% of watches spent at night. But as far as roundtrips, what exactly makes up a roundtrip? I’ve heard that you have to acquire pilotage for each lake, so perhaps that is what they refer to when they talk about round trips?
How do you guys keep tabs on this? I’m sure every company handles logging a bit differently, but as a releif I’ve seen guys stand watch then come back down on deck, but as far as I am aware they only get one discharge, so differentiating between qualifying watchstanding time versus regular deck work for the coast guard must be done a little differently.
Thanks for bearing with me, the aim is to start out on the right foot in the beginning to avoid the whole holys**t time to sort things out at the last second. I apologize if I missed an answer to a question in the provided material, I’m doing my best on the boat using a smartphone flipping around. Your insight has been very helpful and much appreciated.