Is is possible to become a mariner without going through SIU and their academy?

[B]Im looking to pursue a career in the maritime industry, possibly on a tug but any ship really will do. I tried attending the SIU school at Piney Point but I washed out. Is it still possible for me to enter the industry? I’m currently looking at other schools, with the Seattle center maritime academy being the main one right now.[/B]

How in the hell did you wash out of that place?

Do you have any credentials or experience??? Or did you just wake up one day and say… Hey I want to be a merchant mariner now…

How on earth did you wash out of Piney Point?

This job takes a certain amount of nose to the grindstone, regardless of academy or hawsepipe (yeah google it). It’s not for people who aren’t willing to do what it takes to succeed. Ask yourself if you are willing to learn from your mistakes; if not, go home.

If you have a basic MMD you can try knocking on doors for a deckhand job somewhere, glad to hear that “any ship will do.”

Of course it’s possible. It all depends on you.