Having been away from the marine industry for a long time. I decided to get back in with both feet a couple months ago. I have been studying the USCG websites getting a grasp on what I can get with the sea service time I have. Having an AB Unlimited ticket back in the day gives me enough time to sit for my 100GT Masters NC (worked on 300gt supply boats and tugs in the GOM). I have already gone to school and passed the course. I have completed my physical and drug test. I am getting references and recency seatime togeather now. The only thing I see holding me up on this is I am waiting on my seatime to come back to me from the archives center in Virgina. ETA on that is mid July.
My question is this to anyone who might have a good idea or two. Is there anything else as far a courses to take at this point while I am waiting. My goal is to get back in the GOM oilfields for awhile and get some experience as mate then captain. Are there some other courses that might be worth taking now ( radar, advance life support, radio, ect.)?
If my memory serves me well, it was damn near impossible to get time off from work and the honey do list when home to go to school.
I also am getting my AB Unlimited again. I figured I may have to start back on the deck for a bit and hausepipe back up again. In school now for STCW-95 as we speak, next week Lift boat unlimited, then AB school, and RFPNW Assesments. If nothing else I will need my AB for upgrades down the road from what I am seeing. Any ideas on other things that might be good to have would be appreciated. Goal is to eventually work my way up to bigger supply boats, or offshore towboats and AHTB. Not sure which way for sure. I know the paths are different if you go into Towboats.