I’m not criticizing your new TOAR course. You are filling a need for mariners and I wish you success.
Anyone who wants a TOAR should stop complaining about how hard it is to find a DE that will help them get their TOAR signed off, and go take a one day TOAR course. Just “git ‘er done.”
In my opinion, the USCG’s concept of requiring towing experience and an assessment for a towing license was a sound idea. However, the implementation is a failure. 30 days of observation time on a tugboat is not a meaningful amount of experience for a license as Master of Towing. Nor are the USCG TOAR requirements a meaningful assessment of essential towing skillls. It is what it is, but I don’t have to agree with it. In my opinion, what the USCG implemented is just another wasteful, time consuming, expensive, aggravating government regulation which accomplishes nothing.
In my opinion, virtually all USCG mandated courses are far far too expensive for what they are. For example: tuition at the University of Washington is $330 per credit hour for residents and $1,439 per credit hour for non residents. A typical 1 credit hour course would have 1 hour of class time per week for 10 weeks, totaling 10 hours of class time, plus about 20 hours of homework, study group, meetings with the instructor, etc. When 10 hours of classroom instruction for academic credit at an accredited major research university costs $1,439, forgive me for thinking that a one day (deducting lunch and breaks, it’s only about 5 or 6 hours of instruction) USCG mandated course with no academic credit for $2,000 is far too expensive.
That said, anyone who wants a TOAR should fly straight to Seattle, pay the $2,000, take the course, and get back on the plane with your completed TOAR in hand.