Just have to vent for a second…
Working on the courses for my upgrade to 1600 ton and am currently sitting through the medical care provider course. In the last 2 days we have “learned” 16 chapters of a collegiate level EMT textbook! The teacher has read to us word for word straight from the book…once again, an EMT book…and she cant even pronounce many of the technical terms (she was only a nurse for 20 years). Most of it is dealing with trauma in ambulances and has very little maritime relevancy.
Not sure why I expected any different though. All the mandated courses to this point have pretty much been a joke. I was hoping this one would be different as I really think a good knowledge of trauma response could prove invaluble onboard one day. Luckily the textbook is mine and I intend to read through some of the information on my own once I am done highlighting “that will be on the test” passages to satisfy the USCG.
I now see that a bigger license is simply bought…with cash and your butt in a chair for the mandated hours.