My last post on here helped me through the 500 test, thank you to everyone that helped out with input on the topic! Now I’ve hit a new bump and wanted to send out feelers to anyone that may have already gone through it or have some input. I’d like to expand my license to “oceans” from “near coastal” and was wondering how much was involved in the process and if anyone had taken the test recently at an REC and was willing to divulge some secrets? I’d like to avoid the 2-week celestial course at the schools if at all possible. Also, am I missing anything? I have all of the STCW and whatnot so I should only need to take the celestial exam at the REC, right?
Additionally, I’m itching to make a switch from the world of passenger vessels into the towing industry and would like to do so without starting out as a green deckhand on a tug. Does anyone know a good way to complete a TOAR to get MOT without starting out at the bottom? I’d be really happy to start out somewhere in the middle of the ladder, but with a mortgage its tough to go back to the bottom.
Thanks a bunch,