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23 year old experienced sailor wants to crew

I am a 23 year old sailor in California in search of paid crew opportunities. I have sailed southern California's waters since before I could walk. I raced the 2003 Transpac and have sailed in many Newport-Ensenada races.

Any suggestions as to where I might find crew/deckhand opportunities for regional or international private yachts?

Thanks for any help you may be able to give.
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Crew agencies. Look 'em up online. Lacasse in SD. Crew Unlimited, Luxury Yacht Group etc. in Ft. Lauderdale. Some in the med I can't think of right now. While you're at it look up STCW95. A week long safety at sea course prerequisite to employment on most yachts. (about 1000 usd) Lots of jobs but not as many on this side(I'm in Newport Beach on a private motor yacht) as on the east side. Lauderdale is the centre of the industry.
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http://www.lacasseservices.com/crew.htm in SD
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I have found a class for STCW 95, from Marine Institute Inc. in San Diego. The class begins OCt. 30th and is for STCW 95 and AB's - HOWEVER what is "AB"? they also offer STCW95 and Deckhand. The first class i mention is 5 days and the second is 3 day- which is better?
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I believe the five day course is the one you want. The STCW 95 and AB refer to a class of merchant marine. AB's are higher-ranked than deckhands, and I believe are capable of taking a bridge watch, which deckhands are not qualified to do....and the course is a bit more comprehensive. If you want more info, you can look at this page.
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