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I am presently looking for work in the sailing or adventure tourism industry. I have a work-travel Visa for New Zealand and am wondering if anyone might have any tips for finding work in the industry or could pass this on to anyone who might. I have over four years of experience as a whale watching skipper and naturalist in Victoria, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada. In addition to my experience as a whale watching skipper, I have worked with the Sail and Life Training Society in their shipyard and on their vessels, the Pacific Grace and Pacific Swift. In January 2004, I sailed on the Pacific Grace, a 46-metre tall ship, from Costa Rica to Victoria. The offshore trip I completed in 2004 inspired me to buy my own boat and sail back to the South Pacific. In May of this year I set sail from Victoria, B.C., and headed through the South Pacific islands to New Zealand with an arrival in December of this year. As well as this, I also have dinghy instructor experience and dingy and keel boat racing experience. I am interested in participating fully and learning as much as I can about the New Zealand sailing industry and community. I have tried and Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Do you have any certifications? Things like an STCW 95, RYA Yachtmaster, etc., would help you get a crew position. Also, other certifications, like Wilderness First Responder, CPR, etc., are also useful and make you more desirable as a crew member. Skills like cooking, navigation, etc., are also desirable.


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Yes I do have some Canadian certificates for small vessel operation. Marine Emergency Duties (MED A-2), marine emergency first aid, commercial radio license, Canadian yachting association green instructor, CYA boat rescue certificate. I didn't want to post my whole resume as I didn't want to clog up the threads but if anyone had any suggestions, I do have a CV to email.
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