SailNet Community

SailNet Community (
-   Learning to Sail Articles (
-   -   Coast Guard Licenses (

Sue & Larry 07-25-2002 09:00 PM

Coast Guard Licenses
<HTML><P>At a recent boat show, I noticed that some well-known people in the marine industry often hold various types of US Coast Guard licenses (for example, the bio of a prominent Port Townsend, WA sailmaker includes a 100-ton license).</P><P>The training required for such a license would certainly improve my seamanship knowledge. But if I also want to make a career in some area of the marine industry (not just as Captain), is a CG license considered a sort of benchmark qualification/education, like a Masters degree is often regarded in the shoreside business world? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.<BR><BR><STRONG>Sue &amp; Larry respond: <BR></STRONG>Weíre not quite sure that a Coast Guard Captainís License is to the boating business what a Masterís degree is to a Fortune 500 company, but we believe itís a worthwhile achievement nonetheless. It could be what helps you get a foot in the door with a marine company as experience on the water and accomplishments are always respected by other boaters.</P><P>In order to become certified with the various USCG Licenses offered, you must have a combination of practical experience commensurate with the size of vessel and types of waters in which you wish to operate a boat and have studied for and passed certain exams. These exams deal with rules of the road, plotting and navigating, boat handling, anchoring, weather and safety. Youíll need to be a US Citizen, be free of drug law convictions, pass a drug test, be physically fit and have good vision. First aid training is required along with a current certificate in CPR.</P><P>For complete details on all the requirements for USCG Licensing, check out the USCG website address And good luck.</P><P>&nbsp;</P><P>&nbsp;</P></HTML>

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:45 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
(c) LLC 2000-2012

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome