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bcasey 04-03-2003 09:33 AM

U.S. Coast Guard Captains License
Submitted my application for the Masters License yesterday, it was accepted, however, I need to REDO my CPR and First Aid training. The evaluator said they had never heard of the company that administered the course, and although it was valid, they require it to be within one year. The cert. is good for 2 years, but not to the CG.
With all the security checks, drug tests, physical exam as well as the 6-7 month course, There is alot to go into getting it, but it makes it all that much more valid, IMHO!
They held the application and are waiting for the new documentation for the training and I will have the license upon submitting it.
Be sure, if you go in for the license that your CPR and First Aid are given by the Red Cross or The American Heart Association. And if you have any questions, Maybe I can help, just having gone thru it!

fredaevans 04-03-2003 02:27 PM

Man! Did this post bring back a flood of memories!
Got my USCG pilot lic. when I was 18 (didn't hurt to have a neighbor who was tug boat Captain and three of my letters of rec. were from local Pilots with any tonnage/any waters "tickets."

Most fun part was when I finished basic training and it came out towards the end of CG basic training that I had a valid (13th District) set of "Captains papers." Became the 'fair haired' boy from Canada asap. But God the questions they would ask me to see if I knew my stuff. Fav. one from a Chief BM was to the tune of 'how would you fight a poison gas fire aboard ship?'

Actually, easy answer, but it was a function of where the fire was located: above or below decks.

bcasey 04-03-2003 03:56 PM

My answer would have been, just jump overboard (women and children first, of course!), funny you mentioned the pilot, one of my good friends is a pilot in Boston Harbor and he provided one of the recommendation letters for me. Now there is an interesting job, and before he took this job he was a Capt. on a freighter in the Gulf of Mexico, the guy knows his stuff!

bcasey 04-18-2003 11:15 AM

Got it! Full fledged Masters, only a 25ton max limit. But I can't see how I could exceed that on the flats!:D

Dble Haul 04-18-2003 11:28 AM

Congratulations, Case......sounds like it was well earned!

I hope you have safe and fun times on the water with your new opportunities.

fredaevans 04-18-2003 02:22 PM

Add my Congrats to DH's!
What "waters" does your 'ticket' cover?

As a 'ps,' I'd add that your view of 'boating' has forever changed.

bcasey 04-18-2003 06:10 PM

Masters is for inland with an endorsement for 6 pk. near coastal and commercial assist towing!

juro 04-18-2003 06:13 PM

Congrats Capt'n! Duly impressed. I would hence feel great about going out on your boat more often this season! ;) :D

bcasey 04-19-2003 11:45 AM

You have a standing invite Juro and you KNOW it! I spend a lot of time fishing by myself on the boat, not a safe way to fish, and am determined to get more people out with me. I am going to start a thread, once the season gets underway, for trip swaps and sharing for the boat crew, as well as the shorebound guys who want to see the other side of the waves for a change. I think we can all benefit from it!:)

Adrian 04-19-2003 01:41 PM

Congratulations Cap'n Case!

steelheadmike 04-21-2003 09:38 AM

Congrats on your Masters license. I have been looking into the possibilities of getting mine. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

striblue 04-21-2003 09:42 AM

Congrats from me to... that's the way I will go when I get a boat someday...

bcasey 04-22-2003 10:32 AM

I went to a scheduled course given by Mystic Safe Boating which has several locations in which they give the classes. In my case the closest was aboard the USS Massachusetts in Fall River, Ma. They utilize one night a week, 4 hrs and a total of about 5-6 months. Others use the cram it down your throat in a week full time which includes the weekend on either end. I chose the long way in hopes of retaining more. I think it was the right way to go for me, the other way may work for you. I also opted for the Masters which added 6 weeks to the classes, and if your looking to be a guide in a small boat, you don't need. It fell in the middle of the classes the way I jumpted in and I decided why not. It also cost about $120 more than just the 6 pak.
As with most of these type classes, you get out what you put in and there were a couple of classmates I hope I never run into on the water, but I'm sure they graduated.
You test at the classes, which in Mystic Safe Boating was after each segment and made it easier on us. Therefor, no testing at the Coast Guard, you just submit your application along with $145, your Physical exam report, your drug screen report, your Cpr and first aid card ( by American Heart or Red Cross, and make sure it's within a year), your Sea Time Documentation and 3 letters for character referance. In addition you need to give copies and have originals of your birth certifacate, passport, drivers license and your diplomas from the class.
I have the class workbook if your interestd in checkin it out, I could send it to you to review. Just remember, it may look more difficult than it does in class. the classes are pretty user friendly. Let me know if you want the see the book!

steelheadmike 04-22-2003 10:52 AM

Sea Time
Did you send away for a log book ffor your time? How is it calculated? How do you go about certifying it?

bcasey 04-22-2003 12:18 PM

I keep my own log of time on my boat and I "certify" my time on my own boat. For time on others vessels the owner needs to give a letter certifying the time YOU put on the sea time documentation Form that is provided in the application package. The time requirements vary with the level of license, for a 6pk you need 180 days of time (6-7 hours=1 day) for inland. I have the other days req. info at home if you need it!

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