There are several different companys that have Classes/Schools..................
Which one is the best I have heard some are more difficult than others.
If I take classes who would ya'll recommend I use...????
However, Im currently living in Hatteras and mating on the Reliance for the season.........hard for me to get away and go take classes right know.............It might have to be late fall or winter before I can enroll in a class unless there are some offered down hear along the outer banks which I haven't heard about.
So........I know you don't have to take the class............Is difficult to study and pass by yourself without taking a class....?????? I have never been afraid of a Book or studying........Hell all I did in College was study
What do you guys recommend
I just want my License!!!!
I sware a deaf and blind person could pass that test after you take their class. Myself, my current captain and a few buddies took it in April of 03. I think we missed a combined 5 questions between all our tests. They teach you what you need to know for the test, its that simple. By the time you start the question, you already know the answer. Just study the questions they give ya (hint, hint, they are the same questions, same answers) they just number the answers differently. I have talked to so many people about some of the other schools and sea school seems the best if all you are looking for is that paper.
Its kinda sad in a way. All you need is 1/2 a brain and you can get a license.
try http://www.wegivethetest.com/. Last time I checked they had locations in nags head or hatteras. I got my master at TCC in norfolk from Hampton Roads Maritime Training Center. You need more than Half a brain but the instructors help any way they can.
It's fun being a Captain.When the fish jump in the boat..You're a Hero.When they don't bite...you're a bum.When your party insists on going on bad weather days (ocean)and you promise them this won't be fun,they tell you over the phone, sitting on their living room couch ,sipping their favorite drink,they have never been sea sick and everything will be fine."Not"..Again...you're a bum for exploiting them as they heave their guts up and beg you to take them in.Sometimes they even ask you if anyone has ever died from getting sea sick?The answer is no,,, they just wish they were.I just love it when the wind is howling and your party is sitting down at the breakfast table eating sausage,eggs,pankakes,coffee & orange juice.Greasy sausage,acidic orange juice & coffee is the surest way to get sea sick when the motion of the ocean is rolling.I've actually seen people get sick just past the inlet.But AHHHH..there's a bright side.You take your party out,the fish bite so good they eat the paint off the bottom of the boat.You have to hide the bait because the fish are jumping in the boat and taking it out of your hand before you can get it on the hook.your part is too exhasted to reel another one in and beg you for mercy to take them in(usually Bluefin tuna chunking)you feel sorry for them so you head back to the Barn.Back at the Barn they pay you,shake your hand,kiss you on both cheeks,book another trip and stuff your mate's pocket with a nice tip.Those are the days that it all seems worth it.
I got mine at CMTI in Gloucester. They are good but expensive. The main thing to think about is when do you want to get it and at what tonnage. If you need it soon and want to ensure that you get, it take a class. If you can wait and have the discipline to study on your own then get one of the books, study and save a lot of $$. Depending on your prior experience, you will likely qualify higher than OUPV at some tonnage level. It may be useful to get a higher tonnage license, especially if you've got the time at sea and may want to run inspected vessels, dive trips, headboats, take more than 6, etc. There is really no difference in the two tests. For the master's licence you have to answer a couple more questions about deck operations and other crap.
Go to the CG website (http://www.uscg.mil/stcw/home.htm) and you can download the requirements and forms. They are a little confusing and hard to understand, that is one of the main reasons to go somewhere like CMTI to get a license as they expedite the process. But most anyone who has gone through the process lately can provide a lot of advice.
Also, start collecting the small vessel sea service forms (http://www.uscg.mil/stcw/download-docs/cg719s.pdf)
for all vessels you have worked on, owned or just rode along with. They must be signed by the owner or captain and that can be a pain to get if you have worked on a lot of boats. A day at sea is 4 hours underway and you need a lot for one of the tonnage licenses. 24 hours underway is still 1 day at sea and tonnage is a volume measure not weight.
oh and stay out of trouble, they can be a pain about recent moving, alcohol or other violations. Not that there is much trouble to get into in hatteras, though.