Once we landed at the docks in San Diego early last month, I’ve had only one week at home with nothing scheduled to do. The rest have been spent in class rooms.
The first course was GMDSS, which deals with high seas and safety communications. The first week was all theroy, frequencies, law, etc. The second week was all hands on the vhf radios, mf / hf radios, satellite communication equipment, etc. Luckily, there were only three students in the two week class so we all got lots of practice. By the end of the course I was ready to sit in a corner and stare at a wall and drool. My mind was turned to mush. Thankfully I passed and don’t need to sit through that torture again.
The next course was a course to upgrade my license from 100 Ton – 200 Ton Master. I could have simply taken a test at the USCG office in Seattle, but felt better going to Compass Courses in Edmonds, WA to learn the required items and take the test at thier facility. I could have simply skipped this license level, but it was such a low hanging fruit requirement wise, that it was stupid not to reach out and pick it.
Next up I will begin a two week Medical Care Provider. This is the last required course needed on the USCG’S checklist for me to upgrade to 1600 Mate Near Coastal. There will be more courses down the road, but now I’ll be able to focus on studying on taking a major test later this year.
I’ve also got to complete the OICNW assessments (officer in charge of a navigational watch). There are 86 assessments required and I’ve got something like 23 remaining.
So that’s the state of my union licensing wise. Having a blast love watching the ball move forward. There is light at the end of the tunnel!
There are some really cool adventures coming in the future, do stay tuned!