Planning ahead for 2023

Planning Ahead for 2023

Now is the time to start planning ahead for 2023. That is to say, now is the time to take the class you need for the job you want next spring. The top job listings last spring were fishing guides, licensed deckhands, towing vessels. In conclusion, this post provides tips and sources for more info, just to get you started. As always, please call 503-841-6066 to schedule a class or for more info.

Fishing Guide Jobs

Most fishing guides have an OUPV (6-pack) captain license. Last spring there were more Alaska fishing guide jobs than 6-pack captains to fill them. If you have a master, or near coastal mate license than you can operate a 6-pack with that license, so you are all set for these jobs. In conclusion, the 6-pack license is good for any state. Meaning that once you get licensed, you can use it to guide fishing trips anywhere in the USA.

More about the 6-pack:

How to get a 6-pack captain license >>

How to document your experience on boats (sea-time) >>

The 6-pack captain class >>

Licensed Deckhand Jobs

One of the primary employers of licensed deckhands is Uncruise Adventures. Licensed deckhands must hold a Master 25-ton or higher captain license. In addition to working as a deckhand on the cruise ship, licensed deckhands operate the ship’s small craft on guided tours for passengers. Consequently, they are getting the sea-time they need to increase their master license to 100-ton or higher. In conclusion, this is a win-win situation for the deckhand and the company.

More about the master:

The master captain class >>

If you already have an OUPV license than you have the hard part done. In short, you can get the master license with an easy upgrade class >>

Towing vessel jobs: planning ahead for 2023

Just about every part of the transportation industry is looking for people. And the towing industry is no different. However, the good news is that advancement in the towing fleet can be very rapid. Additionally going from deckhand to mate may double your income. But you cannot advance without the license. In conclusion, the easiest way to get Mate (Pilot) of Towing is to get the Apprentice Mate (steersman) of Towing first.

More about towing licenses:

How to get Master of Towing >>

Apprentice Mate (steersman) class >>

Lock Closure class >>

Do not have a job on a tug?

The best way to get started working on a tug is to get an AB or OS rating. The AB is for the experienced sailor, the OS is for the novice. More >>

By Dennis

Instructor and Director at Columbia Pacific Maritime LLC

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