Apprentice Mate (steersman) of Towing

Apprentice Mate (steersman) of Towing

Apprentice Mate (steersman) of Towing

The Apprentice Mate (steersman) of Towing is the first step to Master of Towing. The intent of this license is twofold. It allows the mariner: Firstly, to gain watch-standing time. But, only under the direction of a Master or Mate. And secondly, to complete the TOAR.

Apprentice Mate (steersman) of Towing Class Options

ColPac offers three class options for Apprentice Mate. The best option for you depends on your current license. Call 503-841-6066 or view the school calendar for scheduling options >>

Full-class Option for Apprentice Mate (steersman). This option is for mariners that do not have a license. Consequently, it is 16-days and $2,200. And includes three classes. Firstly, Master 100-ton. Secondly, Upgrade 100 to 200-ton. And thirdly, the Apprentice Mate (steersman) Upgrade. In summary, you will have all three certificates when you are done.

Partial-class Option for Apprentice Mate (steersman). This option is for Master 100-ton captains. Therefore, it is 6-days and $1,000. And includes two classes. Firstly, the Upgrade 100 to 200-ton class. And secondly, the Apprentice Mate (steersman) Upgrade class. In summary, you will have both certificates when you are done.

Apprentice Mate (steersman) Upgrade Only Option. This option is for Master 200-ton captains. In short, it is one 2-day, $400 class. This class can be scheduled any Monday and Tuesday, or Thursday and Friday the school is open.

Apprentice Mate (steersman) of towing classes

How to: From Apprentice Mate (steersman) of Towing to Master of Towing

There are three steps to Master of Towing. To clarify, this is not the only path to Master of Towing. However, it is the least stressful, and most time and cost effective. Additionally, it can be done without taking any Coast Guard exams.

Firstly: Apprentice Mate (steersman) of Towing. The Apprentice Mate requires 540-days of sea time, that includes 360-days on a tug. AND, 90-days on the route. To explain: route means waters. Examples are Ocean, Near Coastal, Inland, Great Lakes, and Western Rivers. Apprentice Mate Checklist >>

Secondly: Mate (Pilot) of Towing. Mate of Tow requires 900-days of sea time. Including 360-days on towing vessels, with the Apprentice Mate license on your MMC. In addition, you must complete an approved Basic Firefighting course, an approved Radar course, and a TOAR for the route. Mate of Towing Checklist >>

Note: The TOAR (Towing Officer Assessment Record) is a checklist of assessments that must be completed.

Near Coastal – Ocean TOAR >>

Inland TOAR >>

Thirdly: Master of Towing. Master of Tow requires 1440-days of sea time. Including, 540-days as Mate, on towing vessels, while holding Mate of Towing. Master of Towing Checklist >>

More Info

Tips on how to get a Towing License?

Master 100 and 200-ton info >>

Radar Observer info >>

AB info >>

FAQ about Licenses

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