Originally Posted by Tayana42
The only certification
I have is 48 years of sailing. I did take and pass an ASA
advanced costal class 20 some years ago but they wouldn't issue me a certificate because I didn't take the basic costal class first.
I sailed worth two guys that had significant multi year experience , ( > 20 years) one couldnt do secondary tidal port calculations , so avoided them, the other couldn't properly read or plot onto a chart.
Both were very good seamen, and sailors. But their knowledge had significant gaps.
Experience on its own isnt always sufficient , it's why midshipmen had to sit written exams at sea for generations.
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