Originally Posted by cadmus
I have been sailing since i was a week old. I am 35. I have extensive inland and great lake sailing, a lot of coastal and some blue water under my belt. Some in high lat.
I am a little confused about what you want and why and what you actually want to use it for
. I would seperate what you want into 2 items:-
1) getting a charter
stuff / getting a bit of paper (that would cover 99.99% of the folks who will ever care about it - accepting that many (most?) places you visit won't care).
The addition to the above being if you actually want to use any qualifications commercially.
1) getting a charter
given that a Charter is not a definate possibility in the near future (just a maybe, at some point?) then I would simply use your Sailing CV. IMO sounds more than good enough to charter a boat (likely the "hard" part for you will simply be the docking), and I suspect far more than many (most?!) Charterers (I am presuming that some of your past has involved being the Skipper)....even if none of it in the previous few years as a lot of the boat sea sense acquired (the hard part) is like riding a bike, once learnt is never forgotten - even if bits of the highway code are!......
.......therefore my approach would be to be upfront with the Charter company (when you send them your CV) as no doubt a question they are asked constantly. IMO you asking the right questions in the right way shows good boat sense
, and if the outcome is that you get a skipper
for half a day or a day (even at extra cost?
) then suck it up
as part of the (extra) learning
, as odds on that once you have an unaccompanied Charter on your CV not only will that company be happy to Charter to you again but so will others.
In addition you could simply take the cheapest and quickest course that gives you a bit of paper (no matter how worthless!), simply on the basis that many folks like a bit of paper to stick in their files
. If you can get something centered around Navigation
then IMO all the better, especially if the past been a bit GPS
2) learning stuff / getting a bit of paper
If you have your heart set on the USCG stuff later, then I would wait until later. But the RYA Yachtmaster
"Zero to Hero" fastrack courses probably also worth a look at. Everything costs of course......
No doubt the courses for the bits of paper will teach ya stuff
. But nonetheless IMO your sailing CV suggests you have more than enough experiance to learn yourself what else you need to know and can pretty much teach yerself. and likely most of that around getting hours on water (plus a bit of reading / internet
/ chatting to folks / going OPB).