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Old 14-01-2016, 08:13   #1
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Was trained once

I'm new to the forums.

Sailing was a passion of mine many, many years ago in the Navy. While I was in, I even wanted to live aboard my own boat but that never happened. I don't keep a lot of stuff over the years, but I still have a pristene copy of Chapman's 56th edition of Piloting - Seamanship and Small Boat Handling. I took all the courses at the time and qualified for Skipper as I recall. So, I have a few years of sea experience. Before the Navy, I was registered with the USCG in New Orleans as an AB Seaman but never sailed as that.

My question - I quickly looked over the requirements to get a Master's license and I thought it said you need three years of experience. I'm willing to take all the training and tests. But does any of my prior experience count? Or do I simply need to follow the route that newbies take to get a Master's license?

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Re: Was trained once

I'd suggest seeking advice directly from the USCG's National Maritime Center (1-888-427-5662) they can answer all your questions, and are more reliable than any Internet forum, even this one!

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Most times you need to follow from newbie route, but there are cases when you can get Master's license without it. But best way it's really to contact USCG's National Maritime Center.
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Re: Was trained once

The term is recency. I doubt if any of your time would count without a lot if more recent experience.

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