Teach sailing classes? Er, maybe not for a few years yet.
BTW Tidewater doesn't pay all that good, and as an Ordinary you are at the absolute bottom of the dungheap. The idea is to not spend any more time there than necessary at the bottom. You will be officially working a 12 hour day (no, you don't get paid for overtime) and you do not get Certificates of Discharge when you get off the boat but you ask the company for a Letter of Service
which the CG accepts as documentary evidence of sea time. The letter will state that you worked 12 hour days as a condition of employment
. So the CG can, and usually does, grant you 3 days credit for each 2 days of actual sea time. 240 12 hour days is therefore equivelant to 360 days of sea time. You need a year to get your AB Limited ticket. 1080 days to get your Unlimited. 760 days to get your 100 Ton Near Coastal Master's license. I think 240 days to get your 200 ton Mate's license or maybe that is for 500... check the CFRs on that and other licenses you can upgrade to or through. The most money
the quickest will be getting on a Supply Boat, which will be over 200 tons up to 1000 or so, getting your AB Special(OSV) as soon as you have the time which is I think only 120 days or something like that, then getting your 500 or 1600 ton Mate's license. I think you have to be 21 to get any license higher than a 6-pack operator. By the time you are 21 you should have it in the bag. No age requirement for any AB ticket AFAIK. Get your 1600 Master Near Coastal and you will be making decent money even with Tidewater. Tidewater policy is to pay you for your license, not your job. So even though they won't give you a boat to run for a while, they will pay you for it as soon as you upgrade your license. Just remember, this is a non union company so expect to be treated like a nobody. You have no collective bargaining. You have no advocacy. You have no voice. So shut up and put in your time, do what you are told, and when you got what you want, say AMF and move on.
While you are getting it together you can usually find very hard, very dirty, very low paying work with the contract
labor companies. They will put you up in the company bunkhouse and feed you (comes out of your pay!) and take you out to job sites where you will be doing stuff like loading and unloading drill pipe and well casing, working with pipe inspection
companies, humping sacks of drilling mud ingredients, stuff like that. Prove yourself and you might get sent to a platform or a drilling rig. Prove yourself there and you might get hired by the customer at somewhat higher wages but of course you will have to find your own place to stay during your off time. This does NOT count toward any CG certificates or licenses, BTW but it is money in the kitty.
Your license will be for Steam or Motor
, not Sail. After you get your license, you need to get work under sail or buy a boat and document your days at sea, in order to have your license endorsed for Sail or Auxillary Sail. But to teach a class you will need other certifications from other organizations besides the CG, and you better have lots of time under sail, and relevant to the course you wish to teach. I would say that would be far far in your future. But a license would be good to have (with the all important sail endorsement) if you want to skipper
crewed chartered boats, skipper
a private yacht, or crew on crewed charters. Don't bother with getting an Engineer
license for this. You want to go Deck