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Old 06-01-2011, 06:27   #1
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Hi from Canada (I Wanna Join the Canadian Coast Guard . . . )

Hi all! I'm Canadian born, but grew up in Trinidad and Tobago (Tobago to be exact) next to the ocean my whole life. I have made my living thus far as a musician and audio engineer but im looking to change careers.

Right now i work for a scaffolding company in Ontario and I'm enjoying the physical aspects of the work, but I would much rather be at sea.

From what I've been able to ascertain the CCG is not a bad bet. Attending the coast guard training college in Nova Scotia u get trained for free, and u are guaranteed a job upon graduation, decent salary etc etc plus the Canadian coasties are non-military and non-law enforcement so there's less chance of being in a shoot out with anyone.

My question is, has anyone done this? I am 29 and I have a wife that I dont want to spend all my time away from if possible. If you have been to the CCG college, let me know what it was like, do u have to live there, can u leave to see family if they are near by?

Also what is life like in the CCG? How much time do u spend away from home? What is the atmosphere like? Also if u attend the college, I know u have to serve for four years in the CCG upon graduation, but can u drop out of the college before that if u wish or are u signed up for good until they kick you out?

thanks for any info!

PS how do experienced sailors battle sea sickness?
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PS how do experienced sailors battle sea sickness?
Swallow.....
but more seriously... keep your fluids/minerals up... have a pre made-up flask of fresh Lime or Lemon juice mixed with some sea salt, sugar and water to taste...
If you cant hold anything down just keep sipping the drink.... Ginger Nuts (biscuits) are good to nibble... this will keep you going till things settle down.
If your one of those who chuck everytime you go out for as long as your out ... give it up and take up land/ice sailing or join the Mounties
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, mauri.hall.

knottybuoyz Cruisers & Sailing Forums - View Profile: knottybuoyz (Rick) is a Canadian "Coastie", and should be able to answer all your questions.
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Can't help you with the questions as I was U. S. Navy but there are others here that are or have been CCG.
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