My name is Rod and I hope to contribute as much as I get from this community. I don't own a boat
but I've spent my entire working life in the maritime industry. I spent twenty years (and five days) in the US Navy
as a navigator (QM) and retired as a Chief Petty Officer. I went to work
at Northrop Grumman as an ECDIS instructor until they closed the field engineering department. I moved to South Florida
at a maritime academy where I taught ECDIS, Marine
, Damage Control and lots of other topics. I finished my degree in Management and Instructional Design and accepted a job with the worlds largest life raft manufacturer and servicing organization. I manage the training
technicians in North, Central and South America
and ensure they are certified to all applicable standards.
I've read the forum rules and promise to not try to sell anything here. I do have an interest in answering questions as well as hearing some of the issues, from your perspective, concerning life saving equipment
. I'd like to incorporate some of your input into what I train the technicians who service
your rafts and life jackets.