back to the captain's exam process
Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 22:58
Eric in licensing, regulations

My Study PartnerI've had an on-again-off-again relationship with the captain's license (OUPV 100 ton) process. By its nature it's not supposed to be easy and there are a lot of barriers to entry. Sea time, book knowledge, practical ability, physicals, paperwork, time, and of course an endless string of fees.

On Friday I went and got my Transportation Worker Identity Credential, or got my picture taken for it anyway. I've filled out my sea time forms, got a bead on a place that can provide the physical, and have been slowly but surely amassing all the paperwork.

I'd like to try to take the test before the end of October. It's nice to pick a date or else things never get done. 

Every day is a day to chisel away at the COLREGS (Rules of the Road), but tonight was also weather, which I honestly find pretty interesting. I forget a lot of it during the summer because the Pacific High keeps everything away from us, but this winter I'll be paying more attention to the clouds, pressure, wind veers (and backs), and precursors that accompany cold fronts, warm fronts, and occluded fronts. And don't get me started on Buy's Ballot's Law.

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