Employment opportunities in the boating industry
My wife and I are moving to STT soon and I will be looking for employment in the boating industry. My main question is, would it be worth my time and money to aquire a 6-pack captain's license, and are there ample employment possibilities for someone with a lifetime of boating experience, but no boat? We will be doing a PMV in September. Can anyone out there recommend a good person to speak with about this and other topics?
Employment possibilities down here these days aren't exactly ample in any field, but they do exist -- if you are on island to find them.
You will be more in demand as a licensed captain than as "some guy who knows a lot about boating". If you can, get your 6-pack at a school on STT so you are working with charts of local waters and can start making connections with others in the industry. Check out either of the sea schools here and see if they are offering any classes in September (might not be, since that is our off season due to hurricanes).
Looks like at least one school is operating in the fall - http://www.captainschoolusvi.com/
John Holmberg is a long time island resident, an excellent sailor. an all around great guy and teaches USCG licensing classes.
He would be a great person to speak to about our yachting industry here in the VI and requirements for licensing.
There are jobs to be had if you are qualified and licensed but there is lots of compitition for those jobs as well. John can clue you in.
Be sure to ask him regarding what documented time the USCG is going to require in order for you to even be allowed to test. There are many more rules and regs. these days than, in the past. I PM'd you his e-mail and tel.