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Retirement job driving dive boats?

Discussion in 'Becoming a Captain' started by 2airishuman, Dec 20, 2019.

  1. Wookie

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  2. 2airishuman

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    Thank you all for the replies.

    Being a captain requires a certain mindset and personality and I get that. It means you're responsible for the safety of others who are depending upon your skill and judgment in ways they don't even realize. A dive boat isn't something I'd want to run for free. It's a job that's suitable for people who have the ability and the mind set. Question is whether it's a good one, and you bring up good points.

    Thank you for that. Very helpful.
     
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  3. Tom Winters

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    I didn’t like to hire retirees as captains because they had a tendency to die on me from all that other retirement stress.
    I’d just get the guy settled in, fitted out with the four epaulet white shirt and personalized coffee mug, and ~BOOOM!!!!~ that damn call at 4am that Bob just died...
    I don’t miss that part of the otherwise highly glamourous dive industry, although a couple of the widows....
     
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  4. Wookie

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    I already have the coffee mug and white shirt. Am I a go?
     
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  6. DAndreasen

    DAndreasen Garibaldi

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    I have read this thread with great interest since I have been thinking about doing the same thing. My problem is that I don't have the experience to get to instructor or the on the water experience (I'm pretty landlocked in MN and AZ). My timeline for retirement is longish (around 10 years from today).

    Is there a viable way to get experience without moving somewhere on the coasts? Or Hawaii?

    What kind of timeline is reasonable for getting to the point of being an instructor and a captain? It looks like at least a couple of years for instructor and a couple of years working on a boat to get to captain? Is that realistic?

    Do you have to be really skilled at diving to be an instructor?

    Any other insights appreciated.

    Dave
     
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  7. Johnoly

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    There's schools in Florida that you can be an Instructor in 2 weeks. On the GI Bill? It gets even better.
     
  8. Ghost95

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    I may be wing about my dates for Capt licenses but I think you need either 180 or 360 days on a vessel of the tonnage your looking to apply for.

    There are some classes that get you a 6 pack license pretty quick. They're basically test prep courses.
     
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    360 for an Operator, 720 for a Master.
     
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  10. Tom Winters

    Tom Winters Instructor, Scuba

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    People are going to wander into this thread and confuse this Master stuff with the Seinfeld episode about being Master of Your Own Domain.
    The three days that I coordinated two aircraft carrier battle groups steaming together in the Indian Ocean during changeover, I thought then that I was Master of My Own Domain.
    Of course, later on, with the benefit of retrospection and 20/20 hindsight, I realized that I was pretty much the Master of Jack Squat.
    On the plus side, I did get three consecutive days off in Singapore and a chance to drink a pink gin at the Raffles Hotel which was kinda cool from a historical perspective.
     

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