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For anyone who is looking for or has ideas on how and where to find great jobs on the water.

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Quiet in here.....

Started by Milton McKinney Apr 9, 2017.

Workin on the water

Started by Kimberly Feb 11, 2009.

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Comment by Bill on July 31, 2008 at 12:52pm
Thanks for the info Joey. 15 to 20 bucks an hour doesn't sound so bad as long as the hours are regular I suppose. Sounds like a good way to build some sea time.
Comment by Joseph Herzig on July 26, 2008 at 11:00am
I am on my 5th year @ Crater Lake National Park as a tourboat captain. I have a coast guard license but not all national park concessionaires require one to operate a tourboat; don't ask me why not. Yellowstone and Glacier Parks have non licensed boat operator jobs but the pay is dismal.
If you have a license the pay is usually $15-20/hr vs $5-7/hr for non licensed (depends on which state you are working). Alaska pays the most per hour but housing and high food costs are an issue to contend with, as are transportation const to/from AK. That's my 2ct worth.

Joey H.
Comment by Mary O'Connor on June 30, 2008 at 1:33pm
recently finished a winter in the FL Everglades as a kayak guide. Mostly day trips by kayak but there were a couple skiff assisted overnight kayak trips in there. Tons of fun!
Comment by Alex on June 18, 2008 at 6:35pm
It is kind of a drag getting all of your certificates in order. Now, not only do you have to get your STCW95(and MMD card) but you have to obtain a TWIC card. Still, you can find companies that will help you out with this.

I got offered a job on the Alaska state ferry, they pay for the 5 day STCW but not your MMD and TWIC card. I already had all of my certs since I had worked for Norwegian cruise lines. Although it turned out to be a nightmare working on the ship, NCLA did pay for all of my certs, MMD and a ticket to Hawaii... not bad.
Comment by Bill on May 20, 2008 at 7:58pm
That sounds pretty cool. It looks like most cruise line jobs require STCW95 and I was checking into that and it costs around 895 dollars for a 5 day course. I'm not really looking for a cruise line job (although who knows) but I would suggest anyone looking for that kind of work, get that training if they are serious about it. I'm looking more for ferry boat work or sightseeing tours in the southern U.S. possibly for a resort or hotel.
Comment by akscootr on May 16, 2008 at 7:29pm
I was a Gillnetter fisherman on a boat called Butt Ugly. We fished for Chum and Sockeye salmon out of Juneau. I would love to join a larger crew, such as seiners because the earnings are much better. For every success story, some didn't succeed because of the fish runs. But it was worth every minute.. I learned a lot.
Comment by Sharon McMahon on May 16, 2008 at 3:11pm
Are there ever any openings on cruise ships for photographers
Comment by Bill on May 16, 2008 at 2:29pm
Anyone else interested in boating jobs? If so where have you worked and what did you do?

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