Looking to become a Harbor Pilot or something similar. HELP PLEASE!

So, went on a boat at Niagara Falls for my first time in my life and fell in love. I def want to get in the maritime field it seems awesome. I live in NYC and I have looked at a bunch of diff maritime jobs over the past 2 days and Harbor Pilot seems like the coolest most respected one to me. What do I have to do to get on my way to do this? I don’t have my high school diploma but I do have a GED which is pretty much the same thing. I am not stupid by any means I just had family problems when I was in HS so I had to drop out. I also have college credits but idk how transferring them would work.



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4 thoughts on “Looking to become a Harbor Pilot or something similar. HELP PLEASE!

  • May 8, 2020 at 1:35 am
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    Honestly, and this is coming from someone who works in New York Harbor, go to an academy if you want to be a pilot. And even after that your probably have about 20 years before you can get into Sandy Hook Pilots. Knowing someone is almost essential as well.

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  • May 8, 2020 at 1:35 am
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    Start now, especially if you’re young or you’re never going to do it.

    I’m 25, an AB tankerman on the west coast working on getting a mates ticket. I may well already be too late.

    Sail on ocean going, high tonnage vessels too.

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  • May 8, 2020 at 1:35 am
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    I am a tankerman on a tugboat and I have a mate’s license. I didn’t go to an academy but I went to a school to get my license. What academy you should go to depends really on what you want to do. If you want to do tugboats Maine Maritime has a great program I hear.

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  • May 8, 2020 at 1:35 am
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    My father in law is a docking pilot in a major east coast city. He did not go to a maritime academy, but worked his way up to it. It will take you a long time. FIL started working on boats in his teens and only became a pilot when he was almost 40. Knowing people in the business is also essential. There is quite a bit of nepotism in the maritime industry, especially with pilots. My FILs father was also a docking pilot, and his father before him. If you can get into the game it does pay off though.

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