Questions about a career as a towing vessel captain. Any advice greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Hi guys,
so I’ll start off by saying I’m 21 year old from VA. Last year when I was in San Diego I met this tug boat captain who told me all about Maritime. He said I could go to do the unlicensed apprenticeship program at Piney Point MD (Paul Hall Center) and they’d place me with a job, and in around 4 years I’d be able to get my Captain of towing MMC and be making 80k – 100k a year from that point on. On top of that he said a full work year in maritime was only 6 months, and you could configure that however you want (3 months on, 3 months off, month on, month off, etc). And he said you could travel all over. Seems like a dream job right now.

So I told a friend about this and he’s basically at the same point as me where we don’t want to go to university, have a desk job, but want to be at a point in around 5 to 10 years where we have a lot of investment capital that we can put into both passive sources of income and more aggressive ventures and make that our living. If the money is as good as this guy led me to believe, maritime seems to be the way to go seeing as by 25 or 26 I’d be making 80k to 100k a year. And it seems like we wouldn’t even have to do this for more that 5 or 6 years because we’d have the money to get into other things after.

But this all just seems too good to be true.

I guess I’m just wondering how realistic all of my information is. Any advice would be greatly greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much.



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3 thoughts on “Questions about a career as a towing vessel captain. Any advice greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  • May 9, 2020 at 4:05 pm
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    The money is about right if you become a captain. But you can’t choose the time you want to work I’m pretty sure. A lot of companies follow a set amount of days on and day off

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  • May 9, 2020 at 4:05 pm
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    Have you looked into inland towboats? I started when I was 20 as a green deckhand and by the time I was 26 I was making 130k a year. Although the schedule might not be what you want as it’s 2 for 1 (I work 20 days on, 10 days off).

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