About a year ago, I attended Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy in Norfolk and received my QMED any rating qualifications. I’m currently sailing as a QMED with ECO.
My plan was to rack up the sea days, and apply for my 3rd unlimited license and take the exam in about a year. However, recently I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about NEW classes being required by the USCG, comprised of 5 or 6 courses. Supposedly these new courses cost $20,000 altogether.
I already spent roughly $25,000 on the courses that I took in 2019… Wtf? I understand that I’ll be making the money back and all, but if this is true, talk about misleading. Not to mention I’d have to take these classes during my off time, which is already limited. I’m strongly considering a career change at this point, doesn’t seem to be worth it to me.
I’m not able to find to much information about this online or gcaptain, so any insights are appreciated.