What’s next? STCW 95
The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam has been successfully completed, fees and photos have been submitted so I assume at some point in the future a nice Certificate of Competence will be mailed to me (to Canada actually). What it won’t have on it (yet) is a Commercial Endorsement which would allow me to work as a “Master of yachts of up to 200gt.”
What do I need to do to acquire this endorsement? Two things apparently. First, I need to complete an additional course called STCW 95 (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1995). The STCW is required for all crew on larger commercial yachts and it includes instruction in personal safety and social responsibilities, elementary first aid, fire fighting and fire prevention and sea survival. This course is not offered in Grenada but it is being taught in Trinidad, an 18 hour sail south, and also at several points north of here. The second item that I need to do is pass a thorough medical examination. I’m not sure which of the two I am looking forward to least.
Has anyone reading this completed the STCW 95?
Some pics of Carriacou, where we will be hashing later today.
Enjoying a waterfront lunch at the Seawave restaurant.
The fact that I am drinking a Carib while wearing a Carib T-shirt is entirely coincidental.
Beautiful view. I guess that was why the menu was a tiny bit pricey.
We were able to watch this awesome gaff-gigged ketch raise sails to head out of the anchorage.
We zipped over to Sandy Island in our dinghy to check out the snorkeling. Although we don’t have any pics to prove it, the snorkeling was excellent with nice live coral, clear water and plenty of fish.
ZTC anchored just off the beach in Hillsborough. It was nice and calm until about 8:00 PM last night when the wind shifted putting us beam on to the waves.