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    Re: Career change to marine employment
    From: Dave Weilacher
    Date: 2003 Jan 2, 18:40 -0800

    This is what I've done.
    There is an organization called The American Sailing Association.  It is one
    of two organizations that provide nationally recognized sailing
    certifications.  The other one is US Sailing.  Both organizations have good
    programs.  For various reasons, 80% of the keelboat certifications issued are
    through ASA.
    I took every class save one that the ASA offers.
    Then I attended one of their instructor qualification clinics
    Then I got a coast guard captains license
    Now I teach sailing and celestial navigation at two local ASA schools.  The
    captains license also affords me the opportunity to do charters.
    Because of my school affiliations, I have managed two trips to the Abacos and
    one trans-atlantic crossing, expenses paid.
    Every issue of the ASA intructor news letter contains a page of instructor
    help wanted ads from all over the country.
    If you are chasing money, this ain't it.  If you are chasing life style, it
    might just suit you.
    On Wed, 1 Jan 2003 22:31:48 -0500 Craig  wrote:
    > I would like to ask the list for
    > recommendations and actions in changing my
    > career to one involving travel and the sea.  At
    > this point I have no notion
    > of exactly what I would do, but if it involves
    > travel and the sea I would
    > consider myself fortunate.  I would appreciate
    > advice from only those with
    > professional experience, I can speculate for
    > myself.  Any suggestions?
    > Thanks in advance!
    > Craig
    Dave Weilacher
    .US Coast Guard licensed captain
    .    #889968
    .ASA certified sailing and celestial
    .    navigation instructor #990800
    .IBM AS400 RPG contract programmer

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