Any applicant who has successfully completed the Apprentice Mate (Steersman) Western Rivers Navigation (MIDATL-34) course and presents the Certificate of Training within one year of the completion of training, will satisfy the Navigation General examination requirements to add a Western Rivers route to a license as Apprentice Mate (Steersman) Inland or Near Coastal.
Upon completion of instruction and examinations, each student shall have a good understanding of the subjects that pertain to a mariner in training to become master or mate (pilot) of towing vessels or master of towing vessels in Western Rivers.
License progression comes about through the use of licenses as apprentice mate (steersman) and mate (pilot) of towing vessels. After suitable service on towing vessels a mariner will undergo examination by the Coast Guard, and, if successful, receive a license as apprentice mate (steersman).
After training and assessment, mariner will receive a license as mate (pilot) of towing vessels. To progress from apprentice mate (steersman) to mate (pilot) of towing vessel a mariner needs to complete either— (1) an on-the-job training program documented in a TOAR or, (2) an approved training course [see 46 CFR 10.103].
Modern Towing 1989 John S. Blank III . Cornell Maritime Press/Tidewater Publishers
Primer of Towing, Third Edition 2004 George H. Reid. Cornell Maritime Press/Tidewater Publishers
Upcoming Course Dates:
Call For Class Availability
Class Start Times:
Day Classes: 8:00 a.m.
Night Classes: 4:00 p.m.
Check-in Time Starts at:
Day Classes: 7:00 a.m.
Night Classes: 3:00 p.m.
Required Course Tools:
1. Weems and Plath 15 $20.00
2. Weems and Plath Ultralight Divider/Compass #176 $23.00
3. Texas Instruments TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator $16.00
4. Weems and Plath Triangle #101 (2 Triangles are required) $15.00
5. Weems and Plath Nautical Slide Rule #105 $23.00