Steven R. Van Hook
an occasional weekend on the boat doesn't satisfy your profound longing
for the sea, and you seek ways to turn your marine skills into a paying
sailors the choices may be limited to teaching gigs or selling and
but there are a number of other career options for incurable seagoers.
do choose to become a sailing instructor, the American Sailing Association
offers a certification program that measures up to "a national
standard which is used by more than 90% of the commercial sailing schools
in the country."
Fundamental requirements for
ASA instructor certification are that the applicant be at least 18 years
old, have three years of sailing experience, have an aptitude for teaching
and communication, and perform to standards of the ASA log book. You may
also be required to receive a US Coast Guard license to teach. More detail
is available on the ASA
The Bureau of Labor Statistics
provides extensive data on job opportunities for mariners, including jobs
vessel operators, and career options in Coast
Guard or Navy service.
You might also consider
credentialing as a merchant
marine, or becoming a tugboat
or towboat operator on coastal waters.
If you'd like to learn more
about what different jobs on the water pay, here's a sampling provided by
Occupational Information Network:
R. Van Hook
has cruised California waters since 1976,
starting with a 19-foot Glen-L powerboat in Santa
and currently sails a Hunter 326 out of
Channel Islands Harbor.
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