A Maritime Training Program Can Kick-Start Your Career

Have you dreamed of having a career on the water, but find yourself land-locked? A career in maritime doesn’t have to be a dream. You may not find yourself  captaining a cruise ship through the Bahamas, but you might be surprised at the sheer wealth of opportunities that exist for qualified maritime operators. It all starts with a maritime license from a respected maritime training program like TCC's Workforce Development initiative. 

An Entrepreneurial Future Awaits Coast Guard Certification Grads

Being a trained ship captain doesn't just open the door to a lucrative career with a shipping company or ferry service. Like the pirates of old, modern maritime license holders have a bevy of entrepreneurship opportunities. In fact, many licensees go on to open their own businesses.

  1. Fishing Charter Operator
    According to a recent study, more than 50% of all fishing charter operators are self-employed. Even if these folks don't own their own boats outright, they own much of the equipment that they need to keep their businesses running. In southeastern Virginia, relatively mild weather enables operators to give fishing tours for seven or eight months out of the year. Thanks to affluent tourists who can shell out hundreds of dollars for a few hours on the water, this is more than enough to support a year-round income.

  2. Towboat Operator
    While towboat operators generally don't embark on voyages across open water, they play a valuable role in ports and harbors. Without towboat operators, shipping vessels, pleasure boats and other maritime vehicles wouldn't be able to navigate crowded, often confusing port areas. Many towboat operators own their own vessels or work for small companies that offer real opportunities for advancement. TCC's Assistance Towing can set you on the right path.

  3. Boat Captain
    Boat captains can fill any number of roles. Whether you want to work on a massive shipping vessel that transports liquid or bulk cargo across the open ocean or prefer to serve your country by piloting a Coast Guard boat, your skills will be welcome in this growing field. TCC offers Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV/Six Pack) Licenses for ferry operators, Master Not More Than 100 Gross Tons Licenses for operators of smaller vessels and Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) certifications for aspiring captains of international shipping vessels.

Learn More About Workforce Development in Virginia

Few things are more freeing than standing at the till of a maritime vessel and pointing it away from shore. With a maritime license from TCC Workforce Development, your dreams of piloting your own boat—and running your own maritime business—could become a reality in short order. If you need some help selecting the right certifications or courses, visit us online or call (757) 822-1234 for help.



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