American Queen Steamboats is Hiring

A Deckhand with EMT certification is need for the American Empress on the Columbia River. The position is a 4-week on and 2-week off rotation. For more information contact Jake Baird at (360) 713-8581 or email to:

Entry level deckhand position.

American Steamboat Company

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Un-Cruise is Hiring

UnCruise is hiring Licensed Deckhands for their passenger vessels in SE Alaska. Click here for more information >>

Licensed Deckhand Job.

Licensed Deckhands needed.

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Short Notice Towing Job

Lee Hanson is looking for a deckhand or mate of towing to work on his tug engaged in dive and salvage operations. This is short notice, he needs someone to fill the position by June 20th; so my guess is that the first person to call with their sea-bag packed and ready to sail gets the job. Call (907) 752-0600 for more information.

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Entry Level Position Available

Entry level deckhand position.

American Queen Steamboat Company

American Queen Steamboat Company has an opening for an entry level deckhand.

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Flexible Scheduling

New Class

Flexible Scheduling

Flexible scheduling is now available for the OUPV and Master 100 ton courses.

If you find it difficult to schedule eight to ten consecutive days to take the OUPV or Master class you now have the opportunity to complete the class in as many as three modules. Here are the guidelines:

  1. All three modules must be completed within 90 days (3-months).
  2. The modules do not need to be completed in any specific order.
  3. The modules must be completed during the scheduled classroom days, no independent study.
  • Navigation Module is scheduled Monday through Thursday, the first four days of every OUPV and Master class. This module includes the Navigation General and Chart Navigation exams.
  • Rules of the Road Module is scheduled Friday through Sunday, days five through seven of every OUPV and Master class. This module includes the Rules of the Road exam.
  • Deck General, Safety, and Environmental Protection Module for the OUPV is the last Monday of every OUPV class; for the Master is Monday through Wednesday, the last three days of every Master class. This module includes the Deck General, Safety, and Environmental Protection exam.

Give us a call at (503) 841-6066 to schedule your class.


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Do You Need a TWIC?

USCG Policy Letter 11-15 states who is not required to enroll in the TWIC program. The short answer is two part.

  1. If you have NEVER enrolled in the TWIC program than you will need to enroll in it for the original issuance of any Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC).
  2. If you have enrolled in the TWIC program at sometime in the past than you do not need to enroll again, even if you TWIC is not valid, for an OUPV or Master 100 ton endorsements.

If you meet the exemption requirements for the TWIC, and you would like to obtain an original MMC or renew an MMC without the TWIC, than check the box on the Application Form 719B, Section III Safety and Suitability, paragraph 1. BUT read the paragraph; it states that you understand that this could cause significate delays in the application process.

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How to Get a Captain License

Getting a professional mariner license, AKA Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC), is not a spontaneous action; it is a process that requires planning and perseverance. The application that you present to the Coast Guard will consist of several CG 719 series forms, along with copies of certificates and documents. The total number will depend on what you are applying for. When completing the Coast Guard forms, read the instructions on the form carefully and complete the form exactly as stated in the instructions. Never send any original documents with the application, always send copies; and always make copies of all the CG forms for your records. Here is an outline of the process:

  1. The first step is to research the professional credential that you need for the job; and the sea service requirements for the credential.
  2. The second step is to document your qualifying sea service to insure that you have the necessary experience. Sea service is a measurement of your lifetime experience on the water, it is measured in calendar days, and never expires. Any day that you were on a vessel of any size or type; had a position of responsibility, such as operator or deckhand, and were away from the dock counts as one calendar day. Use the small vessel sea service form CG 719S to document this experience.
  3. Once you have documented your qualifying experience you will need to enroll in the TWIC program. This is done at a Universal Enrollment Center (UEC) operated by TSA. Enrollment in the TWIC program is required for every application for an original issue of any MMC, without exception.
  4. Next you need to get a Merchant Mariner Physical Exam using form CG 719K, and a USCG/DOT drug screening using form CG 719P. The physical exam may be completed by any doctor, but using a doctor at a health occupational clinic is generally less expensive and less time consuming.
  5. For the original issue of an MMC officer endorsement, such as OUPV or Master, the applicant must complete an American Red Cross or American Heart Association First Aid/CPR course within one year of the application date.
  6. Complete the application form CG 719B. This will include having a notary administer the Merchant Mariner Oath, and paying the application fees online.
  7. The application package, consisting of the CG 719 series forms and copies of your TWIC and First Aid/CPR cards, must be delivered to one of the USCG Regional Exam Centers (REC) around the nation. Delivery may be done in person, using a postal mail service, email, or fax. If delivery is made in person then the personal at the REC can accept the application fees over the counter, and administer the Merchant Mariner Oath.
  8. Upon approval of your application you will receive a letter from the US Coast Guard stating that you are approved to test. At this time you can either complete an approved course, or complete the exams at the REC. If you completed the course before applying for the credential simply include a copy of the course completion certificate with your application package.

All the USCG forms, professional requirements, and approved course information is available at:

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