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So You Want to Be a Captain? How to Earn Your Towing Endorsement

Source: Mariners Learning System, By Captain Bob Figular

If you ever find yourself out on the water and in need of assistance because you ran out of fuel or experienced a mechanical failure, you will most likely need the help of a towing vessel. Becoming the captain of a towing vessel can be very lucrative commercially, but in order to legally accept any compensation for towing assistance, you must have a USCG certified endorsement granting you the ability to tow. A towing endorsement not only helps you financially but makes you more marketable as a boat captain. You will have additional specialized experience that others don’t and will be an asset on any vessel.

The towing endorsement is a training course that does not require any additional sea time or experience beyond the license. Anyone with a captain’s license or master license can earn their towing endorsement by completing our course and passing the accompanying exam. The course will include information on towing nomenclature, the equipment involved, towing procedure, and any rules and regulations specifically geared towards towing. Once you complete the course and pass our examination, you will be able to take advantage of the opportunities in commercial towing.

The Mariners Learning System is the perfect way to earn your towing endorsement from the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to worry about travel or making time outside of your already busy schedule. Plus, you can take advantage of the multi-faceted online learning approach that we have applied to all of our courses that enable our students to enjoy a 98.7% passing rate on their exams. If you have or six-pack or master captain’s license and want the most comprehensive, convenient path towards a towing endorsement, please contact Mariners Learning System today.

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